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Secession Days brings back Wild West

Lindsey Croft

The Rough and Ready Secession Days is a rare glimpse into our county’s Wild West past. Since 1957, Rough and Ready has given Nevada County an event to remember, and this year is no different.

Featuring “The Saga of Rough and Ready” performed by the Rough and Ready Rascals, live music by the Fruit Jar Pickers, blacksmith demonstrations, an antique car parade and many other exciting activities for children, as well as adults, the 1850s’ costumed characters of Rough and Ready are prepared for a fanfare of fun.

New to the festive ensemble this year will be medicine man and famed storyteller Richard Gill, who has told his Western tales throughout the country. His famed frontier stories include the likes of “The Rain Man” and “Gun Slinger.”

The celebration of the three-month 1850 secession of Rough and Ready from the Union will begin Sunday, June 24, at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast.

All proceeds benefit three nonprofit Rough and Ready organizations.

WHAT: Rough and Ready Secession Days, celebrating the 1850 secession of Rough and Ready from the Union and the formation and the three-month life of the Great Republic of Rough and Ready.

WHEN: Sunday, June 24, beginning at 8 a.m.

WHERE: Downtown Rough and Ready, located 5 miles west of Grass Valley on Rough and Ready Highway.


INFORMATION: Contact Everette Burkard at (530) 432-1501

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