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Folsom's Johnny Cash Trail Grand Opening Celebration

Registration Now Open for Community Fun Run and Ride, Bridge Dinner on Saturday, October 14

Folsom, CA - The City of Folsom is hosting a grand opening celebration on Saturday, October 14 for the completion of the Johnny Cash Trail, a 2.5-mile trail that honors one of the world's most famous country musicians and his influence on Folsom.

The event will mark the completion of Phase 2 of the trail that includes 1.25 miles of Class I paved trail, an undercrossing that tunnels beneath Prison Road at Natoma Street, and a beautiful 190-foot wooden arched bridge that will provide views of the American River Canyon, Lake Natoma, and beyond.

Festivities include a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony, followed by 4.2 and 6.2-mile timed runs and a community bike ride that starts on the trail, and an outdoor festival in Folsom City Lions Park. That same evening, the new bridge will provide the unique setting for "Out Among the Stars," an exclusive outdoor dining experience featuring a menu created by Michelin star Chef de Cuisine Duncan Holmes with support from Karen's Bakery Café.

Johnny Cash Trail Grand Opening
Saturday, October 14 (rain or shine)
On the Johnny Cash Trail segment behind the Folsom Rodeo Arena (200 Stafford Street, Folsom)

The new section of the Johnny Cash Trail will connect to existing trail in Digger and Sharon Williams Rodeo Park, providing cyclists, runners, and walkers a convenient route to access Folsom's Historic District and the extensive American River Parkway trail. Funding for the $3.23 million project is provided by a variety of federal grants and local transportation funds.

In 2014, the City of Folsom opened the first installment of the Johnny Cash Trail and the iconic Johnny Cash Bridge that spans Folsom Lake Crossing Road. The bridge echoes the look of Folsom Prison's East Gate guard tower, an iconic feature of Folsom history and location of a famous Cash photo taken before his concerts.

Cash made the prison famous with the hit, "Folsom Prison Blues," which he performed at Folsom State Prison in 1968. A passionate advocate for prisoners' rights, Cash gave numerous performances at prisons around the country. His two 1968 performances at Folsom State Prison were among his most successful, forever linking the singer to Folsom. Contrary to popular legend, Cash did not serve time in Folsom Prison, nor any other prison. During his lifetime, Cash used his earnings and influence to support prison reform and believed in the powers of redemption and rehabilitation for the inmates he had met over the years.

The Johnny Cash Trail will set the stage for a world-class public art experience to celebrate and honor one of the world's most famous country musicians and his influence on Folsom. The project includes eight larger-than-life public art pieces and a three-acre park honoring the Man in Black.

A Johnny Cash Trail Art Experience fundraising effort is underway, and the Folsom Arts Association is accepting contributions in order to complete the park and art installations.

All of the October 14 events will benefit the Art Experience, with proceeds earmarked for "Cash's Pick"-two 7-foot-tall bronze guitar picks that will anchor each end of the Johnny Cash Trail.

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