The second annual Discovery Bay Community Campout pitches its tent Saturday, June 23 at 5 p.m. in Cornell Park and pulls up stakes Sunday at 10 a.m. Part of the nationwide Great American Campout, the overnight extravaganza boasted more than 300 campers at its inaugural event, and organizer Amanda Dove expects an even larger turnout this year.
“Last year was an enormous success,” said Dove, “and Discovery Bay won the prize for the largest group in the nation. We’re expecting as many as 500 campers this year. It’s a great opportunity to just relax with family, friends and neighbors in the park.”
Sponsored by the Town of Discovery Bay and REI, the free event is part of the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There campaign. The purpose of the campout is to encourage a love and appreciation of nature and encourage families to unplug for an evening under the stars. During the event, campers across the nation will gather in their backyards, neighborhoods, communities and parks to take part in the one-night adventure.
Registration begins at 4 p.m., followed by a schedule of activities including geocaching (a GPS scavenger hunt), bubble play stations, water balloon races, panning for gold, bocce ball and horseshoes. Dinner will be provided courtesy of the Boardwalk Grill and REI, and a pancake breakfast will be served Sunday morning by the Byron Inn and Brentwood Rotary. To register online, go to www.backyardcampout.org. For additional information, call the Town of Discovery Bay at 925-634-1131.
Once the land event wraps up, water lovers can head on down to the Discovery Bay Yacht Harbor on Saturday, June 30 and participate in the Paddle for Fame world record event, as Delta dwellers work to beat their world record – set last year – for the largest man/paddle-powered boat/raft-up/flotilla. In other words, if you can paddle it, you can count it.
“This is another fun and free event open to anyone who wants to participate,” said Dove. “Paddle for Fame isn’t just a World Record event – it’s a wonderful day in the sun, splashing around with your community and enjoying the best of what Discovery Bay has to offer.”
The sixth annual event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring wine tasting, food, dozens of vendors and family activities. This year’s party is sponsored in part by the Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce; admission is free. Starting at 3 p.m., flyovers will make official photo confirmation of the Paddle for Fame count and be registered by the World Record Academy.
A Concert on the Bay will take the stage from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., featuring Touch of Class. For more information, visit www.paddleforfame.com.