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My Top 10, Vince Seck

Vince Seck
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Top 10 reasons for attending the 109th Miners’ Picnic at Empire Mine State Historic Park

1. It’s an opportunity to visit the most fabulous historic gold mine in California and walk through the 13 acres of manicured lawns and gardens.

2. Spend the morning in the mine yard, reliving history in the mine office, refinery, hoist house, compressor building, blacksmith shop, mine shaft, machine shop and wood shop.

3. Try your luck at gold panning.

4. Buy a raffle ticket to win a beautiful gold-on-quartz specimen valued at $400 or many other great prizes.

5. Enter the cottage or clubhouse and step back in time to 1905 when Teddy Roosevelt was president and Bat Masterson was a U.S. marshal. I get to talk to people who lived in that period of time.

6. To be able to sit back and enjoy the entertainment while eating a nice hot Cornish pastie or hot dog with a cold drink and an ice cream.

7. Listen to the squealing and laughing of the children playing old-fashioned games like sack racing, three-legged racing and slipper kicking. I would try it, but the kids never let me win.

8. Take a look at Ron Sturgell’s historical photos of Nevada County.

9. Do the cake walk. I can win this because I am used to going around in circles.

10. I like to support this park because it represents the real history of the area and the roots that were established by the people who built this community.


The 109th annual Miners’ Picnic is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4. For more information, call 273-8522.


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