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In a celebration of community, Herald Day brought locals together with a car show, auction, games, unique crafts and the traditional parade. The August 6 event also paid tribute to the late Herald firefighter Joe Grubba.

“The community is what makes it special,” said Robin DeFehr, president of the Herald Community Club, which organizes the annual event.

The festivities kicked off with the parade, which traveled down Herald and Ivie Roads. Area organizations and residents waved to the throngs of spectators from their decorated vehicles, and some handed out candy to children along the way.

Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli rode with Ron Jacobson in a red roadster that Jacobson had restored.

Herald Day is “kind of like a reunion. People get together who may or may not see each other regularly, but there really is a strong tradition.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, said he had fun greeting voters and riding in the parade on the Hospenthal family tractor.

Cooley expressed sadness that due to the redistricting, this would be the last Herald Day he attends as a community representative.

“I represent about half a million people, but there’s no community quite like Herald. And it’s Herald Days. It’s Christmas Eve breakfast. It’s the Porch Club. It’s all of those things. What a great day to be in Herald.

There was a range of activities for attendees to try, such as Bingo with the Lions Club. The winners had the choice between a bottle of wine or a pound of bacon. The Herald Baptist Church held a water dunk game, where many children cooled off by having a bucket of water poured over their heads. Vendors sold handmade crafts and foods, including creatively flavored jams.

The “Herald Dayz & Nightz” car show, a new addition to the event, featured classic and vintage cars from decades past. A live auction offered bidders more than 80 items to bid on, offered by approximately 30 donors.

Another highlight of the day was the dedication of a park bench in honor of the late Herald firefighter Joe Grubba. Grubba, who served in the Herald Fire Protection District for 44 years, died in 2021 at the age of 76.

Grubba’s daughter, Joanne Bear, and his wife, Irene Grubba, led the dedication with Nottoli.

“We know Joe has served this community. He loved this community with all his heart and would do anything for anyone, whether he knew them or not. Two in the morning, 6 in the morning – it doesn’t matter what time of day; he got a call, he went to help,” Bear told attendees.

Bear told the Herald the bench, which faces the play structure at Herald Community Park, would provide a permanent place for his family to remember him and come play.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Bear is a battalion chief in the Dinuba City Fire Department. She said: “It’s very special to see the impact and the ripple effect he’s had here on people in the community, and vice versa, the effect people have had on him and the joy he had in serving them.”

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