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Official Program

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Mason Partak, right, pictured here with his mother, Kathy Partak, will give a cooking demonstration at 11 a.m. Sunday on the Mandarin Cooking Stage.

Daily Entertainment
Teichert Gazebo: Sebastian Sidi Smokin Hot Piano Sierra Building: Lion Harp Strolling: Flo the Clown, Sadie the Balloon Lady, Timbucktunes (Sun. only)

Wells Fargo Main Stage (Gold Country Court)

Friday Nov. 22

Mandarin Cooking Stage (Armory Building)

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Friday Nov. 22

11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 11 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 12:45 p.m. 2 p.m. 2:45 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 4 p.m. 11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. 1:15 p.m. 2:30 p.m.

Thunderfoot Cloggers Best Placer County Mandarin Judging Eric Buss, Comedic Magician Karissa Lee Eric Buss, Comedic Magician Sugar Plum Fairies Pageant Kevin Kricks In Sync Dance Eric Buss, Comedic Magician Thunderfoot Cloggers Eric Buss, Comedic Magician Thunderfoot Cloggers Eric Buss, Comedic Magician Karissa Lee Granite Bay Dance Eric Buss, Comedic Magician

11:15 a.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 9:30 a.m. 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:45 p.m. 3 p.m. 4:15 p.m.
Sunday Nov.24

Saturday Nov. 23

Mandarin product sampling Ryan Griffith Rachel Griffith, 2012 Grand Prize Winner Chef Bre Deschaine Mandarin Product sampling UCCE Chef Bre Deschaine Amy Summers, Sierra Brokers Katie Carnahan, Sierra Brokers Chef Bre Deschaine Mandarin Product sampling Mason Partak Recipe Contest Chef Bre Deschaine Recipe contest winners announced

Saturday Nov. 23

Sunday Nov. 24

10:30 a.m. 11 a.m. 12:15 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Red Barn
Saturday Nov. 23

10:30 a.m.

Miss Mandarin Pageant

Schedule subject to change without notice

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andarin growers have been carefully tending their fruit-laden trees, and Auburns largest event is preparing for upwards of 25,000 visitors over the weekend as locals and visitors flock to the Gold Country Fairgrounds for their first fix of the juicy fruit. Placer County mandarin orange growers will bring thousands of familiar 10-pound, orange-mesh bags of the fruit ready for travel home to friends and family, and samples abound. Mandarins should be plentiful, however its a good idea to get your bags early, check them in for curb-side delivery, and then enjoy the festival. Here are the highlights for 2013:

Your guide to enjoying the weekends events

dipped, locally produced mandarin syrups, marinades and salad dressings, fresh mandarin milkshakes, and gift packages available for holiday shipping.

All things mandarin

All of the Festival food vendors will be offering at least one mandarin orange item on their menu. The mandarin orange will be an ingredient in mandarin barbecue pulled pork, mandaringlazed chicken wings, authentic New Orleans beignets with mandarin marmalade, mandarin winter squash soup, barbecue oysters with spicy mandarin sauce, mandarin glazed kettle corn, almonds, pistachios, and more. Last years favorites included chocolate dipped fresh mandarins, mandarin milkshakes and mandarin fudge. Thats only a partial list! Take a break for some creative concoctions featuring mandarin adult beverages, even an orange flavored Blue Moon Beer, or mandarin coffee drinks.

SaveMart Mandarin Marketplace

Fresh mandarins to sample, purchase or mail order


You dont have to dress all in orange to have fun at the Mountain Mandarin Festival, but it certainly doesnt hurt. Take advantage of the curbside delivery and give your back a break.
darin scented candles, soaps and spa products. Even with inclement weather, you will find plenty of indoor shopping. will hold the bags of mandarins until visitors are ready to leave. Donations will be accepted. Festival staff recommends that you purchase your bulk mandarins early in the day, drop them by the Boy Scouts delivery booth, and when you are ready, they will take your purchases to the parking lot.

