PINE CONE CONTESTS
Pine Cone Contest
The 2023 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!
Victor and LeeAnn each won $869 in prizes - just by walking and exploring the Forest!
Start looking now for 2023!
Cones must be turned in by NOON at the Festival. Late entries are not eligible.
2022 prizes were:
-2022-2023 Anytime Season Pass to Snow Valley Mountain Resort value $349
-Lodging at Pine Rose Cabins value $250
-Cross Country Ski or Snow Shoe Certificate for rentals, pass & hot cocoa
-$100 Gift certificate to Jensens
- $50 Gift Card to The Grill
If the record is broken, the winner would receives additional prizes.
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".
Alex Chacon of the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District (IERCD) was the judge in 2022. 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.
This is a "green" or "close" coulter
- not eligible!
These are open or seasoned coulters
- they are eligible
2023 winners are:
Youth - 6th grade and under
1st place - Ryuk Meyer from Crestline
2nd place - Kilian Isaman from Upland
3rd place - Sawyer Wooley
Teens - 7th thru 12th grades
1st place - Emma Morton of Blue Jay
2nd place - Lysander Morton of Blue Jay
3rd place - Isabella Morton of Blue Jay
1st place - Rosalinda Bradford of Fontana
2nd place - Sarah Elbrt Berns of Crestline
3rd place (tie) - Darlene Coriz of Crestline
3rd place (tie) - Linda Frank of Laguna Hills
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:
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:
Grand Prize Overall Male & Female Winners
can win a Season Pass to Snow Valley
valued at $349 - won by Noah Lamperts and
Grand Prize: Overall Youth (10 & under)
Male & Female Winners win a 1/2 Day Children's
Learning Center Lesson with equipment rental
valued at $149 - won by Deegen Newman and
For a complete list of 2022 winners click here
Prizes for each age/gender Category are:
• First Prize 3 lift tickets to
Snow Valley Mountain Resort ($207 value)
• Second Prize 2 lift tickets to
Snow Valley Mountain Resort ($138 value)
• Third Prize 1 lift ticket to
Snow Valley Mountain Resort ($69 value)
Plus ski passes & lessons for the Youth Overall
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
Sponsored by :
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 next year?