This event has been cancelled.
The City of Sonora is looking for vendors that are rustic, old fashion or antique in style for the upcoming event “Old West Fest.” To participate please
The Old West Fest in Historic Downtown Sonora ~ A celebration of Sonora’s History
Join us on Saturday, May 30th from 11 am to 3 pm and enjoy our Farmer’s Market, Gun Fighters, Mid Valley Pack Unit,
Dutch Oven Cooking ~ Demos & Tastings, A Proper Ice Cream Social, Old Fashion Bake Sale. Antique Tractors & Farm Equipment. A few guest will be moseying around the town, so look out for John Wayne and Mae West.
The Old West Fest, on Sat. May 30th will feature Shelton Johnson’s Movie Buffalo Soldiers Guardians of California’s National Parks
Shown at the Veteran’s Museum, located at 9 N. Washington St. in downtown Sonora to learn more click here
In 1890, when Yosemite National Park first came into existence, the U.S. Cavalry was assigned to protect the new federal lands in the Sierra Nevada, which included Sequoia National Park and General Grant National Park, now part of Kings Canyon National Park. The soldiers who were assigned to protect these new parks became Yosemite’s first park rangers.
Many of the cavalrymen chosen to serve in the West’s new national park lands were buffalo soldiers. The term “buffalo soldier” was first used by Native Americans of the Cheyenne tribe to describe African American regiments sent to the West during the Civil War to fight against Plains Indians. It is said that the tribespeople saw a resemblance between the African American soldiers’ dark, curly hair and the matted fur between the horns of a buffalo, and that they also respected their bravery in battle. to continue reading click here