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Teddy Bear gathering in Nevada City may be the last

The possible loss of one of Nevada City’s happiest events resounded throughout the West when Ted d’Bear, Chairbear, recently said, “This may be the public’s last chance to see the Nevada City Teddy Bears because, sadly, we might soon be going into permanent hibernation.”

He emphasized the 27th convention will probably not be repeated in the years to come. D’Bear said that everyone is invited and is urged to bring their own teddy to join in the farewells.

Miners Foundry will be the site of this historic gathering of thousands of Teddy Bears, their fans and friends, at the 27th Annual International Teddy Bear Convention Friday and Saturday.

Local teddy bear artists and exhibitors from all over the United States will show and sell new bears, antique collectors’ teddy bears, and inexpensive teddies for children as well as furniture, accessories and materials for creating dolls and bears.

There will be daily door prizes and raffles. PJ’s of Nevada City will offer delicious, economical food and refreshments for Teddy Bear picnics. Teddy expert John Port will be on hand for free appraisals. On Saturday, Darlene Bennett will teach teddy bear making for a fee that includes entrance and all materials.

“For more than a hundred years the teddy bear has been the world’s most collectible toy,” D’Bear said, “A comfortable friend, and universal icon of hope and cheer.” The teddy bears of Nevada City have continued the teddy tradition for more than a quarter century.

The American Victorian Museum, Inc., nonprofit educational foundation since 1972, sponsors the event.

Tickets are good both days and for returns.

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