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Largest Event Of The Year In Groveland

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This Saturday, the Yosemite Highway 120 Chamber of Commerce will host the largest event of the year in Groveland; the annual 49er Festival and Chili Cook-off.

Peggy Mosley, one of the Board of Directors with the Chamber, was Wednesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”

Saturday’s events begin in Groveland at 8 AM with a pancake breakfast at the Community Center hosted by the Odd Fellows and the Rebeccas, followed by the the annual flyover and parade on Main Street (Highway 120) beginning at 9 AM.

After the parade, most of the events will move to Mary Laveroni Community Park with music, vendor booths, kids activities, live and silent auctions, beer, wine, the famous chili-cook-off, a salsa cook-off and other food too.

Last year was economically devastating for Groveland, which relies heavily on tourism, due to the Government Sequester which closed Yosemite National Park and the Rim Fire (California’s third largest wildfire in history).

By the time the 49er Festival arrived, participants were greeted that afternoon with a torrential downpour of rain and lightning and the event came to a quick end.

According to Mosley, the tourists came back this Summer and the entire community is ready to welcome visitors to the town for this Saturday’s events.

For more information regarding the ’49er Festival, Chili and Salsa Cook-Off, log onto

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard every weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45 AM.

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