Karen Spencer

Mandarin Festival turns 20

Given an exceptional crop and a mercifully dry forecast, Mandarin Festival organizers believe the event’s 20th year will be one of its best. The gates open at 11 a.m. today ...

Mandarin festivalgoers make the best of it

While wet, cold weather kept some people away, Mountain Mandarin Festival officials say the popular annual event was still a success. “The crowds definitely were down because of ...

Hang on — a Stampede coming through

It’s time to get back in the saddle, Auburn. The Wild West Stampede is galloping into town, bringing with it all kinds of high-energy entertainment that’ll leave cowboys and ...

Zest for mandarins draws thousands to fall festival

It was elbow to elbow Saturday afternoon at the Gold Country Fairgrounds for the Mountain Mandarin Festival. Buoyed by a bright blue sky and sparkling fall sunshine, visitors po ...

Crowd fills arena for rodeo thrills

Perfect weather and world championship-caliber performances were a winning combination at the rodeo in Auburn Saturday. “We were packed today,” Karen Spencer, rodeo spokeswoma ...

Get ready to celebrate that favorite fall-winter fruit

Mandarin fans can participate in the 15th annual Mountain Mandarin Festival being held this weekend at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. The festival will include 13 mandarin growers c ...

Mandarin crop is lighter this year but as delicious as ever, farm adviser says

It’s time again for the zipper fruit! Mandarin season is upon us in Placer County. Orchards are opening to excited customers and there’s some information mandarin fans should ...

Words and music

Creatures were a major feature at the Gold Country Fair this year. And rock bands drew big crowds, too. “The two huge hits of the fair have been the tigers and the reptile exhib ...