Top 10 Central Valley Events for Family, Food and Fun

Posted: January, 21, 2015 | Categories: Lifestyle

With the arrival of 2015, the McCaffrey Homes team has its eyes trained on exciting events happening in the new year. That's because there are so many great Central Valley events throughout the year for residents to enjoy:

  • Madera Wine Trail This historic trail is the scene of several celebrations - from Holiday Spirit Weekend in November to the Wine and Chocolate festivities held in February. Considering that this region boasts some of the oldest grape-growing grounds in the country, the Madera Wine Trail is the spot to soak up the local flavor.
  • Fresno State Vintage Days Spring is just around the corner and the Fresno State Vintage Days event is one of our favorite events. Held in April, Fresno State students show their school spirit with musical performances, a petting zoo, pep rallies, delicious food and a beer garden. The popular event draws nearly 50,000 visitors each year.
  • Clovis Rodeo The Clovis Rodeo's roots run deep, it will celebrate its 101st anniversary this spring. Visitors can expect mutton busting and jackpot roping, parades, music and BBQ. Best of all, the rodeo raises over $150,000 annually for schools and charities. McCaffrey Homes happens to be a proud contributing sponsor of this event.
  • Old Town Clovis Street Vault Championships Twenty years ago, McCaffrey Home Mortgage employee Jill Palascios and her family founded the Old Town Clovis Street Vault Championship. Her pole-vaulting brother and father established the North American Pole Vault Association (NAPVA) to grow opportunities for young athletes. The association hosts nationwide competitions that qualify athletes for the championship held in Old Town Clovis.
  • Fresno Greek Festival For over 50 years, the Greek Fest has delighted visitors with youth Olympics, Greek cooking demonstrations, Greek bands, art tours and samplings of food and wine from over 40 Greek-themed vendors make for an amazing weekend.  Try a lamb roast, or an ouzo snow cone. OPA!
  • Clovis Fest Clovis Fest celebrates fall with music, craft-brewed beer and beautiful hot air balloons. “Seeing all the colorful balloons lit up against the early morning sky is an awe-inspiring sight,€? says McCaffrey Homes' Christine Goff. “Then, the rest of the day you can wander among a large variety of craft booths, eat kettlecorn and let the kids get their faces painted.€?
  • The Sierra Arts Trail The annual Sierra Arts Trail Open Studio Tour offers visitors the chance to explore the creative community in Eastern Madera and Mariposa counties. Meet the artists, get inspired, and buy art! Visit studios, galleries and businesses throughout the area. Enjoy an intimate experience between artists and attendees! A three day weekend event, the first weekend in October!
  • The Big Fresno Fair With over 600,000 visitors each year, it makes sense that everyone at McCaffrey Homes has something to say about The Big Fresno Fair.  "I love the time of year and all that the fair has to offer," says McCaffrey Homes' employee Jill Castanon.  Kicking off at the start of October, the fair offers an array of food vendors, concerts, games, livestock exhibits, horse races, carnival rides, and much more. The Big Fresno Fair captures the essence of old-fashioned fun.
  • Veterans Day Parade The Veterans Day Parade gives residents the chance to salute our service men and women from all branches of the military. The McCaffrey's don't just celebrate our nation's veterans on this day, but every day with their iconic red, white and blue flag barn situated along California Highway 41.
  • Christmas Tree Lane & Walk Night In 1920, a single tree was decorated. Today, the lane includes the decoration of nearly 140 homes and 300 trees and covers a distance of two miles. The staff at McCaffrey Homes loves the custom. “It has become a family tradition for us and many other families because it is a perfect way to kick off the holiday season,€? says McCaffrey Homes' employee Sheryl O'Neal.

Have we convinced you to join the fun? We hope so. Be sure to watch for the McCaffrey Homes team - we will be there, too!