Don’t miss Doyle Days, Saturday, Aug. 12

It’s time for the World Famous Lizard Races during Doyle Days. File photo

Come on out to Doyle Days, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at Dixon Park, and enjoy a fun-filled day that benefits myriad community organizations.

This year’s theme is The Best Of Doyle Days, encompassing every theme from years past. Festivities kick off with breakfast (pancakes, eggs and sausage or bacon) from 7 to 10 a.m., at the Fire Hall hosted by Doyle Fire Department. Doyle Days culminates with a street dance featuring live music by Side FX from 6 to 10 p.m.

Kids’ games, face painting, rides, a reptile petting zoo, car show, food and craft vendors and more will be on site, and KSUE is announcing for the day.

The Senior Center will be open with a day-long craft fair and offering pulled pork sandwiches for sale.

Doyle Days buttons can be purchased for $2.

Wearing the button keeps attendees out of ‘jail’, and unlimited games wristbands cost $20.

“We take the money that is raised and donate to various organizations — the 4-H Club, one year the local school needed team uniforms, and to each of the (Beckwourth Complex) fire victims — whatever the needs are,” said Wilma Kominek, secretary for  Fort Sage Long Valley Community Program, the 501(c)(3) event’s host. “And every year we donate to the Easter egg hunt and trunk-or-treat.”

You never can be quite sure of what you might see at Doyle Days!

Doyle Fire will also serve Indian tacos from noon until sold out and will sell 25 tickets for $10 each for a chance to participate in the greased pig contest taking place at 1 p.m. The contestant who can hold the pig waist-high the longest gets to keep the pig.

“We will also have a dunk tank with Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growden, Doyle Fire Chief Kathy Catron and myself all taking a turn in the tank,” said Jason Ingram, Lassen County District 5 Supervisor.

Doyle Strong T-shirts will also  be available for purchase and proceeds from  the fire department-sponsored events will  help cover the department’s operating and material expenses.

“In past years, we’ve raised about $3,000 but would like to do $5,000 or better this year,” Ingram said.

The parade begins at 10 a.m., followed by the World Famous Lizard Races at noon.

“Friday at 7 p.m. at the gazebo in Dixon Park, the kids are asked to bring in the blue belly lizards they’ve caught,” Kominek said, adding the lizards are well cared for overnight, and Lizard Race competitors can either rent a lizard or bring their own.

Other scheduled events include a magician performance at 1 p.m. and prize drawings at 5 p.m.

“The thing I like most about Doyle Days is that it’s for the kids, so everything we try to do is so they can have a fun day and seeing whole community getting together and visiting,” Kominek said. “Working together benefits everybody — the  different organizations, the senior center, the fire department – in the community.”

To enter the car show, contact Shelly Marcotte at (530) 310-4216. For vendor applications and more information call Kominek at (530) 827-2848 or find Doyle Days on Facebook.