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Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

October 18, 1998|LAURIE K. SCHENDEN

BORREGO SPRINGS--This small town surrounded by Anza-Borrego Desert State Park holds the Borrego Days Festival next weekend. Arts and crafts and entertainment begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23, and continue through Sunday, Oct. 25, in and around the malls and Christmas Circle Community Park. Floats, clowns and marching bands parade down Palm Canyon Drive at 11 a.m. Saturday. On Sunday, a pancake breakfast and horseshoe tournament are among the highlights. Free. (800) 559-5524.

GEYSERVILLE--This one-stop-sign wine country community is uncorking its annual Fall Colors Festival and Vintage Car Show next weekend. Vintage cars and food booths will line downtown streets 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. Pre-festival events include the Amateur Wine Making Contest on Friday, Oct. 23, and the River Valley Pre-School Harvest Dinner Dance & Silent Auction on Saturday, Oct. 24 ($15). Free festival admission. (707) 857-3745.

PASO ROBLES--El Paso de Robles (Pass of the Oaks) is home to thousands of oak trees--and to the annual Golden Oak Festival Saturday, Oct. 24. Food, music, arts and crafts and classic cars will fill City Park, 12th and Spring streets, in tribute to the hardwoods. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. (805) 238-4103.

BIG BEAR LAKE--Build up those biceps now for the log-sawing and stein-holding contests at the 28th annual Oktoberfest. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25, are the final days of the traditional fall family event. Dance to the music of the Express Band. Saturday, noon-midnight, $6, $2 ages 3-12; Sunday, noon-6 p.m., $3, free 12 and younger. Convention Center, Big Bear Boulevard. (800) 424-4232.

SACRAMENTO--A skeleton crew will welcome visitors to the Harvest Haunt and Goosebump Express at the California State Railroad Museum. The Halloween-themed festivities run Oct. 24-25 and Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Second and I streets. Rides on the Goosebump Express and entrance to the historic museum are each $6, $3 6-12; combination tickets $10, $5 6-12. (916) 445-6645.

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