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Swing on by the annual Autumn Shindig

There is only one place in Nevada County where you can eat organic cotton candy, play a fierce game of tug-o-war, buy freshly harvested carrots and listen to really good locally brewed music all at the same event.

That is the annual Autumn Shindig at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center. Fall has arrived in earnest, and it’s time to take a break from the work of summer, gather with friends and neighbors and get ready for the coming of winter.

The Shindig has become a favorite event over the last few years for everyone who attends.

There is always a foot-stomping revue of local talent on the stage all day, with cold beer, home-made tamales and cotton candy to eat while you dance around.

This year’s lineup is the Ruckrich Family Band, Buffalo Gals, April & the Red Bud Ramblers, Purdon’s Crossing, Cousin Cricket and Wonderfunk. There are lots of good old-fashioned games for kids with fun prizes. Plus, the Shindig boasts a huge array of crafts, gifts and farm items.

Part carnival, harvest fair, farmer’s market and old timey hoedown the Autumn Shindig has a bit of something for everyone. Where else can you get fresh honey, pumpkins, wreaths, a hand made dress and let your children run around playing games, getting their face painted while you watch good music from a comfortable straw bale perch?

Parking and admission is free. The Schoolhouse is a 136-year-old gathering place on top of an oak and cedar covered hill with sheep, goats, guinea hens and old barns around it.

It happens the third Sunday in October, this year that means Sunday, Oct. 17. This year there will be a pie contest at 2 p.m., so bring your best homemade pie. There will be a kids talent show from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., so kids should bring their best magic tricks and dance routines to share.

Bring your spending purse for your wooden tokens; pack up the friends and kids, but please leave the pets at home.

Take Highway 49 toward Downieville, turn on Tyler Foote and drive about eight miles. Don’t follow online or GPS directions or you might have a real adventure!

Come on up and have some autumn fun on the San Juan Ridge.

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