At the very tip of Northern California's central valley and about 10 miles south of Lake Shasta lies the city of Redding, California. With beginnings, dating back to the 1840s, the surrounding area is packed with early Americana and a populace friendly to 20th century automobilia. Proof positive is that Redding has had a dragstrip since 1948, converted from the old Redding Airport and the strip has been NHRA sanctioned since 1955. In association with Kool April Nights, Kool April Drags celebrates the drag racing portion of the weeklong event so participants can bring home the bacon, or get shut down trying. Held on the grounds of the Redding Convention Center, Kool April Nights celebrated its 20th anniversary in '09 and the dates for 2010 are April 14-19, when the event celebrates its 21st year.