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Step back in time to Gold Rush Grass Valley

Jennifer Terman
Staff Writer

Downtown Grass Valley will celebrate its gold mining roots this weekend with Gold Rush Days.

The event will include various mining-based events, music by Past Due and Playable and The Humbug Band, and blackjack tables by Towers Casino.

"We're excited because it's the first event we've done outside of Cornish Christmas that really celebrates our heritage," said Grass Valley Downtown Association Executive Director Julia Jordan.

One of the larger attractions is an exhibit that features living history, blacksmiths, gold-panning and mining equipment by the Empire Mine and South Yuba River state park associations.

The exhibit came together with the effort of the park associations, which supplied gold-panning materials.

The Empire Mine association enlisted the help of blacksmiths and mining re-enactors.

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"It's great," said Sean Gilleran, who is general manager of Gold Miner's Inn Holiday Inn Express, a committee member for Gold Rush Days and a board member of the Empire Mine association.

"It's nice to see the whole community is involved. Everybody has a little piece of it, so it's nice."

Other events include Dr. Solar's Magical Medicine Show, local history writers at The Bookseller, a performance by the Rough and Ready Chamber of Commerce to feature their upcoming Succession Days, Bradshaw Balloon show, "Trapper and Traders" by The Trading Post, old-time pictures from True Grit Studios and information from the Italian Cultural Center about Nevada County's Italian history.

Stores throughout downtown feature decorated storefronts, including the Owl Grill and Saloon. Participants are encouraged to dress in 1800s garb to compete in a costume contest.

Those who attend can also taste the traditional flavors of Marshall's Pasties and sarsaparilla from River City Brewing Company.

Sunday morning there will be a "Cowboy Church" at 9 a.m., followed by a $5 pancake breakfast by Caroline's Coffee and the Owl Grill Saloon at 134 Mill St.

"The whole purpose is to get involved, so there will be quite a few merchants and stores will be open," Jordan said. "Everybody is really supportive. It's just going to be so much fun."

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email or call 530-477-4230.

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