Loleta Community Celebration (Formerly Swauger's Station Day BBQ)

  • Presented By: Loleta Chamber of Commerce
  • Recurrence: Recurring on the 2nd Sunday of July
  • Address: Thomas Carr Park (take Loleta Drive exit, next to school)
  • Loleta, CA 95551
  • Phone: (707) 498-0450
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A Loleta annual community event featuring a deep pit barbecue, local crafts and kids games.
 
Bring your family for an old fashioned day of family fun celebrating our diverse heritage.

Swauger’s Station days originally began with the Dairymen’s picnic, an annual July community event where music, dancing, children’s games and plenty to eat brought the entire community together. The last Dairymen’s picnic was held in the 1920s and Swauger’s Station day has evolved in its place. Held each year on the second Sunday in July, the day’s activities include live music and entertainment, a barbecue, Indian tacos, children’s games, demonstrations, displays, exhibits, antique cars, a marketplace, local food tasting and all around family fun.

 
History:  In 1884 Eel river and Eureka railroads built Swauger’s Station (now Loleta). In 1898 a larger depot was constructed and as Swauger’s Station had been the name of the old depot, the new station was named Loleta. The community was apparently not satisfied with the name Swauger’s and adopted the place name that Wiyot people had always used. Loleta a Wiyot word meant “pleasant place at the end of the water.” No other word could better describe the township of Loleta.
 
Directions:  Take the Loleta Drive exit west 1/4 mile to Thomas Carr Park, next to the Loleta School.

 
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