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Rough and Ready Chamber of Commerce l  P.O. Box 801 l Rough and Ready, California 95975 l Telephone (530) 797-6729

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NOTICE:  2019 Secession Days Chili Cook-off is moved from the LAST Sunday in June...to the FIRST Sunday in June!


WHAT:             Rough and Ready Secession Day, the 63rd annual modern celebration commemorating the 1850 secession of Rough and Ready

                          from the Union and the formation and the 3-month life of the Great Republic of Rough and Ready.

WHEN:             Sunday, June 2, 2019, beginning at 7am

WHERE:           Downtown Rough and Ready, located 5 miles west of Grass Valley on Rough and Ready Highway.  Free parking available at

                           the Community Hall (formerly the Grange Hall) and The Animal Clinic of Rough and Ready.

ADMISSION:    Free

TENTATIVE ACTIVITIES (Subject to Change):

     ★ Breakfast sponsored by the R&R Firefighter’s Assoc. in the Fire Station (starts at 7am).                             

     ★ Live Music  (Starts around 9am)

     ★ Chili Cookers start cooking at 8am with tasting beginning at Noon

     ★ Chili Tasting Kits go on sale for $5.00 at 11:00am

     ★ Inflatable Play Area for the kids with Bounce House and Water Slide

     ★ Crafters and Peddlers Fair

     ★ Hamburgers and Bake Sale from the Rough and Ready Community Hall

     ★ Live Blacksmith Demonstrations with Michael Smallwood

     ★ Pulled Pork Sandwiches with chips and drink available from Firefighter’s Behind the Scenes in the Fire Station                                        

     ★ Revival of "The Saga of Rough and Ready" Melodrama starts around 10:30

     ★ Rough and Ready Souvenir Sales

        PROCEEDS:   All proceeds benefit non-profit Rough and Ready organizations: The Chamber of Commerce, the Rough and Ready Community Hall and The Volunteer Firefighter's Association.


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