Thursday, May 29, 2014

Jackson Lions name Camille Sobon as its First Rodeo Queen

Camile Sobon was crowned 2014 Jackson Lions Rodeo Queen during a ceremony held May 24 at Evalynn Bishop Hall in Ione, Calif.

"I am speechless right now," Sobon said after the ceremony. "It was such an honor to be named Jackson Lions Rodeo Queen. I have a lot of pride in Amador County as well as the other contestants I competed against today. I've worked really hard with my horse, and I gave it my all and I'm just thrilled with the results."

Sobon received a handmade saddle by Hoofs n' Boots Saddlery in Valley Springs, and a silver belt buckle from Montana Silversmith. The Jackson Lions Club would like to thank Les Schwab Tire Company for sponsoring the saddle, and other local business leaders Jeff Votaw, Beau Gillman, Kristi Roots Insurance, Anne Lintz, Josh Church and Robert Manassero for sponsoring the event.

"Rodeo is special because it shows the western lifestyle, which I think is really important," Sobon said. "It's all about being rural, being good to your neighbor, good to your family, honest."

Julianne Nevin was named First Runner Up. Second Runner Up was Nalani Pacheco. Riely May and Rachelle Snitchler were named Princesses. In addition to presiding over the rodeo and representing the Lions at other events, all five young women have agreed to serve as the rodeo's Media Committee under the guidance of Publicity Coordinator Gwen Clayton.

"I am looking forward to mentoring these bright, talented young women," Clayton said. "We will be promoting the event in local, regional and national media outlets, while learning the values of teamwork, leadership and community service."

The Inaugural Jackson Lions PRCA Rodeo will be held Sept. 13 and 14 at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth, Calif. In addition to the rodeo, the event will feature a classic car show and home expo. Sacramento's Chris Gardner Band will entertain the crowd Saturday night. For more information, visit or call (209) 418-9071. Find them on Facebook at JacksonLionsPRCARodeo.

Amador Flyfishers welcomes guest speaker Thomas (TJ) Ferreira of Tenkara USA Flyrods - Tues June 17

Amador Flyfishers (AFF) welcomes guest speaker Thomas (Tj) Ferreira of Tenkara USA Flyrods on Tuesday June 17, 2014 at 6:00pm in the Amador County Administration Center at 810 Court Street, Jackson.  Tenkara is one of the oldest (and now latest) flyfishing crazes: this traditional Japanese method of flyfishing is ideal for fly-fishing mountain streams, using a rod with an attached/fixed line (no reel!) and a non-weighted fly.  Starting at 6:00pm, Tj will demonstrate how to tie Tenkara flies.  Our general meeting will begin at 7:00pm, followed by Tj's discussion of the culture of Tenkara flyfishing and a hands-on use of Tenkara rods.  AFF meets the third Tuesday of each month to socialize with other flyfishers and to support fishery conservation issues.  Visitors welcome - drop in and check us out!( Contact: Ron Calvert,

Monday, May 26, 2014

Thank You from the Volcano Wildfire Preparedness Game

Dear everyone,

What a day! Thank you so much for making the Volcano Wildfire Preparedness Game a magical and memorable event.

I am in the process of uploading all the photos and videos from the afternoon, so keep your eyes peeled for another email in the next few days. This will have a link to a gallery where you will find your personal safety video to share with your family and friends!

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the project:
-Our volunteers! Without you, none of this would have been possible.
-The town of Volcano, for embracing this idea with open arms. And to the VCA and VCSD for generously offering the use of the Armory Hall and Park for this event.

Also, have you thanked your local fire department lately...? Now is a great time!

Have a safe and wonderful summer,
Jenny Gottstein

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Amador County Fair Exhibitor Entries going on now...get your Exhibitor Handbook!

