Gold Country Toy Run happening Dec. 5

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Four-wheel drive owners from throughout the region are invited by the Orangevale-based Hi-Landers four-wheel drive club to join it for the 22nd annual 4X4 Gold Country Toy Run at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Lake Natoma Park near Folsom.

There is no cost to participate in the parade-like toy run — however, each participant is asked to bring a new unwrapped toy with a minimum value of $5. Last year, the toy run drew 218 participants who donated 646 gifts and toys and 214 sleeping bags to needy children identified by a local nonprofit organization.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the parade will start at 10 a.m. (rain or shine).

The 4X4 Gold Country Toy Run will take participants from Lake Natoma, north on Hazel Avenue to Douglas Boulevard. The group will then turn right on Auburn Folsom Road, continue over the historic Rainbow Bridge, through the town of Folsom to Highway 50 and return to the park staging area. At approximately 11 a.m., the judging will begin for the best-decorated vehicles followed by a prize drawing at noon.

For more information, contact Deann MacDougall at (916) 985-2250 or e-mail

~ Staff report