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Miners’ Picnic provides glimpse into area’s past

Saturday marks the 109th time the community supports a Miners’ Picnic at Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley.

Picnic activities similar to those held 109 years ago will be re-created Saturday. These activities include a ladies slipper-kicking contest, gold panning (for a fee), three-legged races, gunny-sack races and egg-on-spoon races. The picnic was originally a fund-raiser for families of miners injured or killed in the gold mines; the modern-day picnic gives a glimpse into early Grass Valley.

Living history volunteers will portray life at the mine, Bourn Cottage and clubhouse in 1905. Volunteers will also re-enact a rescue during a mine disaster.

The Nevada Union Jazz Band, the Tommyknocker Cloggers and a magician will entertain during the afternoon.

The picnic is from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Admission is $3 for anyone 17 and older, $1 for ages 6 to 16 and free for children under 6.

Cornish pasties, hot dogs, ice cream and beverages will be sold. Attendees can also bring picnic lunches into the park.

Empire Mine State Historic Park is at 10791 East Empire St.

Call 273-8522 or check http://www.empiremine.org for more information.

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