The 56th annual Gold Nugget Days Celebration “Gold Country” gets underway in Paradise next week.
Three days worth of festivities are planned to celebrate the discovery of the 54 pound “Willard” gold nugget, back in 1959 at Whiskey Flats.
Retired Butte County Sheriff Scott Mackenzie is the Grand Marshal of the 2014 Gold Nugget Day Parade, Which gets underway at Noon Saturday April 26th.
Opening day is Thursday April 24th, with the crowning of the Gold Nugget Queen at the Paradise Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.
On Friday, the Butte County Scottish Society and the Gold Nugget Museum are co-hosting the first “Highlanders and Minders Ball”. It’s described as a “stylish event” … where vintage clothing and kilts are encouraged. “Black tie” “Bow tie” or “no tie” … the event takes place starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall at the Skyway and Elliot Road. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Entertainment includes “Ha’ Penny Bridge” … Celtic music … and “Big Mo and the Full Moon Band” … Blues.
In addition to Saturday’s Parade, there will also be a Country Fair at the Gold Nugget Museum featuring train rides and BBQ and a children’s costume contest. At 7 p.m. that night be sure to catch the Gold Nugget Days Melodrama “Dirty Deeds at the Depot – or – Treachery on the Tracks”. It’s at the Performing Arts Center.
Sunday also features train rides and lunch at the Museum, along with singer Dorothy Clark. From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For more information call (530) 9877-8174.