Loleta celebrates Swauger Station Day

Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

Swauger Station Days, a summertime celebration in Loleta will take place on July 14 and will feature the Tour of Loleta bicycle ride, a deep pit barbecue, a fun run and walk, speeder car rides, and more.

This will be the 31st annual event named for Swauger Station, the railroad depot built in 1886 on land owned by Samuel Swauger.

Participants can experience the unique beauty of the North Coast, including fantastic views of the ocean, while participating in the Tour of Loleta. There are several courses of various distances: a 75-mile race, a 55-mile Ferndale race and tour, a 45-mile tour, a 30 mile tour, a 13 mile tour, an 8-mile farm tour, an 8-mile run, and a fun run/walk. The two longest races begin at 8:30 a.m., the 45- and 35-mile races begin at 9:30 a.m., the 13 and 8-mile events begin at 10:30 a.m., and the 8-mile run and fun run/walk start at 11 a.m. Registration fees include a T-shirt and deep pit barbecue ticket. Cash awards will be handed out, and there will be post-ride entertainment.

Proceeds from the Tour of Loleta will be dedicated to the construction of a half- mile run and walk track at the Loleta Elementary School. Tour organizers say the track will benefit school children and the whole community as a place for all citizens to exercise in a safe environment. So far, one-third of the $30,000 cost has been raised.

Members of the public can enjoy a deep pit barbecue meal at a cost of $12 for adults and $6 for children (12 and younger), can visit with local vendors, and can enjoy speeder car rides, provided by the Timber Heritage Association. All events take place on Sunday, July 14, with speeder car rides available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.