Calendar for Big Bear Old Miners Days Events

By Susan A. Neufeld


Big Bear Lake, CA – The Big Bear Old Miners Association has its 2017 Big Bear Old Miners Days official commemorative button on sale. The theme for 2017 is “Celebrating the Women of the Gold Rush”. To purchase an official commemorative button, please contact Richard Millener, Association President, at (909) 553-2220, or

The buttons are just $5 each and help to underwrite events produced by the Association during their annual festival, during the months of July and August.



On Thursday July 13, 2017, at 6 p.m., the 2017 “Miss Clementine” will be crowned. The pageant will be at the Masonic Lodge, 385 Summit Boulevard, Big Bear Lake, CA.

For seven decades the rich mining history of the Big Bear area has been celebrated by the Big Bear Old Miners Association. The friendly rivalry is a fun filled evening culminating in the crowning of the 2017 “Miss Clementine”.



The International Chili Society sanctioned cook off is Saturday, July 15, from 10 a.m – 6 p.m. The Chili Cook Off takes place at the Bartlett Lot Events Center, Bartlett Road, Big Bear Lake, CA

The Cook Off is free to attend but, for chili enthusiasts, there’s a $5 tasting kit fee.

For more information on the chili cook off, call Henry Moreno, chair, at (760) 490-9264 or email

With band listening, beer drinking and chili tasting in high gear by midday, the annual outhouse races begin at 1 p.m.



The History Alive… Chautauqua program is presented by the Friends of the Big Bear Library on  Saturday, July 22.  This year it is about Eliza Tibbets, a founder of the city of Riverside and a pioneer of California’s citrus industry, who is the historical character to be portrayed by Sandra Petterson. As a leader in bringing the citrus industry to Redlands, she successfully cultivated the area’s first two Washington naval orange trees. Eliza Tibbets was also a spiritualist and frequently hosted seances.

The event will be at the Summit Christian Fellowship Church, 41965 Garstin Drive, Big  Bear Lake (across the street from the library). It is open to the general public at no charge.  Reservations are not required; however seating is limited and early arrival is recommended. For information please call the library at (909) 866-5571.

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