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September 27, 2005 > Sunol Country Festival

Sunol Country Festival

by Tina Cuccia

Come join the fun at the Sunol Country Festival on October 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Sunol Depot Gardens located in the center of town in downtown Sunol.

"It's a community hoedown!" said Neil Davies, vice president of Save our Sunol and a longtime Sunol resident of 40 years.

The family fun-filled day will have something for everyone including your pet, which can park it on the grass, sit back and enjoy the Pet Parade! Dogs and cats (and perhaps a sheep or two) will stroll by as part of the parade and have the chance to strut their stuff on the "review stand."

The Sunol Country Festival is a fundraiser sponsored by local non-profit organizations working to preserve the rural atmosphere of Sunol, a community of approximately 1,000 people located on the eastern end of Niles Canyon. This small community is also the home of California Senator Liz Figueroa.

"It's a celebration of the wonderful place we live -- Sunol," Davies said. "We hope to make it an annual event."

Longtime Sunolian, former Postmistress and current Bocce Ball player Lucille Calhoun, who is in her 90s, will be honored at the event. "She's a spunky and wonderful woman and we just love her," said Nancy Davis, member of Save our Sunol and a committee member of the Sunol Country Festival.

There will also be lots of great food on hand including BBQ Tri-Tip sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs, cotton candy and ice cream along with sodas, wine and beer. Live music will be provided by the Donner Mountain Bluegrass Band along with Nightmare on Bourbon Street, a local R&B band. If you've never played Bocce Ball before, the Italian form of lawn bowling, here's your chance to give it a try!

Kids can enjoy a variety of activities including horseback rides, water balloon tosses, pi–atas, potato sack races, face painting and more. Davies said the games were selected for their nostalgic appeal. "This is an old-time festival and we wanted to give it the flavor of old time games," he said.

There will also be plenty of vendors selling arts and crafts, and a silent auction will feature many unique items up for bid including hang gliding lessons, outdoor furniture, lots of art and a consultation with a landscape designer featured in the September issue of "Sunset" magazine.

"Many people pass through Sunol without the chance to sample local cuisine, meet the local people and have a good time," said Davies. But if you attend the Sunol Country Festival, you'll get the chance to meet most of Sunol's folks because, as Davies puts it, "Being a small town, probably the whole town will be there."

Sunol Country Festival
Saturday, Oct. 1
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunol Depot Gardens located in the center of town.
Admission is free along with the parking and everyone is welcome.

Directions: Mission Boulevard to Niles Canyon Road (Route 84). Travel East 6.5 miles on Niles Canyon Road to Sunol. Exit to Main Street.

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