Now that the ink on the contract is dry, Oakdale Enrichment Society members are happy to share the news: country artist David Lee Murphy is coming to town.
He will be the headliner for the Saturday, June 26 concert that is part of five days of festivities planned for Oakdale’s 150 birthday celebration. Or, to be more precise, it is the city’s sesquicentennial event, and the party starts on Wednesday, June 23 and continues through Sunday, June 27.
Murphy was confirmed as the headliner on Friday, May 28 and will be part of the largest day of activities during the five-day fest. On Saturday, June 26 the OES will present the Birthday Celebration and Fourth of July All-American Bash. That day will include the parade, a tractor pull, live music by Gravel and Grace and Valley Fire, leading up to headliner Murphy, who is scheduled to take the stage at the Oakdale Rodeo Grounds at 8 p.m.
The American-born singer songwriter has a couple of number one country hits to his credit, including ‘Dust on the Bottle’ and ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’ and also had several other hits.
His performance will be followed by a professional fireworks show at dark. Visit oakdaleoes.com for ticket information.
The organizing committee members said most of the events on the five-day sesquicentennial timeline have been firmed up and will start with a kickoff party hosted by Dying Breed Brewery on June 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at 963 Shepard Court featuring live music, food and the 150 year celebration limited release beer.
Main event on Thursday, June 24 is the Western Extravaganza hosted by the Oakdale Cowboy Museum at 355 E. F St., Oakdale from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with kids games, museum tours, food tucks, dancing and more. Wild West shootout performances are planned at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Friday, June 25 will feature “The Hunt for History” by Visit Oakdale, billed as a ‘citywide self-guided scavenger hunt’ while the Oakdale Museum and History Center will host a walk-through history experience in the city’s Community Center.
At 6 p.m., all are invited to the Community Center at 110 S. Second for the Time Capsule Ceremony.
That will lead in to the day full of events on Saturday and the sesquicentennial bash will wrap up on Sunday, June 27 with the Cottonwood Cafe hosting a toast and mimosa bar, the Chamber of Commerce hosting historical tours with sites including A.L. Gilbert and the clock tower at the intersection of F Street and Yosemite Avenue.