Celebrate Auburn at annual festival

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Celebrate Auburn. That’s the theme of Saturday’s 12th annual Auburn Community Festival and let’s face it, life is pretty good here in the foothills. All day Saturday in Recreation Park events center around fun for everyone. There is a giant pumpkin contest featuring massive gourds – some upwards of 1,000 pounds in past years – competing for thousands in cash. And area artists have been building extremely clever scarecrows in another high-profile competition that is sure to please almost everyone except the crows. There is a recipe contest, a costume contest and parade led by Auburn’s own Sugar Plump Fairies and much more. It’s a place to see your friends and neighbors. And more than 60 food and vendor booths will offer arts and crafts and tempt your taste buds. Service clubs like Soroptimists and the Auburn Exchange Club sell root beer floats and hot dogs to earn money that they put right back into the community. And nonprofits like Protect American River Canyon and the Placer County Child Abuse Prevention Council host informational booths to spread the word about the good things their groups are doing and how you can get involved. With two live bands – Doubleshot in the morning and Clean Slate in the afternoon – the park will be rockin’. Life in Auburn is worth celebrating. And the community festival is free, thanks to many generous local sponsors. Hope to see ya there.