Art. Barns. History. Fun. The artist and agriculture communities of Sierra Valley are inviting the public to spend an Awesome Autumn Day in Plumas and Sierra Counties, enjoying the history, culture and bounty of one of its treasures, Sierra Valley. Visitors will travel the Sierra Valley Art + Ag Trail, with great views of Sierra Valley Barn Quilts and opportunities to visit market farms, working ranches, old school houses and other historic buildings, and to sample the wares of artists of every color – wood, paint, glass, ceramic, metal, fiber and more. The event offers a window into the past, when Sierra Valley was home to a large number of family-run dairy farms that supplied milk, cream and butter to the miners in Virginia City. Guests will have a rare opportunity to visit privately owned 100+ year-old dairy barns, many built with hand-hewn timbers and wooden pegs, still serving today’s working ranches. Inside and around the barns, the talented local artist community will be showing and selling their wares. Visitors will be offered opportunities to tour some of the ranches and learn about both the history and present-day cattle and hay operations. The Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail event also offers children’s activities, artist demonstrations, inspired education about the sources of our food, and a prize drawing, featuring a keepsake passport for collecting stamps of local cattle brands, artist’s marks and more along the Trail.
The Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail will feature three “Trailhead” information centers positioned at convenient entry points into Sierra Valley: The Sierra Valley Grange Hall in Vinton, Sierra Valley Farms in Beckwourth and the historic Sierraville School in Sierraville. Trailheads will host local artists and will provide an opportunity for visitors to plan the rest of their route with a knowledgeable volunteer, to pick up a paper map, purchase a Passport or souvenir Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail embroidered flour sack dish towels and generally fortify for the trail ahead.
The Plumas-Sierra Cattlemen’s Association and Cattlewomen will be serving a delicious meal to end the day. Trail-weary pioneers are encouraged to stop by the Sierra Valley Grange Hall in Vinton from 4 – 6 p.m. for the prize drawing, as well as no-host refreshments and tri-tip dinner (vegetarian option available). This will be an opportunity to catch up with friends, compare passport stamps, swap stories and refuel for the drive home. (These folks know their way around a grill and a cut of beef, so this is not a stop to be missed.)