Project Gold Country Fairgrounds began June 9, when members of the Auburn 49er Lions, Soroptimist International of the American River, Auburn Elks and Gold Country Fair board of directors brought their garden gloves, along with weed eaters, pruners, loppers, clippers, rakes and shovels, to do some yard work. This work crew, numbering 25, made a noticeable difference.
Due to state budget cuts, the Gold Country Fair has come to the point where it must become self-sustaining or close down. The work force has been cut to the minimum. This has caused some maintenance duties to remain unattended. Auburn 49er Lion Ray Arnold thought that this was unacceptable. As a result, Project Gold Country Fairgrounds was conceived.
Gold Country Fair Director Don Anderson said, as he was trimming a hedge, “With the recent budget cuts, we are relying on the support of the community. We really appreciate it.”
Auburn 49er Lion Andy Gonzales stated, “It is good to support a facility that has been a part of Auburn for such a long time. We should give back to our community and preserve our heritage.”
In a few short hours, hedges were trimmed, bushes were pruned, weeds were whacked, flowerbeds were cleaned out and new flowers were planted. All the plants were donated by Eisley Nursery.
Board president Luke Parnell stated, as he was removing dead growth from a fence, “It is great to have this much community support. This is wonderful.”
The best comment of the day was heard from Soroptimist Kathy Dunbar: “Bermuda grass is not satisfying, but being a Soroptimist is.”
Plans for the future include more yard work, painting, carpentry projects and plumbing maintenance. The next workday has not yet been scheduled. Look for future announcements. Any help will be appreciated. People interested in supporting the Gold Country Fairgrounds should call Arnold at (530) 878-3888.
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