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Huck Finn's Jubilee in Victorville, CA

As boys, I think it is safe to say that most of us probably dreamed about (or quite possibly acted out) adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. While there are several festivals in these guys' honor held along the Mississippi, if you are out west they are hard to come by. Well, now your wait is over!

For the 34th year, Victorville, located in Southern California will be holding their Huck Finn's Jubilee June 18-20, 2010 at the Mojave Narrows Regional Park, Victorville, CA.

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Like a miracle tonic, the 34th annual Huck Finn Jubilee (www.huckfinn.com) makes its return visit to Southern California on Father's Day weekend, June 18-20.

Each year, families pack the camper with kids, banjos and fishing poles. Their destination is Mojave Narrows Regional Park, an 800 acre natural preserve that closely resembles the parkland along the Mississippi River.

"It's an escape into a new summer," states Don Tucker, event manager. "Here, families can listen to tales of life on the river, attend a small town circus, and wrap themselves in the music of The Oak Ridge Boys."

In celebration of Mark Twain's 175th birthday the spirit of the author is presented on stage in the form of "Mark Twain Live." As Twain, Mike Randall travels from New York to spin tales of Tom and Huck, bad habits and a famous frog from California on Friday, June 18 at 9 p.m.

Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher, Hannibal, Missouri's official ambassadors join the Mark Twain Live program this year. They return Saturday and Sunday to meet up with Huck and help run games, judge the Huck Finn Look-A-Like contest and lead Injun Joe's Treasure Hunt.

The Oak Ridge Boys headline more than 30 hours of country, gospel and bluegrass music with a Father's Day performance Sunday, at 6 p.m. Named 2001 Bluegrass Event of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, The Jubilee hosts all night picking parties, music workshops and informal "chat sessions" that bring both artist and fan together.

On Saturday, at noon the Deering Banjo Championship offers 12 contestants an opportunity to showcase their skills on a five string banjo. Top prize is $1,000 cash.

But, ... it's not all music. There's a Route 66 car show, where a People's Choice award goes to the classiest pre-1983 show car arriving on Saturday and Sunday - and there's a cow chip throwing contest too!

The California State Arm Wrestling Championships not only tests the strength, but more importantly the technique of guys and gals on Saturday at 12 noon.

Anyone can try his hand at whitewashing fences, building river rafts, and climbing a greased pole. Nearly all contests are free to enter, and winners receive ribbons and bragging rights.

There's a turn of the century country fair atmosphere with food, crafts and Mountain Man villages offering meals and hand made items.

In the cool morning hours, hot air balloons launch at 7 a.m. for a ride over the park's two man-made lake and large campgrounds. The 800 acre Mojave narrows Regional Park is located in a region of woods, meadows and lakes along the course of the Mojave River near Victorville, CA. Camping, horseback riding and fishing offer a laid back, vacation break for families needing to get away.

Weekend camp arrivals are welcome and are available upon entering the park.

Jubilee hours are Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Daily admission for is $20, (Friday $15). Youth, ages 6 yrs. thru 12 yrs. are $5 each day, and children under 6 years are free. Parking is also free.

Many motels are located nearby and information is available by calling the Victorville Chamber of Commerce at (760) 245-6506.

To reach Mojave Narrows Regional Park, take Bear Valley Road exit off I-15, then go east to Ridgecrest Ave. and turn north to the park. For further information call (951) 780-8810, or visit www.huckfinn.com

Victorville is located in Southern California along historic Rt. 66. Enjoying its 34th season, the Huck Finn Jubilee offers a great Father's Day Weekend get-away for families, RV enthusiasts and vacation travelers.

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