Day for mom at Pacheco Park filled with good things

By Corey Pride / Cpride@losbanosenterprise.comMay 16, 2013 

Pacheco Park filled with hundreds of women last weekend as the Los Banos Tiger Sharks held their annual two-day Mother's Day in the Park event.

The fundraiser attracted scores of arts and crafts vendors. Paintings, jewelry, hats, clothing, purses and home décor items were available for purchase.

Sherry Reyes said she was impressed by the woodwork and jewelry. Reyes said she enjoys the community spirit that Mother's Day in the Park fosters.

"I love the visiting the people and the arts and crafts they made," she said. "I love the camaraderie of everybody getting together and having a nice day."

Rosa Elias liked everything for sale. "I just can't afford everything," she said.

Mother's Day in the Park brings in about $90 per vendor. After all of the expenses, including park rental and permits, are paid, the money collected goes to the Los Banos Tiger Sharks Swim Team. The team uses the money for swimsuits and other items.

The event is a good way for vendors to make money, because of the eager customer base. Debbie Elliott of Groovy Ts began selling tie-dye T-shirts after discovering the event on a shopping trip.

"We wanted to come out and enjoy all of this, the mothers spending a sunny day out with their children," Elliott said. "I've been here shopping once before and I thought it'd be awesome (to be part of it)."

Elliott said tie-dye is becoming popular again. She said on Saturday a group of teenagers came by her booth to purchase some shirts for a tie-dye-themed school event.

The Los Banos Kiwanis Club held its annual breakfast in the morning. Kiwanian Alan Wilber said the breakfast helps the service organization provide money for scholarships. He said through the years the Kiwanis Club has seen a steady stream of people who've made it a tradition to attend the breakfast.

Enterprise reporter Corey Pride can be reached at 209-388-6563 or by e-mail at

Enterprise reporter Corey Pride can be reached at 209-388-6563 or by e-mail at

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