Eagle Lake’s Water Carnival

The water carnival at the Sunkist Lodge, 1921. Courtesy of Ed Standard
The water carnival at the Sunkist Lodge, 1921. Courtesy of Ed Standard

For two years, 1921 and 1922, the big three lumber companies, Fruit Growers Supply Company, Lassen Lumber & Box Company, and the Red River Lumber Company held a competitive swimming meet between their respective employees.

There were five races from 25 to 100 yards for various age groups and for men and women. There was also a 200 yard and a half-mile relay race. One of the popular events for spectators was the fancy spring board dive and the high dive. The Lassen Lumber & Box Company was the overall winner in both years.

Another view. Courtesy of Ed Standard
Another view. Courtesy of Ed Standard

The event was held at Fruit Growers’ Sunkist Lodge on the south shore of Eagle Lake. The event attracted large crowds of nearly a thousand in attendance. For the overflow camping, a new site was located and dubbed the Circus Grounds.

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