Autumn is here. The days are getting shorter, the weather is cooling off, the leaves are changing and the Big Pine Paiute Tribe is preparing for one of its favorite festivities, the Fall Fandango.
Beginning Thursday, Oct. 14, the Big Pine Tribe will host a slew of festivities, including the Miss Big Pine Paiute Tribe, an art show and reception, community breakfast and dinner, live music, hand games and more.
Everything kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday with the Little Miss and Miss Big Pine Tribe pageant and art show reception.
Events will continue Friday from 6-11 p.m. with the popular volleyball tournament.
Saturday is the big day for the Fall Fandango, with a parade, cooking contests, games, music and more.
Saturdayâ€™s events will kick off at 8:30 a.m. with a community pancake breakfast and end at 11 p.m. with the volleyball tournament champion bracket.
In between, residents have the opportunity to check out the parade at 10 a.m., featuring Paiute Veterans as the grand marshals. Tribal members are invited to design and enter their floats for the community event.
Following the parade, residents are invited to the lawn in front of the gym for a welcome and prayer before traditional dances and contests begin at noon.
Fandango attendees will be treated to traditional war dances, a hand drum contest and traditional fandango regalia.
Also beginning at noon, residents will have the opportunity to enter the various contests for youth and adults, ranging from apple pies to chili beans.
There are also categories for the best basket display, homegrown vegetables and flowers and pine nut and acorn mush.
Judges will check out the contest entries at 1 p.m. and the winners will be announced at 5 p.m.
Beginning at 2 p.m. Tribal members have the opportunity to enter into the annual Handgame contest. This year the event is sponsored by the Bishop Paiute Tribe and Paiute Palace Casino and boasts a grand prize of $1,000. Prizes for second and third place will be determined after all teams have registered.
Those planning to play bust register by 12:30 p.m. Teams consist of 3-5 players. The cost to register is $100 per team.
Also beginning at 2 p.m. is a horseshoe tournament for residents and visitors.
In addition to the games and entertainment, the Fall Fandango features an art show and vendors specializing in cultural items, quill work, jewelry, pottery and beadwork.
The vendor booths will be open all day Saturday.
Fandango attendees will have another opportunity to relax with friends and neighbors at the community dinner at 3:30 p.m.
The Fall Fandango will wrap up with the championship bracket of the volleyball tournament from 6-11 p.m. in the gym.
This event is open to the public and is an alcohol- and drug-free event.
For more information or to register, call the Big Pine Tribal Office at (760) 938-2003.