Blame the ongoing drought for an Old Sac tradition that is all dried up.

Old Sacramento's "Gold Rush Days" have been canceled this year.

The annual heritage celebration, which traditionally takes place over Labor Day weekend, involves nearly 200 tons of dirt to help transform Old Sac into a scene out of the 1800s.

According to Steve Hammond, president and chief executive of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, the dirt provides a safe foundation for horses, wagons and performances in the streets.

But, according to the bureau, it takes up to 3,000 gallons of water a day to keep the dust down, and up to 100,000 gallons to clean up after the event.

Still though, there's hope for some: Education Day activities for already-confirmed school groups will continue as planned.