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Old Sacramento's Gold Rush Days canceled because of drought
Old Sacramento's Gold Rush Days canceled because of drought

Gold Rush Days festivities in Old Sacramento have been canceled because of the state's continued drought, officials said Monday. The event, which traditionally takes place over Labor Day weekend, requires too much water, said Steve Hammond, president and chief executive of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau. Each year, nearly 200 tons of dirt is used to help turn the city into a scene out of the 1850s. The dirt performs a functional — as well as visual — role, providing a safe foundation for horses, wagons and performances in the streets. But it takes up to 3,000 gallons a day to keep the dirt damp, and up to 100,000 gallons of water to clean up after the...

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