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IOA Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001 Fea "That's Belle Starr," yelled sold for a dollar in most com- about the audience sobbing, the sheriff, pointing with a munities of the time, hence wailing and seeking the com- whiskey-shaking finger. The the dollar was a buck and a fort of male shoulders. marshal grabbed iron as did buck was worth a dollar. This year, there was some- his partner, Belle and herHow about the name "trap-thing new. Wayne Rickey, of gang. When the gunsmoke per?" Most folks think they Turlock, has been a member cleared, those standing were was called trappers 'cause ofa civil war. Confederate ar- the marshal, Belle and thethey used traps. But thetruth tillery team for about two bartender; the latter had is the early French fur gath- years. He and Pete Dryer put ducked behind the bar before erers called themselves t"rap- their heads and skills togeth- lead started to fly. piers" or something spelled er and made a cannon for the But the outlaw lady wasn'tlike that. The name meansMiner's Fair. done,."Come with me to Mex- wanderer, but was eventually The piece itself is an exact ico, marshal. We can live shortened to trapper, replica of a 6-pound civil war high on that money and I'll Thus these men became cannon built to three-quar- take real good care of you." known as trappers, and the ters scale. The caisson wheels He was tempted by the lovely steel snares they used to git were ordered, but everything outlaw, but duty won the day beavers got to be called traps, else was built by Rickey, in- and Belle went to jail. and still is. When a trapper cluding the caisson itself, "Cowboys up!" shouted the wanted a hat, he killedhisself which was milled from a marshal and the dead Nevada an animal, usually a coyote dead oak homegrown in Gunfighters picked them- or wolf. Twain. selves up off'n the dirt and Then he skinned the thing, The cannon was fired three bowed to the applause of the pinned it together and put it times a day by a crew of four audience. Labor Day week- on his head while it was still men. Everything was done by end and the Miner's Fair, warm. This way the "hat" commanded steps, whichpre- Feather River Canyon's en-formed to his head as thesentedthe audience with a re- during annual event, was skin dried. Of course, it stunk al sense of what it was like to we!!underway, somethin' awful, but the service black powder ar- The Nevada Gunfighters smell just blended into the tillery in action without the performed a series of vi- general stink of the manhim- action, of course. gnettes three times a day all self. A charge that was about ending in, or constantly in- These guys weren't invited one-quarter strength was volving, gunfights. The sher- to very many cocktail par- more than enough to get a iff made his entrance fromties. person's attention. Just focus the balcony of the hotel, mag- Situated in close proximity a camera on the mouth of the nificent in red long johns be- . to the trappers were a couple cannon and try to get that in- fore donning his pants andof early American frontiers- stant when it fires. No prob- joining the group at the bar. men, White Bear and Chuck- lem. The concussion, even Marshal Smokey Pickett er. These buckskin-clad men from the side, will slam your and his lady, Lily Lawlesswere all set up with the tools finger down on the shutter (Joyce and Pete Dryer) and utensilsofthe era. release. strolled up and down Main Simmering on an open fireA number of enterprising Street greetin' folks within a cast iron pan were apples souls offered hand-crafted snarls or smiles dependingswimming in bear grease, and manufactured goods in on if they was law abidin' or Kinda tasty, actually. White the lawn area, horse drawn at least had money in their Bear would end his presenta- wagons conveyed folks up, pockets, tion or punctuate it by firing down and around Main Towards the outskirts of his flintlock into the air. Street and food vendors did a town, up on a small hill, was From the environs of brisk business as did Lil's a group of mountain menandScruffy's Saloon came theCookhouse. early Americans. The site fit melodious strains of songs The Red Dirt Bullies pre- the loners well, bein' as they from the 1800's performed by sented a wonderful collection don't wash regular. Here the the Quincy Nightengales. Of of toe-tapping, finger-pickin' curious can Find out all sorts particular note was a heart Bluegrass music on Sunday. of things about the life of tugging rendition of 'SheThe Miner's Fair is spon- these social misfits. Was Only a Bird in a Gilded sored and presented by Pete Mountain men Garry Hud- Cage.' and Joyce Dryer,of Twain. It son and Greg Norman sat One lovely lady in the audi- is a nonprofit event: admis- around their campfire and ence was so overcome withsion is free and it grows in at- held court for audiences grief during this song that tendance and variety each throughout the day. Wanna her lamentations actuallyyear. The performers are all ~l~w ~:~jigll,~.~0$o30~.:.~mpetect~i~,h the voices volunteers who are into the " called a bt k?'One male deer ' from the stage. She moved history of the era. : iii: "-~ii ,.!’~ Photos by ~ OOPS, the mustachel The Quincy Nightengales sang beautifully for Scruffy's Saloon. In this case, they are having difficulty with their mustacheS, there was nothing wrong with their voices. Shown here are: Debbie Bullet, Beynon and Sue Jones. Piano music was provided by Gloria Melms. 7• i ~ :-%:.... ?:':i Mountain men Garry Hudson and Creg Norman held court for anybody who listen. 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