COUNTY – Since 1975, the Mariposa County Pioneer Wagon Train has made its historic trek from the Goat Meadow campground in Fish Camp to the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, following many of the old stage coach roads from the 1800s.
This 40th anniversary year, the ride takes place Wednesday, June 10 – Saturday, June 13, and everyone is invited to come along.
The Wagon Train covers this 32 mile trip over the course of three days, camping each night at a different site along the way. Dinner starts around the campfire on Wednesday night at Goat Meadow, and the journey ends on Saturday at a local ranch on Carleton Road.
The Wagon Train welcomes participation from owners of wagons and teams, horseback riders, and those who just want to walk the trail, pioneer-style. All participants are encouraged to dress in period costumes on the rides, around the campfires and especially for the Saturday night Dinner/Dance. Recognition will be given for “Most Authentic Attire” so don’t be shy.
In addition, the public is invited to attend and participate in all evening festivities throughout the three day event. Campfires begin at 5 p.m. along with music and cowboy poetry. If you play an instrument, say organizers, bring it along. Storytellers are also encouraged to share. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and raffle drawings are held throughout the evening.