When the 63rd annual Highway 50 Wagon Train rolls into Placerville on Saturday, June 9 , the first stop for the long day and evening of celebration will be on Broadway. With 15 wagons and more than 100 outriders, this year’s Wagon Train is bound to make an impressive arrival.
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Beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m., the Broadway Village Association is sponsoring a Wagon Train celebration and welcome at the Mountain Democrat parking lot, 1360 Broadway in Placerville.
“We’ll have a big picnic tent with tables so people can bring their own picnic lunches or purchase food from a vendor,” said Marian Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick’s Physical Therapy, “and hand-made crafts, children’s activities and a DJ playing music will be on hand.”
DJ Norm Hammond of Hammond’s Hits, courtesy of Accurate Tax Services, will be presenting a mix of country and rock music and there will be taekwando and dance demonstrations as well as free kid crafts.
Waffles from the Waffle Shop, tri-tip sandwiches and salads from Foothill Culinary Creations and cotton candy from the Broadway Village Association will be available for purchase as well as beverages.
“The Wells Fargo Stagecoach will be in the parking lot all day, too, so people can have their pictures taken with it,” said Fitzpatrick, “and there are a lot of free activities available for families.”
In addition to the family activities, one child will win a bicycle and others will win other prizes for their participation in a coloring contest. The Broadway Village Association merchants are sponsoring the contest and the chosen winner will receive a brand-new bicycle.
Children ages 4-12 can pick up a coloring contest sheet from a participating Broadway merchant, complete it and return it to any participating Broadway merchant by Wednesday, June 6. The winner will be announced during the Wagon Train Celebration.
“There will be prizes for the different age groups,” said Fitzpatrick, “and everyone has a chance to win the bicycle.”
Then, at 10 a.m. the Wagon Train rolls into Placerville, right down Broadway. Harnesses will jingle, mountain men will look dashing and everyone will get a chance to see the survivors of the week long bi-state historical trek down Highway 50.
Just two blocks further down Broadway, the Hangtown Village Square will also help welcome the Wagon Train with free pony rides and a petting zoo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We’ll also have a free buckboard wagon to transport people to and from the Mountain Democrat parking lot to Hangtown Village Square to help out with extra parking,” said Shawn Ebrahimi, owner of SK Salon in Hangtown Village Square.
From the celebratory festivities on Broadway, you can follow the Wagon Train to downtown Placerville and the final celebration on Placerville Drive.