After a year hiatus, Angels Camp’s signature entertainment festival is back and promises to be a rollicking good time. With the level of excitement building for what was known as Gold Rush Days, the event’s producers have rechristened it as the Mark Twain Wild West Fest, and they’ve spared no expense to bring a full day of fun and world class entertainment to historic downtown Angels Camp.
“The Mark Twain Wild West Fest started out years ago as ‘Gold Rush Day’ honoring special milestones in Angels Camp history,” says Anne Forrest, chairman of the Angels Camp Commemorative Committee. “In 2015, we planned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Mark Twain’s time in Angels Camp and the Mother Lode, but had to cancel the event because of the Butte Wildfire that devastated a good portion of the county.”
Continuing, Anne explains, “As we began to plan for 2016, we realized that not only did Mark Twain have a lasting influence on Angels Camp, but Angels Camp had a significant impact on Samuel Clemens, aka, Mark Twain. His tale, ‘The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,’ which he heard at the bar of the Angels Hotel, was his first work to gain worldwide fame. Angels Camp is truly the place where Mark Twain found his voice.” Read more here.