From Celtic Faire festivities to dancing leprechauns, Yosemite Gold Country is no slouch when it comes to celebrating St Patrick’s Day and its many traditions.
Yosemite Gold Country is located just two and a half hours east of San Francisco and two hours south of Sacramento and its Irish and Celtic heritage dates back to the days of the Gold Rush.
Over half of Yosemite National Park is located in Tuolumne County. In addition to Yosemite, Tuolumne County is home to Gold Rush towns, two state parks, eclectic shopping, wine tasting, fun dining and four-season recreation.
In the mid-1800s when gold was being discovered throughout the Mother Lode, the town of Sonora, Tuolumne County’s only incorporated City, was a thriving Gold Rush town. Most of the hard rock miners in Sonora were immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall. The hard rock miners from Cornwall built the town and mill of Soulsbyville, a quaint hamlet located about three miles east of Sonora.
In celebration of this heritage, downtown Sonora merchants will be getting their green on with exquisite window displays that honor Irish and Celtic roots. These displays will be judged and cash prizes will be awarded. The decorated windows will be a most welcoming site to the thousands of visitors coming to attend one of Tuolumne County’s signature events – the 28th Annual Sonora Celtic Faire on 7th – 9th March held at the Mother Lode Fairground.
This year’s Celtic faire will present five stages of Celtic Music featuring: Celtica, Tempest, 1916, Black-Eyed Dempseys, Banshee in the Kitchen, Black Irish Band, Cooking with Turf, Stand Easy with master piper John Alan, Golden Bough, and many more.
You can see jousting on horseback and a large armor foot combat tournament, featuring over 30 competitors. Attendees can peruse a Celtic living history area featuring over 400 costumed performers acting out 2000 years of Celtic History.
80 Celtic vendors, craftsman, and artisans will be showing their wares and there will also be Scottish Highland Competition Games and Scottish Bagpipe Bands, Celtic Clans, Irish dogs and more. You can join in the fun of the Irish Step Dancers and Scottish Highland Dancers while enjoying traditional foods, whiskies and ale. For more detailed information on pricing and hours visit www.sonoracelticfaire.com.
March is a beautiful time of year to visit Yosemite Gold Country as spring arrives bringing with it spectacular displays of wildflowers and waterfalls.
For more information on Tuolumne County visit www.yosemitegoldcountry.com.