30th Elegant Auction Sunday

The 30th Annual Elegant Auction which provides 100% of the funding for maintenance, and equipment for the Oakhurst Community Park, will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, May 2, at the Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp.

More than 200 silent and live auction items will be up for bid including mini-get-a-ways, home and garden decor, restaurant gift certificates, hotel packages, and many services including car repair, veterinarian and dental care.

According to Andrew Pence, park committee president, some of the more unique items that will be available to bid on Sunday is a seven-night vacation in a three bedroom home in Kona, Hawaii, four-day pass and three nights lodging for the Bluesapalooza Beer & Music Festival in Mammoth Lakes donated by Mammoth Brewing, a New Year’s Eve package from Tenaya Lodge, lottery ticket tree decorated with 250 lottery tickets from WJ Bradley Mortgage, and a patio swing set from True Value Home Center.

Other unusual auction items include a one hour flight over the Bass Lake and Yosemite for four with flight instructor Tony Borreson of Airborrn Aviation, hand-crafted fire pit by a Yosemite High School welding student donated by Oakhurst Sunrise Rotary Club, a full day Yosemite tour for two including lunch at the Ahwahnee Hotel from Discovery Yosemite, a half day rock climbing excursion for two from the Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides, a paddle board donated by Ameriprise Financial, a large carved bear by Jim Smith, and a VIP Christmas Tree Lighting experience that will a child to ride in the fire engine with Santa.

In 1982, Harry H. Baker, owner and president of Sierra Telephone, signed a long-term lease for the 4.5 acres of telephone company land for creation of the park.

It was in 1986, that the Oakhurst Community Park Committee, under the leadership of then Oakhurst attorney, now Madera County District Attorney David Linn, held the first elegant auction to pay for the the bridge across the Fresno River, sprinkler systems and the park gazebo.

Opening day of the park was Aug. 8, 1987, celebrated with bands, skydivers, clowns, hundreds of community residents, and plenty of ribbons and flags.

The park and playground has been used and enjoyed over the years by children, concerts, art festivals, car shows, club picnics and barbecues, family reunions, weddings, and birthday parties.

“The park has become a vital part of our community for all ages to enjoy, a place for families to unite, and a place for community gatherings,” Pence said.

“Today, the park is home to many area events that provide entertainment for Mountain Area residents, and bring travelers to the area, including the Oakhurst Fall Festival, Sierra Tel Patriot Day, and the Yosemite Festival.”

Tickets to the auction cost $45 in advance, $55 at the door, and include a gourmet buffet, dessert bar, and complimentary champagne.

The Tenaya Lodge is offering a limited number of special ‘Elegant Auction’ rooms at $159, plus tax for the night.

Details: Andrew Pence, (559) 658 7611, ext. 203,,

- Staff Report