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Sunny Spring Fest Draws Large Crowd
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Sidewalk chalk art was pretty popular with youngsters, one of the many kid-friendly activities during Spring Fest at Kerr Park, which was put on by the City of Oakdale in cooperation with the Oakdale Kiwanis Club. Dawn M. Henley/The Leader


Six-thousand eggs, 1,200 hot dogs, and about 1,000 children and their families all came together for Spring Fest on March 30 at Kerr Park east of Oakdale.

The City of Oakdale’s community event had high attendance, due in large part to the warm and sunny weather, said Linda Royalty, Recreation Supervisor for the City of Oakdale. She noted that there were more people who turned out for this year’s event than last year, as last year’s weather was cold.

“It’s a good community event for Oakdale. It brings together non-profit groups and volunteers with the city,” Royalty said. “We have a lot of volunteers. We couldn’t do it without volunteers.

She added that this is the seventh year for the event which is put on at no cost to the city, sponsored by the Oakdale Kiwanis Club. The Oakdale Youth Advisory Council was in charge of running the egg hunts.

Royalty said that nine vendors hosted games for kids that included information for parents and various kids’ safety booths. A city fire truck and a police command unit were there, as well as the Easter Bunny that posed for photos with families.

“This is a really nice event. This is our first year here and it’s really fun,” said Oakdale resident Janet Fernandez. She attended with her two-year old son Finn, who hunted Easter eggs for the first time.

Ping Yang of Oakdale brought her three children to the event and said that they come out to the event and have fun every year. She likes that the egg hunts are divided into age groups and all her children’s friends from school attend the event as well.

Organizers were also pleased that the rainy weather held off, with the hunts and festivities enjoyed with sunshine. A later storm included rain, thunder and lightning on Saturday evening, with a little rain lingering in to Sunday morning.