Festival to bring attention to rebirth of downtown

Staff Reports

For the first time in its six years, the annual Oakland in October Festival will be held in historic downtown Oakland.
The public event with free entertainment and a variety of activities benefitting local groups will be held on Oct. 5 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“Downtown is experiencing a rebirth,” said Pattie Krepela, Executive Director of the Oakland Chamber. Downtown Oakland has lain dormant for over 10 years until the chamber relocated offices there over two years ago.
“It is refreshing and encouraging seeing downtown’s heart beating once again. It is exactly what Oakland needs, to have a center, a place where we can gather and have community. This year’s festival is helping the community focus on an area that is becoming a center of civic pride.”
The majority of downtown is owned by the Tomlin family. The Tomlin’s have generously allowed the Oakland Chamber to use this area for the festival.
“We greatly appreciate what the Tomlins are doing for us and the town,” Krepela said. “Utilizing downtown for civic activities is keeping the Tomlin legacy alive.”
The Tomlins have been longtime leaders in Oakland and Fayette County.
The October in Oakland Festival is a popular event that brings out many local people and people from surrounding communities to enjoy local entertainment and participate in fun activities.
This year they have added many new activities to the festival including a pet parade that will benefit The Fayette County Friends of Animal Control, a 5k that benefits Oakland Parks and Rec, a community pancake breakfast sponsored by the Oakland Police Dept., a BBQ cooking contest and more.
“I encourage people to come out and enjoy the activities during the day and then bring coolers, blanket and chairs that evening and listen to music under the stars.”
For more information, call 466-0286 or visit oaklandtnchamber.com.

Schedule of Events
for October in Oakland

• 8 a.m. – Oakland’s Parks & Rec Short Stack 5K Run/Walk
• 8:30 a.m. – Oakland Police Dept. Pancake Breakfast
• 9 a.m.-5 p.m. – Craft Fair
• 9:15 a.m. – Emma Webb
• 10:15 a.m. – Faith Church
• 10:30 a.m. – STAR
• 11 a.m. – Friends of Fayette Co. Animal Control Pet Parade
• 11:30 a.m. – Heethanz
• 12:30 p.m. – Chris Acklen Band
• 1:30 p.m. – Young Champions Cheerleaders and West Jr. High Cheerleaders
• 2 p.m. – Oakland Fire Dept. Safety Talk and Bike Giveaways
• 2:15 p.m. – Mid-South Storm Chasers
• 2:30 p.m. – Benny Cole and the Cole Train
• 3:30 p.m. – Oakland’s Got Talent Karaoke Contest
• 6 p.m. – Patty Harper and Faultline
• 7 p.m. – Prizes awarded for BBQ Cooking Contest
• 7:15-8 p.m. – Patty Harper and FaultlineOIO_Ad_ShopLocal_FullPage