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Nanci Sikes, executive director for the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau in Northern California, expects a busy spring for both locals and tourists.

One of the great kickoffs of spring in the Mother Lode region is this weekend’s opening of Railtown 1897 in Jamestown. Every Tuolumne and Calaveras resident with identification gets to ride the rails for free this weekend only, mymotherlodge.com reported.

Railtown is one of the 70 state parks slated for closure this July.

Sikes insists that the community will find a way to keep Railtown open.

“If the state doesn’t save it, I think the residents of Tuolumne County will through citizen fundraisers, business support and Measure C,” she said.

Measure C is a proposal that will be on the June 5 ballot. It would expand the transient occupant tax (TOT) in Tuolumne County to include campgrounds, houseboats and RV parks. That extra money would be used by the county to help “fund and save” both Railtown 1897 and the Mother Lode Fairgrounds.

Additionally, Sikes is looking forward to and is already aggressively marketing the large events coming up this May.

“We have a fun marketing campaign that is targeting the Motherlode Round-Up, the Amgen Tour and the nearby Calaveras Jumping Frog Jubilee. It’s called ROPE, RIDE and RIBBIT,” said Sikes.