In between arena shows, we visited the activities that are housed in various buildings around
the fairgrounds. With some of the buildings being air conditioned, it was nice to get away from
afternoon heat. Some of what could be seen were quilting exhibits, fine art displays and homemade
crafts. The items on display were all made by local people who lived nearby.
One exhibit drew a lot of attention from both kids and grown up kids (adults). It was a miniature
railroad that was very detailed with a lot of activity going on. There had been a great amount
of loving work was put into this fun display.
Part of a miniture railroad in a fairgrounds building
At one exhibit table I saw a familiar face. I was somewhat amazed that this person would
be here. It was Clint Walker, TV and movie star. I was a fan of his when I was a teenager. Two
of my favorite TV shows were “Maverick” starring James Garner and “Cheyenne”
starring Clint Walker. Fortunately for me, I arrived at a time when I could just walk up to
the table and strike up a conversation with Clint. We talked for a little while about his career
as well as various life choices and I found that Clint is truly a very nice guy. He still has
his distinctive deep voice; I always liked Clint’s voice. The quality of his voice is
deep and commanding while being gentle at the same time.
I was saddened to hear that Clint Walker had passed away this year (2018). When I met him (2010) we had an opportunity to have a short but very nice conversation. It didn't take long for me to feel as if Clint had been an old friend. I was fortunate to have been able to meet one of my favorite actors.
I asked if I could have a picture taken of the two of us. I was willing to go behind the
table to get next to Clint. However, he got up and came around in front of the table and stood
next to me while Lynn took a couple of photos. I had just bought a new Stetson cowboy hat and
this was the first time I wore my new hat. What a great coincidence for me to wear my new western
style hat and come across a famous western star. For me this was the highlight of our visit
to Grass Valley. As it turned out, I learned that Clint lives nearby in Grass Valley. You just
never know when you might run into someone famous.
Maury and Clint Walker Photo by Lynn
After seeing most of what was going on one day in the fairgrounds, Lynn and I took the opportunity
to check out the local towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City. There is a lot to see in these
beautiful and historic, little towns. That is a story for another time.
Check out a list of web links for this trip.