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September 14, 2004 > Visit Sunol's First Country Festival September 25th

Visit Sunol's First Country Festival September 25th

by Arathi Satish.

The town of Sunol will celebrate its small village charm at the first annual Country Festival on Saturday, September 25th. This year, in lieu of its annual Great Chili Cookoff and Bed Races, the festival will continue a tradition of events that are fun for the whole family. Sponsored by Save Our Sunol, proceeds will support efforts to preserve the rural nature and pastoral beauty of the township of Sunol.

Nancy Davis, Sunol Country Festival Committee Member, explains, "What is unique about this event is that several other non-profit groups in Sunol are lending a hand to help make Sunol Country Festival a success. We have the Girl Scouts selling cotton candy, the Community Club helping with the children's area, along with help from larger organizations such as the San Francisco Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Alameda Creek Alliance, and some of our local 4H members. It feels wonderful to bring these groups together for the day, working hard to keep Sunol as unique as it is".

The festival will take place on Main Street and activities will include arts and crafts, children's games, face painting, horseback riding by Sunset Riding Academy from 11 am to 3 pm., train rides, a pet parade and much more. Mouthwatering eatables like Tri-tip sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, hamburgers, cotton candy will be served along with soda, beer, and wine. Music by Donner Mountain Blue Grass Band and Nightmare on Bourbon Street will add to the festivities. San Francisco country and western radio station KBEAR, will join the festivities too.

Information and goodies will be provided by community groups and vendors. Raffle prizes include, $1000 cash donated by Sunol Valley Golf Club and others, Raiders Sky-Box tickets by Alameda County Supervisor Gail Steele. Silent auction items include, Raiders Sky-Box Tickets, 49er Tickets, Teak furniture by The Patio Connection, and a Fire Station dinner at the Sunol CDF Fire Station.

Nancy adds, "When people come to the Sunol Country Festival they can expect some old-fashioned, small-town fun! We hope this festival appeals to families who want to experience that old time, small-town kind of feeling-cotton candy sticking to little fingers and foot-long hot dogs making children smile nearly as wide. There will be sack races and faces painted, pi–atas broken and water balloons tossed."

Craft booths are still available for renting and can be obtained by contacting Pat Stillman, Booth Coordinator, at 925-862-2263. Donations of items for the raffle or silent auction can be made by contacting Cindy Frillman, Raffle Committee Chair, at 925-862-9026, Bonnie Feltrop at 925-862-0362, Irv and Diane Tiessen at 925-862-2020 and Neil Davies at 925-862-2577. The festival will be held between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission and free parking is available.

Sunol Country Festival
Saturday, September 25
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sunol can be reached by a short trip (approximately 6 miles) through Niles Canyon to the Sunol exit.

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