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New look at state capitol for Madera County

Madera County, known by many as California’s Gateway to Yosemite, has a new look at the California Sate Capitol building in downtown of Sacramento. In addition to housing the state’s legislators, the capitol is also home to a museum, visited annually by about three million visitors, including thousands of school children, to enjoy the rich history and culture of California, expansive gardens, historical exhibits, and educational displays.

One such exhibit is the California county display area. Here, each of the state’s 58 counties, including Madera County, proudly ‘show-off’ the highlights of what they have to offer behind large glass displays in a beautiful marble hallway. Accessed through the north, south or east entrance, this is where you will find the newly updated Madera County display in all its glory.

The Madera County display recently underwent a major renovation rich with beautiful photographs, effectively reflecting the diverse landscapes and activities offered in the county. Encased behind the glass is a miniature vineyard, barn, steam train, mini sequoia tree complete with real sequoia cones, hand carved wooden bear, and carved miniature totem pole created specifically for the display.

“The display begs people to take their time and explore the many intricate details of the display in depth,” said Julie Fullmer, director of sales at the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau in Oakhurst, who served as the driving force behind the renovation project.

Fullmer enlisted the help of professional production designer, Jim Elliott, of the Children’s Museum of the Sierra. Elliott had a 20-year career working, or as he says “playing,” with Disney. In addition to contributing a wealth of knowledge and skill he volunteered all his time and donated much of the material.

Together Fullmer and Elliott planned and created a breathtaking display worthy of the state capitol building. After months of preparation, the pair, with the assistance of Lynn Fullmer, completed the installation on Jan. 13.

Madera County District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler donated two hand-crafted Native American baskets from the Mono Indian Tribe of North Fork to be a part of the display. Woven with intricate detail, the baskets give the viewer a small glimpse into the rich native culture of Madera County.

“I couldn’t be happier with the result” Wheeler said. “It’s friendly, warm, and there is something for everyone.”

The visitor bureau urges anyone traveling in the Sacramento area, to visit the capitol building to see the display.

Details: Visit yosemitethisyear.com.

- Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau

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