Moving to the music (El Dorado Hills Telegraph)
Park concerts, party drew largest-ever crowd Saturday
By Art Garcia – Telegraph Correspondent
Menka Belgal • The Telegraph
Matt Lee, 17, of El Dorado Hills, break dances to the music of the Foreverland band on Saturday. He said he’s self-taught and has been doing this for three years. Organizers estimate 6,000 attended the festival.
Saturday Night in the Park ended its summer season series last Saturday with a full moon and a full house estimated by an El Dorado Community Services District official at “6,000-plus.”
“It’s our largest turnout ever in four years of the event,” said Mike Cottrell, CSD recreation supervisor. “It’s just kept getting bigger and better every year.”
“Everything went great,” he concluded as the monthly affair came to a close on what transformed into a weather-perfect evening. “The crowd was very polite and gracious. It’s nice when you can get that many people together in one area and not have one problem.
“It says wonders about this community,” Cottrell said.
Those attending the combination fair, carnival and block party agreed, as did vendors promoting their businesses and organizations and sellers of food and trinkets.
“It’s great,” endorsed Cathy Carry of Cameron Park, whose family attended for the first time on the invitation of friends who live in El Dorado Hills. “It’s very family oriented.”
Larry Oreskes, who heads Serrano Search, an El Dorado Hills executive recruiting firm, called the night “a great time for all of us.”
He was holding his 1-and-a-half-year-old son, who Oreskes said particularly enjoyed the night out “because he gets to stay up late.”
His 7-year-old son was off dancing with dozens of others to the music of the featured Michael Jackson tribute band Foreverland.
Attendance at the start time of 4:30 p.m. at the CSD’s North Field was light but the crowd began expanding rapidly as the day’s heat faded into evening pleasantness.
The final event was organized by the CSD and the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce, backed by local-area business sponsors.
There were 37 vendor booths and six food outlets.
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