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One big party to hit Regional Park

Live music, food and games among attractions
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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Two great bands and one big Party in the Park is what locals have to look forward to Friday night. The 10th annual Party in the Park, to be held at Regional Park in Auburn, will feature headlining bands Great American Taxi and Mumbo Gumbo. For kids there will be a rock climbing wall, bounce house and giant games, all of which cost a small fee. Adults can enjoy the beer garden and local vendor booths. All attendees will have the opportunity to buy cuisine, like tri-tip sandwiches from community service groups. Auburn Recreation District Sports Coordinator Jerry Fisher said he looks forward to attending the glorified backyard bash every year. “People should come to the Party in the Park because it’s a great family event,” Fisher said. “It’s got a great law enforcement presence and it’s a free event. It’s a way for the Auburn Parks and Recreation District to give back.” Recreation district board member, Scott Holbrook of Auburn, said he started the event as a way to bring live music to Auburn. Ten years later, Holbrook said he still enjoys seeing thousands of members of the community for a big show. “This is all my idea and my passion. I love live music. It’s been a part of my life since I was young,” Holbrook said. “I had kids and my ability to go enjoy live music was gone because I didn’t want to pay to leave them with babysitters. I created Party in the Park kind of selfishly so that the family could go, too.” According to Holbrook, Great American Taxi is a nationally touring band that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Mumbo Gumbo is a returning favorite. Many of the proceeds raised from the event by local groups go right back into the community. “Rotary has raised tens of thousands of dollars with Party in the Park over the years,” Holbrook said. “They return a big portion back into Party in the Park.” Bill and Nancie Radakovitz of Auburn are both members of rotary clubs in town that support the event. Bill Radakovitz said the Downtown Auburn Rotary Club and the Auburn Gold Country Rotary Club will be among service groups out again this year to raise money and enjoy the entertainment. “It’s a great venue for it at Regional Park,” Bill Radakovitz said. “The weather has always been warm and we just have a great time.” Party in the Park starts at 5 p.m. with the first band taking the stage at 6 p.m., and the second at 8 p.m. Holbrook said residents should come early for the best spots. “It’s kind of a like a big backyard barbecue. It’s a labor of love. We don’t have professional stage managers, it’s all volunteers,” Holbrook said. “We do have professional sound, though.” Reach Sara Seyydin at saras@goldcountrymedia.com.