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Gold Nugget Days
Gold Nugget Days celebrate finding a 54-pound gold nugget in 1859. The celebration began in 1959 and has continued every year since. The celebration of the discovery of the Dogtown nugget runs from April 23th through April 27th.
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Gold Nugget Days Badge,
Gold Nugget Days badges sell for $2.00 each and can win you a pure gold nugget! Badges are on sale at the Gold Nugget Museum and from merchants all over the Ridge. Register your badge at the Museum to be eligible for the beautiful gold nugget. There is no charge to register.
Because the gold strike clearly is a good one, some permanent buildings have been erected. Be sure to visit the blacksmith’s shop, the schoolhouse, and the Wells Fargo Assay Office with its replica of the Dogtown Nugget.
Merchant Decorating Contest
Paradise Ridge businesses paint windows, put up decorations and displays and encourage their employees to dress according to the theme. Merchants support the festivites and compete to win awards such as cash prizes, gift baskets, gift certificates, a homemade quilt, advertising, and more. The event is sponsored by the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce.
Miss Gold Nugget Pageant
Ridge high school juniors compete for the title of Gold Nugget Queen. Each girl must find a sponsor and escort, submit a portfolio and create a dress of the 1850-1899 period. The candidates are judged on the historical accuracy of their costumes, the quality of the portfolios, their poise and demeanor and their appearance. The dress is the most important factor. The 2014 Gold Nugget Days Queen will be crowned at the Opening Ceremonies on Thursday April 24th at 7:00pm at the Paradise Performing Arts Center.
Highlanders and Miners Ball
Tickets are available at the Gold Nugget Museum, Jaki’s Hilltop Café (Magalia), UPS Store (Clark Road K Mart Shopping Center), Fir Street Gallery (Skyway), Wells Fargo Bank (Skyway), PostNet (Clark Road Safeway Shopping Ctr.), Diamond W Western Wear (Chico) and Wilson Printing (Elliott Road)
The annual Donkey Derby staged by E Clampus Vitus 7-11 commemorates the race up the hill to Dogtown to show off their good fortune when miners found the 54-pound gold nugget at Whiskey Flat in April 1859. During today's race, donkey and drover teams compete to get up the hill to Magalia community center and through an obstacle course-while carrying 54-pound weights. First, second and third place cash prizes are awarded the winners. Come root for your favorite donkey on Saturday, April 26th, from 9:00-10:00am at the Old Magalia Community Church.
The Gold Nugget Days parade sweepstakes award of $200 and a trophy go to the entry judged best in the parade. To be eligible for the award, the entry must reflect the Gold Nugget Days theme "Golden Memories". The parade begins at noon on Saturday April 26th.
View and Print the Parade Entry Form. Entry Deadline April 18, 2014.
The Children’s Costume Contest is a popular event and is sure to please young and old alike. The contest is open to children preschool age and younger, second through fourth grades, and fifth through eighth grades. The contest will be held at the Museum on Saturday, April 26th at 2:00pm
This year's melodrama production combines the history of Paradise with the fun of the burlesque style of the mid 1800's. Each year the melodrama includes local actors with oleo's performed by local artists between acts. The April 26 th melodrama performance at Paradise Performing Arts Center, starts at 7pm. Get your tickets for this fun local parody on life in Paradise in the 1800's.
The Museum offers food, music and a time to relax after all the big events of Gold Nugget, Sunday, April 27, from Noon to 4 p.m. there will be hoagie lunches for sale, lots of music, gold panning, blacksmithing and friendly faces. Live music performances will keep you entertained. Admission is free for this event. Activities include: Barbecue Hoagie Lunch, Museum grounds, 12:00 pm -- Children’s Art Contest, Paradise Depot, 12:00pm – 4:00 p -- Carnival and Petting Zoo, Museum Grounds, 12:00 pm – 4 pm