Lot's of other stuff going on, too as planning for big bash moves forward

Planning for Taft’s October anniversary bash is picking up steam.

On Saturday volunteers will converge on the former Taft Chevrolet building at Fifth and North streets to start converting the showroom into Oildorado’s store and headquarters.

Meanwhile, the Oildorado Board of Directors will assemble at the new store building at 8 Saturday morning to begin the job of creating an appealing store like the one that was such a hit at the 2010 celebration.

“We’ll gussy up the front of the building too,” said Eric Cooper, who chaired the last celebration and will head up the store operation again. “We’re working on signage for the outside of the building. We plan to open the store on Oct. 1.”

Oildorado planners invite anyone in the community to help with the conversion project.

“All people have to do is show up,” said current Oildorado president Paul Linder. “We can use all the help we can get.”

Board update

At its monthly meeting last Tuesday the board heard reports on the various events that will be held during the two-week celebration that begins Oct. 8 with Taft College’s annual cookout and ends Oct. 18 with the matinee performance of the Oildorado melodrama, “Wagon Wheels West,” in the Taft High Auditorium.

In between will be the civic luncheon, a “Super Cruise Night,” kickoff concert, car show, oilfield skills competition, roller derby, a dinner theater, queen pageant, hot air balloon festival, carnival, and the three-day Oilstock Music Festival.

Linder said the vintage aircraft fly-in includes a B-25 that will buzz the parade on Oct. 17.

Mayor Randy Miller, a member of the Oildorado Executive Board and former president, announced said a luncheon will be held for former mayors on the afternoon of the parade.

New Oildorado Sheriff Bryan Sellman told the board he’s in the process of getting trucks for the Hoosegow and posse.

“We have approximately 30 people involved,” he said.

Big tent is back

The focal point of Oildorado will be the 100x192-foot tent that will be erected on the grassy area at the corner of Sixth and Main.

Melodrama director Debbie Potaczala said auditions for the 29-member cast will be held on Aug. 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Recreation Center.

Sherry Horn-Bunk said 450 people so far have made reservations for the Petroleum Summit that will feature keynote speaker T. Boone Pickens, Alex Trebek as emcee, and, hopefully, an appearance by Gov. Jerry Brown.

“The governor’s people are talking about it,” she said, “so that’s a good sign.”