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Top Honors at Cypress Festival go to Free Fat Chili and a Model T Fire Truck

Make the Chili and they will come – They came! Hundreds and hundreds of chili tastin’ folks arrived at the 32nd Cypress Community Festival held Saturday, July 28th at Oak Knoll Park.

It was a typical California sunny day and the temps were hot at the chili cookoff event. Starting at 12 noon, Taster’s choice ballots were sold for $4 that included a pencil, ballot, plastic spoon, and a taster’s choice judge ribbon and button.

According to Brian Sunley, chili cookoff Chair, over 1,500 taster’s choice ballots were sold. And there were 30 chili-making cooks registered and 11 salsa makers entered that made up this year’ s cookoff.

Around 4:30 p.m. the chili cookoff awards presentation started with the taster’s choice 1st prize going to Free Fat Chili. The 2nd prize went to C&C Chili. Third prize was given to Uncle Ron’s. The best chili by an attorney went to Ernie Nishii.

The best decorated booth award was presented to Blazin’ Bail Bonds and they also won for the best chili by a rookie. The best chili by a high school booster was given to Cypress High School Football. The best chili made for the fun of it award was given to the Class of ’81. And the best salsa award went to Krazy Kelly.

Many people also enjoyed checking out the numerous classic cars and vehicles that made up the 17th Annual Car Show. Close to 100 vehicles were featured and admired. The Best of Show award was won by Carl Laski, owner of a 1917 Model T Fire Truck. And the Sponsor’s Choice award was given to Pat Sulferino, owner of a 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe. Complete Festival information is available at:

Photo Caption (Top) #1: Free Fat Chili was awarded the “Tasters Choice” at the 2012 Cypress Community Festival







Photo Caption #2: Best of Show award in the 2012 Cypress Car Show was won by Carl Laski’s 1917 Model T Fire Truck.







Photo Caption #3: A 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe owned by Pat Sulferino received the Sponsor’s Choice award at the Cypress Festival Car Show on Saturday July 28.

Abbey Road Beatles Tribute on August 4 in Cypress

On Saturday, August 4 Abbey Road – A Tribute to the Beatles will be performing in Cypress! With their tight harmonies, flawless note for note renditions of Beatles hits, custom–tailored costumes, vintage instruments, Liverpudlian dialect and precise attention to every detail, Abbey Road has honed their show to become one of the most musically and visually satisfying Beatle tribute acts in the world. Abbey Road recreates the magic, music, wit and charm of the Beatles, including the Fab Four’s cheeky personalities, familiar onstage banter and patter between songs.

The Cypress Concerts on the Green begin at 6:00pm and are free to all in attendance and are held at the Cypress Civic Center Green at 5275 Orange Avenue, two blocks west of Valley View Street.

Free parking is available at the Civic Center parking lot. Handicapped parking is provided behind the Cypress Branch Library near the concert site. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, picnic blankets and other outdoor accessories to help enjoy music under a canopy of shade trees. Please do not set up any chairs or blankets before Friday at 2:00pm.

Refreshments are available from local community service organizations for a small charge. Patrons are reminded that no alcoholic beverages are allowed on City property. For more information contact the Cypress Recreation and Community Service at (714) 229-6780.

Bicycle Maintenance and Training Ride on August 4th

Time to bring the old bike out of the garage, dust it off, and fill up those tires. Team Cypress Church invites you to join them for a bicycle maintenance and training ride on Saturday, August 4, 2012 starting at 11:00 a.m.

Our team of seasoned bicycle riders will be set up in the Cypress Church parking lot to help you air up your tires, lube your chain, and also take care of some minor bike maintenance to help you get pedaling again.

After everyone has their bikes ready to roll, the team plans a short training ride. Please note that all riders must wear a helmet regardless of age.

