Hundreds of people descended on Herald last Saturday, filling the streets, park and nearby property as friends and neighbors gathered to celebrate the annual Herald Day event and celebrate with event honorees Ron and Judy Jacobson. The couple was given mementos of the event by Herald Community Club event organizers, and Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli was on hand to honor the couple as well.

The event began with a festive parade filled with classic cars, antique tractors, floats, horses and a genie in a magic lamp.

The Manly Mower Men were back with more shenanigans. A very “manly” genie popped out of the newly constructed magic lamp, complete with different colored smoke to highlight the event. The Manly Mower Men ended the parade with a lively dance inviting all to come and join them.

Parade judges had a difficult time choosing the best of the best, but finally decided on parade winners. Taking home first in Best Horse Group was Kelly Jones and Jennifer Hair and their crew, all which were riding beautifully painted horses. Best Horse & Carriage honors went to event honorees, Ron and Judy Jacobson. Best Novelty went to the Boy Scouts, with Herald 4-H placing second. Best Business Entry went to Larry Cain Collision, and Mach 1 Towing took second. The Silva family took first in Best Antique Vehicle with their 1931 Plymouth and also took second place with their 1923 Ford Model T. Best Antique Truck or Tractor went to the Herald Volunteer Fire Fighters Association for their rebuilt fire truck. The vehicle was the first brand new truck the fire district had purchased in 1946. The truck had been sitting for many years in disrepair. Several firefighters and community members spent two years bringing life back into the apparatus.

Placing first in the Best Classic Vehicle/Truck category was Tony Lucero with his ’47 Ford Coupe, and taking second was also Lucero with his 1960 Impala. Best Float Entry was The Manly Mower Men and their Genie Bottle, and coming in second was Larry Cain Collision. Best Bicycles was awarded to Marshall Douglas and Gavin Longoria, who dedicated their ride in the parade to Meals On Wheels, hoping to bring awareness to the program. And placing first in the Best Other-Youth category was the Arcohe King and Queen float, and a close second was the rest of the Arcohe royalty.

After the parade, guests filtered into Herald Park where they were met with scrumptious smells from the many food vendors, ready to tempt guests’ palates. After a tasty bite, guests walked through the other vendors who were selling a wide variety of wares, and the kids headed for the enormous jump houses in the kid zone.

The annual Canning/Baking Contest booth had all of this year’s entries on display for all to see. Although the 39 entries were tempting and many wanted to taste, that honor was held solely for the judges.

Taking home first place titles were: Produce, 1st place, Gary Garfield and 2nd, Kyle Hodges; Vegetables, 1st place, LaVon Dove and 2nd, Joshua Hendricks. In the Baking categories, Melody Palmero took 1st in Cakes, and Cecelia Miller took 2nd; Leslie McClure took 1st in Pies; LaVon Dove took first in Cookies/Bars, with Brenda Newhall taking 2nd.  In the Salsa category, 1st place went to Nina Gifford with Dion Henke placing 2nd. In the canning categories, Diane Moore took 1st place in Vegetables with LaVon Dove placing 2nd; Jerry Lagge took first for Relish, with Melody Palmero taking 2nd; LaVon Dove took first and second place in Fruit; and Sue Regadanz placed 1st in Jams and Jellies, with Kerri Brodehl placing 2nd.

“Thanks to Kathy, Linda, Darlene and Jackie for helping me all day. And to our judges, Carolyn, Dixie, Karie, Carl and Ken Cooley,” contest organizer Laura Keister said.

Although held in a different location, mud volleyball was back this year. Held on a property just south of the Herald Fire Protection District, thousands of players and spectators braved the heat, mud and water. To the tunes of DJ Jammin Jim, teams took their turn in the muddy water, battling to be number one.

Also back this year was the live auction, where more than 100 items were auctioned off.

Held the first Saturday in August each year, Herald Day is the largest Herald community event put on by the Herald Community Club. Proceeds from the event help the club to support community programs, including the club’s annual Christmas event put on for kids in need in the area.