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Ribbon Cutting at Virginia Lee Rose Elementary School

MADERA – On what would have been her 83rd birthday, community volunteer Virginia Lee Rose was honored yesterday by the Madera Unified School District with a ribbon cutting for the school that bears her name. Dignitaries from the district, city of Madera, local politicians and the honor guard from the Veterans of Foreign Wars filled the outdoor amphitheater with all of the students of the school to witness the opening..

Virginia Lee Rose Elementary is a $32 million facility. The school is designed to accommodate up to 850 students and has been paid through funds from the passage of Measure U.  Before the ribbon cutting there was a thirty-minute Knights of the Rose school parade where students walked around campus with artwork they created for the event.

Old Timers Day Parade Brings Crowds to Downtown

MADERA - The Old Timers Day Parade stepped off Saturday morning to crowds of Maderan's packing the downtown on Yosemite Avenue. Bands from Madera High School and Madera South High School marched while fire trucks and police officers on motorcycles made their way west towards the Madera County Court House Park.

Traffic was closed on Gateway Avenue at Yosemite but opened during breaks in the parade. Some of those breaks last more than five minutes because of groups like the Renteria Martial Arts that would make extra stops during the parade to perform. During each of these breaks in the parade, spectators would leave their  seats thinking the parade was over.

Livestock Auction and Eddie Money Highlight the Madera Fair

MADERA - There is only one day left to get out to the Madera Fair and experience your fair since 1937. Only one day left to eat a Madera Fair corn dog or a 20/30 tri-tip sandwich. Only one day left to check out Tech Town in Lumber Town and play a virtual reality game or work a real life robot. The gates open at 3pm and tonight's concert is a double header.

If you're in Hatfield Hall you should check out the gorgeous works of edible art at Chickies Tasty Treats. These aren't your mother's home baked cookies. Ty-dyed cookies or cookies made with beer, you have to see these works of art to believe them Have you ever wanted to "Have a Cow"? You can order a dozen of them from Chickie. Check out her collection of cookies, macarons, cupcakes and caramels.

Madera Fair Ends 2017 Season

MADERA - The Madera District Fair closed out their 2017 season last night. It was a season that brought free concerts on the main stage from the likes of Gary Allan, Kool and the Gang and Eddie Money. Fresh pies, bar-be-qued ribs, cup cakes and salsa was judged in the Woman's World building. And reptiles took over the skating rink and many folks got to hold their first snake or alligator.

Sunday a dozen folks competed in a watermelon eating contest for a blue ribbon just like fair visitors did the day before with the pie eating contest. Thousands came through the gates Sunday to take advantage of the Sunday discounts on the Midway with buy one get one wrist bands for the rides. In the carnival a lot of stuff animals found new homes in Madera as guest tried their luck with darts, ping pong balls and even rifles.

Madera Fair Gets Funky and Teaches the Kids

MADERA -The kids of the Madera Unified School District descended upon the grounds of the Madera Fair for Kids Day. Over four thousand third graders from all of the MUSD schools plus some of the area county schools walked the grounds to check out the entertainment, educational displays and of course the animals. Corn dogs were enjoyed by those that brought their money but for the most part this was an annual free experience for the kids.

When the gates opened for the general public later in the day the carnival attracted kids of all ages. In the Woman's World building the home grown pie judging contest brought out the best bakers from Madera. Out in Livestock the kids had one last day to prepare for Saturday's auction.


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