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Gridley Herald - Gridley, CA
  • 59th Live Oak Festival “buzzing with fun”

  • Mini Miss Yuba-Sutter, Delaney Amarel, performed “Be our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast at the 59th Live Oak Festival.
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  • Hundreds enjoyed the festivities of the 2012 Live Oak Fall Festival last Saturday. The event kicked off with the Butte County Royal Court and opening ceremonies. The theme "Buzzing with Fun" was apparent as several bee balloons floated in the wind near the stage and around the park.
    Over 60 vendors gathered to showcase their wares in the park this past weekend. Food and beverages as well as toys, purses and jewelry helped to create the backdrop to the main stage.
    Entertainment such as the Live Oak Cheerleaders and Punjabi Folk Dancers helped to make this event special for all ages.
    Sara Gibson also wowed the crowd with her country songs as she does every year. She belted out an original tune entitled "One Stop Light Town" in honor of Live Oak that is a fan favorite.
    Miss Live Oak Festival 2012, Kaley Shatswell, sang "Proud to be an American" following various performances by the Yuba-Sutter Royal Court, including a ventriloquism act by Mini Miss Yuba-Sutter first runner up, Destiny Willis, and several dramatic monologues performed by Miss Yuba-Sutter, Alyssa Patterson.
    A passing breeze helped to keep performers and patrons cool during the festival. However, a mild wind storm blew over three tents around 3 p.m. but that didn't stop the festivities.
    Mayor Gary Baland directed a puppet show performance by the Spread the Light Ministries. Children as young as five years of age moved the puppets to Christian infused favorites such as "Love Shack."
    All in all, the festival was a family friendly event fun for all ages. With plenty to do and see, the Chamber of Commerce put on quite a show.
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