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Oakhurst Celebrates The 25th Annual Fall Festival In The Park

OAKHURST – The annual Oakhurst Fall Festival, presented by the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce, celebrates 25 years on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14, at the Oakhurst Community Park.

To commemorate this milestone event in the community, a few changes and additions have been made to present an amazing festival for our community (click video link below).

Photo by Tom Eachus

The Oakhurst Community Park will be filled with specialty booths offering everything from collectibles to local wine samplings, hand-crafted beers and more.

The Oakhurst Fall Festival is one of the largest events in Eastern Madera County and has morphed from a one-day festival featuring wine and chocolate, to a two-day event with activities for every age group.

“I am very excited about the Oakhurst Fall Festival,” says Anne Driscoll, one of the event organizers. “It is going to provide locals and visitors a great time as we have so much entertainment lined up for all ages, as well as local foods, wines and beer, and a variety of booths.”

Photo by Tom Eachus

This year the addition of a midway promises to up the fun factor. A Ferris Wheel, Big Slide, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Tubs O’ Fun Ride and the Mind Winder will be sure to excite. Tickets for rides will be available for sale separately from admission into festival.

Music will fill the air on Friday night with the sounds of two bands performing. The Meltwater Bridge Band – a 5-piece band from Mariposa – is a collaboration of originals, blues, and rock music with tight harmonies, with electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums, keys and bass.

Revelers will also enjoy the sounds of the 82 Deluxe Band, based out of Hanford, Calif. They are a hardworking country group that loves to play live and get people dancing. 82 Deluxe plays venues and shows all across Central California as one of the busiest bands in the Central Valley.

Jeremy Elvis Pearce file photo

On Saturday, Elvis will perform and in the evening, followed by local favorite Good Medicine — playing acoustic, modern folk rock, jam, blues, originals and covers – it’s “Folkadelik!” Good Medicine features Debbie Sipes on guitar and vocals, Frank Sipes on bass and vocals, Mark Albosta on drums, and Jeff Hallock on harmonicas.

This family-friendly venue offers a wide variety of children’s activities such as bounce houses, balloon animals, face painting and story time with a Pete the Cat Meet n’ Greet, sponsored by Branches Books and Gifts.

The Oakhurst Fall Festival runs from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $2, and tickets for beer and wine tastings are only $1. To learn more, contact the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce at 559-683-7766 or visit www.OakhurstFallFestival.com. This is the largest fundraiser for the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce.

Event Sponsors include Vulcan Materials Company, Sierra Tel, Yosemite Bank, Donaghy Sales/Budweiser, Tenaya Lodge, The Redwoods in Yosemite, Central Valley Community Bank, Oakhurst Grocery Outlet, Visit Yosemite/Madera County, Jamison & Chappel, Nation’s Lending, Ameriprise Financial, Branches Books & Gifts, and 47th Place Carpet One.

Discounted accommodation for the event can be obtained from The Pines Resort at www.basslake.com; Suite Yosemite – www.suiteyosemite.com or 559-683-7847; and Bass Lake Realty www.BassLakeRealty.com.

Located close to the entrance of Yosemite National Park, the Oakhurst Community Park is located at 49074 Civic Circle Drive in Oakhurst, adjacent to the Oakhurst Community College near the intersection of Highways 41 and 49.

To view a video about the Fall Festival, visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2_JixGytYUdNldrYmJWeFpqcms/view

(Photos provided by Visit Yosemite Madera County)

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