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Mark Twain Wild West Fest Takes Over Angels Camp

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The second annual Mark Twain Wild West Fest will take place this Saturday, from 10 am to 5 pm, on Main Street in historic downtown Angels Camp.

Debbie Ponte, volunteer and co-chair of the Mark Twain Wild West Fest, was Friday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

According to Ponte, the Mark Twain Wild West Fest is a celebration of the 19th Century Wild West Gold Rush-era of the Mother Lode.

A parade will be held after the opening ceremonies at 10 AM. The largest American Flag in Calaveras County will be featured.

Featured throughout the day is music and entertainment; beer, wine, a flapjack breakfast (7 – 11 AM at St Patrick’s Church) and numerous street vendors with food, clothing, arts, hobbies and crafts.

In addition, historical impersonators who made the American West great will be in attendance, including Mark Twain himself.

The Mark Twain Wild West Fest is also offering raffle tickets with the grand prize with a choice of six beautiful gold nuggets or $3,000 in cash. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the festival. The drawing will take place at 4 PM.

Attendees are encouraged to attend in costumes representing the Wild West, Western, Gold Rush era.

The Mark Twain Wild West Fest began as the Gold Rush Day in 2012 to honor the special milestones in Angels Camp history. In 2015, the event was cancelled due to the Butte Fire. As plans began in 2016, the Angels Camp Commemorative Committee realized not only did Mark Twain have a lasting influence on Angels Camp, where he found his voice and world-wide fame in the creation of his tale, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, but there was much more history to be told through the creation of a more dramatic, expressive, expansive and immersive Mother Lode historical event in downtown Angels Camp.

The admission and parking are free all day. Complimentary golf cart shuttle service will be provided from the parking lots at the Bret Harte High School and St Patricks Catholic Church.

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The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard every weekday morning at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45 on AM 1450 and FM 102.7 KVML.

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