Thousands of visitors are expected at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Park in Coloma on Saturday when free activities are held celebrating pioneer history.
Last year’s Pioneer History Day drew between 4,000 and 5,000 people, according to organizers. While the event is free, there is an $8 state parking fee.
Among the attractions: musical performers on two stages, wagon rides, doll- and brick-making, gold panning and actors in costumes reminiscent of the 1800s. A cannon will shoot penny candy to then be gathered by children.
The day begins at 9 a.m. and continues to 3 p.m. A 10 a.m. parade will be followed by a flag posting and musket salute.
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Booths will represent significant historical events, including the Bear Flag revolt, gold discovery, Buffalo soldiers, early railroading and the Ship Brooklyn, which carried 239 Mormons from New York City to San Francisco in 1846.
Other activities will feature a photo both, pioneer toys and candle making. The event is sponsored by the California Pioneer Heritage Foundation in conjunction with Sacramento and Roseville public affairs councils of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.