Hundreds of guests milled through Oakhurst Community Park last weekend to observe the wonders and delights of the Oakhurst Fall Festival.
From every direction one looked in the park there was something to enjoy.
Perhaps one highlight was a resounding performance by Jeremy “Elvis” Pearce, who sang some of the King’s highlights while he danced and strutted, which left many ladies swooning.
“This is the Mad Tiger suit,” chuckled Pearce, who grew up in Reedley and started singing Elvis tunes at 8 years-old. “I guess you could say the tiger’s running loose in Oakhurst this afternoon.”
Other performers included Rockthearpy and The Dave Henderson Band.
For the hungry, there were delicious foods provided by Nancy’s Indian Tacos, Round Table Pizza, DBD Kettle Corn, and other area groups, such as the Knights of Columbus with hot dogs and hamburgers. With the temperatures in the mid-90s over the weekend, Stevens Italian Ice (Boyd and Janet Stevens) was a popular booth during the event.
For thirsty adult guests, Oakhurst brewery South Gate Brewing Company, Inc., Riley’s Brewing, Idle Hour Winery, Westbrook Wine Farm, sparkling tequila from TeQava, and others provided samples and sips for all to enjoy.
“It’s delicious,” said Oliver Schulcz, a Mountain Area resident as he sampled an Epic IPA from Mammoth Brewing Company provided by distributor California Sungold Sales. “This festival is always a good time.”
For the children, there were petting zoos, bounce houses, readings of Curious George stories, and even miniature horse rides.
“That was so fun,” cheered Elias Rodriguez, 2, after he rode on Cameo, one of two horses in the pen. “It was so much fun.”
Mountain Area craft artists and a wide variety of vendors were available at the festival, with local artists and photographers like Steve Montalto selling prints of his work while companies such as Munch N’ Grub from Fresno sold molten-hot beef jerky and deliciously-flavored corn crunch.
Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joelle Leder estimated upwards of 4,000 attended the two-day event.