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Nov 302012
 

Lost Coast by Ken Jarvela

Scotia, Rio Dell, Fortuna, Ferndale, Loleta

The small towns of the Eel River Valley provide first-class theater and music, antique and collectibles shops, arts cooperatives, charming accommodations, restaurants and an abundance of local festivals.

The Kinetic Sculpture Race ends its wild three-day journey in the Victorian Village of Ferndale with people-powered sculptures limping down Main Street. Other events hosted in Ferndale are Hospitality Night, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Foggy Bottoms Run/Walk, 4th of July and Cinco de Mayo celebrations, and others. Fortuna offers the annual Fortuna Rodeo Week festivities, Redwood AutoXPo, Hops in Humboldt, Art & Wine in the Park, Apple Harvest Festival and Fortuna Civil War Days.

Rio Dell hosts Wildwood Days representing its heritage with logging events, a parade and festivities. Loleta is best known for the Loleta Cheese Factory. Bring a picnic lunch, enjoy their lovely garden and sample their award-winning cheeses. In Scotia, you can tour the historic logging museum and the Fisheries Exhibit, featuring Humboldt County’s largest indoor aquarium.