When autumn days in the Placer County foothills are warm and the nights are cold, mandarin orange growers anxiously await the first blush of color on their fruit. Just before Thanksgiving, samples are eagerly tasted for sweetness and then long hours are spent hand-snipping each stem to bring in the first crop of the season for the Mountain Mandarin Festival. You will find fresh mandarins and unlimited samples at growers stands throughout the fairgrounds. Local growers offer fresh fruit, gift baskets and a variety of fruit to taste. Throughout the festival, growers are offering fresh oranges that are chocolate


When: Nov. 22, 23 and 24 Where: Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn Hours: Friday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: Friday just $3 or free with two non-perishable food items for the Auburn Food Closet. Saturday/Sunday $7 general, $5 seniors, ages 12 and under free Gold Country Fairgrounds parking $5, some street parking available Info: (916) 663-1918,

More than 200 vendors await

The Mountain Mandarin Festival is proud of the quality of artist-crafted gift items, jewelry, home accessories and food products available for visitors. There will be more than 200 vendors at the 2013 Festival as the outdoor exhibits and entertainment areas expand. Be ready to be tempted by everything from holiday gift and food items to home dcor to sensory pleasures from man-

Curbside delivery
Help for heavy loads and sore feet.

Since the beautiful Gold Country Fairgrounds sits in a hollow with parking areas a long walk up the hill, the festival has arranged for transportation services to your car. A loading zone will be designated in the upper parking lot. They will have a check-in booth near the mandarin growers where they

Kitchen Craft Recipe Contest

Prizes top $2,500 in value

The annual Kitchen Craft Recipe Contest is a favorite of festival attendees and management is looking for your familys favorite recipe that incorporates mandarin oranges. The grand prize for the recipe contest this year is a set of Kitchen

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Craft cookware, valued at more than $1,700 and there are cash prizes for the top recipes in each category with bonus prizes for cooking with products from Snows Citrus Court. You can get an entry form at with all the details.

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Entertainment and cooking demonstrations

Enjoy a great selection of live entertainment on three stages including Eric Buss, comedic magician from Americas Got Talent, performing daily on the Wells Fargo Stage; and NPR entertainer Sebastian Sidis Smokin Hot Piano in the Teichert Gazebo. Catch Mandarin Rose, Sadie the Balloon Lady, and musicians strolling around. On the Cooking Demonstration Stage in the Armory Building, sponsored by Sierra Brokers and Jack in the Box, you can learn tricks of the trade as cooks demonstrate using mandarin oranges, and samples from vendors are presented. For the kids

All aboard the Sleep Train Express Shuttle, where Engineer Ken will point out highlights and activities.
there are bounce houses, race cars and more in the McDonalds Mini Mandarin Grove. vendors, activities and food. You can hop off and on at designated buildings. You can also find a map and information at the California Health and Wellness Information Booth. Take the time to experience all the Mountain Mandarin Festival brings to you. You may want to spread your visit over two days. Proceeds benefit: NABA scholarships and the Alta Vista Charter School.

What to do and where to find it at

For the best way to enjoy a day of shopping, taking in the entertainment and feasting, hop aboard the Sleep Train Express Shuttle for a guided tour of the festival. Engineer Ken points out where things are, interesting


Look for Sadie the Balloon Lady strolling around the Gold Country Fairgrounds.

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Twenty magical years and still growing strong

hen organizers in the tiny foothills town of Newcastle held their first Mountain Mandarin Festival 20 years ago, they never imagined that it would grow to the three-day event that now attracts 25-30,000 people from throughout the West Coast. In fact it quickly outgrew the town center and is now held at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in neighboring Auburn. The original Newcastle Mandarin Festival was started by Joanne Neft on behalf of the Newcastle Area Business Association.

The group wanted to highlight a unique, locallygrown agricultural product with a celebration that would contribute to the economy of the area. Mandarins have been grown in the foothills surrounding Newcastle since the late 1800s. The first commercial mandarin endeavors were started in the 1950s by Frank Aguilar, Ed Pilz and Harold Struble, and there are now more than 80 growers in Placer County. The first year of the festival, there were approximately 1,500 visitors and a handful of mandarin

growers. When the festival began to impact the ability of the Newcastle downtown merchants to conduct business and parking became more and more difficult, the festival was moved to the Gold Country Fairgrounds. Today the Mountain Mandarin Festival is a three-day affair, boasts more than 200 vendors, provides live entertainment, cooking demonstrations and you can expect to find thousands of those orange mesh bags filled with tasty mandarin oranges ready to take home.

