Blaze the trail September 28, 2019

Welcome

The art and agriculture communities of Plumas and Sierra Counties are inviting the public to spend an awesome autumn day, enjoying the history, culture and bounty of one of their treasures: Sierra Valley.

Trailheads

 

Visitors should plan on beginning the day at one of three "Trailhead" information centers positioned at convenient entry points into Sierra Valley:  The Sierra Valley Grange Hall in Vinton, Sierra Valley Farms in Beckwourth and the historic Sierraville School in Sierraville. Trailheads (open at 9:30 a.m.) will host local artists and will provide opportunities to: join in the passport fun (with your $20 donation), purchase a souvenir, pick up a paper map to all event sites and plan the rest of your day with a knowledgeable volunteer.


Trailhead Addresses:

 

·  Sierraville School - 305 Lincoln Street, Sierraville, CA

·  Sierra Valley Farms - 1329 County Road A-23, Beckwourth, CA

·  Sierra Valley Grange Hall - 92202 Highway 70, Vinton, CA

Event Details

When, Where

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September 28, 2019, Sites open: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Prize drawing, dinner & auction:  4 - 6 p.m.
Location:  Sierra Valley, CA - shared by Plumas and Sierra Counties
30 miles NW of Reno, 24 miles NW of Truckee.

Pick up a free printed map at a Trailhead.

The signs shown above will help mark the sites.
Price for trail access:  Free 

Roberti Ranch Tour

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 One of our event sites – the Roberti Ranch – will be offering three bus tours. On each tour, guests will:


  • Learn about hay and cattle production.
  • Visit a 120-year old barn and hear about its history.
  • View wildlife and learn about the family’s efforts to maintain and enhance wildlife habitat in Sierra Valley.
  •  See one of the oldest homestead houses in the Valley – built in the 1860s .


Tours will last approximately 1.5 hours and there is a limited number of seats.

 

The Passport

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For a $20 donation, which helps pay for signage, port-a-potties and all the other expenses of putting on the event, you will receive a limited-edition Sierra Valley Art + Ag Trail Passport, featuring iconic photographs from Sierra Valley and spaces to collect stamps as you travel the Trail. A fundraiser for the event, the Passport is a great keepsake item, a fun activity and an entry into our amazing prize drawing. Passports and prize drawing tickets will be available online before the event and at Trailheads on the day of the event.

Prize Drawing

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 The Sierra Valley Art + Ag Trail is blessed with a generous community, including our artists and exhibitors, many of whom donate some of their beautiful artwork for a prize drawing that serves as a fundraiser to keep the event going. Purchasing an event passport gets you two prize drawing tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased for $5 each. The drawing will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Sierra Valley Grange Hall on the day of the event. 

Sierra Valley Barn Quilts

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Travelers along the Art & Ag trail will be treated to a permanent art installation in Sierra Valley. Barn quilts honor the economic, cultural, and historical contribution of ranching and farming to our rural communities, while celebrating one of America’s historic art forms, the quilt block. With the support of a grant from the California Arts Council, local artists, quilters and ranchers came together under the guidance of the Sierra County Arts Council to create the Sierra Valley Barn Quilt Trail. The Barn Quilt patterns speak to the Valley’s Swiss-Italian heritage, wildlife and agricultural foundation. They add a story and a splash of color to grand old structures around the Valley.

Dinner & Festivities

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Trail-weary pioneers are encouraged to stop by the Sierra Valley Grange Hall in Vinton from 4 – 6 p.m. for the end-of-day activities. Following the 4:30 p.m. prize drawing, you won’t want to miss the Plumas-Sierra Cattlemen’s Association & the Plumas-Sierra Cattlewomen’s delicious tri-tip dinner. These folks know their way around a grill and a cut of beef, so this is not a stop to be missed. (Vegetarian option also available.) This will be an opportunity to catch up with friends, compare passport stamps, swap stories and refuel for the drive home. Dinner will be followed by an entertaining live auction that will send you home with a smile on your face and maybe something special for your home.