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A LOOK BACK

Sep 14, 2016 03:16PM ● Published by Pam Kessler

As if to punctuate the renewed commercial and social vigor of the community, citizens celebrated at the Walnut Creek Grape Carnival in October 1911. A lot was happening in Walnut Creek at the time – electric lights going on all over town, a new electric rail service and the promise of a new library. Because grapes were local farmers single largest moneymaker, the festival honored the fruits of its terroir. Highlights of the event were “aero plane” rides given by Oakland pilot Weldon Cook, a parade down Main Street and baseball game between the married men of Concord and Walnut Creek. Today the event is known as the Walnut Festival, happening September 22-25 at Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek. 

Source: Walnut Creek An Illustrated History by Brad Rovanpera

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