Gearing Up for Gold Rush Day!

The Angels Camp Commemorative Committee of the Angels Camp Business Association is busy preparing for its third annual Gold Rush Day and Street Fair in historic downtown Angels Camp from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. Admission to the festivities is free and a free shuttle service from Bret Harte High School and Frogtown will be offered for attendees.DSC_0432 A tribute to Angels Camp’s rich history, Gold Rush Day
will showcase three stages of live
music and entertainment, street
vendors of all descriptions, Old West reenactments, a miner’s encampment, a working replica of the Angels Brothers Trading Post tent, gold panning, children’s activities and a variety of foods and beverages. Special guests Henry Angel and Mark Twain (talented impersonators) are scheduled to appear, along with acclaimed musicians Grover Anderson and his band, Route 88 , The Fabulous Off Brothers, Sierra Mountain Band, and Maria Behm. “This event continues to draw thousands of visitors and residents to celebrate California’s Gold Rush,” said Donna Stevenson, ACCC chairwoman. “We’ve extended event
hours this year and plan to make it the best Gold Rush Day we’ve ever had.” Right now the ACCC is seeking vendors, volunteers and entertainers to assist with the event.

“We also want to invite any type of Gold Rush activities to join in the celebration, such as blacksmiths, weavers, spinners, quilters, candle or soap makers – anyone that would like to demonstrate in our mini gold rush town,” said Karon Knuist, event manager and administrator for the ACBA .

Vendor spaces (10-feet by 10-feet) are $100 each for craft and food booths, $50 for ACBA members and Angels Camp Farmers Market vendors or $30 for nonprofit
organizations. Contact Knuist at 209-736-1333 or angelscampcelebrates@gmail.com to reserve a space. Main Street (Highway 49) will be closed to through traffic from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 18 from the intersection of Murphys Grade Road north to Vallecito Road. Volunteers are needed for traffic control, set-up and clean-up, parking, and other duties. Interested volunteers should contact Knuist.
“We’re asking people to pen it in on their calendars because this is an event they won’t want to miss,” Knuist enthused.