Friends of the Fairgrounds

The Friends of the Mother Lode Fairgrounds was created for the purpose of supporting and promoting the Mother Lode Fairgrounds. Several years ago California State funding for the Fairgrounds was significantly reduced. Community support is now needed for the Fairgrounds to continue offering the largest venue for events in Tuolumne County. Think of all the events held at the Fairgrounds from the Mother Lode Round-Up to the Health Fair to the Christmas Craft Festival to the Super Bowl Breakfast and to the Fair itself, as well as serving as an evacuation center for people and animals and a base camp/staging area for fires.

We are excited to partner with Mountain Meadow Productions for the November 2023 all new Thanksgiving weekend craft fair!!  Please join us November 24th and 25th for the Sonora Christmas Artisan Fair.  Contact the Friends of the Mother Lode Fairgrounds for information on becoming a vendor or performer at this fun new event.  Click here to check out the event flyer!

Projects Completed by the Friends Of the Mother Lode Fairgrounds

  1. Purchase of a large refrigerator for a building.
  2. Wi-Fi improvements in the RV Park.
  3. Cash funds for improvements: $5,000.
  4. Fair time flags.
  5. Grounds improvements.
  1. Fencing and additional Wi-Fi improvements.
  2. Rocking of portions of the RV road.
  3. Purchase of baby changing stations for restrooms.
  4. Donated funds to complete the new livestock sound system.
  5. Installed bricks and pavers near the Livestock flag poles.

Join the Friends Of the Mother Lode Fairgrounds

We’re looking for new members to help us out! You’ll feel good about it, and you may have a chance to help with an event. The “Friends” organization is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Watch for meeting dates/times posted on the Calendar and Facebook.

Dedicate a Brick For a Friend, Relative, Your Family or Your Business

Here is great opportunity to honor people who were or are active in the Fairground’s activities. The bricks are described in the following poster and application. The bricks are located near the livestock area near the creek. Drop by and take a look. These funds are used for Fairgrounds improvements.

Dedicate A Brick

Friends Of the Mother Lode Fairgrounds Board of Directors

  • Leslie Collier
  • Stuart Helmbold
  • Marge Kiriluk
  • Sharon Smales

Contact information: Leslie Collier at 209-532-7428