If you missed Pebble Beach’s famed Concours d’Elegance, never fear because one of California’s best Concours events is held each year in Murphys. While Pebble Beach can have cool temperatures during the event, Murphys located halfway between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite has consistent warm, sunny weather. The event is held at the beautiful Ironstone Winery and offers unlimited viewing of the cars, as well as food and beverages for purchase. The event attracts some of the best vintage cars to the event, many of which are driven there. Don’t miss out, get your tickets today for September 24, 2011, Murphys Concours d’Elegance.
The event funds local 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA). As a result you will also find demonstrations and projects populated by young people from Northern California 4-H and FFA groups. Additionally, the Ironstone Concours Foundation has pledged a generous donation to the building fund for the California State FFA headquarters in Galt California, along with regional FFA high-school education programs. The Concours continues to fund scholarships in partnership with the California State Fair Scholarship Fund and the Calaveras County Fair Scholarship program.
Each September, the Ironstone Concours d’Elegance has taken place on the lush, rolling, 20-acre grounds of the Ironstone Winery. The winery’s manicured lawns and shimmering lake are nestled comfortably in the green-and-golden Sierra foothills. This is California’s gold-rush country at its finest, brimming with history and natural beauty. In addition to the Concours, the seven-story winery building and stage complex play host to a series of indoor and outdoor concerts throughout the year.
The Concours d’Elegance in Murphys began in 1993 when Gail and John Kautz decided to stage an automotive Concours d’Elegance at their winery near Murphys, California. The Kautzes, being farmers and vintners, insisted that proceeds from the Concours benefit young people involved in agriculture, notably 4-H Clubs, Future Farmers of America and the California State Fair Scholarship Fund, which is still does in its 13th year.
For a romantic weekend getaway, consider staying over the weekend in Murphys. For lodging in and around Murphys, please visit www.visitcalaveras.org or contact the Calaveras County Visitor Bureau at (209) 736-4237 or (800) 225-3764. Be sure to make your reservation early, because local hotels, motels and B&B’s to fill up fast over the Concours weekend.
Event Details: September 24, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ironstonefoundation.org/ticket-information/ or by calling 209-784-4234. They are $20 for adults and $35 per couple and can also be purchased at the event.
Getting there: Murphys is approximately a two hour drive from San Francisco.
See my Slideshow: Scenes from Murphys Concours d’Elegance.
©Karla Erovick 2011 article
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