Amador Fair honors park milestone

By From page B6 | July 11, 2014

The Amador County Fair is holding a photography contest to highlight and promote Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park and Chaw’se Regional Indian Museum as part of the State Parks of California Sesquicentennial. Scenes of Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park and Chaw’se Regional Indian Museum taken in Amador County will be accepted.

Since 1864, grassroots activism and legislation have made it possible for all Californians to take pride and ownership of their unique and diverse landscapes with the state park system.

Indian Grinding Rock and State Historic Park is located 8 miles east of Jackson. It is nestled in a small valley, 2,400 above sea level with open meadows and large valley oaks that once provided Native Americans with an ample supply of acorns. The 135-acre park preserves a great outcropping of marbleized limestone with 1,185 mortar holes — the largest collection of bedrock mortars anywhere in North America.

The two-story Chaw’se Regional Indian Museum has been designed to reflect the architecture of the traditional roundhouse. Outstanding examples of the technology and crafts of the Miwok and other Sierra Nevada Native American groups are exhibited at the museum.

The contest is open to professionals, advanced amateurs and amateur photographers, residents of California or Nevada. Matted and framed photos must have the location identified on the entry blank and on the back of the picture. Image and mat are not to exceed 16 inches by 20 inches, plus frame and can be black and white or color.

There is no entry fee for the contest and Amador County Fair ribbons will be awarded for first through third place plus premiums of $15 for first, $10 for second and $5 for third places.

Entries and forms are due July 19 at the Amador County Fair office from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Specifications for framing and an entry form can be found at or call the fair office for assistance.

More information on the sesquicentennial can be found at

Amador County Fair

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