Team Cypress Church has many activities of interest to area cyclists. If you are on Facebook you may join the Team Cypress Church Cycling Ministry group at:

For additional information about our Bicycle Maintenance and Training Ride you may contact Gerald Torres at (714) 329-8588 or email:

The Cypress Church main campus is located at 6143 Ball Rd. in Cypress, CA 90630. Sunday services are at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Church information is available at (714) 952-3001 or visit the website at:

Cypress Festival has openings for craft vendors, chili, salsa and car show on July 28

The 32nd annual Cypress Community Festival is on Saturday, July 28, 2012. The Festival committee has announced that there are still a few spaces available for: arts and crafts vendors, chili and salsa competitors and car show exhibitors.

All Festival applications and forms are available on the web page located at:

For additional information please email: or phone (714) 886-9749.

The Cypress Community Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave. (west of Valley View St.) in Cypress. There is a Kid’s Fun Zone, games, rides, pancake breakfast, business expo and many more family-friendly activities all day long.

Parking and entrance to the Festival Grounds are free. For more information, visit

Family-Friendly Cypress Festival Features Kid’s Fun Zone

The Kid’s Fun Zone, a favorite of families with kids twelve and under, will be bigger and better than ever before at this year’s Cypress Community Festival, to be held on June 28 along with the Cypress 5k/10k Run/Walk.

Colorful inflatables and kid-safe small rides can be seen by children (and their parents) from all over the Festival Grounds. Fun and laughter infect kids of all ages!

Three new activities this year will attract older kids: a four-person bungee trampoline, a laser-tag arena and a wrecking ball war!

Tickets and wrist bands are available at the entry to the Fun Zone.

This year, the Cypress Festival will again be held at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave. (west of Valley View St.) in Cypress. The Festival grounds will open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Cypress Kiwanis will serve a pancake breakfast on the patio of the Community Center beginning at 7 a.m. For more information, including an updated schedule of live stage entertainment, visit

Photo Caption #1 (Top): The Kid Fun Zone at the Cypress Community Festival will feature a mechanical bull.









Photo Caption: “Go climb a rock…” at Oak Knoll Park on Saturday, July 28 from 9am to 5pm.









Photo Caption: The Kid’s Fun Zone, a favorite of families with kids twelve and under, will be bigger and better than ever before at this year’s Cypress Community Festival.

For information about rides like this for your event you may visit:

Face-painting clowns and roaming stilt-walker to multiply the fun at Cypress Festival

Watch for Festival favorites Dizzy Darla and Silly Susan while you’re walking the Festival Grounds on Saturday, July 28.

Dizzy and Silly will return triumphantly to paint faces and twist balloons and generally prompt laughter and glee. Dizzy Darla has been at each and every Cypress Community Festival for eight straight years!

Along with the two clowns — and standing far above surrounding crowds! — will come Patrick, a stilt walker sure to amaze and confound while defying gravity and calling out oohs and aahs from those nearby.

This year, the Cypress Festival will again be held at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave. (west of Valley View St.) in Cypress. The Festival grounds will open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Cypress Kiwanis will serve a pancake breakfast on the patio of the Community Center beginning at 7 a.m. For more information, including an updated schedule of live stage entertainment, visit:

Photo Caption: Dizzy Darla and Silly Susan will return triumphantly to paint faces, twist balloons and generally prompt laughter and glee at the Cypress Community Festival on Saturday, July 28.

Festival Honors Sponsors at Mixer on July 26

The Cypress Chamber of Commerce, in association with Cypress College, will host the annual Cypress Community Festival Mixer at the college from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 26. The mixer, presented by VANS, serves as a prelude to the annual Cypress Community Festival which will be held this year on July 28th at Oak Knoll Park.

What started out as a very small community festival 32 years ago to celebrate the city’s incorporation has turned into Orange County’s largest one-day event. As many as 30,000 area residents attend the admission free event.

Festival attendees are treated to a Kiwanis Club-sponsored pancake breakfast starting at 7:00 a.m. The 5K and 10K Walk/Run begins at 7:30 a.m. There are exhibit booths, arts and crafts, food and games, a classic car show, an award-winning chili cook-off and salsa contest and spectacular entertainment on four stages throughout the day.

Cypress Community Festival sponsors will be honored at the Mixer.

