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2018 Sierra Valley Art and Ag Trail
September 29, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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 its treasures: Sierra Valley. Visitors will travel the Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail, with great views of Sierra Valley Barn Quilts and opportunities to visit market farms, working ranches, and a pumpkin patch, and to sample the wares of artists of every color – wood, paint, glass, ceramic, metal, fiber and more. The event offers a window into the past, when Sierra Valley was home to a large number of family-run dairies that supplied milk, cream and butter to the Comstock Lode miners in Virginia City. Guests will have a rare opportunity to visit privately owned 100+ year-old dairy barns, many built with hand-hewn timbers and wooden pegs, still serving today’s working ranches. Inside and around the barns, farms and other historic sites, talented local artists will be showing and selling their wares. Visitors will be offered opportunities to tour the sites and learn about the history and current uses and operations. The Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail event also offers children’s activities, artist demonstrations, inspired education about the sources of our food, and a raffle, featuring a keepsake passport for collecting stamps of local cattle brand insignia, artist’s marks and more along the Trail.
The Plumas-Sierra Cattlemen’s Association and Plumas-Sierra CattleWomen’s Association will be cooking up a delicious meal to end the day. Trail-weary pioneers are encouraged to stop by the Sierra Valley Grange Hall in Vinton from 4 – 6 p.m. for the prize drawing, as well as no-host refreshments and tri-tip dinner. This will be an opportunity to catch up with friends, compare passport stamps, swap stories and refuel for the drive home. (The Cattlemen know their way around a grill and a cut of beef, so this is not a stop to be missed.)