Our View: Community fest celebrates life in the foothills

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On Saturday celebrate Auburn at Recreation Park with thousands of your neighbors, family and friends. The 14th annual Auburn Community Festival offers a day of fun for young and old alike, and exemplifies the foothill spirit. During this ongoing economic recession, it’s important to stop and smell the roses, or, in this case, giant pumpkins. We live in a paradise surrounded by nature’s beauty. Recreation Park is a shimmering diamond located right off Auburn Folsom Road across from the fairgrounds, and Saturday is its time to shine. With $10,000-plus in prize money, several hard-working, creative and fun-loving locals will win some serious cash, which hopefully they’ll spend in town. The full day’s festivities are free, thanks to hosts the Auburn Recreation District, Auburn Journal, Auburn Chamber of Commerce and KAHI 950 AM radio and several generous sponsors. The day begins with the weighing of gargantuan gourds. Some of these giant pumpkins obliterate the scales at a whopping 1,100 pounds-plus. But even first-time growers with a 50-pounder earn a free T-shirt for trying. And those who pick the brains of expert pumpkin growers like Auburn’s Randy Warren and Steve Fry, often come back next year with money-winners of their own. The festivities are a throwback to earlier times when neighbors knew and greeted each other by name. When you could have fun at the local park without spending an armored carload of cash. And when it was politically OK for kids to wear a Halloween costume. Several area restaurants will be showcasing their food, like the delicious pepperoni and cheese pizza by the slice offered by Old Town Pizza, a festival sponsor. The scarecrow contest is another crowd favorite. The extraordinary length local artists go to in order to create their entries is jaw-dropping. California State Fair officials were so taken with Meadow Vista artist Kurt Barton’s scarecrow band entry that they made it the feature in a Wild and Wacky California exhibit. And the sweet sounds of reggae will fill the crisp fall air. Auburn’s own Sugar Plump Fairies will lead the Halloween costume parade. These dynamic and energetic ladies let it be known that packing on a few extra pounds, dressing up in glittery full-length dresses and eating candy by the handful is not only OK, it’s downright fun. More than 60 vendor booths featuring everything from Exchange Club hot dogs to campaigning politicians, to handmade jewelry to local arts and crafts will be on hand to tempt the taste buds, the mind, and the spirit. Like the Auburn Family 4th, Party in the Park, Festival of Lights Parade and Gold Country Fair, the Community Festival is one of Auburn’s signature events. It celebrates our way of life in the foothills. Check it out. It’s a wild and wacky way to spend the day. ---------- Auburn Community Festival sponsors - Auburn Chamber of Commerce - Auburn Journal - Auburn Recreation District - Ceronix Inc. - Exchange Club of Auburn - Harris Industrial Gases/Auburn Iron Works - KAHI 950 AM - Maki Heating and Air Conditioning - Old Town Pizza - Placer County - Tango Frozen Yogurt - Thunder Valley Casino ----------