MARIPOSA — This is the second year for the Mariposa Go West Festival in the historically charming California gold rush town named with the Spanish word for “butterfly.”
This family-friendly event features gold panning, roping contests, gun fight reenactments, live music, outhouse races, a petting zoo and much more. “Go back to the days of the Old West and experience what it was like during the Gold Rush” say organizers. “Join in by wearing your favorite cowboy or cowgirl outfit while enjoying all the activities as well as exploring the artisan and food booths.”
The festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 14, throughout the downtown area of Mariposa, with “gunslingers, an Indian village, gold panning competitions, out house races, vendors, music, line dancing, and other fun-for-the-whole-family events.”
The Mariposa Museum and History Center will be open so visitors can see an authentic gold stamp mill in operation. Well-known artist and elder Julia Parker and her daughter Lucy will be present for the day doing basket weaving demonstrations.
“Docents in period 19th-century costume will be on hand to answer questions, tell Mariposa ghost stories, and keep the fun rolling. Join in the fun, dress up in your best western style or period costume and come on down. Visit Mariposa on October 14 to celebrate heritage and have a grand old time!”