Amador County Fair


Walking around the Amador County Fair, you hear a lot of "If I could of entered my project in the Fair, I would of won a Blue Ribbon. I should of done that." This year the time has come to take a look at your best jam, that perfect photo, or the quilt that is almost finished, and get your entry form turned in. 
The 2014 Amador County Fair Exhibitor Handbook is now available at the Fair office, on their website, and various locations in the county, including libraries. The publication is a complete guide to the competitions for everything from preserves to quilts, art to animals, gardens—even rocks and gems.  No matter what your personal hobbies or talents, there is likely to be a category that fits, and there is nothing like bringing home the bragging rights of a ribbon won at the County Fair.
In the continuing effort to make entering exhibits in the Amador County Fair (July 24 – 27) as easy as possible, the Fair office will now be able to take entries on-line through their website, Not only is it an easy way for people who have busy lives and access to computers and the internet to quickly file their entry forms, it will also help the Fair’s efforts to be environmentally friendly.
The handbook is available broken down into small categories so that someone who just wants to enter their baked goods can view or print out that section. Exhibitors can enter their information, pay their entry fees and print a record of their transactions on their printer.
The Entry Office is your best source of information about participating in the Fair’s competition. They can decipher the language of premiums, divisions, classes, and sweepstakes, how to fill out an entry form and more. As always the Fair will accept entries via the postal service.
The last day to file most exhibit entry forms is Saturday, July 5 at 6:00 pm; however there are some exceptions. Feature Exhibits are due May 23 by 4:00pm and Garden forms are due May 30 by 4:00pm.Home Brew entry forms and beer are accepted until June 27, 4:00 pmCommercial Brew entry forms and beer close July 3 by 4:00pmHorse Show entry forms are due Friday, June 27, 6:00 pm. Junior and Senior livestock entry forms are due Friday, June 27 by 4:30 pm and can only be entered online.
Even though entry forms are due in early July in order to plan exhibit space, most actual exhibits are not due until closer to the Fair. A complete schedule of due dates, judging and release dates can be found online at and is included in the Handbook.
For more information call the Fair office at 209-245-6921.
Pioneer Library, Pioneer
Volcano Telephone Co., Pine Grove
Jackson Library, Jackson
Senior Center, Jackson
Farm Advisor Office, Sutter Hill
Feed Barn, Sutter Hill
Ione Pharmacy, Ione
Mt. Aukum Store, Mt. Aukum
Amador County Fairgrounds, Plymouth
El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville
Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angels Camp

Go to our website for online exhibitor submissions:

© Amador County Fair

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Newsletter - May-June 2014

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Event
Tickets are on sale now at the Casino Cashier's Cage

A Divine Affair
Don't forget! The 4th Annual A Divine Affair is Saturday, May 31 at 5 p.m. This event features award winning Amador County wine selections, divine chocolate, flavorful olive oil and cigar tastings.There will be specialty food pairings from Jackson Rancheria including Fondue, Charcuterie, Cheese and decadent Desserts!

UFC 173 Pay Per View Party
Saturday, May 24 
Doors Open at 6 p.m.
Fights Start at 7 p.m.
The main card for UFC 173 features reigning Bantamweight Champion Renan "The Baron" Barao and local wrestler turned professional fighter TJ Dillashaw.

Dreamgirl Centerfolds
Friday, June 6
Show Begins at 8 p.m.
This Las Vegas inspired production is the ultimate journey of indulgence and fantasy. Enjoy a night of Burlesque, Comedy and Magic spotlighting a dazzling cast of gorgeous and talented dancers!

The Return of Global Knock-Out
Saturday, June 14
Fights Start at 7 p.m.
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort proudly announces the return of Global Knock-Out. The main card fight is between Donald Sanchez vs. Isaac DeJesus plus 9 more match ups! 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hot rods, trucks and vintage trailers are registered for the upcoming Show & Shine Car & Vintage Aircraft Show on May 31st

Car and Air Show to be held at Eagle’s Nest Airport in Ione, CA. To date, there are over 300 vehicles pre-registered, with more expected. Visitors to this event will view a variety of cars in over 20 major categories.

