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GOLD DUST DAYS JUST AROUND THE CORNER
July 05, 2015
(GOLD BAR WA.) -- It's hard to believe it's been a whole year since the 2014 Gold Dust Days festival in Gold Bar but it has.
Gold Dust Days Flyer. CLICK T OPEN
Gold Dust Days parade application. CLICK TO OPEN
Jeep Club info. CLICK TO OPEN
View of Civil War reenactor encampment along Highway 2 just as canon fires. Sky Valley Chronicle photo. CLICK TO ENLARGE
Where does the time go? Well, when it's not in use it goes to a small farm in Alta Vista, Iowa where it is kept in a Mason jar by third generation farmers Ed and Henrietta Pivnaki.
Be that as it may, Gold Dust Days is the Sky Valley festival where they come from near and far as well as from far and near, from oblong to obtooth, from west to east and from sea to shining sea because it's a hoot n' holler.
This year's Gold Dust Days celebration runs July 24, 25 and 26 and includes the Big Parade on Sat. July 25 (see a parade application at right if you'd like to be in it) and if you own a Jeep you are an automatic member of the Jeep Club of Gold Bar (no dues, no meetings, no rules, no loitering) and as such you may participate in the parade with other like minded Jeep owners. See the Jeep Club info at right.
There's also a very cool custom and restored car show (pimp that ride daddy) on Saturday from 9am to 3 pm. Some awesome and very cherry rigs will be there to see.
The show is presented by (love this name) the Rat Bastards Car Club. Now can we get a big amen on that somebody?
See the flyer at upper right for info on how to register your car for the show and to learn about other events like the very cool Civil War encampment along Highway 2 in Gold Bar put up by civil war reenactors for Gold Dust Days.
The civil war camp
The camp is not only cool, it's a living piece of history. If you have kids and you don't take them to the civil war camp to let them soak up some visuals along with great stories of that period in American history by folks who know that stuff, then perhaps Homeland Security should be contacted about you.
That's right, we've got our eye on you Slick.
And every once in a while the reenactors touch off a round from this huge canon they got parked there among the tents and it rattles your bones down to the toes. Plus they've got really cool period piece guns, knives, sabers, costumes and hutzpa. What's not to like?
There's also a stage with live music (they tried dead music one year but it didn't go over well), a place where you can pan for gold and keep what you find, eats, drinks, lots of arts and crafts vendors and so forth and so on.
As Ed and Henrietta in Iowa say, be there or be square daddy-o. It's fun for the whole family.
And, it's a gas and a groove.