Drought cancels Sacramento's Gold Rush Days

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Updated: 7/28 4:38 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento officials are canceling the city's annual Gold Rush Days festivities because of the ongoing drought.

Steve Hammond, president of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, said Monday that too much water would be needed to bring in and later clean up the nearly 200 tons of dirt used for the Labor Day weekend event.

The bureau says the dirt transforms Old Sacramento into a scene from the 1850s and provides a safe foundation for horses, wagons and street performances.

But it takes up to 3,000 gallons of water per day to keep the dirt damp enough to contain dust and up to 100,000 gallons to clean the streets when the event is over.

Hammond says the dry conditions are also a fire hazard for cannon and weapons demonstrations.

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