Annual Festival Ready To Welcome Thousands To Town
One of the area’s best known late spring-early summer events, the annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival is on the schedule for Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20 this year.
Situated in the heart of downtown, encompassing a several block area, the festival grounds run from F Street southward toward J Street along South Yosemite and stretch eastward to Sierra Avenue.
New this year, the Chocolate Challenge Stage will be located inside the Oakdale Community Park off Yosemite and H streets. The Kids Zone will be adjacent to the Sierra Dinner Train site, while the Cowboy Critters petting zoo and the Bungee Fun areas will be near Calvary Chapel Church.
There are also arts and crafts areas with specialty merchandise, food booths, vendors, the classic car show along South Yosemite between G and H streets, the community stage and more. The fun kicks off Saturday morning with the one-mile and 5k running events, prior to the festival gates opening for the day.
Admission for this family-friendly event is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; children 12 and under are admitted free. You can also bring a canned food item to get $1 off admission; the canned food items are donated to the local Oakdale Community Sharing. Kids 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Throughout the weekend, there will be musical performances on the community change, Zumba, hip hop, the chocolate challenges and more on the Chocolate Challenge stage, while the cooking stage near Chocolate Avenue will feature such treats as mole, four-layer chocolate cake, bon bons and more.
Also, rides and games will be open at the Kids Zone, three will be water ballerz and the bungee jumping, pony rides and the petting zoo and demonstrations by the Delta Gold Diggers gold panning group.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 20.
The event is also petfriendly but no coolers, bicycles or skates are allowed. Skateboards can be ridden within the skate park area but not on the festival grounds.
Hosted each year by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, officials are eager to welcome the crowd to this year’s 26th annual event.
In the vendor area, handcrafted signs have been a mainstay for years at the annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival, always drawing a crowd.
This youngster enjoyed getting her face painted to look like a cat.