Old Miners Days 2017

Old Miners Days

. . .to your share of FUN at this year’s

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Big Bear Valley has a rich history of logging, ranching, and mining that has made the mountain Valley a historical treasure for California. With its numerous abandoned mines, ghost towns, romantic and notorious legends, heroes and villains, Big Bear takes to heart its past by celebrating it every summer through Old Miners’ Days. Events begin May 26th and run through September. These events strive to bring history alive as residents and visitors take part in time honored and sometimes comical Big Bear Valley traditions and antics.

2017 Events

  • Miss Clementine Scholarship Pageant
  • Big Bear Heritage Parade


Click for Events Calendar

Outlaw Miners

Brief History

ESTABLISHED May 17, 1949

It all started about 150 years ago, when, “There’s gold in them thar Hills!” was the cry that sparked thousands to leave their homes, jobs, and sometimes even their families and race across an untamed continent in hopes of striking it rich in the California gold fields. And nowhere did that clamorous hue ring more true then right here in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Once large amounts of the priceless substance began being unearthed, news of the rich find spread across the land like a windblown prairie fire. Soon, thousands of gold-hungry prospectors were fighting their way into the San Bernardinos.

William Holcomb, a youngster who walked to the West from his home in Indiana, discovered a small valley full of gold just to the north of the present Big Bear Valley. Soon nearly 1300 miners were hard at work, and some took as much as $1 from every bucket of dirt. The Valley was named for its discoverer. Read more about Old Miners Days.

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Become an Old Miners’ Member TODAY

Old Miners Days Burros

Old Miners Days Burros

You are invited to take the first step and become an Old Miners’ Member TODAY

Why Become a Member of Old Miners Association?

Our supportive members, crucial sponsors and dedicated volunteers are the lifeblood of our non-profit organization, without whom we would not exist.  For 65 years, Old Miners Days Events have become a traditional way of connecting Big Bear volunteers, businesses, school groups, organizations and clubs during summer months to help boost the economy while building community pride and a sense of place.  We work together year-round to produce traditional family oriented events that remind us all of our early mining roots and the geological treasures that surround our everyday existence.  Hand-in-hand, step-by-step we create excellent events enjoyed and remembered by thousands of people.

We didn’t end 2013 with much money in the bank, therefore we need your financial support to help establish another outstanding 2014 Calendar of Events.

In 2013 we were proud to have a patron level donation which enabled us to:

  • Award two $1,000 college/training scholarships through the Miss Clementine & Lucky Baldwin Scholarship Contest.
  • Produce Big Bear’s Annual Heritage Parade, which according to some viewers was “the best parade ever!”  Over 75 entries represented our local community and the unique theme drew National television coverage.
  • Continue the tradition, established in 1971, of putting on an outstanding Chili Cookoff.  This regional competition, sanctioned by International Chili Society, draws as many as 10,000 people who eat in our restaurants, sleep in our lodging facilities, shop in our stores and enjoy our nightlife.
  • Host and encourage the hilarious antics of the 4th Annual Outhouse Race between rivaling businesses, and last but not least,
  • Continue the humorous tradition of the Fawnskin Doo Dah Parade, which began back in the 1980s.

Typically, a non-profit can’t depend on a Patron Level Sponsorship to last forever.  Therefore it is incumbent upon us to urge those of you and your friends with a soft spot for Old Miners Days to now invest in the organization, and to become a part of it by taking that first step and joining TODAY.

What Do I Get If I Become an Old Miner?

New and renewing Memberships are available starting at the $25 level up to $999.  (If you are interested in learning more about our Sponsorship levels starting at $1,000 up to $10,000, please call ASAP to receive a 2014 information packet).

All membership levels are deeply appreciated so please pick the package that not only suits your philanthropic budget, it also matches your respect for local heritage and for honoring long-held community traditions.

Every member receives:

  • 2014 limited edition button with our new logo design,
  • monthly e-news with valuable, up-to-date event information,
  • invitations to unique activities, special events and the annual party,
  • opportunities to participate as a volunteer or an event sponsor,
  • access to the “back room” on our website which offers discount coupons on merchandise, tickets and entry fees,
  • chances to test out new educational programs before they are launched,
  • recognition as a member in the e-newsletter,
  • and more!

How Do I Become an Old Miner?

Joining Old Miners is easy.  There are several ways to go about it:

  1. Print out and complete the form here; http://oldminers.org/membership/ and mail it with your check to

Old Miners Association, PO Box 1044, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

  1. Log-on to the website oldminers.org and use your PayPal account.
  1. Call 909-584-5949, (leave your phone number) and our Treasurer will call you back to secure your credit card information.
  1. Sign up for our monthly debit plan through your bank.  See oldminers.org for details.

What Does the Future Hold for My Membership?

As we travel toward the future, we are excited about establishing a green and sustainable place where volunteers who respect local heritage can gather, serve, learn and enjoy being with others who have similar values.

Members can volunteer as little or as much as they want.  We have positions available for committee members, planning coordinators, day-of-the event workers, communications managers, archive specialists, writers, and much more…you can practically design a job that meets your personal interests. There are so many important tasks to accomplish throughout the year not only for Old Miners Days to be affordable, enjoyable and successful; but also for the non-profit organizational structure to be solid.

Old Miners President, Dayan Anderson is a mining consultant and she recently provided the organization with both a meeting place and extensive storage area for collecting and archiving Old Miners historical memorabilia and of course event supplies.  We expect to expand our efforts over the next few years to include multimedia exhibitions, interactive educational programs, and guided regional tours.  Changes anticipated for the future encompass educational programming for all age groups that stimulate interest in our rich Holcomb Valley Gold Rush History and the exquisite mountain geology that surrounds our community.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Parade Horses

Parade Horses