When Joanne Neft started the Newcastle Mandarin Festival 20 years ago, it was to highlight a unique, locally-grown agricultural product in a way that would contribute to the local economy. The first event drew 1,500 visitors to downtown Newcastle.

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Take a trek to Kisongo

Mandarin Festival, NABA award scholarships

ince the Mountain Mandarin Festival started in downtown Newcastle, the Newcastle Area Business Association (NABA) has presented more than $64,000 in scholarship funds, generated at the festival, to graduating students in the Newcastle, Ophir and Penryn area. There are now four scholarships awarded for $1,000 to each student. In 2013, $1,000 scholarships for scholastic excellence were awarded to four high school graduates, Beata Mackenroth, Jeeyun Eunice Kim, Sarah Fenner and Taylor Jabusch, who were not only outstanding scholars, but were also very involved in community activities and were wellrounded in their personal endeavors. Juniors who reside in the Newcastle/Penryn area who are interested in applying for future scholarships should contact the Mountain Mandarin Festival at (916) 6631918 or go to

isitors to the Mandarin Festival will have an opportunity to take a trip to the other side of the world: Kisongo, Tanzania. Through Kisongo Trek, the newest World Vision Experience, you can travel to Babayetus home and hear the reallife story of how his village moved from poverty to hope with help from World Vision and people like you. This immersive experience brings the sights and sounds of Africa to life using innovative technology, state-of-the-art cinematography, and captivating imagery all in the back of a mobile semi-truck. Youll go on a bus ride down the roads of Tanzania, get an up-close glimpse of what its like to live in poverty, and discover proven solutions that help families build a better life. Kisongo Trek gives you and your entire community the opportunity to step into a world where poverty is in the past and children can look toward a bright future.


Back row, from left, NABA President Joe Irvin, Elliot Rose and Tom Aguilar. Front, from left, Beata Mackenroth, Jeeyun and Alex Blanca.


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Take a magical trip to Mandarin Mountain

he Sierra foothills are dotted with orange in the winter from the beautiful mandarin trees bursting with fruit. Mandarin season kicks off with the Mountain Mandarin Festival, celebrating 20 magical years, Nov. 22 through 24 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn. But the magic doesnt stop there. Following the festival each year, the Mountain Mandarin Growers Association (MMGA) hosts Orchard Days the first and third weekends in December at participating member orchards from Penryn, Newcastle and Loomis to Lincoln and Auburn. This year Orchard Days takes place December 7, 8, 21 and 22. The event features the sale of fresh mandarins and mandarin-based products along with crafters, artists, wine tasting, food, farm animals and fun for the whole family. Many MMGA member orchards welcome visitors daily throughout mandarin season, typically mid-November through March, although the exact dates vary each year due to the weather. This year the crop is earlier than it has been for several years and our trees are heavy with fruit due to the warm spring, said Tom Aguilar, owner of Mandarin Hill Orchards, one of the oldest mandarin groves in Placer County. So therell be plenty of mandarins for the Mandarin Festival, Orchard Days and the holidays. Placer grown mandarins are more flavorful because we let them ripen on the trees and hand pick them to be sure they are ready to eat. Kids love them because they are sweet and easy to peel, making them a perfect snack.

Orchards are open throughout the season


Newcastle Mandarin Ranch is just one of the many local growers in Penryn, Newcastle, Loomis, Lincoln and Auburn that you can visit during Orchard Days, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 7, 8, 21 and 22.
Mandarins have been a farming tradition for more than 125 years in the Placer County foothills. Welsh settlers in the town of Penryn planted the first mandarin trees in the 1880s. Toms father, Frank Aguilar, along with Ed Pilz and Harold Struble, planted mandarin trees in South Placer during the 1950s. Together they purchased a sizing machine and began supplying fresh mandarins to local customers and grocery stores. Boxed mandarins soon became a much-anticipated gift throughout the country and with soldiers in foreign wars. Today, close to 40 mandarin growers throughout Placer County make up the Mountain Mandarin Growers Associa-

