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2016 Pomegranate Festival Finds New Home

MADERA - Over 10,000 people made their way to the Madera Fair Grounds Saturday for the annual Madera Pomegranate Festival. The FREE festival which has been held at the Madera Airport for the last few years moved to the fairgrounds to meet the need for more space as the event has grown bigger and better every year.

This years event had twice as many booth spaces and twice as many food vendors as in years past. The worry of food vendors being able to compete and make enough money were soon dismissed after the gates were open. Debi Bray of the Madera Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the event, says that this year vendors set records on sales with nearly all selling out of the products by the end of the day.

Reno's Street Vibrations Safe, Successful Motorcycle Rally

RENO - The Fall motorcycle rally in Reno known as Street Vibrations rolled out of town Sunday night after a hugely successful and safe weekend of entertainment, poker runs and fun. It is estimated the 22nd annual rally brought in more than $114 million into the local economy through hotels, restaurants, gasoline and sales from the more than 50,000 participants.


On Thursday television star Erik Estrada served as grand marshal for the parade of police bikes to kick off the event. He later sat for a meet and greet where fans took photos and got autographs from the "CHiP's" star. Estrada wasn't the only entertainment, bands from across the country performed at the over ten stages through-out the rally in Reno, Carson City and Virginia City.

Chowchillian Madison Gies (16) Crowned 2012 Miss Madera County

CHOWCHILLA - Wednesday night the Chowchilla Fair kicked off it's 2012 season with the crowning of a new Miss Madera County. Madison Gies (16) was named 2012 Miss Madera County. Gies is the daughter of John and Kathy Gies and is a junior at Chowchilla Union High School where she is a cheerleader.

Ashley Pettit, who's reign ends Saturday as the 2011 Spring Festival Queen was named the first runner up. Pettit is the daughter of Kevin and Renee Pettit and is a senior at Chowchilla Union High School.

Hollister Freedom Rally Attracts Over 40,000 Bikers

Hollister - The city of Hollister is a great example of how the media can manipulate their readers into believing anything. After a staged photo taken outside of Johnny's Bar in 1947 and a story of the 1% evil bikers invasion of the city during a sanctioned Gypsy Tour Event of the American Motorcycle Association, the legend of the rebel without a cause wild ones American Biker was born, even if they were riding English bikes.


Well motorcycling is still alive and well in the city of Hollister and this last weekend over 40,000 bikers passed though the city for the Hollister Freedom Rally. The free event attracted hundreds of vendors to feed the bikers and provided goods from souvenir t-shirts to leathers and accent lighting kits. If it had anything to do with motorcycles, someone was selling it in downtown Hollister.

A PHOTO GALLERY: Cattle Drive Kicks off Chowchilla's Western Stampede 2012

CHOWCHILLA – The 55th annual Chowchilla Western Stampede is underway. Wednesday morning the clouds parted and the rain stopped while forty of so cowboys drove a hundred head of cattle straight down Robertson Boulevard in Chowchilla.

While the crowds of the past didn’t line the streets because of the rain storm that dropped a ton of water on the county creating rivers at the fairgrounds where the rest of the week’s festivities will be held.

2012 Old Timer's Day Parade

MADERA - The 81st annual Old Timers Day Parade stepped off Saturday morning in downtown Madera. The event, sponsored by the original Madera Kiwanis Club, has taken place in Madera since 1931 (except for a few years for a World War). This years parade had 57 entries, which included bands from Madera and Chowchilla schools and of course politicians.

This year's Grand Marshal was Tom Schoettler who, along with his wife, were driven in the parade by their son Kenny. Mr. Schoettler is the owner of Schoettler Tire and has been a long time support of youth sports and Madera High School. The King and Queen for this years parade was Mr. Bill Wood and Mrs. Lorraine Ocheltree.

2011 Madera's Old Timers Day Parade

Madera -  The Madera Old Timers Day Parade stepped off Saturday morning with Don and Katie Warnock as this years grand marshals. Hundreds of Maderan's lined the sidewalks of East Yosemite Avenue as hundreds of participants marched from Flume Street to G Street across from the Madera County Court House Park.


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