Main Street was filled Saturday morning with hundreds of people showing their patriotism at the fifth annual Patriotic Parade and Independence Celebration Car Show.
This year’s Turlock Heritage Festival King, Bill Youngdale, was named Grand Marshal of the Independence Parade.
Bill was born in Turlock in 1927 and Graduating from Turlock High School in 1944. After High School he joined the US Maritime Service and was sent to Radio Officers School in New York. Bill then sailed widely for 2 years on cargo and troop ships before returning to Turlock.
He worked part time at Youngdale’s, while attending MJC. Met and married Alberta Caffey in 1950. He has three daughters.
Bill continued to work at Youngdale’s and retired as president and manager in 1997. Bill is part of SIRS (Sons in Retirement) and has served on many business, community and civic committees through the years while also serving as a Board of Director of the Turlock Historical Society.
Bill’s wife has told me that Bill knows so many people in Turlock, that he can’t go anywhere in town and not be stopped for a conversation.
Turlock Police Department’s motorcycle police opened the parade, followed by classic cars, military vehicles carrying veterans, vehicles decked out in red white and blue, and Boy Scout Troops rode through the parade on their decorated bikes.
At the conclusion of the parade, there was a street fair consisting of vendors from the Turlock area.