THE HIGHWAY 50 ASSOCIATION Wagon Train reaches the top of Echo Summit on June 2 on its way to points west. The 65th annual train will be celebrated along the trail in Pollock Pines, Camino and Placerville. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum


Get ready for the Wagon Train

By From page B1 | June 06, 2014

… It’s on its way

Pull on your cowboy boots and get ready to use them because the 65th annual Highway 50 Association Wagon Train comes to town the first weekend in June.

Wagons, desperadoes, horses, buggies, mountain folk and pioneers recreate the historical route of the 1850s migration to California. The train started in Zephyr Cove on May 31 and has been rolling along Highway 50 making its way to Placerville.

You can join the train along the route, pick a good place to watch the progress and/or greet the riders as they come into Pollock Pines, Camino and Placerville.



Friday, June 6 — The Wagon Train moves from Fresh Pond to the CVS parking lot in Pollock Pines where it will be welcomed with a pancake breakfast, music and dancing, crafters, pony rides and kids’ activities.

Around 1 p.m. the train will roll once again, down to High Hill Ranch in Camino where a fabulous Cowboy Poetry and Barbecue event will be held.

Hosted by renowned Cowboy Poet Jim King, the event includes an open mic for anyone who would like to perform their own version of cowboy poetry and entertainment by country balladeer Ron Scofield and the band, Hickory Wind. The barbecue is open to all for $25 and offers New York steak and local beer and wines.

Saturday, June 7 — The 65th Wagon Train rolls into Placerville from High Hill, stopping first at the Broadway Village Shopping Center in the morning where they will be joined by the Wells Fargo stagecoach.

Around 2 p.m. the Wagon Train rides through downtown Placerville where Main Street will be alive with shoot-outs, gold panning, Server’s Races, the Beard Contest, children’s games, country music, wheelbarrow demonstrations, Jail and Bail and refreshments. Events on Main Street are scheduled to begin at noon and continue until 3 p.m.

From 3-10 p.m., the Wagon Train is at the Regal 8 Theater parking lot on Placerville Drive for the “End of the Trail” party.
There will be mechanical bull riding, a barbecue dinner with tri-tip, ribs or chicken by Placerville Brewing, local beer and wine, square dancing, face painting, dunk tank and a bounce house for the kids. Live Western music by Joanie Lee & the Brandin’ Irons begins at 6 p.m.
The “End of the Trail” party is the best opportunity to meet and mingle with the members of the Wagon Train. Admission and parking are free.

Sunday, June 8 — The 65th Wagon Train will disband until 2015.

For more information about the Wagon Train and the events associated with it, call event coordinator Vi Tara at 530-644-3761 or visit the Website at

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or [email protected] Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.

Wendy Schultz

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