TURLOCK — Some vandals tried, but ultimately failed, to make downtown Turlock’s Fourth of July parade a little less patriotic.
A dozen flags and flagpoles were damaged last Tuesday night shortly after they were installed. The flags were erected by the Downtown Turlock Property Owners Association on Sunday in advance of the Independence Day festivities.
The flags along Main Street had been on hiatus for the last three years after many of the flags were stolen. This time, because the flags were bolted in, the perpetrators could only bend the poles.
Downtown Association Coordinator Dana McGarry said speedy generosity by community members and businesses saved the display. On Wednesday Turlock-based Mann Electric, owned by Downtown Association Board Member Danny Mann, fabricated new, heavy-duty poles out of double-ply conduit donated by Independent Electric Supply of Turlock.
Turlock Police stepped up their late night patrols downtown to deter further vandalism as well.
McGarry said the flags went back up Wednesday and were there for the more than 10,000 people who came out to enjoy the parade downtown.
The Downtown Association is out between $500 and $1,000 for replacements and materials.
“The Downtown Turlock Property Owners Association is grateful for the outpouring of support and encourages everyone to visit downtown,” McGarry said.