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Scene in the 209

People all across 209 region marked the return of spring and an overall decline in coronavirus cases by once again gathering together to have some well-needed fun. Whether it was a street fair in Merced or the popular Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee, the return of events is a sign normalcy is coming back to the 209. 

The Merced County HISPANIC Chamber of Commerce 

kicked off their series of night markets - the Mercado - on May 5 at Bob Hart Square in downtown Merced. The event featured a classic car show, an open-air art gallery, music, live performances and plenty of vendors. For future Mercado dates visit

Seniors from the Amador High 

cheer squad took advantage of a sunny day to make floral crowns at the Made in Amador store in Amador City. The crowns were for a photo shoot in recognition of their final year as cheerleaders.

The frogs were jumping 

and the people were frolicking at the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee in Angels Camp. The annual festival celebrates the Mark Twain story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” The four-day festival offered guests carnival rides and games, exhibits, vendors, tasty treats and lots of jumping frog contests for professionals and newbies alike.