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Oakdale Chocolate Festival May 19-20

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POSTED May 5, 2012 1:56 a.m.

OAKDALE — The 20th Annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival, “A Chocolate Explosion,” is set for Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Wood Park at Highways 108 and 120.

The cost is $5 with children 12 and under free.

The festival has over 200 vendors:  unique arts & crafts, Chocolate Explosion in Chocolate Avenue (fudges, truffles, chocolate ice cream, chocolate cheese cake, etc.),  a variety of food to satisfy every palate (giant onion rings, Lockeford Sausage, funnel cakes, smoothies, Chinese and the all-American favorite hot dogs), and specialty merchandise and services.

The weather forecast calls for mid 80s. Upwards of 70,000 people are expected to attend.

The Fun Run, 5K and one-mile races will be on May 19 and the Classic Car Show both days.  There will continue to be entertainment on two stages:  Chocolate Challenge Stage with chocolate activities for the kids and community performances by Dance studios, karate, zumba, etc., and the Main Stage with great local and cover bands with a variety of music. Hold on to your hats for our Western Performers (cowboys and cowgirls), performing, strolling, and greeting at the gates.  Entrance tickets currently on sale at local locations:  Bank of the West - Oakdale, Oak Valley Community Bank -  Oakdale, Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, The Oakdale Leader, and Valley First Credit Union.  

This event provides revenue for many Oakdale businesses and non-profit groups. Groups to date that have benefited are: Oakdale High School Track Teams, Oakdale Lions Club, S Club, Rainbow Girls, 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Oakdale C.A.P.S., Fire Department Explorers, Red Cross, Shadow Chase Run Club, Kiwanis Club, Beta Sigma Phi, Police Department Explorers, Oakdale Cowboy Museum, United Way, Oakdale High School Grad Night, and River Oak Grace Youth Group. 3

For questions contact the Oakdale Chamber at events@oakdalechamber.com or call 209 847-2244.

Due to the large number of people attending this event, bicycles, skateboards or skates are not allowed through the gates.

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