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Pine Cone Contest

Last year's winners were:
Coulter pine -LeeAnn Tallman, whose cone weighed 4 lbs, 4 oz. LeeAnn found her cone in Twin Peaks

Sugar pine - Victor Medeiros, whse cone measured 20-1/8 inches. Vicgtor found his cone in  Cedarpines Park. Enter your pine cone in the World's Largest Pine Cone Contest!

You must turn your cone in at the Pine Cone Contest booth next to the stage by NOON on October 7th

 Late entries are not eligible.

2023 prizes are:
-2022-2023 Anytime Season Pass to Snow Valley Mountain Resort value up to $719

-Lodging at Pine Rose Cabins value $250

-Cross Country Ski or Snow Shoe Certificate for rentals, pass & hot cocoa
Value $120

-$100 Gift certificate to Jensens

- $50 Gift Card to The Grill

If the record is broken, the winner receives prizes valued at $1599 the above items, plus the Pine Rose lodging increased to $500 and a family (4 people) pass & parking pass to Snow Drift Snow Tubing Park value $110.

Winners are announced at 1pm.

Please note: record breakers remain the property of the Pine Cone Festival and will be displayed at Pine Rose Cabins in Twin Peaks.  All other entries must be collected by the owner by 3:30pm or will be made available for anyone who wants them or disposed of by the Festival.

Coulter pines and Sugar pines only. Coulters are measured by weight and Sugar pines are measured by length.

There is a winner in each category every year, but if your cone breaks the record there is a special Record Breaker prize!

The record to beat for Coulter is 5lbs, 2.8 oz. The length to beat for Sugar pine is  23-1/4".

A representative from the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District (IERCD) will be the judge in 2023. All decisions are final. In the case of a tie, there are guidelines in place for breaking the tie - only one winner per cone type.

PLEASE NOTE: For Coulter pines they cannot be "closed or "green" - this isn't a color, it is a state of the pine cone where the spikes are closed up.  Please don't let your cone sit outside in wet weather before the contest as that can cause them to close up and be disqualified. For sugar pines, the STEM is not included in the length. See samples below. Speak with the judge at the Festival if you have any questions.
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This is a "green" or "close" coulter

- not eligible!

These are open or seasoned coulters

- they are eligible

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Pine Cone

Craft Contest

What amazing thing can you make out of a Pine Cone? 




See RULES for On-Site creations! Check deadlines for entries!

Design you own charming pine cone craft! It can be humorous, beautiful, abstract or natural.  

1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Prizes will be awarded in three age groups:
6th grade & under, 7th thru 12th grades, and Adults.


Visitors  - adults AND children - will have an opportunity to design  craft items AT the Festival. Thanks to our sponsor, Church of the Woods,  all craft items and pine cones are provided at no charge.  Festival volunteers will assist the children in their efforts.  The craft designs may be taken home and/or entered in our Craft Contest.


All on-site entries must be turned in by 2pm the day of the Festival. Entries from home must be received by NOON.


Entries made at home may be submitted by 7th grade-12th grade and Adults ONLY.  These At-Home Entries  must be delivered to the Festival  by  Noon the day of the event.  MAX ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!  Entries must be collected by 3:30pm or will be disposed of by the Festival.

This contest is sponsored by:



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Pine Cone


​Every year the Pine Cone Olympics is a BIG HIT! We have had children as young as 2 and adults as old as 87 enter in the Olympics!

OLYMPICS COMPETITION OPEN from 10am to 2:30pm!

Get there early so you have time to improve your score!

Between 2:30pm and 3:30pm, you can still enjoy the Olympics,

but for fun, not part of the contest.

Three Olympic events:

• Pine Cone Archery

• Pine Cone Hoop Toss

• Pine Cone Shot Put

There are four age categories each

for males and females:


2023 Prizes


Prizes for each age/gender Category are:

*First Place Prize - Two (2) lift tickets good at Snow

Valley, Snow Summit, and/or Bear Mountain

*Second Place Prize - One family Pass (for 4) and parking

pass to Snow Drift Snow Tubing Park

*Third Place Prize - One (1) lift ticket good at Snow

Valley, Snow Summit, and/or Bear Mountain


Age groups are 10 and Under, 11 to 15, 16 to 54 and 55 & Up.

1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, Male & Female in each age

group.  You do not have to be present to win but be sure

your phone number is legible so we can contact you and

mail your prize!


Compete the first time FREE. Additional chances

to improve your score are $2 for all others each round.

All proceeds go to the Marching Band from

Rim of the World High School, who will be managing

the activities.

Sponsored by :



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A special activity at the Pine Cone Olympics is the First Responder Pine Cone Brigade!  Our local partners (CHP, CAL FIRE, USFS, SBC Sheriff's COPs & Explorers, SBC Fire and RS Fire) compete in the Pine Cone Olympics to take home the Pine Cone Brigade Trophy for their crews.

CAL FIRE successfully defended its championship but only through a tie-breaker with San Bernardino County Fire! The teams had the same score, and according to Olympic rules, ties are broken by the longest shot put distance, which was recorded by a CAL FIRE member this year!   So close!  


Who will be Champions this year?

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