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Staff photo by Karen Jonas

Holiday Fest draws locals, tourists

San Diego resident Ivy Miersma, 3, rides a donkey led by Dan Ellison of Banning at the Holiday Fest at Calico Ghost Town on Saturday afternoon. Families enjoyed a weekend of festivities at Calico Ghost Town, including photos with St. Nick, Native American dances, gunfights, and the singing of Christmas carols.

The donkeys are both former wild donkeys purchased from the Bureau of Land Management and reside at Long Ear Donkey Rescue in the Inland Empire. Proceeds from the donkey rides go directly toward the non-profit organization.

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