In a celebration of community, Herald Day brought in locals with a car show, an auction, games, unique crafts and the traditional parade. The Aug. 6 event also honored late Herald firefighter Joe Grubba.

“The community is what makes it special,” said Robin DeFehr, president of Herald Community Club, which mounts the annual event.

The festivities kicked off with the parade, which traveled along Herald and Ivie roads. Area organizations and residents waved to the crowd of onlookers from their decorated vehicles, and some handed out candy to children along the way.

Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli rode with Ron Jacobson in a red roadster that Jacobson had restored.

Herald Day is “kind of like a reunion. People come together that may or may not see each other regularly, but it really has a strong tradition.”

Assembly Member Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, said he had a “blast” greeting constituents and riding in the parade on the Hospenthal family’s tractor.

Cooley expressed sadness that, because of redistricting, this would be the last Herald Day he attends as a representative of the community.

“I represent about half a million people, but there is no community quite like Herald. And it’s Herald Days. It’s the Christmas Eve breakfast. It’s the Porch Club. It’s all of these things. What a great day to be in Herald.”

There was a range of activities for attendees to try out, such as bingo with the Lions Club. Winners had their choice of a bottle of wine or a pound of bacon. Herald Baptist Church set up a water dunk game, where plenty of children cooled off by getting a bucket of water poured on their head. Vendors sold handmade crafts and foods, including creatively flavored jams.

The “Herald Dayz & Nightz” car show, a new addition to the event, featured classic and vintage cars from multiple decades. A live auction offered bidders more than 80 items to bid on, given by about 30 donors.

The dedication of a park bench in honor of late Herald firefighter Joe Grubba was another highlight of the day. Grubba, who served with Herald Fire Protection District for 44 years, died in 2021 at the age of 76.

Grubba’s daughter, Joanne Bear, and wife, Irene Grubba, led the dedication along with Nottoli.

“We know Joe served this community. He loved this community with all his heart and would do anything for anybody, whether he knew them or not. Two o’clock in the morning, 6 a.m. – it didn’t matter what time of day it was; he got a call, he went to help,” Bear told attendees.

Bear told the Herald the bench, which faces the play structure at Herald Community Park, would provide a permanent place for his family to remember him and come play.

Following in her father’s footsteps, Bear is a battalion chief with the City of Dinuba Fire Department. She said, “It’s very special to see the impact and the ripple effect he had here on people in the community, and then vice versa, the effect that people had on him and the joy he had in serving them.”