The popular Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is hosting a special fundraiser on Sunday, June 24 to help raise money for the Children’s Museum of the Sierra in Oakhurst.
“We’re happy to help out the other museums in the area,” said Max Stauffer, owner of the historic railroad which also includes the Thornberry Museum showcasing the history of the region.
“The Children’s Museum is a special place where kids can get excited about science and learning while having fun playing. It’s an important place for our community,” he said.
Guests will be able to enjoy the 12:30 ride on the historic steam engine followed by a barbecue lunch with live music for $25 for adults, or $12 for kids 12 or younger. All money raised will go to the Children’s Museum through the Jarrod 4 Mayor Campaign, which is part of the Oakhurst Honorary Mayor Race.
As Oakhurst is unincorporated, the town just south of Yosemite National Park has no city council or mayor. The Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce instead sponsors the honorary race, where “candidates” raise money for charity. Each dollar raised is a vote and the candidate that raises the most money for their charity wins the race. Jarrod Lyman is generating funds for the Children’s Museum of the Sierra.
“They’ve had some hardships imposed on them in the way of cost increases that have put a damper on their budget,” Lyman said. “The race, combined with their new programs that have really increased the museum attendance will not only help shore up the budget, but we’re hoping will let us start looking for a new location. A new home will give us the self-sufficiency so we won’t have to keep coming back to the community for help, but instead show off new exhibits and programs.”
The Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is a historic trip through time aboard one of two nearly century-old Shay locomotives. Once used to haul lumber through the mountains, the steam engines now take passengers through the Sierra National Forest as they learn about the loggers, miners and others who settled the area in the 1800’s.
To make reservations for the fundraising ride, call (559) 683-7273. For more about the race, visit www.Jarrod4Mayor.com.