By John Lullo
Special to Plumas News
With the final numbers tabulated, 309 patrons attended the first Summerfest celebration since the pandemic at White Sulphur Springs Ranch in Clio. Last seen in 2017, David John and the Comstock Cowboys were the featured entertainment and the crowd gave them a hearty welcome. As usual, fans from Virginia City came dressed in period costumes and used the dance floor in front of the stage. The Mohawk Valley Stewardship Council (MVSC) is dedicated to restoring the old ranch site and they depend on this non-profit fundraiser to continue the effort.
The Roberti brothers of Loyalton served as auctioneers and added an upbeat dimension to the live auction. The top-dollar item was an LLBean canoe which sold for $1,000. The wine trunk was worth over $600 and the person with the right key was Sandee Gibson.
About 100 guests took the tour of the refurnished interior of the old ranch house. Volunteer chairperson and docent Judy Porep-Lullo greeted them in period costume.
Chicken, ribs and all the trimmings were provided by team leaders Jay and Barbi Hendrick ,Nancy Degger and a hardworking group of volunteers. Rudy Degger manned the margarita bar and sold 183 drink tickets.
Dan Duculescu of Concord, CA, won the raffle and took home a beautifully crafted, ruby studded belt buckle designed by Vogt Silversmiths. Tim Buckhout’s Porta Saloon served beer and Dink and Dave Rife emptied 61 bottles to serve all those drinking wine.
Yvonne Ware of Clio served as event chair this year. A volunteer core of over 70 MVSC members handled the preparation, the crowd and everything except for the wind, which was so strong it blew the shade screen down. Over 60 donors of goods and services from all over Plumas County, Reno, Palm Springs and Sparks made the auctions and the food services spectacular.
Summerfest 2022 was a sellout about three weeks prior to the date of the event. Readers are urged to reserve the last Sunday in June next year for Summerfest 2023.