Sunday, July 5, 2009

2009 Jul 5 - Walnut Grove Bazaar

2009 Jul 5 - Walnut Grove Bazaar

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Today is a last second trip to the 55th Annual Walnut Grove {CA} Buddhist Church Bazaar.

Walnut Grove is a small Delta River town {population 7,049} 30 miles south of Sacramento.

Most of the members of the Church no longer live near Walnut Grove but have moved to Sacramento or the Bay Area. The Bazaar used to be a big event always held over the Fourth of July weekend. In the past few years the Bazaar only runs from 1:00 to 7:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

For more on the history of Walnut Grove, CA:
Life in Walnut Grove {click on this link}

A sign post along the levee road

A sandwich board along the same road

Notice the nice faux lighthouse of the house in the background

Down the levee and at the far northeast end of town is the Buddhist Church which was established 82 years ago.

A list of sponsors who had made donations for the Bazaar

I used to attend this Bazaar in the late 1950's and early 1960's when there were real black jack tables and crap tables. The Bazaar used to run until the wee hours of the morning. Also there were many different food booths.

This year there was only the chicken teriyaki stand and the hot dog, Nachos, shaved ice and soda stand. Also there was a window where you could get onigiri {rice balls}, tsukemono {pickled cabbage}, chow mein and chiraishi {sushi rice with a few items mixed into it}. But by early Sunday afternoon they were sold out of both the chow mein and the chiraishi.

Cooking the chicken teriyaki

Not bad $6 for 1/2 chicken teriyaki

The signs for the chow mein and chiraishi have been taken down since both were sold out

The hot dog stand. Next door is the beer wagon with only Bud and Asahi on draught.

Bingo is now their big money maker

The Bingo players

Some games for the kids are still around but very few pre teens were around.

Anyway Elsa and I are the only Lunch Bunchers to make this trip of some 25 miles from Stockton. We each had an order of chicken teriyaki {1/2 chicken}, 3 rice balls each and two orders of pickled cabbage. Plus a soda.

The Bingo seating area

The eating sitting area

On the way out of town just one block south of the Church is the building that used to house the Japanese Language School. It is the newer of the buildings that first started in 1927. There has not been school held here for years now, but the building is used for community events and meetings.

The sign dedicating the building


PS: For the Stockton Buddhist Church; their Bon Odori will be held on Saturday, July 18, at 7:00 PM. And their Bazaar on August 1-2, 2009.

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