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Mountain Mandarin Festival celebrates local crop

• 20TH ANNUAL MOUNTAIN MANDARIN FESTIVAL

Where: Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

Admission: $7 general; $5 seniors age 65 and up; children age 12 and under admitted free; parking, $5.

Details: www.mandarinfestival.com, (916) 663-1918

Celebrate the new Placer County crop of Satsuma mandarins at this colorful citrus-themed festival. Besides many mandarin-related activities such as cooking contests and chef demonstrations, find more than 200 arts and crafts vendors offering unique gift and home items. Sample such treats as mandarin BBQ sauces, syrups, olive oils, dressings and, of course, fresh, easy-to-peel fruit. Meet growers and take home some mandarins, too.

– Debbie Arrington

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