Summerfest 2022 – a good time for everyone
By John Lullo
Special Plumas News
With final numbers tabulated, 309 patrons attended the first Summerfest celebration since the pandemic at White Sulfur Springs Ranch in Clio. Last seen in 2017, David John and the Comstock Cowboys were the star entertainment and the crowd gave them a warm welcome. As usual, Virginia City fans came dressed in period costumes and used the dance floor in front of the stage. The Mohawk Valley Stewardship Council (MVSC) is dedicated to restoring the former ranch site and depends on this non-profit fundraiser to continue its efforts.
The Roberti brothers of Sierra City served as auctioneers and added an optimistic dimension to the live auction. The most expensive item was an LLBean canoe which sold for $1,000. The wine trunk was worth over $600 and the person with the correct key was Sandee Gibson.
About 100 guests toured the renovated interior of the old ranch house. Volunteer president and guide Judy Porep-Lullo welcomed them in period costume.
The chicken, ribs and all the trimmings were provided by team leaders Jay and Barbi Hendrick, Nancy Degger and a group of hardworking volunteers. Rudy Degger ran the margarita bar and sold 183 drink tickets.
Dan Duculescu of Concord, California won the coin toss and won a beautifully crafted ruby studded belt buckle from Vogt Silversmiths. Tim Buckhout’s Porta Saloon served beer and Dink and Dave Rife emptied 61 bottles to serve everyone who drank wine.
Yvonne Ware of Clio chaired the event this year. A volunteer core of over 70 MVSC members took care of the preparation, the crowds and everything but the wind, which was so strong it knocked down the shade screen. More than 60 donors of goods and services from across Plumas, Reno, Palm Springs and Sparks County made the auctions and catering services spectacular.
Summerfest 2022 was sold out approximately three weeks before the event date. Readers are urged to reserve the last Sunday in June next year for Summerfest 2023.