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Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

September 17, 2000|LAURIE K. SCHENDEN

OJAI--Hundreds of costumed re-enactors, entertainers and merchants will re-create a 16th century pirate village at the Renaissance Pirate Festival, Sept. 23-24. Costume contests, treasure hunts, strolling entertainers and two stages of continuous entertainment will occupy the shores of Lake Casitas. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. $10; $5 for ages 5-12. (805) 496-6036.

LOS ALAMOS--The little inland community hosts its 54th annual Old Days Celebration, Sept. 23-24. Highlights include a Peddlers Mart, car show (Sept. 23), dinner dance at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Men's Club ($12) and a parade at 11 a.m. Sept. 24. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. both days. Free. (805) 344-2504.

TURLOCK--The 10th annual Skandi-Fest will celebrate Scandinavian heritage, Sept. 22-24. Partake of a traditional smorgasbord and check out the Swedish artisans, folk music, dancing and storytelling at the fairgrounds. Noon-8 p.m. Sept. 22; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 23; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 24. $6; 10 and under free. (209) 667-1452.

OROVILLE--Learn about Native American customs and Feather River salmon at the Salmon Festival, Sept. 23. Music, hatchery tours and a fishing simulator are among the attractions. A concert with a live band, salmon hors d'oeuvres and beverages follows (7-10 p.m. in the Municipal Auditorium, $18). Fish Hatchery Nature Center. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. (800) 655-4653.

CLOVIS--The 26th edition of the Clovisfest will take up 14 city blocks Sept. 23-24. Spend the weekend immersed in international foods, music, a hot-air balloon flyover, cultural entertainment, a car show, carnival rides and arts and crafts. Old Town. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Free. (559) 299-7363.

* Schenden's e-mail address is lkschenden@msn.com.

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