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A sawing demo from Mountain Heritage Day 2018. (Photo by Paul Adelizi)

Oakhurst Hosts Annual Mountain Heritage Day Festivities This Weekend

OAKHURST – It’s true: everybody loves a parade, especially one celebrating Mountain Heritage Day and nonprofit Sierra Historic Sites Association’s 50th anniversary at Fresno Flats Historic Park.

As an added bonus, the Grand Marshal title for Saturday’s (Sept. 21) Heritage Day Parade 2019 goes to the Oakhurst Boys & Girls Club. The indispensable organization, represented by its members and board of directors, will proudly lead the procession.

Volunteers of the Year for Fresno Flats are a fantastic family foursome in the form of Laurie Thiessen and her three children, Rebekah, Bryce and Ginny.

Immediately following the parade, the entire community is invited to step back in time at Fresno Flats for a full day of quality family fun including authentic 19th-century hands-on activities such as wood carving, weaving and gold-panning, along with hand-crafted old-fashioned carnival games like dart toss, show town knock down, ring toss and Pappy the Predicting Prospector.

Also on site: great food with Sal’s Taco Truck, Kettle Corn and Ice Cream Floats, and live entertainment, authentic demonstrations featuring rope and candle making, free docent-led tours, best beard contest and a refreshing beer and wine garden.

There’s no charge for entry but some activities require a modest ticket purchase.

All proceeds support nonprofit local gem, Fresno Flats Historic Park.

This traditionally outstanding day culminates with a Chuck Wagon dinner with all the fixins along and a foot-tappin’ Anniversary Dance featuring well-known caller Evo Bluestein.

PARADE
The annual Mountain Heritage Day Parade steps off at 10 a.m. on Saturday with Grand Marshals from the Boys & Girls Club, and highlights local schools, service clubs, nonprofit organizations, politicians, sports teams, pets, classic car owners, equestrians, law enforcement, fire services and area businesses in a spectacular representation of what small town America is all about: celebrating community.

There’s still time to fill out an application for the parade — all are welcome! Just visit http://fresnoflatsmuseum.org/parade.

DINNER AND DANCE
Starting at 6 p.m. you’re going to need a little protein, so join friends and neighbors for a Chuck Wagon dinner with all the fixins including a deep pit barbecue and Santa Maria beans, potato salad, coleslaw, roll and delicious homemade fruit cobbler.

Finally, prepare for some fancy footwork as professional caller Evo Bluestein leads a country-style barn dance throwdown complete with easy traditional folk dancing: beginners are welcomed and encouraged and the evening is suitable for all ages. Anyone who attended Fresno Flats’ last barn dance will tell you: this is the best kind of fun on two legs.

Dinner and Dance tickets are $20 adults and $5 for kids under 10. Tickets are available at Oakhurst Giftworks, located at 49027 Road 426 in
Oakhurst or at Fresno Flats Historic Park, located at 49777 Road 427.

All proceeds from the day’s event support your local volunteer-run historic park.

For more information contact Fresno Flats Historic Park at (559) 683-6570.

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