Thursday Jun 19 2008
Party in the Park to have Auburn dancin’
By: Jenifer Gee, Journal staff writer
Annual Auburn event starts at 5 p.m. today
This year, Party in the Park is all about one big introduction. That introduction will take place in a burst of reggae sounds as musicians who played with Peter Tosh and Bob Marley join forces on stage to headline this year’s annual community event. “Flat out it’s going to be the best show this summer,” said Scott Holbrook, chairman of the Auburn Recreation District board of directors. The Tosh meets Marley concert will feature artist Junior Marvin, who was lead guitarist and vocalist for Marley, and Fully Fullwood, who was a bassist for Tosh. The duo will take the stage around 7 p.m. “This year truly the big star is going to be the music,” Holbrook said. “The Tosh meets Marley tour is truly a very special evening of music.” Prior to their performance, around 5:30 p.m., Justin Anchetta from Pills & Jackets will set the stage for Tosh meets Marley. Anchetta is known for his reggae sounds. “I know every single person who’s been to Party in the Park before come back and there’s plenty of room for first-timers,” Holbrook said. Party in the Park will begin at 5 p.m. tonight at Regional Park. The free event includes several food vendors hosted by local nonprofit organizations. The party also has a special beer and wine garden. The Auburn Rotary will man the barbecue pit. The Auburn Association of University Women will grill up cheeseburgers while the Auburn Host Lions will man the hot dog booth. Indian and vegetarian cuisine will also be available for purchase. Auburn Harley Davidson will debut some of the new Harley models. The Giant Kid Zone will also be set up and include water slides, weather permitting. Auburn Recreation District staff will also set up demonstration and craft booths. The district will also present their Come Dance with Me performers. The Ridge Gold Course will raffle off prizes and give demonstrations for their “ART of Golf” program. The Auburn Police Department will also roll in with their RV command center. Parking will be available at the park and in surrounding areas. Holbrook said he encourages attendees to arrive as early as possible. Visitors are encouraged to bring low-back chairs and blankets. Picnics and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed, but Holbrook said attendees are encouraged to support vendors. Holbrook said he is excited that it is yet another year of a fun community event. “It’s truly a family event and the quality of the entertainment this year you just can’t beat,” Holbrook said. “It’s going to be a magical evening.” For more information about Party in the Park, visit www.partyinthepark.net or call the Auburn Recreation District at (530) 885-8461 ext. 0. The Journal’s Jenifer Gee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment at auburnjournal.com.