Shirl Mendonca: Celebrate fall at the Bridgeport festival |

Shirl Mendonca: Celebrate fall at the Bridgeport festival

A hayride with a vintage tractor is just one of the offerings on tap at Bridgeport for its fall festival.
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Fall is here and it is time to get outside and soak up the great energy in the air as we turn to crisp, cooler days.

This is a perfect time of year to drive up to the South Yuba River State Historic Park at Bridgeport just a few miles north of Lake Wildwood on Pleasant Valley Road. And what could be better than a day of wonderful family activities in a beautiful setting of river, trees, and history? Mark your calendars for Oct. 23 and the annual Bridgeport Fall Festival celebration that will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Besides gold panning and hay rides in a wagon drawn by a vintage tractor, you will also be able to tour the 1860s historic barn and the 1920s gas station. You can also try your hand at basket weaving and wool spinning and/or enjoy learning more about the live wild birds that will be on hand with the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release of Grass Valley.

Children will be able to paint pumpkins, make bird feeders, play games, and watch a magic show performed by Bernard Bradshaw. Top the day off with live music by the Buffalo gals while picnicking under the shade of the large oak trees. Bring your own picnic or enjoy the different food that will be for sale including BBQ, baked potatoes, frozen yogurt and root beer floats.

Volunteers from the “Save our Bridge” campaign will also be on hand to answer questions about renovation plans for the covered bridge. While the bridge is closed to all traffic during renovation, you will be able to peer through a fence to see what is going on.

Bridgeport is located at 17660 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley, Calif. For more information, go to or call 530-432-2546. Admission is free, parking is $5, and this is an event the whole family will enjoy. See you there.

Just as a reminder, the Farmer’s Market at Western Gateway Park will continue through Oct. 27. Lots of vendors are on hand with everything from organic and non-organic fresh produce, fruit, meat, and eggs. There are also vendors offering flowers, homemade soaps and crafts, olive oil, and gift items.

The market is open on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The park is located at 18560 Penn Valley Drive.

Got a tip about someone or something in Lake Wildwood or Penn Valley? Contact Shirl Mendonca at

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