22 Aug

North California: Time to celebrate olives

By Cynthia Culp Allen,

If you’re looking for something fun and local to do this weekend, you can’t go wrong with Corning’s 18th annual Olive Festival. It starts Friday evening and ends around 4 p.m. Saturday. You can go to some or all of the events. This weekend promises great weather to enjoy the activities. In the past, we haven’t had to worry about rain on our parade, but extreme heat. Pack sunscreen, shades and a water bottle. The weather should cooperate to make it a fun celebration.

The customary parade down Solano Street begins at 6 p.m. Friday. The theme this year is Celebrating 100 Years in the Olive City. Corning was incorporated 100 years ago. The city was named for John Corning of the New York Central Railroad. (Did you know that there is also a Corning, New York?) The first railroad train arrived in Corning October 1, 1882. Mission olives were planted in the Corning area in the 1890s. The olives were used in oil production. In 1897, Nevadillo Blanco and Manzanillo olives became the oil-producing olives of choice since they were less expensive.

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