South County Beat: Fun to be had at Nipomo’s October Festival

Food, live music, a beer garden, car show and local vendors and businesses are on tap for the Nipomo Chamber of Commerce’s annual October Festival, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday at Nipomo Community Park.

Owners of antique tractors, lawn tractors and golf carts also are invited to bring their entries to the event for what’s described as an old-fashioned tractor and golf cart parade.

The categories to be judged will include: Best Fall Theme, Oldie But Goodie and Best Restoration.

Entries must be at the park by 11:30 a.m. The parade leading through the park begins at 12:30 p.m.

This event is sponsored by Cal Coast Machinery and many prizes will be offered in each of the categories. There is no entry fee to participate.

For more information, call the Nipomo Chamber of Commerce office at 929-1583 or visit its Web site at www.nipomochamber.org.

— Nick Wilson Cowboy poetry night

Friends of the Grover Beach Community Library are presenting a Cowboy Poetry Night at Nan’s Pre-Owned Books at 1328 W. Grand Avenue in Grover Beach from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The evening’s festivities and entertainment will include cowboy music played by The Flaming Ukuleles.

Cowboy poet Bob Perrault will recite some of his favorite cowboy stories.

Sam Cotton, a renowned gun slinger, will demonstrate the art of “fast draw” and share some history and gunslinger myths of the old west.

The event is designed so people will become more familiar with the volunteer-run community library in Grover Beach, according to event organizers.

Refreshments will be provided.

— Nick Wilson A.G. officer honored

Arroyo Grande Police Department Senior Officer Kimberly Martin was honored Sept. 24 by the state Office of Traffic Safety’s “Avoid the 14” drunken-driving education and enforcement program, for making the highest number of DUI arrests in her department from July 1, 2008 through June 30.

The state-sponsored program is designed to boost DUI enforcement and publicize the dangers of driving drunk.

Martin was presented with the award at a luncheon where she was also recognized with certificates of appreciation from Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, state Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, and Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo.

During those 12 months, Martin made 13 DUI arrests — the most ever for that period by any member of her agency, according to the Arroyo Grande Police Department.

— Antonio A. Prado

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