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One of the biggest annual events in Tuolumne County is still 100% organized and run on the day by local volunteers, business owners, chamber board members, local non-profits, clubs , and friends who like to lend a hand and love a good day out with neighbors and friends. Please be kind and courteous to our many volunteers, and thank them for the hours they dedicate to making the 49er Festival BETTER THAN EVER!

Thank You to our Dedicated Volunteers!

These local folks and organizations dedicate hundreds of hours to make the 49er Festival a memorable experience. Please be sure to thank them for supporting our most popular annual event.

 Be a Volunteer 

Volunteers are welcome for everything from helping keep track of donations, to selling chili bags and pouring beer on the day of the Festival.  We welcome our neighbors, friends, local clubs and organizations to celebrate your community spirit by taking on a task...any task...that will help us bring our community the best 49er Festival ever.

Here's just some of the volunteer opportunities suitable for folks, clubs, church groups, and other local organizations who want some real old fashioned, hand-shaking, back-pounding, elbow-rubbing community visibility.  

  • Raffle prize requests and tracking (now thru Sept. 16)

  • Set-Up/Tear Down (Friday, 9/15 & Sunday 9/17)

  • Parade participant tracking, intake, and coordination 

  • Waste management team

  • General administrative backup

  • General onsite backup

  • Is there another way you'd like to help?  Email us at

Download the Volunteer application and Release Form.

2023 Organizing Committee

Patricia Epp & Shirley Horn, Festival Co-Chairs

Bob Turney, Chili Cook-Off Chair
Dale Ball, Yosemite Lakes Resort, Chili Cook-Off
Bob Asquith, Groveland CERT, Traffic & Crowd Control
Bruce Dudley, Tuolumne County CSU, Safety & Security
Sharon Volponi, Groveland Gal Friday, Parade
Laurie James, Parade 
Glorial Marler, Pine Cone Performers, Silent Auction/Festival Raffle
Jolenna Hamilton, Romulus Development, Vendors
Sparker Mejia, Romulus Development, Entertainment
Katy Fitzgerald, Affordable Wildlife Photography, Raffle Donations
Penny Christensen, Yosemite Area Real Estate, Print Production
Maggie Bean, Maggie Bean Glass, Festival Website

2023 On-Site Volunteers
Audrey Prouse, ROOFBB
Betsy Duncan, Premier Valley Bank
Debra Howell, Premier Valley Bank
Nina Jobe

Thank You to Our Major Sponsors


49er Festival 


PO Box 1263

Groveland, CA 95321


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