Our Mountain Mandarins are generally more flavorful and of a higher overall quality when compared to fruit grown on the valley floor. This high-quality fruit is something we are very proud of in our community.
Josh Huntsinger, Placer County Agricultural Commissioner

tion. The warm days and cool nights make this area a perfect

place to grow this sweet, seedless, popular fruit. Placer County is unique in that our mandarin industry is based in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, said Placer County Agricultural Commissioner Josh Huntsinger. Our Mountain Mandarins are generally more flavorful and of a higher overall quality when compared to fruit grown on the valley floor. This high-quality fruit is something we are very proud of in our community. We look forward to continuing the Orchard Days tradition this winter as a way to introduce more people to one of Placer Countys premier crops. As an added bonus, Placer County Owari Satsuma man-

darins offer high concentrations of the cold fighting phytochemical synephrine, as reported in 2008 by the USDAs Department of Agriculture and published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. According to the study of mandarins grown in the Placer County orchards, synephrine concentrations were found to be up to six times higher than values previously determined for orange juices. That makes Placer grown Mountain Mandarins the perfect fruit for winter eating. For information about Mountain Mandarin Orchard Days and a map of participating groves visit

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Search is on for the best mandarins in the county

Join us at 1 p.m. Friday at the Wells Fargo Stage for the Best Placer County Mandarin competition. The contest is open to anyone who grows mandarin oranges in Placer County, whether its a backyard tree or an orchard full of trees. In 2012, the fruit from Sunset Ridge Mandarins wowed the judges. The fruit was deemed a winner from the start, with easy peel-ability and the aroma released when peeled. According to the judges, the fruit was sweet and intensely flavored. Each grower must submit six mandarins to the festival office by noon on Friday. There will be five judges that will sample the fruit from each grower. Fruit will be peeled before judging and just the fruit will be judged on flavor and sweetness. While the contest is for fun, one winner will receive a $25 prize.


From left, Ruth Schnabel, Fawna Fergusen, Joanne Neft, Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery and Placer County Agricultural Commissioner Josh Huntsinger make up the panel of judges at last years festival. The contest for the best mandarin in Placer County is open to anyone with a mandarin tree and the judging will take place at 1 p.m. Friday on the Wells Fargo Stage. Growers must submit six samples of their fruit by noon on Friday.

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Make it with Mandarins recipe contest a tasty affair

$2,500 in prizes to be awarded

To enter: Dishes with completed entry forms should be deliver to the Armory Building Cooking Stage between 11 a.m. and noon on Sunday. Include a typewritten recipe. The contest: Judging begins at 12:15 p.m. Sunday. The winner: Winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Applications:


2012 Grand Prize Winner Mandarin Onion Marmalade with Roasted Garlic, served on brie toast by Rachel Griffith from Fair Oaks.

ith a $1,700 set of Kitchen Craft cookware for Best of Show and $100 for top place in each category, the annual Mountain Mandarin Festival Recipe Contest just might be the recipe contest you want to win this year. The popular event, sponsored by Sierra Brokers and Jack in the Box, draws more than 40 entries and the judging will be a dont-miss activity on Sunday on the Mandarin Cooking Stage in the Armory Building. In addition, Snows Citrus Court will be offering bonus cash prizes for recipes that use their Mandarin Orange Spread ($50) and any other Snows product ($50). Categories for main dishes, side dishes including preserves, and desserts are open to all ages. Dishes with completed entry forms should be delivered to the Armory Building Cooking Stage between 11 a.m. and noon on Sunday. Judging begins at 12:15 p.m. All

recipes must be original and become the property of the Mountain Mandarin Festival and must be accompanied by a typewritten recipe. Applications with complete rules and regulations are available at There are no provisions for heating or keeping dishes cold, so contestants should keep food in appropriate small coolers or non-electric insulated warmers.

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Judges of last years Mountain Mandarin Festival recipe contest, seen here perusing the dessert entries, had their hands and mouths full of tasty mandarin-themed creations.

