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August 14, 2007 > Zucchini Festival set to open this weekend

Zucchini Festival set to open this weekend

By Mona Shah

Fried zucchini, zucchini cakes, zucchini ice cream- if it has zucchini in it, you're bound to find it at this year's Hayward Zucchini Festival. This two-day event has drawn up to 50,000 zucchini-lovers from around the Bay Area and is sponsored by Hayward businesses, the City of Hayward and Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.

Although the variety of delicious zucchini concoctions is the main attraction for most festival-goers, crowds are sure to stick around for the activities and entertainment. The festival boasts over 150 arts and crafts booths as well as a classic car show. The Kid's Town Area offers rides, games, prizes and face painting.

Join the crowds for plenty of zucchini cooking samples by Roy Tamez, fine wines and quality beers in a wine/micro-brew area from Noon to 4 p.m. each day. Zucchini is the theme and it will be found everywhere: on pizza, in sausage, in cakes and sandwiches. Live music, from about 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday will help soothe zucchini-stuffed revelers as bands offering a variety of musical genres will perform in one hour increments. Scheduled to perform on Saturday are Hurricane Sam, Fab Fever, Highway Blues, Bobby Escovedo and the Power Organ Trio. Sunday festivities feature: Die Hards, Highwater Blues, Lava, Houston Jones and Bobby Escovedo.

There will be a performance by the Bay Area reggae music group Yardies, a seven-piece band. Derek Davis will perform blues music at noon. A Kids' Town area will offer rides, games, face painting, prizes and a giant slide. For many, the highlight will be the zucchini dress-up event and the zaniest zucchini contest. Other events include a country store, sketches, a pro wrestling exhibition, zucchini growing and carving contest.

Celebrating its 25th year, the Hayward Zucchini Organization has been working hard to keep the event going, but it still needs the support of the festival-goers. Bring your friends and family and come out to support the festival to make sure that it won't be the last.

The Hayward Zucchini Festival
Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19
10 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Kennedy Park
19501 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward
(510) 264-9466

$5 general admission; $2 seniors, juniors, and handicapped
Free for kids ages 5 and under

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