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Monday, April 23, 2012

Fairs and Festivals in California's Gold Country

A visit to California's Gold Country, where gold was discovered in 1849, is perfect any time of year with the state's temperate climate.  But to step back in history or experience that small town feeling, there are some 30 unique and notable events to consider when making plans to visit California, from a frog jubilee to the oldest bicycle race on the west coast. 
The reference to the frog jubilee of course is the Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee from May 17 to 20, Calaveras County. Immortalized by Mark Twain's short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", the bug-eyed amphibian has gone on to achieve international star status and its own jubilee. 
Individuals and teams (and their frogs) flock to Calaveras County to participate. The Fair also includes a children’s parade, rodeo, destruction derby, livestock exhibits, musical entertainment, midway rides, country crafts, and both amateur and professional art exhibits. 
One of America's top cycling events, the Nevada City Bike Classic celebrates its 52nd anniversary this year on June 17 and many of the nation's top cyclists are expected to be on hand in historic downtown Nevada City.  It is the oldest and largest bike race on the West Coast, and the second-oldest race in the nation.  
Historic Nevada City is draped with flags and bunting and provides a colorful backdrop as cyclists whiz through the downtown area, spokes flashing and crowds cheering.   Action begins at 1:00pm and the last cyclist is seen about six hours later. 
Go to the Gold Country Visitors Association for details of the many other events in California’s Gold Country. 
For more information about top events in California take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in California.