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Happy 156th Birthday Copperopolis

Copperopolis will be celebrating its 156th birthday this Saturday.

Sigrid Kerh, Copperopolis Community Center Treasurer, was Friday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

In 1860 when Copperopolis was first founded, there was no Lake Tulloch as it is a man made reservoir. The region rapidly grew into a very populated community, thanks to the excitement of the gold rush.

This 156th birthday celebration, also known as the ‘Copperopolis Homecoming’ will take place in ‘Old Town Copper’ along O’Byrnes Ferry Road, with a pancake breakfast that will be served from 8 am – 10:30 am inside of the Armory.

Music will be provided by Don Williams, the Calaveras Community Band and the Community Jazz Band. Additionally, the Copperopolis Quilters will hold a quilt raffle.

All of the proceeds from the breakfast and raffle will support the preservation of the Armory and the 1865 brick church.

Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $4 for children ages 10 and under.

The Copperopolis Community Center volunteers put on the Homecoming each year. Until recently, the day included a parade. The overall “Copperopolis” mailing address area takes up several miles of land but Kerh emphasizes that it is important to preserve the historical nature and buildings of the old town section, which is located just south of Highway 4.

Kehr has lived in the community since 1990 and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47 am.