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Vintage Fest takes over Plaza this weekend

It’s the last weekend in September, which means it’s Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival time. California’s second longest-running festival marks its 116th year in Sonoma with a community celebration of the harvest season this weekend.

“We’re always celebrating the history,” said Maria Toimil, president of the all-volunteer Vintage Festival board, who added that they keep the festival fresh by adding or enhancing the festival’s beloved events.

One example was last year’s switch to a nighttime parade with a “Get Your Glow On” theme to light up the dark.

The parade will again take place on Saturday evening, but will be preceded by a reenactment of the famed Bear Flag Revolt at 7:15 p.m.

“We wanted to make the night more of an event,” Toimil said. “We do have more (parade) entries this year. We’re encouraging people to have more lights and really kick it up a notch.”

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