Mar 30, 2018 11:00AM
● By Kerri Regan
By Kerri Regan and Ronda Alvey
• Forty percent of the world’s raisins are grown within a few miles of Dinuba.
• Dinuba covers 6.5 square miles and is home to about 22,000 people.
• Notables people who have called Dinuba home include opera singer and film actress Claramae Turner, former Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante and Oswald Hope Robertson, founder of the world’s first blood bank.
• Dinuba’s sister cities are Uruapan, Mexico and Malsch, Germany.
The annual Raisin Day Festival and Parade is held each year the last weekend in September. Enjoy a huge parade with local marching bands, carnival rides, live music, food, craft vendors and fun all day long.
The unobstructed view of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range is enough to make a trip to Dinuba worthwhile. Slow down from the daily grind, take a deep breath, and revel in the beauty that surrounds us every day.
Vineyards, orchards and farms surround the Dinuba area, and there’s rarely a time of the year when you can’t stop by a fruit or veggie stand and find some healthy treats to take home. Food doesn’t get much fresher than that!
Dinuba Main Street Cruise Night and Concert and Cars in the Park Car Show happens during the warm summer days of June. It features a live band, beer garden, food vendors and car show awards and trophies.
On the map: DINUBA
1: The Dinuba Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall was dedicated on April 30, 2015 – the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. It’s a poignant and moving replica of the Vietnam Wall.
2: Rose Ann Vuich Park is named for California’s first female state senator. It includes spacious grassy areas, covered picnic tables, a playground and a bandstand.
3. As a centralized hub of California with easy access to Highways 99 and 198, Dinuba is home to Best Buy’s largest distribution center.
4. Ruiz Foods provides more than 1,500 local jobs. President George Bush visited in October 2003 to commemorate the company’s 40th anniversary.
5. Ridge Creek Golf Course prove an oasis in the desert. It plays more like a championship than a municipal course, and happens to be the only course in six surrounding counties that offers championship tees.