In a region spotted with signs that remind residents that "Every Drop Counts," the news that watershed daily precipitation for July thus far has surpassed the historical average rainfall for the month-although only by a meager 0.02 inches-was still gratefully received.
The corn dogs are hot and the milkshakes cold. The rides are whirling and the cows mooing. The 2015 Stanislaus County Fair has finally arrived. For those fair die-hards making their way to the fairgrounds today, here are five musts for opening day:
Plenty of red, white and blue pride was on display Saturday at Turlock's Fourth of July parade in downtown. Spectators were treated to a bevy of floats, cars and marchers during the celebration, including a recreation of "Betsy Ross" stitching the original flag on The Pursuit of Truth Church float. The Girl Scouts marched with the Stars and Stripes, while Cameron Higgins opted to drive his Corvette along the parade route.
The annual Fourth of July parade in downtown Turlock wouldn't be complete without a Grand Marshal, an honorary title bestowed to a notable individual in the community. This year that honor was given to Don Smith, who will be leading the parade in a brand new red convertible Camaro.
Barbara Bawanan, a long-time champion of the United Samaritans Foundation, will be leaving her position as executive director in August and former Turlock City Council member Beverly Hatcher will be stepping into the role.
With all the holiday activities sure to bring people outdoors, the East Side and Turlock Mosquito Abatement Districts want to remind people to be mindful of taking steps to avoid contracting West Nile Virus.