When I told my little blond I was writing an article about the historic milestone Richvale will celebrate Saturday June 27th, she said  “who is Richvale?”  I replied “It’s not who…it’s where.”  She asked “Where is Richvale.”  We’ve lived in Butte County since 1985 and everybody should know where Richvale is…RIGHT?  Wrong!  All I could tell her was “It’s somewhere west of Oroville.”

Richvale isn’t a city…and it’s certainly not a town.  It’s a community, and certainly a vital part of the California rice industry.  On June 27th, the community celebrates its 100th anniversary…and the public is invited to join in the celebration.

It’ll be fun for the whole family…and get THIS:  The activity-filled day is entitled “Mosquitoes, Mud, and Memories.”  That should tell you a lot about the community of Richavale of a hundred years ago.  But this is a hundred years later and they don’t worry about mosquitoes and mud anymore.

The festivities kick off at 8:00 AM with a pancake breakfast, and thoughout the day, the public can enjoy music,  check out the displays featuring antique farm equipment which toilers of the soil had to work with a hundred years ago.  A retrospective of the history of Richvale starts at 9:00 AM.

There’s no admission charge, but if you get there in time for breakfast, it’s only two bucks.  If you stay for lunch, lunch tickets range from four to eight bucks depending on how hungry you are.  The whole celebration is a community charity event with all proceeds going to the Community Foundation of Richvale, and the Richvale-Biggs Education Foundation.

Richvale is home to some of the most productive rice fields, and of course, rice is a dominant industry in the Sacramento Valley and contributes more than 1.3 billiion dollars annually to our state’s economy.

And so…back to the question “Where th’ hell is Richvale?”  It’s west of Oroville, located off Highway 99, by taking a turn at the Richvale Highway.  There are signs there, and signs pointing the way to the celebration as you approach the community off Richvale Highway.  The public is encouraged to come out and enjoy the celebration of Richvale’s 100th anniversary.  Bring the kids, too.  (Just don’t tell ’em how educational the event will be.  Let ’em discover that n their own.



It’s that time again – time to honor all military veterans for their service to our country.  Each year during the month of June, the Veterans Honor Breakfast is held on the massive grounds of the Community Church of God in Chico.  It’s located on the corner of east Avenue and Ceres, right across from the 7 Eleven.

The date is Saturday June 20th, 8 to 11:30AM.  The public is encouraged to come out and enjoy breakfast cooked up by the Sheriff’s Pancake Wagon and consists of sausages pancakes, juices and coffee.   All veterans eat free.  Non veterans pay only $4.00

There will be military displays, veterans group displays, vintage military vehicle displays, color guard presentation and a Special Veteran of the Day presentation by Congressman Wally Herger.  I’ll be there as Master of Ceremonies again this year.  This is an event that can be appreciated by the whole family.

Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling 345-4300 or purchased on the grounds during the day of the event.  Breakfast starts serving at 8AM.  So why not join us for an area-wide celebration to honor all veterans who have served to protect our country.  A day for everyone – enjoy it with your family.

Its sponsored by the Chico News and Review, KNVN TV and KHSL TV.  If you have any questions regarding the event, just click on the word “comments” below.  I’ll be happy to answer your questions.