The award was presented to the Chamber’s Mary Ervin at a banquet for exhibitors on Friday, July 10. Attending were the builders and several other Sierrans including Supervisor Jim Beard, Director of Public Works Tim Beals, and Patty Hall of the FireSafe Council and Economic Development Committee.
The exhibit prominently features Greg Bostrom’s model mine adit as well as a replica of the Kentucky Mine and a stamp mill, connected with an ore cart tramway.
In addition to the gold mine theme, the exhibit highlights Sierra County’s agriculture, history, and the County’s traditional events.
Designed by the late Kathy Breed, the “set” was built by Jessie and Mike Gyorfi, John Bryan, Bryan Davey, Derek Beverly, Sig Ostrom, Gary Grutkowski, Ed Dail, Sandy Blake and Blake George.
An associate of Mike Gyorfi's, came down the final evening before judging and was able to get the ore cart to move back and forth.
Billy Epps and Sara Berndt brought the Ruby Mine down to Cal Expo the first day of building. Kurt and Donna Johnson made the Gold Pan County sign. Darby Hayes made a duplicate sign explaining about the Townsend Big-Ear Bats at the Kentucky Mine which is on display at the exhibit. The Sierra County Historical Society loaned us pictures for the exhibit. Mary Davey created the DVD. Will Clark loaned the ore cart. Dave Marshall made the gold display. Paul Roen provided building and roofing materials as well as Bryan and Mary Davey.
Builders are still hoping to snare the People’s Choice award, which wil be awarded just before the fair ends on July 26.