By Kathy Chouteau
Whether your style is a power walk, strut or a good old fashioned gait, the peeps behind the “El Sobrante Stroll” welcome you to stop by their annual event, which returns Sun., Sept. 17 to San Pablo Dam Rd. between El Portal Dr. and Appian Way in El Sobrante.
The 28th annual incarnation of the event—which typically brings out about 20,000 people—kicks off with a parade with marching bands and horses at 11 a.m. (starts in front of Walgreens), followed by the something-for-everyone Stroll until 4 p.m. The event is hosted by the El Sobrante Chamber of Commerce and is organized by volunteers.
On hand to enjoy that day at the Stroll will be more than 200 vendors, businesses, local food, hands-on crafts and live musical entertainment by Downtown Rhythm at Kaliente’s parking lot, as well as two shows—a Custom & Classic Car Show and also a professional BMX Bike Show hosted by The Pedaler Bike Shop at 3826 San Pablo Dam Rd.
Community members taking pics at the event can enter them into the Stroll’s Photo Contest for a chance to win money or gift cards from local businesses. Enter your photos/contact info at: [email protected]. Note that photos entered into the contest become the property of the El Sobrante Chamber of Commerce and may be used in future publications.
Jim Cowen of Farmers Insurance, who has lived and worked in El Sobrante his entire life, encouraged people to mark their calendars for the event to experience the town’s hospitality. “We may be a small town, but our businesses are diverse, the people are kind, and we have much to offer.”
Organizers have issued a traffic advisory related to the event: San Pablo Dam Rd. in El Sobrante will be closed between El Portal Drive and Appian Way for the El Sobrante Stroll Festival and Parade from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 17.
For more info re: the Stroll, click here.