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Tule Fog Fete marking winter’s end March 7

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POSTED February 17, 2010 2:03 a.m.
A week after Ripon celebrates the arrival of millions upon millions of white and pink almond blossoms, Caswell Park will mark the end of the tule fog season.

The annual Tule Fog Festival takes place amid the pristine beauty of the Stanislaus River riparian woodlands covering 258 acres at the southern terminus Austin Road on Sunday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The  family-oriented festival features bluegrass music, a challenging obstacle course for kids, guided nature walks, educational hands-on stations, live native animals, food, and chocolate desserts.

It is a fundraiser for the Great Valley Museum of Natural History that doubles as a celebration of winter’s end and the dawn of spring. It is named after the unique fog that permeates from the ground due to the conditions created by the Central Valley.

The cost is $5 per person or $15 per carload.  The rain date is March 21.

It is within the confines of Caswell State Memorial Park you’ll find the biggest remaining stand of Central Valley oak-riparian woodlands. The creation of levees in the 1880s followed by the introduction of irrigated farming wiped out almost 97 percent of the valley’s oak-riparian woodlands.

It is also here that several species, specifically the rare riparian rabbit, are making their last stand.

You can also fish with summer catches yielding largemouth, smallmouth and striped bass plus bullhead, sturgeon, bluegill, catfish, shad, and buffalo carp.

For more information on the Tule Fog Fete contact the Great Valley Museum at  575-6196.
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