Gold Rush Days is Old Sacramento's annual Labor Day weekend extravaganza celebrating the city's historic past. It's a huge event requiring the participation of more than 200 volunteers and artisans.
Volunteers help with the information booth, hospitality tent, first aid station, security booth, children's activity areas and other tasks.
Organizers also seek artisans for a new area called "Artisan Alley" where candle dippers, soap makers, gold panning experts, dyed wool makers, basket weavers, leather tanners, silver smiths, barrel makers or other period craftspeople can demonstrate skills and sell wares.
To become a Gold Rush Days artisan or a volunteer, please submit an application by the deadline, Aug.1. Application forms are available for download at www.historicoldsac.org/goldrushdays.
What: Volunteer and Artisan Applications Accepted Now for Gold Rush Days
Where: Old Sacramento
When: Application deadline: Aug. 1
Volunteer orientation: Aug. 19 - 20
Gold Rush Days: Sept. 2 (preview/education day) and Sept. 3 - 5 (main event)
Volunteer hours vary: event hours are 10 to 5 p.m. each day
For more info: 916-808-7059 or www.historicoldsac.org/goldrushdays
PHOTO CREDIT: Bob Firato, plays "Curly Bob" during a Wild West gun fight on the streets of Old Sacramento at the annual Gold Rush Days. 2010 Sacramento Bee photo by Manny Crisostomo