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Chamber Executive Director Bill Mulgrew with staff members Ashley Strasburg, at left, and Allie Field, go over the one hundred and one last-minute details for this weekend’s 42nd Annual Fall Festival. They could still use about two dozen additional volunteers. If you can help out, call the Chamber at 510-537-5300.

By Linda Sandsmark


Old favorites and new surprises are in store for visitors to Castro Valley’s 2014 Fall Festival this weekend.

Hosted by the Castro Valley/Eden Area Chamber of Commerce, the Festival will return to its previous location on Castro Valley Boulevard, between Redwood Road and Santa Maria Ave., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  on both Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14. Admission is free.

The Boulevard will be closed to traffic from 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday evening. After two years of Streetscape work, which caused the street fair to relocate near the library, merchants wanted it moved back downtown.

“Everybody is happy that it’s back on the Boulevard,” says Ashley Strasburg, office manager at the Chamber.

The Fall Festival itself will be focused more on arts and crafts, rather than mass-produced items. About 200 booths will be set up.

“Another new trend this year will be craft beers, which are more in tune with that arts and crafts focus,” says Chamber Executive Director Bill Mulgrew. “That’s what everybody has asked for.”

Castro Valley’s Classic Car Show will be located nearby, at the BART station on Norbridge Ave. It will be held Saturday only, adjacent to the Farmer’s Market.

This year’s car show will be bigger than ever, featuring 270 classic vehicles. It is sponsored by Castro Valley Moose Lodge 1491 and organized by Ken Carbone of Dolphin Graphics.

For the children there will be a “bungee” ride, ponies for young cowboys and cowgirls, and a surprise country-fair-style ride.

Two stages will be open. One will be a community stage for kids and local acts. The other will be a grandstand for music only. Musical acts include In Full Swing, a 17-piece big band, country music singer Andy Joe Stewart, a Joan Jett tribute band, and a local group called Giant Garage Spiders. Closing the festival on Sunday is a British rock/Beatles tribute band called the Landbirds.

“We are really excited to showcase our beautiful downtown and merchants are looking forward to increased foot traffic,” says Mulgrew.




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