FORESTVILLE, Calif. — They're kicking off the Poison Oak Festival here along the Russian River this weekend, complete with an itchy queen and "guideless tours of select patches of poison oak."
"What we really want to do is pay tribute from a respectable distance," Forestville Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Nancy Wallace said Friday.
"We want to find people itching to find good bargains (at a community sidewalk sale) without coming up with a lot of scratch."
Last year's sidewalk sale, a two-day event without a festival, attracted about 3,000 people, or five times the population of Forestville, a tiny Sonoma County town tucked between Sebastopol and Guerneville. (Guerneville is the home of the Banana Slug Festival.)