‘Varmint’s’ demise retold | TheUnion.com

‘Varmint’s’ demise retold

The Republic of Rough and Ready lasted only three months, but residents continue to celebrate the town’s three-month secession from The Union in 1850.

Sunday’s Secession Day festivities drew a crowd of about 200 people to the town’s center. Visitors ate grilled corn on the cob and fresh pies and enjoyed activities such as blacksmith demonstrations and an antique car parade. The Rough and Ready Fruit Jar Pickers serenaded the crowd with down-home tunes.

In Secession Day tradition, the Rough and Ready Players performed “The Saga of Rough and Ready,” re-enacting the mining dispute that led to the hanging of the “yellow-bellied, city slicker, claim-jumpin’ varmint” who caused the secession so many years ago.

Rough and Ready has hosted this event since 1957. All monies raised will benefit three nonprofit Rough and Ready organizations.

-The Union Staff

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