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Sonora, CA — Several events are planned for tomorrow. An important event this weekend says they want to help the fairgrounds survive for another 75 years. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mother Lode Fairground, the event hopes to raise enough money to help the fairgrounds stay open all year despite the state cutting funding. Admission to the event and parking are free. Event goers can by tickets for a barbecue offered between 1 and 7pm. There will also be music, raffles, auctions, displays, demonstrations, craft vendors and children’s activities. Ticket information is available here.

Calaveras Big Trees annual celebration of “Family Day” is set for Saturday August 18. The celebration features educational and fun programs on wild animals, a visit by Smokey Bear, a Birds of Prey exhibit, activity booths and lots of activities for children and youth. This annual event is hosted by Calaveras Big Trees Association, the non-profit group that raises money to support educational and interpretive activities within the park.

Crafts and programs running from 10am to 3pm at the Big Trees Park will feature the popular “Wild Things” program at 12:30 pm. There will be a butterfly release at 2:30pm. Booths will be staffed by MiWok Indians, fly fishing experts, volunteers from the Logging Museum and provide a hands-on reptile display and a fire truck demonstration. Food and drink will be available, or participants can bring a picnic. More details are in our event calendar here.

There are also two benefits on Saturday, “Heidi’s Big Hearted Yard Sale Fundraiser” more information available here, and the “Zackery Smith Benefit Spaghetti Dinner, Auction & Raffle” here.

Other weekend events include music and movies in the local parks and all the local farmer’s markets will continue into September and some will continue to the end of October.

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