Announcing the Apollo 14 Moon Tree Run and Firefighter's Fair at the Siskiyou Smokejumer Base Museum, Illinois Valley Airport, Saturday, June 7, 2014

2014 Moon Tree Run and Firefighter's Fair

The annual fundraiser breakfast for Volunteer Firefighters will take place in collaboration with 22 local nonprofits and agencies providing a day of youth activities, aircraft displays, remote control airplane demonstrations, museum tours, and more. Admission to the event is free. Illinois Valley Airport is located four miles south of Cave Junction. Parking will be at Rough & Ready Mill. Bring your families to enjoy breakfast, free ice cream from Schwans, participate in activities, and learn about opportunities for youth to get an airplane ride, participate in local youth sport programs, learn to fly a remote control airplane, and go through the firefighter obstacle course.

Schedule of events:
8:00 Firefighter "All-Day" Breakfast
9:00 Activity Tables Open, Remote Control Airplane Demos
9:15 Flag Ceremony
10:00 Moon Tree Run
10:15 Mercy Helicopter Arrival
1:00 Jaws of Life Demonstration
2:00 End of Event

The Moon Tree Run is a 5 and 10K road and trail race. Information and registration can be found at www.healthyucenter.org.

The Firefighter's Fair, a festival full of family activities is provided by Volunteer Firefighter Association, Schwans, Golf Club, Camps Custom Excavating, Experimental Aircraft Association, Josephine Community Libraries, American Medical Response, Rusk Ranch Nature Center, Josephine County Foundation, U.S. Forest Service, Little League, Mercy Flight, American Legion, Tanker 61 Memorial, Search and Rescue, Boys and Girls Club, Kerbyville Museum, Garden Club, Rogue Valley Flyers, and many more!

The event is presented by IV Fire District, Healthy U, and the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum. Call (541) 592-4888 for details.

Find more information on Illinois Valley Community Events at ivcalendar.org

What is the Apollo 14 connection?

A firefighter who worked at Siskiyou Smokejumper Base became an astronaut on the Apollo 14 mission to the moon. He took tree seeds to the moon with him and the trees that grew from these seeds became known at “moon trees”. Siskiyou Smokejumper Base at Illinois Valley Airport is the place where the Apollo 14 moon tree story begins.


Mick Swift climbs a giant ponderosa pine tree to retrieve his parachute

Mick Swift climbs a giant ponderosa pine tree to retrieve his parachute


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Smokejumper uses propeller to crank-start Fairchild jump plane before jump

Smokejumper uses propeller to crank-start Fairchild jump plane before jump