Located 8 miles west of Elko on Interstate Highway 80 at the Hunter exit 292
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There will be formal presentations throughout the California Trail Days, as well as, a variety of family friendly activities and demonstrations.
Brief Descriptions of Formal Presentations:
Donation Ceremony – 9:30 am Saturday: A brief ceremony to accept a generous gift from Trails West Inc.
Black Powder Demonstrations: Costumed interpreters will demonstrate a variety of historic fire arms throughout the event.
Los Californios at 10:30 & 1:00 on Saturday and 11:30 & 3:00 on Sunday: Los Californios play and sing the secular music of California from the days when California was part of Spain and then Mexico. These sweet, melodic pieces include waltzes and polkas used for dancing, and songs about love and rancho life, often with comic lyrics. CDs will be available in the California Trail Shop.
Fiddle Tunes of the Overland Trail at 11:30 & 3:00 on Saturday and 10:30 & 1:00 on Sunday: Phil and Vivien Williams play the hoedowns, reels, waltzes, dance tunes, and songs that came to the West with the pioneers over the California Trail. This dynamic, foot stomping music is played on acoustic instruments - fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin - as it was in the old days. It brings back the images of relaxing after a hard day on the Trail, the evening dance, and the simple pleasures of having a good time playing music with friends and neighbors after the day's chores are done. CDs will be available in the California Trail Shop
Pony Express Demonstration – 12:30 & 2:00 Saturday and Sunday: 2010 marked the 150 year anniversary of the first pony express delivery of mail from Saint Joseph Missouri to Sacramento California. Learn the real stories of the men who carried the mail during this colorful part of American History and see re-enactors exchange mail on horseback.
Saturday Night Dance – 7:00 to 9:00: Join Southwind for a traditional old time dance on the outdoor plaza in front of the California Trail Center. Caller Rob snow will walk every one through the steps and moves. Definitely fun for the whole family, couples, and singles.
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