The Gold Country Fair celebrates local agricultural history, cultural heritage, and the timeless sights and sounds of a bustling midway. Pop in Thursday for livestock competitions in one of three show rings, explore 4-H and FFA projects, or attend Sunday’s awards ceremony to see if anyone broke the record for world’s densest squash. Merchants and community organizations pack Placer Hall’s commercial exhibition, hawking their wares and ideas to passersby in a convival bazaar-like atmospehere. On Thursday at 6 p.m., a parade marches through the fairgrounds, and on Sunday at 2 p.m., performers swagger, spiel, and sing for glory in a talent contest.
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Mother Lode River Center sits amid tall oak trees on a 19-acre plot of Sierra wilderness. Also adding to the site's natural majesty is a half-mile stretch of land on the American River's south fork. When guests arrive here, staff members welcome them with an open embrace and an encouraging smile, pointing the way along indigenous river rock pathways to the many camp activities and accommodations. With its perch on the American River, it's no surprise that the center's marquee activity is its whitewater rafting, which the center has been practicing for four decades.
Even with all the outdoor creature comforts that await guests—a commercial kitchen, modern showers, "glamour" camping—Mother Lode maintains a steadfast commitment to education and wildlife. A river science program acquaints students with the local riparian environment, and the gold rush/Native American history program shows youngsters what life would have been like here many years ago. The center also prides itself as a beacon of environmental stewardship, engaging in sustainable practices such as solar power, organic gardening, and yodeling to produce energy.
Equipment: Rouge, GetRxd, WOD
Students should bring: Water, towel and a great attitude
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come ready to work out and have a great time.