Friday, March 22, 2013

FUNDRAISER: Preston Castle presents "Amador Wedding Faire 2013"

IONE, CA - Engaged couples need not think Disneyland or Vegas to dream of being married in a castle, when the bride and groom can be king and queen for a day at the Preston Castle in Ione, California. To assist in making those dreams come true, and Preston Castle Foundation announce the 2013 Amador Wedding Faire on Saturday, April 7, 2013 from 12 Noon to 4PM.

“What princess bride wouldn’t want to be married in a castle?” said Carol Harper, Editor of Amador Community News, founder of, as well as the event’s coordinator. “We’re just fortunate that Sacramento has an impressive-looking one, right in their own backyard, here in Amador County. It’s such a quick, beautiful drive, and so many resources for those who want to make their wedding a day to remember. What better venue than a castle? Short of having to drive to Europe, the next best thing would be to book their wedding at a Castle right here in America.”

The Preston Castle was built between 1890 and 1894, and has had historical significance for California and Amador County. It has been named a California State Historical Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Plans have been ambitious to make it a place where both tourists and communities could come together and realize the value of such an edifice.

“The Preston Castle Foundation is composed entirely of volunteers, and all our efforts are directed at preserving and restoring the Castle for future use,” said Karl Knobelauch, PCF Vice President. “Events like these help gain exposure for the Castle, not only as a venue for weddings, but for other events as well. Fundraising is the crux of making the renovations for this structure not just a dream, but a reality.”

The Preston Castle has hosted several events, even on a national level. Additionally, the Castle has hosted photographer days, wine tasting events, and music concerts for local and regional musicians and bands.

 “I remember the first time I was driving to Ione from Sacramento, and saw the castle about a mile away as I was coming into town, “said Harper. “I was like, ‘Wow! What is that?” I took the tour, and have since attended several music events and fundraisers at the Castle, but they’re still in need of many renovations and repairs.”

The Preston Castle’s most current and critical renovation needs are working restrooms, flooring and ceiling work, room renovations and much more. For more information, the history and their current fundraising needs, visit:

The Wedding Faire itself is planned to be simple and excellent, with a focus more on the Castle itself as an impressive locale that would truly make a wedding a historic day to remember, for both Castle and couple. Sacramento and Stockton wedding professionals are encouraged to participate as well. “Bring the entire party up here to Amador County and make a weekend to remember,” said Harper. “We have wine tasting, shopping in our historic gold country downtown districts, tours of the local gold mines—this faire is a great opportunity for not just brides and couples to check out the Castle, but the entire public to come and take a look around. It’s hoped that many more can capture the vision of the Castle for their own fundraising events, music concerts, business meetings, church events, and so forth. But there’s still so much to be done towards restoration and renovation. It is worth the investment to, at the very least, come and see.”

Those who have never been to the Preston Castle are encouraged to come to the Faire, walk around the Castle grounds, and take a mini-tour. Admission for the event is only $5, of which all proceeds go to the Preston Castle Foundation.

Local and regional wedding professionals and vendors are welcomed to participate and support the Preston Castle Foundation by signing up for a booth or table display space. Vendor booths are $100, table display vendors are $50, of which a very generous portion goes to the Foundation. Event sponsorship is $250, all of which goes to the Preston Castle Foundation.

 “ is a part of Amador Community News, and I’ve always tried to be on alert, not only about the assets of California’s historic home towns, but what is needed to preserve our history,” said Harper. “Amador County’s gold country is a treasure, and one of California’s best kept secrets. It is time that surrounding metros realize that our assets and treasures need renovation and upkeep for the benefit of future generations…and their weddings, too!”

Contact Harper at or visit for more information and to register. After the Faire, will be an ongoing fundraising site for the Preston Castle Foundation.

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