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Budweiser Clydesdales Visit Fortuna4180 viewsThe Budweiser Clydesdales were in town for a special Fortuna show. Three large trucks rolled into town and set up shop in Rohner Park (more pictures). Within an hour they were ready, and the wagon and team made a large loop through town and rolled down Main Street, much to the surprise and delight of those who were not expecting them. The April shower (only a drizzle) didn't keep people away from the parade and there was also a lot of interest in watching the harnessing process. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Beltz
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Aerial View of Fortuna ca 19963820 views
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Aerial View of Fortuna ca 19993307 views
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Reaching for the Sun2465 views
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Above it All2315 views
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Bird's Eye View2176 views
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Budweiser Clydesdales Visit Fortuna1969 viewsTwo tractor trailers carry the Clydesdales and a third brings along everything else--the historic beer wagon, harnesses, and other gear. Performance days (more pictures at sunnyfortuna.com/festivals/clydesdales_apr_03/) for a Budweiser Clydesdale are a combination of excitement and perfection. While the horses are groomed daily, special attention is given to their appearance on performance days. The expert grooms who travel with the horses spend about five hours washing and grooming the horses, polishing the harnesses, braiding red and white ribbons into the manes, and inserting red and white bows into the tails. The entire harnessing process takes an additional 45 minutes.
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Fernbridge During High Water 21881 viewsConstructed in 1911, Fernbridge was an engineering marvel of its day, the world's longest concrete arch span ever built to that date (and one of only two still in use in the world). It is also the only bridge on the Eel that has withstood everything that the river has been able to throw against it.
Photo courtesy of Darrell Foust.
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Chili Cookoff Competition1793 views2004 Fortuna Rodeo festival.
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Foggy On the Other Side of the Bluff1744 viewsThat fog is there (and only there) most of the summer, that's why it's called Sunny Fortuna.
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Crispy Morning1700 viewsEarly mid-October morning shot off the River Lodge back patio.
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Gray Lady1690 views
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Fortuna Collage1610 viewsPhotos by Bob von Normann
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Cinderella Tree1606 viewsThis was one ugly tree, but for a couple of weeks every spring it had transformed itself into the belle of the ball.
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Thursday Night and It's Bath Time1548 viewsWe can't tell who occupies the boots, but it's a safe bet that down there somewhere there's a fireman. Wait 'til next year...
Know why bucket brigade buckets have a round bottom? They were dispersed throughout town to be were ready at a moment's notice. But a bucket with a round bottom is kind of useless, and that kept people from stealing them.
Firemans Games, Rodeo 2006
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Battle of the Buckets1534 views2004 Fireman's State Muster
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Daddy's Helper1483 views
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Soccer1462 viewsNewburg Park
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Keeping an Eye on the Eel1440 viewsA popular spot when the river is at full crest! We're at the Overlook on Riverwalk Drive, near River Lodge, on New Year's Eve 2005. This is the best spot to watch the river as it runs toward the sea. It flows faster than a man can run and sweeps much debris and even whole trees along with it. See this picture taken in 2002, same place, same reason, even the same day!
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Farmers Market1403 viewsJune, 2005. The Fortuna Farmers Market is held every Tuesday from late May through late October. Tenth Street is blocked off at Main Street to make available the bounties of local farms and nurseries.
Besides produce and plants the market has a separate area for prepared foods like fresh tamales, breads and jams and for local hand crafts. There's even live music!
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