Clarksville Day coming in May

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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Preparations are under way for Clarksville Day, which is slated to be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 8 in the same spot as last year. If you recall, 2009 saw the old town site opened up for the first time to the public for the annual festival honoring the pioneer town. It was once a major supplier for the miners and ranchers heading up into the hills, but when Highway 50 was moved, the town withered. That’s when most of the land was bought up and turned into present day El Dorado Hills. About a dozen of the original buildings are still standing and can be seen at the big bash. “We’re definitely elbows deep in planning,” said Betty January, with the Clarksville Region Historical Society. “It will be held in the ghost town.” She said they’re planning for a smoother event this year. “We learned a lot last year,” January said. “We’re going to organize the cemetery tours better.” She said some of the snake signs scared the visitors. “I asked if we could cool it on putting up so many snake warning signs,” she said. “We had too many signs up last time.” She said they were surprised by the number of people who turned out last year. “We’ll be better prepared,” she said. If you’d like to help sponsor the event, or would like more info, call January at 933-3173.