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Miss Mandarin Pageant

In the back, from left, 2013 Mandarin Ambassador Katie Sipes, Jr. Miss Mandarin Abigail Dettbarn-Riley, Young Miss Mandarin Angelina Salgado and, in front, Mini Miss Mandarin Shelby Mason. Outgoing young ladies from ages 3-14 are invitMISS MANDARIN ed to participate in the Miss Mandarin PAGEANT 10:30 a.m. pageant which will When: Saturday be held at 10:30 Where: Little Red Barn Saturday in the Little Red Barn. Divisions range from ages 3-18. Winners receive cash prizes sponsored by NABA. Contestants compete in talent and mandarin fashion. For more information, contact Toni Fossom at


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The fresh-from-the-tree fruit is notably sweet with an intense flavor due to the warm days and cold nights of the Placer County foothills. They are available only from late November through January. Despite the year trees are planted, the yield is usually heavy in alternate years, as though the trees have their own communication system. Fresh mandarin oranges have become a staple on holiday tables and are used in dishes from salads to desserts, sauces to syrups. Essential oils are used in many bath and beauty products. Mandarins are saturated fat-free, sodium-free and an excellent source of potassium and vitamin C. A 2008 USDA study highlights a higher amount of synephrine in mandarins grown in the foothills.

More than 25,000 visitors from throughout Northern California and Northern Nevada attend the Mountain Mandarin Festival. The Festival features fresh mandarins, arts and crafts, live entertainment, free childrens activities and plenty of food featuring mandarins. Professional chefs hold cooking demonstrations and tastings and the annual recipe contest draws a crowd. Adult libations feature mandarin and citrus flavored spirits.

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Comedy Imaginator to perform

ou may recall this comedic magician from the quarterfinals of the 2012 Americas Got Talent show. As the Comedy Imaginator, Eric Buss has entertained and amazed audiences worldwide. His innovative and high-energy brand of comedy and magic has earned him some of the industrys top awards and a reputation as one of the funniest and most original magicians working today. Eric Buss is not a comedian telling jokes about airline food. He is not a magician wearing a bright yellow leotard. Eric is an imaginative, exciting performer with a knack for fun. Throughout his show, Eric Buss invites the audience into his world where hysterical antics are brought to life. Eric loved making people laugh from the get-go and at 16 he merged his passion for building with his love for magic tricks. Although most would agree that his gadgets are totally awesome, its Erics personality that wins audiences over. His highenergy and hilarious act has been called pure art, pure madness! It combines crazy inventions and Erics high-octane sugar rush of comedy into a non-stop ride of mischief and magical gadgetry that most people could never imagine.

Eric Buss, the Comedy Imaginator, will perform daily at the Mountain Mandarin Festival on the Wells Fargo Stage. See schedule for times.


Pop-country from Karissa Lee

Karissa Lee is a young country artist with big dreams and a popcountry style. She is a singer, songwriter, guitar player and dancer and brings big talent to the Mandarin Festival. Her recordings are available on Google Play, Amazon and other online music kiosks.

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Sebastians smokin hot rock n roll piano

ne of the festivals most popular entertainers is back. If you could imagine a new century version of Jerry Lee Lewis and his high-energy, innovative piano, it would be Sebastian Sidi. With neon lights, flames and smoke, and hydraulics raising his baby grand up and down, Sebastian creates the most passionate keyboard concert you will ever experience. He has just completed his second PBS special. Sebastian Sidi is a Uruguayborn American musician and composer, specializing in piano and keyboards, whose sound can be described as classical, new age rock with a touch of Latin flavor. Sidis music features an energetic and passionate new sound that

has broken the molds of traditional musical genres. Throughout his career, Sidi drew inspiration from the sounds of the Scorpions, Iron Maiden, Van Halen and Raul Di Blassio. His composition gradually become increasingly intricate, and his knowledge of numerous instruments advanced. The addition of bass guitar to his repertoire solidified the unique Sebastian Sidi sound that has been featured on his albums. When not in the recording studio, Sidi can be seen performing live on stages throughout southern California including the OC Pavilion, the La Mirada Performing Arts Center and Hollywood Park.


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