OAKHURST — Mountain Heritage Days returns to Fresno Flats the weekends of September 13 – 15 and 20 – 21 with an expanded calendar of events over two weekends.
With the promise of great entertainment and delicious food, you may enjoy the easy pace of life 100 years ago as you “Step Back in Time.”
With tasty food, spectacular silent auction and a host of special vendors gathered together, both of this year’s festive historic weekends will be great old fashioned fun, and provide lots of new shopping opportunities, too.
One of the nice things about this Heritage Days celebration is the number of important nonprofit organizations that have joined forces to organize a week-long grand festival, and also the number of businesses and people that support them.
On Friday, Sept. 13, guests can stroll through the grounds set up with a Craft Fair from 12 – 4 p.m. Dinner and dessert are provided starting at 5:30 p.m. courtesy of Kiwanis and the Sierra Historic Sites Association. The cost for dinner is $10.
The 2013 Mountain Belles will be presented, and cowboy-poet and artist Madison Seamons, DVM, will be on hand with a knapsack full of stories to tickle your funny bone.
On Saturday Sept. 14, the Craft Fair continues from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., along with a Salsa-Fest Competition at 10 a.m., a Cookie Bake-off at 11 a.m. and an Indian Taco Luncheon from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Salsa-Fest and Cookie Bake-off are sponsored by Vision Academy of the Arts. Additional demonstrations and talent will perform every half an hour throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.
From 4 – 9 p.m. on Saturday, a Sierra Art Trails preview takes place at Gallery Row.
On Sunday, Sept 15, visitors can have another 10 a.m. shot at the Craft Fair, along with a Chili Dog and Frito Boat Lunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.. Also that afternoon organizers will present the Awards for the Salsa-Fest and Cookie Bake-off. Sunday will conclude with an open house at the King Vintage Museum from 2 – 5 p.m.
This is the 17th year for Mountain Heritage Days, which includes a Golden Chain Melodrama in the Gazebo at Fresno Flats.
On Saturday, Sept. 20, the fun starts at 10 a.m. with what many consider to be the best parade in Eastern Madera county.
They’ll be marching down School Road with live bands, floats, horses, antique cars and trucks and entries from service organizations and public service corps. Everyone is invited to attend this marvelous community parade.
Fresno Flats Park will come alive like the old west, with Mountain Heritage Days crowds enjoying tours of the Museum and crafts for the children. Guests will enjoy a peek into pioneer life with demonstrations like the blacksmith, quilting, spinners and woodcarving stations set up for viewing and sometimes participation.
Be sure to stay for a good lunch, Kiwanis-style.
Those who stick around all day or choose to arrive at 4 p.m. can take part in a garden wine party with live music featuring local songstress Jean Butterfield, to accompany the drinks.
Finally on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., organizers offer a community barbeque of ribs and salmon. Tickets to the BBQ are available from any Fresno Flats member and in the Park. The cost for dinner is $20 per adult or $10 for kids 10 and under. A surprise raffle will occur during dinner.
For details contact Fresno Flats Caretaker Laura at (559) 658-2019.
Schedule for Sept 20 & 21:
Friday: September 20
4 – 6 pm Children’s Activities
5 pm Hotdogs and chips and soda only $5
6:30 – 7:30 pm Square dancers
Saturday, September 21
10 am vendors and arts and crafts
10 – 11 am – Parade
11 am – Silent Auction
12 – 3 pm Children’s Art Activities
12: 30 – 2:30 pm Cake walk each half hour
1 pm – Sluice Box Derby
1:30 pm Cow Race
2 pm – Parade Awards
4 pm Silent Auction Closes
4 – 5:30 pm Wine and Cheese Recption with Chambermaid Singers
5:30 pm Barbecue Dinner with live music
6:30 pm – Door prize awarded