Marking its fifth year with a celebration to remember, the Oakdale Enrichment Society hosted its annual All American Bash on Saturday, June 24.
Kicking off with a parade from the area of Lee and Poplar at 4 p.m. Saturday, the entries made their way along Poplar and then turned north to follow a route to Dorada Park on North Second Avenue.
With classic cars, trucks and the occasional motorcycle, some equestrian units, a tractor or two, there was plenty for parade watchers to enjoy. A special feature was the several vintage fire trucks, which were in the city Saturday for a 100-year celebration of the P.E. Van Pelt fire apparatus company. Among them was the first truck manufactured by Van Pelt for the Oakdale Fire Department, delivered in 1923. Still running, several members of the OES got to ride on the rig in the parade.
There were also representatives of the Mid-Cal Blue Star Moms, some businesses, Oakdale City Council and Planning Commission members and more, with the parade running about half an hour.
Then, at the park adjacent to The Plunge, attendees could settle in for some fun and entertainment for the evening. The pool was also open for swimmers.
Music, which began at 5 p.m., was provided by a trio of performers, kicked off by Owen Walker Music, followed by Weekend at Jimmy’s and finally the headliner, a ZZ Top Tribute Band, Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers.
There was a kids zone with a variety of games and prizes for youngsters, a number of food trucks, ice cream and shave ice, plus the Oakdale Lions Club serving up a dinner deal featuring a foot long Lockeford smoked Dakota bratwurst.
Dorada Park was packed with people setting up picnic spreads or buying their food at the park and the music continued on into the night.
“It’s absolutely beautiful,” said OES Founder/Vice President and Oakdale Mayor Cherilyn Bairos. “We couldn’t be happier. Just seeing everybody here with their families, kids, just look at everybody with their chairs; this is ‘Concert in the Park’ glorified, you know? This is just amazing.”
“Everybody’s smiling,” agreed OES President Lisa Ballard.
Bairos said it was a trip to the Folsom Rodeo several years ago that sparked the idea to bring a ‘Bash’ to Oakdale.
“We’re driving home and I’m like, ‘we’re going to come here every year for this’ because it was a rodeo, fireworks and everything and then I said, no we’re not, we’re going to do this here in Oakdale.”
The biggest bash was hosted in cooperation with the City of Oakdale’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2021. The first one was hosted at Dorada Park in 2019, with the next year impacted somewhat by the pandemic. Last year saw a smaller turnout at the rodeo grounds than the big bash in 2021, but this year brought out a large crowd to enjoy the festivities, back at Dorada Park.
“We have some money left so we’re still doing it, getting the community together,” Ballard noted. “Keep everybody coming out on a nice night. Feeling great, it’s just great to see everybody out here happy, smiling, having a good time.”
“It really doesn’t get any better than this in Oakdale,” concluded Bairos.