Men’s Race 1st-Dylan Snyder 2nd-Brian K. Veerkamp 3rd-Grant Krale 4th-Dan DeJager Women’s Race 1st-Makenzie Snyder 2nd-Ginney Carlson Old Timers 1st-Donald Harden 2nd-Davey “Doc” Wiser High School Challenge 1st-Golden Sierra (Samuel Steward/Dominic Johnson) 2nd-Ponderosa (Austin Tibbs/Zach Brenner) Teen Boys 1st-Cameron Mosbacher 2nd-Daniel Carey 3rd-Spencer Nisson Teen Girls: 1st-Alexandra Nisson 2nd-Mary Costa 3rd-Kristi Schnetz Youth Girls 1st-Jenna [...]
On this date in 1923 Harry Houdini escaped from a straightjacket while hanging upside down, 40 feet above the ground in New York City, thrilling all the onlookers. Maybe he was trying to get out of New York and get to El Dorado County for all the fun and exciting things to see and do. [...]
It’s time for the El Dorado County Fair, “Blue Jeans and County Dreams,” June 13 to 16 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, and its time to highlight that hidden talent for a chance to win well-deserved appreciation and honors. Participate in a contest or just come to watch; there’s [...]
COOL — When Jody Gray swings a leg over her 26-year-old sorrel mare Scotty standing ready near a green pasture here, it’s obvious this woman was born to the saddle. And now Gray, 50, chief executive officer of the El Dorado County Fair, is saddling up to present the popular annual event, opening Thursday, June [...]
On this date in 1923 Harry Houdini escaped from a straightjacket while hanging upside down, 40 feet above the ground in New York City, thrilling all the onlookers. Maybe he was trying to get out of New York and get to El Dorado County where there are plenty of fun and exciting things to see [...]
Who: Annual El Dorado County Fair What: 2013 El Dorado County Fair Where: 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: From Thursday, June 13 to Sunday, June 16 Tickets: Presale by Wednesday, June 12 for $8 for ages 13 and over, $6 for juniors (ages 7-12) and seniors (ages 60 & over). There is a Father’s Day Package for $35 [...]
When the Wagon Train arrives on Main Street around 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, it will find the place hopping with activity. From noon to 6 p.m. visitors, residents and businesses will be celebrating the arrival of Wagon Train with a barbecue rib cook-off, wheelbarrow demonstrations, gold panning, old west shoot-outs, music, kids’ games, [...]
The Placerville Kiwanis Club is looking for a few good men, women and youths to join this year’s John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races at the El Dorado County Fair Sunday, June 16. Between 1989 and 2010 Brian Veerkamp claimed 10 first places, two second places and three third places in the 911 challenge — a [...]
What a great public service. The El Dorado County Historical Society conducts monthly tours of historical downtown Placerville during the summer and at other times by request. A couple of weeks ago the society volunteers hosted 30 visitors from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Placerville has some great history to relate, having hosted Mark Twain, newspaper editor [...]
A tour group from out-of-town got a snapshot history of Placerville last Friday.
Sponsored by the El Dorado County Historical Society, the tour was led by Don Uelmen and Debbie Hunger Lightfoot. Dressed in period costumes, the duo took a group of 28 members from the Daytona Ski and Travel Club on a quick 60-minute tour of the long and colorful history of downtown Placerville.
Starting at the elegant Cary House Hotel, where many of the tour group were staying, Uelmen noted at one time it housed the Wells Fargo Office and was a stage stop.
Sierra Community Access Television (SCA-TV2) invites everyone in El Dorado County to view its new, improved Internet streaming resource of its great selection of local programming. The recent image and sound quality technology improvements make it possible for everyone in the world to watch Channel 2. People and businesses on the Western Slope of El [...]
This month, California lost its greatest cheerleader — Huell Howser. It is newspaper style to refer to people by their last name, but as travel writer Christopher Reynolds of The Los Angeles Times wrote in his eulogy to Huell, “what Californian has ever called him ‘Howser?’” During the nearly 40 years I’ve worked in travel [...]
EDITOR: In response to Ken Chengian letter to the editor dated Oct. 10, 2012. It’s obvious you don’t know Brian Veerkamp, or what he stands for in this community that you unfortunately live in. And with the rose colored glasses you look thru you never will. He has been active in this community for many [...]
LOVE IN THE A.M.: The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar presents the following advice: “Start the day with love” means that when you wake up in the morning, you open your heart and remind yourself of your intent to be loving in every aspect of your life.” A VIRTUAL HISTORY TOUR: On Tuesday, Sept. [...]
The Historic Cary House Hotel was first built in 1857 for William Cary. The current four-story version dates back to about 1916. New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley gave a speech from the second floor balcony in 1859 after a ride with stagecoach driver Hank Monk. The ride was made famous by its description in [...]
I was intrigued and just plain astounded when reading staff writer Wendy Schultz’ account of Sierra Nevada Phillips. What impressed me most was the fact that Sierra bought the Rubicon Springs in 1888 from George and John Hunsucker for $5,500 in gold coins. Assuming those were $20 double eagle gold pieces, the gold content alone [...]
Wow! District 3 supervisorial candidate Brian Veerkamp won the 73rd annual John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Race. The 54-year-old retired firefighter beat out a lot of younger men. Not only that, this is his eighth win, beating out a field of a couple of dozen this year. The event, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Placerville, [...]
Last weekend’s John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow races was the 68th running of the annual event, not the 73rd as mentioned in Wednesday’s coverage in the Democrat. The race was put on hold during World War II.
For the last 22 years, Davey “Doc” Wiser has competed in the annual John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races in Placerville for a good reason — he’s a competitor. “I love running,” said Wiser, 70. “I use to run cross-country in high school, plus track and played football. I love sports.” Wiser was an iron man [...]