Take your family back to the Gold Rush era
When: September 28 & 29
Where: Downtown Angels Camp
Parking: Special shuttles will run from the parking lots at Bret Harte High School and the Calaveras County Fair Grounds to the event.
On Saturday, September 29th, the historic streets of Angels Camp will be shut down for a full-day event for the first time in more than 50 years. The occasion? To celebrate the city’s 100th anniversary and take visitors into the past when events like the famous Frog Jump were held here in the 1920′s and ’30′s.
The festivities will start on Friday evening, September 28, with a Kick-Off Concert in Utica Park from 6 to 9 pm. Then, the Street Fair takes place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event will stretch from Utica Park, along Main Street, to Angels Creek and will include entertainment like Western gun fights, a frog jump, an old-fashioned soap box derby, pony rides and a variety of local music.
Also, just off Main Street in the area dubbed “The Wine ‘n Cigar Lounge”–in the parking lot behind Sue’s Café, Crusco’s Italian Ristorante and Sidewinder’s–local wineries will pour a selection of their finest wines, professional cigar rollers will demonstrate their techniques, and the restaurants will serve out of their back doors like establishments did in the Gold Rush era when they offered miners their house specialties.
The Calaveras Visitors Center parking lot will be the site for the centennial frog jump arena, as well as the old-style Western shoot-outs staged by Sierra Nevada Guns for Hire. Next door, a beer garden will fill the side street of Hardscrabble Lane and the Soap Box Derby will be held at the north end of Utica Park. Utica Park will also provide tons of family activities including pony rides, face-painting, artists and craft vendors, and beer, wine and food vendors.
This a free, family-friendly event that’s not to be missed. After all, how often does a centennial celebration come along?
For more information contact the Angels Camp Business Association at 209-736-1333.