The 150th anniversary celebration includes five days of events


The triple-digit heat could be back this weekend – but organizers of the Oakdale Sesquicentennial and All American Bash have said that won’t stop the community from celebrating the unique event.

Oakdale turns 150 this year and the Oakdale Enrichment Society hosted a five-day festival to mark the occasion, also adding a twist on July 4th.

From a limited craft beer outing to a parade, history and live music on stage, the June 23-27 celebration is sure to be one to remember.

OES President Amy Velasco said that while planning the 150th anniversary festivities over a year ago, everything was sort of “on hold” due to the pandemic. In preparation for the reopening of the state on June 15, the OES has moved forward and is ready to host the party.

“We feel really good,” Velasco said of the OES members who worked to coordinate various aspects of the 150th anniversary celebration over several days. “Honestly, we are incredibly excited. “

A special insert in this week’s issue of The Leader includes information on the planned festivities.

Among them is the Friday Night Time Capsule Ceremony outside the Gene Bianchi Community Center on South Second Avenue.

The start time for this event is 6 p.m. on June 25, with remarks to be delivered by Velasco, representing OES and Mayor Cher Bairos on behalf of the city. Bairos is also vice-president of OES; Lisa Ballard serves as secretary and Lupe Aguilera is treasurer.

“We will have dignitaries presenting items to the city,” Velasco said of those items entering the time capsule. “We have an original doorknob from the clock tower when it was built in 1909; we have newspaper clippings, masks for COVID, a vial of the COVID vaccine, stuff from the past, a lot of current stuff. “

The ceremony is expected to last around an hour and will also include the cutting of the cake specially designed for the 150th anniversary, performed by Moss Rose Bakery.

“It was a long time coming, it was planned well over a year ago, before COVID hit,” said Velasco. “But it’s bigger and better than we ever imagined.”

And whatever the weather, Velasco urges residents to make the most of the opportunity that presents itself over the next few days.

“Just go out and enjoy it; celebrate our city. It’s a big deal for us, 150 years only happen once, ”said Velasco. “In my opinion, we are truly blessed to have something like this after such a trying year. It will be a very good time. “

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