Itching for Something to Do? See Poison Oak Festival in Columbia, California


PLEASE NOTE: Photos don't represent the actual Poison Oak Festival event in Columbia, Calif.! Left is picture of poison oak. Right picture is photo of poison ivy/oak body art you can purchase.

COLUMBIA: Poison Oak Festival September 27, 2014, 10 a.m.
(209) 536-1672

Event includes Fiddle & Bango Contest  (banjo misspelling is on purpose!) and Chili Cook-off

For more than 30 years the town of Columbia has celebrated a local plant that looks so nice, but boy can it bite! The beautiful poison oak foliage can be seen throughout the woods and meadows of California’s Gold Rush country in the Sierra Nevada foothills. It’s something that you don’t particularly want to have a personal encounter with, however. Poison oak contains oils that absorb into the skin creating first, a rash, then itching and oozing, and finally the healing process. It’s quite uncomfortable, and that’s putting it mildly.

The fun loving town that contains Columbia State Historic Park does things a little different than the rest. They have a sense of humor and they definitely honor their past. They look for occasions to celebrate and while other places would have nixed the idea of a poison plant festival, it stuck in Columbia. The rest is history!

Fall Events  in Columbia, California

  • California Admission Day
  • Back to School 1861
  • Poison Oak Show
  • Fiddle & Banjo Contest with Chili Cook-off
  • Annual Harvest Festifall
  • Stories in Stone
  • Illumination of the Jack-O'-Lanterns
  • A Miner's Christmas

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