Corning’s Olive Festival brings people and fun from all over – Chico Enterprise-Record

Fall and a deep sense of community were in the air at the 74th annual Olive Festival in Corning Saturday.

More than 90 vendors, band members and festival goers gathered in Corning Community and Skate Park and Lennox Park. Kids jumped in bounce houses and painted pumpkins while grownups indulged in festival food such as snow cones and kettle corn and of course, olives, while enjoying shopping and live entertainment from band Irish Cement.

Jessana Levitsky and Nedjula Baguio sold olives, olive oil and vegetables from Good Faith Organic Farm in Flournoy at their booth.

“It’s our first time selling here,” Levitsky said. “It’s a nice, big event, and well organized.”

Some 300 pumpkins from Durham were donated to the Tehama County Police Activities League. The league does mentoring and free youth community service projects for children ages seven to 18 in Corning and Red Bluff.

“We’re so lucky to get such a generous donation,” said Dusty Jobe, Program Coordinator. “We’re building healthier, happier relationships. The kids have fun, learn skills and we hope they make healthy choices.”

something he has been doing as a part of the program since he was eight.

Stationed in one of the vendor aisles, Carol Spears of Cowlicious Bakery sold bundt cakes, fudge, cookies, peanut brittle and caramel apples from a bakery in Cottonwood.

All of the items are homemade at a certified home kitchen in Cottonwood. The recipes were handed down to Spears from her grandmother.

“Peanut brittle is the most popular item,” Spears said. “Business has been good. It’s a good show for me.”

In Lennox Park, a car show with 60 to 70 cars brought car fans just over the bridge from the other park. Some cars were simply on display while others were entered in a competition. Gary Brantley proudly displayed his 1930 Ford Model-A car that he inherited from his late brother-in-law.

“It’s a pretty nice event,” Brantley said. “The weather is perfect.”

Band Irish Cement played songs from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s in Lennox Park. Ruth Larsen, a Corning resident, soaked up the sun’s rays and listened to the band.

“This is a really nice event every year,” Larsen said. “People get together and see old friends and make new ones. They see friends they haven’t seen in awhile.”

Back in Corning Community Park and Skate Park, Kevin Colburn, Cal Fire Public Information Officer and Gene Viarengo, volunteer firefighter, promoted fire prevention and safety at their booth.

“We’re educating about fire safety,” Colburn said. “People need to be careful when they are outdoors doing things.”

Connie Olson sold Paparazzi jewelry. She is also an Ambassador for the Corning Chamber of Commerce. She sells lead and nickel-free necklaces, rings and bracelets for men, women and and children.

“We’ve been in business for four and a half years,” Olson said. Her most popular items are her turquoise jewelry.

Olson has been selling at the Corning Farmer’s Market for several years. “We do events all over, Olson said.” I’ll go everywhere.” Her jewelry is also sold at Three Little Birds in Orland.





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