Monday, 15 July 2024

Middletown Days tips its hat to area's western heritage

MIDDLETOWN – The streets of Middletown were bustling again this year with activities that were part of the annual Middletown Days celebration this past weekend


The event began Friday evening but really got going on Saturday morning, with a pancake breakfast at the fire station held before one of the main events – the parade through downtown.


Businesses up and down Highway 29 welcomed visitors coming from as far away as Merced.


The parade included a number of floats, including a clever “Wizard of Oz” float with interactive characters. Also taking part were Uncle Sam – played once again this year by Ronnie Bogner – and fire trucks from the South Lake County Fire Protection District.


It wouldn't be Middletown Days without the parade of horses, an important element in the celebration, with a gymkhana and junior rodeo coming later in the festivities.


Behind the vendor area there were rows and rows of horse trailers and cowboys walking with just as many cowgirls and kids. One of the youngest visitors was 3-month-old Owen Hawkins, there to see his big brother Jon, age 2, ride atop the lead line.


Vendors stayed busy and reported good sales at the event. Among the many items for sale were American accessories and handmade jewelry, plants and decorative, original and whimsical pottery. The Middletown Park fundraiser organizers also reported a strong weekend.


In addition to the parades and shopping, there also was an evening of music and dancing to entertain visitors and residents alike.


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