The official Cypress Community Festival Sponsors for 2012 are:

Platinum Sponsors: Aleshire & Wynder, LLP; Consolidated Disposal Service; Event News; Go Country 105 FM; News-Enterprise; Orange County Breeze; UnitedHealthcare; Yamaha Motor Corp USA.

Gold Sponsors: Celebrations Party Rentals; Southland Credit Union; Warland Investments Company.

Silver Sponsor: Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks

Bronze Sponsors: Knott’s Berry Farm; West Anaheim Medical Center / La Palma Intercommunity Hospital

Patron Sponsors: Bikeland of Cypress; Bowman Real Estate; Chick-Fil-A; Courtyard by Marriott; Cypress Church; The Family Plumber; George & Lynn Pardon; Salon 25; Southern California Edison

Contributing Sponsors: Bob & Jean Koehler; Costco; Cypress School District; Maderas Steak & Ribs; Savanna School District

For information about becoming a Sponsor please email: or call (714) 886-9749

Additional Festival information, applications, forms and history are available at There is a $5 charge for the mixer.

Cypress Mayor Bailey Welcomes Community to Upcoming Cypress Festival

The 32nd Cypress Community Festival is set for Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Oak Knoll Park in Cypress, CA. Mayor Doug Bailey of Cypress has issued a welcome message inviting the community to attend this signature event for the City of Cypress. In his message for 2012 Mayor Bailey stated:

Welcome to the annual Cypress Community Festival. The Festival has been a highlight event of the year for the past 32 years, drawing thousands to the City of Cypress. The 2012 Festival will be no exception in being an exciting gathering with something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

It is my pleasure and honor to serve as the Mayor of the City of Cypress. Despite challenges facing our State and Nation, our City continues to be a thriving community that is well-managed, fiscally sound, and safe to call home or conduct business. We have beautiful residential neighborhoods, well-kept streets and parks, outstanding recreation programs, and a world class business community that is unparalleled in the region.

What a great opportunity the Community Festival offers for us to gather to celebrate the success and hard work our community members, volunteers, service groups, and sponsors have invested that makes Cypress a great community.

Our Community Festival is one of the largest single day events in Orange County. Residents and business community leaders come out to support this event every year, celebrating the past, present, and future of Cypress. This would not be possible without the partnership of our community stakeholders, business community, event sponsors, Chamber of Commerce, and elected officials.

Organizing an event of this magnitude is a task that requires focus, dedication, and hard work. The Festival would not be possible without the volunteers who give their time; support of the event sponsors; and the coordinated efforts of our service groups, Chamber of Commerce, and City staff to make the Festival a reality.

The Cypress City Council and I would like to express our gratitude to each and every individual who volunteers at the Festival for their hard work and dedication to our City.

The Festival is a fun-filled day kicking off in the morning at 7:30 a.m. is the City’s 5K/10K run and 5K non-competitive walk. The run course makes its way through beautiful Cypress neighborhoods, finishing in front of our picturesque Civic Center. The run features electronic timing, $3,500 prize money for the 10K run, and age division awards for all races. The Kiwanis Club will be serving a delicious pancake breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. A Challenger Baseball Game will take place at 9:00 a.m., and the Cypress Youth Baseball vs. Cypress Girls Softball Game will take place at 11:00 a.m.

The Community Festival features family-friendly entertainment, with many rides and games for the kids to enjoy. Parents can shop at vendor booths and enjoy the annual classic car show, chili cook-off contest and salsa contest. There will be many food vendors serving various dining options to suit every taste. Local non-profit organizations will also participate to share information about their services available to the community. Music and dance is also a big part of this celebration. Live entertainment will take place throughout the day on three stages, featuring Peter Brandon, Brewer Boys, Chris Anderson Band, and DJ Ginny Harman from Go County 105 FM.

