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California Corner Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

May 11, 1997|AMY A. WEBER

OXNARD--Berries will abound Saturday and May 18 at College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave. California Strawberry Festival visitors can buy spinach and strawberry salad, strawberry pizza, strawberry popcorn, hot dogs with strawberry barbecue sauce and other fare. Strawberryland has kids' stuff. There is also a juried arts and crafts show and live music. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. $7 adults, $4 children 2-12 and seniors, free for children under 2. Free parking. (805) 385-7578.

BISHOP--The Mule Days Celebration, May 21-25, is similar to a rodeo, but all hoofed competitors are mules, and the competition covers a broader range of events. About 700 mules will compete in events such as jumping, roping and packing, in which the animals are loaded, as for a packing trip into the back country, at breakneck speed, then led through a course. There will be food vendors and live music. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. at Tri-County Fairgrounds, Sierra Street and Fair Drive. $10 per show; $45 for admission to all events. Children under 12 free with paid adult general admission. (619) 872-4263.

MONTEREY--This city, self-proclaimed Calamari Capital of the World, will host the 14th annual Great Monterey Squid Festival, May 24 and 25 at the Monterey Fairgrounds, off California Highways 1 and 68. About 35 vendors will sell seafood and squid dishes and other fare for $2 to $6. There will be live music on four stages and cooking demonstrations. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $7 adults; $2 children 6-12; those 5 and under free. (408) 649-6544.

GRASS VALLEY--The open-air Sierra Festival of the Arts focuses on original handmade crafts and artwork. There will be food for sale, and bands, jugglers and others will entertain on three stages. Artists and amateurs will compete in the Pastels on Pavement chalk-drawing competition. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 25 at Mill and Main streets. Free. (916) 265-3917.

PETALUMA--Through the Garden Gate offers visitors a glimpse of local color, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 24. On the self-guided tour of 11 private gardens, participants can view flowers, fountains, koi ponds, statues, aviaries and more. With advance $15 ticket purchase, participants receive a brochure and a map. Docents greet and guide visitors at each site. The event is a benefit for the Petaluma Historical Museum/Library. (707) 769-0429.

Call listed phone numbers for directions.

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