Gold Discovery Days at Plumas Eureka State Park returns July 16 and 17

Gold Discovery Days are nearly upon us once more, with the Plumas Eureka State Park Association (PESPA) in Johnsville, welcoming all to enjoy the weekend of Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The free family friendly event features a wide array of fun, historical activities, including gold panning, wagon rides, pine needle basketry, wool spinning, candle making, and wood working.

There will be additional children’s archaeological dig this year, as well as nineteenth century children’s yard games and a kid’s archaeological dig.

For the history buff, there will be tours made available of the Assay office and the Moriarty House, blacksmith demonstrations and museum displays.

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The Rotary of Portola will be hosting the annual pancake breakfast at the park from 8 am to 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 17. Tickets for the breakfast may be purchased in advance at the PESP Museum Store, at $10 per person for adults and $5 per child aged 10 and under.

The Graeagle Lions will be hosting a barbecue on both July 16 and 17. There will also be a prize drawing fundraiser and opportunities to take photos in period costume. For more information, visit plumas-eureka.org.

Dennis Black serves as resident blacksmith and one of many volunteers dressed in period attire at Plumas-Eureka State Park, and in addition to blacksmithing, shares skills in wood working with attendees. All are invited to step back in time at the upcoming 2022 Gold Discovery Days on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17. photo by Lauren Westmoreland