On behalf of my City Council colleagues, I would again like to extend our sincere gratitude to the volunteers, community organizations, businesses, the Festival Board, and the following Festival sponsors for making this event possible:

• Platinum Sponsors: Aleshire & Wynder, LLP, Consolidated Disposal Services, The Event News/New Enterprise, Go Country 105, Orange County Breeze, Yamaha Motor Corporation, UnitedHealthcare

• Gold Sponsors: Celebrations Party Rental, Southland Credit Union, Warland Investment Company

• Bronze Sponsors: Forest Lawn Memorial Parks, Salon 25, Knott’s Berry Farm, West Anaheim Medical Center/La Palma Intercommunity Hospital

• Patron: Bowman Real Estate, Chick-fil-a, Courtyard Marriott, Cypress Church, Cypress School District, George & Lynn Pardon, Savanna School District

• Contributor: Costco, Bob & Jean Koehler, Madera Steaks and Ribs

Douglas A. Bailey, Mayor
City of Cypress, CA

Photo Caption: Cypress Mayor Doug Bailey invites the public to attend the 32nd Annual Cypress Community festival to be held at Oak Knoll Park on Saturday, July 28. Festival information is available at:

Editor Note: Because sponsor listings and categories may change often please visit the Sponsor page at the Festival website for the most up-to-date information:

Tremor to Send Classic Rock Quake through Cypress

Tremor is a fitting name for a young band just starting to make waves.
In the age of electronic music, it’s not every day you’ll find a group of young teenagers shirking the music of their peers and hearkening back to the roots of rock and roll. Even though the classic rock they love hit record players in the 70s and 80s, Tremor is a high school rock outfit that prefers to play songs from that era. Why Creedence and not Creed? Why Beatles over Bieber? Real musicians want to play real music, and these budding rockers take their craft seriously. Since they’re striving for excellence in instrumentation, who better to learn from than the greats?

Completely driven and motivated to eventually be professional musicians, this young band is on their way. Touring many summer festivals this year, from the Del Mar Fair to the OC Fair, Tremor is a band with a plan – a plan to master each level of musicianship with skill and precision. This five-piece plays classic rock cover songs to enthusiastic crowds, tightening their stage presence and evolving their sound, and they’re in the process of working on original material.

And it’s not their parents directing their choice of music! For being barely 15, these teens are bringing back rock and roll all on their own. Catch them at the Cypress Community Festival July 28th at 12:30 p.m. on the Outpost Stage. Follow them on Facebook at

The Cypress Community Festival will be held at Oak Knoll Park at 5700 Orange Ave. (west of Valley View St.) in Cypress. The Cypress Kiwanis will be on site serving a hot pancake breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. on the Community Center patio. The Festival grounds open at 9 a.m. following a flag ceremony, the singing of the National Anthem and brief remarks from Cypress City officials. There will be continuous entertainment until 5 p.m. on four stages. Information is available at

Photo Caption: Tremor is a fitting name for a young band just starting to make waves and they will send a classic rock quake through Cypress on July 28th at Oak Knoll Park.

Ginny Harman to Emcee Cypress Community Festival

The Cypress Community Festival welcomes Country Radio Personality Ginny Harman of Go Country 105 FM as our featured emcee. Ginny hosts a local country music radio show every weekday evening. She will be making introductions and sharing her crowd-pleasing commentary on the Main Stage from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 28, at Oak Knoll Park.

Harman is well-known to country music radio listeners both in Southern California and across the entire USA. She has been on the air in Milwaukee, Nashville, Fort Myers, Phoenix and the Inland Empire.

Words like smooth, rich, warm, friendly, articulate and approachable fit Ginny. In addition to broadcasting, she has worked in voice-over and live theater. Off-mike, she enjoys charity work, riding her Harley and hanging out with her cats.

The Festival welcomes back our Official Platinum-level Sponsor Go Country 105 FM. Be sure to look for Go Country’s booth at the Festival so that you can stop and say, “Thank you!” for their participation. Listen online at:

The 2012 Cypress Community Festival will be held at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave. (west of Valley View St.) in Cypress. The day begins with a Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast starting at 7:00 a.m. The Cypress 5K and 10K walk/Run begins at 7:30 a.m. and the Festival grounds open at 9:00 a.m. For more information, visit the Festival website at

Photo Caption: Country Radio Personality Ginny Harman will emcee Main Stage events at the Cypress Community Festival set for Saturday July 28 at Oak Knoll Park.