At 2:45 PM that day, some lucky person will win a ride at the famous WWII P-51 Mustang aircraft. Tickets can be purchased at the event or before at American River Bank and Clark’s Corner in Ione, and JB Awards in Jackson, CA. You must be present to win. An airshow is planned with vintage aircraft from Saunders Aeronautics.

Wine tasting will be available from five Amador County wineries. They will include, Tanis Vineyards, Wine Tree Farm Winery, Bray Vineyards, Distant Cellars and Nua Dair Vineyards. Commemorative wine glasses for tasting will be on sale for $5 each. Also available are Show & Shine t-shirts for men, women and children. Food vendors will be serving a pancake breakfast, hot dogs, hamburgers, beans, tri-tip sandwiches, kettle korn, Jamba Juice smoothies, ice cream sundaes, sno-cones, adult drinks, beer, wine, soda and water. Merchandise vendors will also be on sight.

Cost to the public is $5 a car. Show cars pre-registration is $25 or $ 30 the day of show. For event information, go to, or call Dave Wardall at 209-274-9160. For Amador County lodging or general information, go to The event will be open to the public from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. All proceeds will go to youth organizations, the Amador County Interfaith Food Bank and other non-profit organizations.

The Rotary of Ione would like to thank the following major donors and local businesses who have supplied materials and labor--- The Jackson Rancheria & Casino, Sanders Aeronautics, Les Schwab Tires, Tommy’s Garage, Downtown Ford Sales, Mather Aviation, American Legion Post 108, UNI Waste, Dan Vance, Newman Mineral, ACES Waste Services, Sweet Pea Septic, Voodoo P-51 aircraft, Jelly Belly P-51 aircraft, Snap-on Tools, Blueline Rentals, Amador Transit Mix, Tognottie’s Speed Parts, Kreth Inc, and Riebe’s NAPA Auto Parts.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Jackson Lions hosts Inaugural Amador PRCA Rodeo in September

The Jackson Lions Club is proud to present its first Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo Sept. 13 and 14 at the Amador County Fairgrounds.
"We had to dream big," said rodeo spokesperson Todd Riebe. "The Lions motto is 'We Serve.' Every year, we raise more than $100,000 and give it all back to the community, yet it is not enough. The needs of our community have grown greater than our Club's capacity to meet them."
The Lions knew they had to develop something with the potential of being a major fundraising project in years to come.  This event is the biggest undertaking the Club has had in 30 years.
"We chose a rodeo because, quite frankly, this is rodeo country," Riebe added.  "The community has been hungry for an event like this for a long time, and the Amador County Fair has been a great partner that understands the potential of this event to really blossom. PRCA is the top of the line by offering the best professional cowboys and stock in the business. The legendary Cotton Rosser and the Flying U Rodeo are the best at what they do."
The Jackson Lions Rodeo Queen Contest will be held on May 24 at the Howard Park Horse Arena in Ione, Calif.  The winner will receive a saddle and the Queen and her court will each receive a silver belt buckle. The Rodeo Queen will preside over the Rodeo festivities in September.
In addition to the rodeo, the event will host a Home Expo featuring a number of businesses and organizations displaying their products and services. On Saturday, the Jackson Lions will have the fairgrounds sparkling with the brilliance of beautifully restored automotive excellence during the multi-acre Classic Car Show. Saturday evening, the Chris Gardner Band will entertain the crowd with their boot-shakin' country-rock tunes.  And, of course, folks won’t go hungry or thirsty thanks to the menus and drinks provided by local non-profit groups.
Proceeds benefit numerous community organizations. The Amador County Fairgrounds is located at 18621 Sherwood Street in Plymouth, Calif. For more information, visit or call (209) 418-9071. Find them on Facebook at JacksonLionsPRCARodeo.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Ticket Pre-Sales for the Amador County Fair now available

Amador County Fair

Make sure you get your seats for your favorite events and SAVE MONEY! Get your tickets for these events:

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