The 16th Annual Mountain Heritage Days at Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park was a tremendous success thanks to the generous merchants, service organizations, vendors, musicians, singers, crafters, bakers and volunteers who gave so much of their time.
Without these dedicated people this event couldn't have happened. Each year it becomes more of a challenge to keep this jewel of the foothills up and running and it is because of the support of this community that makes it possible to keep the park open and available for future generations.
A special thank you goes to Sierra Oakhurst Kiwanis for the burgers and hot dog lunch on Saturday and the Sierra Sunrise and Sierra Noon Rotary Clubs who barbecued the steak and salmon, the Soroptimists for providing the lemon cakes for dessert, and the Elks for contributing the baked potatoes for Saturday's dinner.
Friday evening's melodrama by the Golden Chain Theater was a highlight of the weekend. The Yosemite High School Interact/Key Club did a great job of serving at dinner and also to the YHS Glee Club who sold the popcorn and lemonade. As always the Lion's Club Sluice Box derby was a fun event.
Games for children were presented by the Children's Museum. Snow cones were a special treat from The Mountain Bear Club on a very hot day. Central Sierra Woodcarver's carving contest drew a crowd and everyone enjoyed the Lady Badgers Volleyball cakewalk.
The response for donations to the Silent Auction was overwhelming. Thank you to all of the beauty & nail salons, car repair & smog shops, restaurants, gift shops, banks, B&B's, motels, propane companies, artists, crafters for all their donations.
This year, the 100th year of Oakhurst, brought our community together for Mountain Heritage Days as it seldom did in past years.
What a wonderful place to live.
Sandy Edmondson, president, Sierra Historic Sites Association