The Summer 2010 Willits Hometown Celebration was Thursday, July 1. The theme was “Celebrating Our Independents.”
Willits’ bi-annual Hometown Celebrations are part of the ongoing “Local First” campaign by the Willits Chamber of Commerce to showcase local independent businesses. These event take over downtown Willits!
Don’t miss future events by regularly checking the Willits Chamber of Commerce website. You may also visit cakechow.com and enter Willits to learn about activities in Willits.
Hometown Celebrations invite you to stroll among the booths throughout downtown Willits and meet people from local businesses and representatives of community groups as well as artists and artisans selling their wares. Shops remain open until 9 p.m. for this holiday block party.
There are prizes, games, and special discounts from many merchants, along with music, merriment and food for residents of Willits and visitors who want to join the family fun. Don’t miss a chance to spin the Big Wheel and win a prize.
So, what’s the big attraction of this rural town of 5,000 in Northern California’s Mendocino County? This is not a homogenized enclave of cookie cutter people. Nope, this is as varied a concoction of archetypes as you’ve seen since the Village People. Willits is a fascinating microcosm of anyone who’s ever put down roots in California.
Willits is like a fascinating stew. The cultural heritage begins with a hardy collection of genuine farmers and ranchers. Stir in the spice of a benign hippie invasion in the 70s with their arts and music that has adapted and evolved. Mix with delighted visitors. It’s a recipe for a good time.
As the “heart of Mendocino County” (not just geographically, they’ll tell you), Willits is historically a haven for artists of every possible stripe that have mentored succeeding generations. Along the way clever business entrepreneurs settled here because of Willits’ diversity and ambiance, including rather impressive weather and scenery. Shouldn’t you be there? Visitors welcome!
You can get to Willits from anywhere with Google Maps.
Getting into the rhythm of Mendocino County? Want to explore more, such a redwoods, lakes, mountains, forests, ranches, the rugged Pacific Coast? Visit Mendocino County.
Want company on your excursion to Willits and Mendocino County? Tell your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or your e-mail list. Make it a party!
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