The California Highway Patrol has advised the Highway 50 Association Wagon Train of the CHP’s intent to waive the escort fees for the 2011 Wagon Train, scheduled to enter California on June 5, despite earlier fears that the escort would not occur due to the state’s budget-strapped condition.
The news was just recently received by Wagon Train organizers.
Still facing the Bi-State designated Historic Event is ever escalating costs of bringing the popular Wagon Train event together, including an increase in liability insurance from $1,040 a year ago to $5,250 this year. While ongoing efforts are under way to increase the number of wagons and participants, related costs continue to mount.
In an effort to minimize the budget imbalance, a fundraiser, a “Spaghetti Western,” will be held on April 23, at the Pollock Pines/Camino Community Center in Pollock Pines from 4 to 9 p.m. Live entertainment, food, and a raffle and auction will round out the evening. Cost is $10.
Celebrity servers include Sen. Ted Gaines, El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini, Placerville police Chief George Nielsen, members of the Board of Supervisors, El Dorado County Chamber CEO Laurel Brent-Bumb and others who will be on hand throughout the evening. Supervisor Ray Nutting will conduct the auction, which will include beautiful period clothing modeled by the designer, resort holidays, ski packages hours of heavy equipment work and much more.
Pay at the door and enjoy an evening of Wagon Train fun.