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Cypress Festival needs Volunteers and Sponsors for 2014

Volunteers and Sponsors Needed for Cypress Festival:


The date for the 34th annual Cypress Community Festival has been set for Saturday, July 26, 2014. The public is invited to attend this annual “birthday party” for the City of Cypress. This huge event has become a tradition in the community as families, friends, and neighbors commemorate the date of incorporation of Cypress by enjoying the Festival.

The Festival is produced by a dedicated group of volunteers known as the Cypress Community Festival Association. This group of about 20 community residents meets on the third Wednesday of each month from January through September to plan and produce the celebration. Volunteer Coordinator Stacy Berry says: “Many volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year and local residents are encouraged to pitch in and assist with the tasks of obtaining Sponsors, promoting the Festival and organizing this exciting annual event.” Residents wishing to volunteer may email:

The Cypress Community Festival is held at Oak Knoll park located at 5700 Orange Avenue. Festival day begins at 7 a.m. with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. Then there is the annual 5K/10K run/walk which starts at 7:30 a.m. The Festival grounds are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Craft vendors from all over the southland bring their wares to sell and display. Crafters, artisans, non-profit groups and individuals desiring booth space may email Booth Chair Wanda Slade at:

The Cypress Chamber of Commerce produces the Festival Business Expo. Local many companies, large and small, set up booths at the Expo to share information with community residents about their products and services. Contact Ed Munson at the Cypress Chamber for details by email at: or you may call the Chamber office at: (714) 827-2430

The event is the largest one-day Festival in Orange County and draws about 30,000 visitors each year. Families will discover activities for all ages. There are food vendors, rides for the kids, game booths and clowns.

The annual classic car show draws a large crowd. Every year there are many participants in the hot and spicy chili cook-off and the salsa contest.

“We are looking forward to an exciting Festival again this year,” said Carol Fafara, the Festival Entertainment Chair. There will be shows throughout the day on four stages. Go Country 105 FM and their street team will be on hand and there will be many bands, artists, dancers and special shows for kids.

Past Festivals have included appearances by Snoopy from Knott’s Berry Farm, a magic show by Ronald McDonald, face-painting clowns, and a police dog demonstration by the Cypress Police Canine Unit. Local non-profit organizations have information booths to let the community know about their activities and Festival visitors are invited to cheer for their favorite youth softball teams.

The Festival is free to the public and is dependent on sponsorship support from local corporations, businesses and individuals. In 2013 Sponsors included the law offices of Aleshire & Wynder, Republic Services, Orange County Breeze, Go Country 105 FM, Orange County Neighborhood Newspapers, UnitedHealthcare, Celebrations Party Rentals; Hansen Auto Body and Paint, Southland Credit Union and more. “We’re counting on you, our loyal business owners, to help sponsor this year’s event by “Tipping the Cow” with your generous donations”, said Development Chairs Maria and Wayne Daniels. “Please contact us by email at:

Information about the Cypress Community Festival, Business Expo, Car Show, and the Chili and Salsa contest is available on the internet at The community is encouraged to follow the Festival on Facebook and Twitter. Information is also available by email at: or by phone at (714) 886-9749.

Photo Caption #1: (top): Face-Painting clowns Dizzy Darla and Silly Susan are favorites with the kids at the annual Cypress Community Festival set for Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Oak Knoll Park in Cypress, CA. Volunteers and sponsors are needed to help produce this huge annual “birthday party” for the City of Cypress.


Photo Caption #2: Country Radio Personality Ginny Harman and the Go Country 105 Street Team are scheduled to entertain the community on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Cypress Community Festival. Sponsors and volunteers are needed to assist with this great annual celebration held at Oak Knoll Park in Cypress, CA.


Photo Caption #3: Cypress Community Festival Sponsor Jean Koehler and Festival Association Vice-Chair Wanda Slade invite community members and businesses to join them as volunteers and sponsors to help produce the 34th Annual Festival set for Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Oak Knoll Park in Cypress, CA.


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.

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

Roadhouse Band Offers Blues and Rock to Chili Tasters and Car Lovers

Snuggled in with smoking hot chili, tongue-tingling salsa and spit-polished classic and muscle cars, the stage in the Chili Cook-off and Car Show area of the Cypress Community Festival will serve up the Roadhouse Band from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m on Festival Day, Saturday, July 28.

This local Orange County music group — made up of four friends who met more than 25 years ago at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove — combines blues tunes and classic rock for a maximum mix of dancing and listening pleasure. The group has played many SoCal clubs and venues, most recently at Original Mike’s Restaurant and the Orange Street Fair.

The four band members are passionate about music that covers more than 30 years. The lead guitarist is Kurt King, backed up by Steve Mills. Brian Bevilacqua plays bass. Tony Schirner keeps the beat on drums.

Each year the band’s popularity grows with its Cypress Festival audience. This year you can expect to hear great tunes like “Mustang Sally,” “Brown Eyed Girl,” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.” The Cypress Community Festival is pleased to welcome Roadhouse back to our Chili and Car Show Stage.

The Cypress Festival will be held at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave. (west of Valley View St.) in Cypress. For more information, visit the Cypress Community Festival website at

Photo Caption: The Cypress Community Festival Chili Cook-off and Car Show area will serve up the Roadhouse Band from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m on Festival Day, Saturday, July 28.

17th Annual Cypress Car Show Plays on Heart Strings of Car Lovers

Car lovers will swoon over the 17th Annual Cypress Car Show, a big part of this year’s Cypress Community Festival on Saturday, July 28.

Visitors will be able to walk right up to a wide variety of dreams-on-wheels such as street cars from eras gone by, muscle cars, Corvettes, classics, trucks, vintage vehicles and sports cars.

Owners are on site and usually available to answer questions.

Proud vehicle owners can display their pride and joy at this year’s Car Show for a mere $15 entry fee. Just download the application from the Cypress Community Festival website at Mail in your check for $15, payable to the Friends of Cypress Recreation and Parks, Inc. (FOCRAP), to Car Show Chair Brian Sunley at 4266 Via Verde, Cypress, CA 90630. You may also email Brian at or contact him by phone at (714) 828-9551 for more details and questions.

Drivers and their vehicles may arrive at Oak Knoll Park anytime after 7 a.m. on Saturday July 28 and must be present by 9 a.m.

Visiting car lovers may be sorely tested — forced to choose among their heart’s desires — if they take part in the voting for a Best of Show or Sponsor’s award.

For the 2010 Car Show, both awards were given to 1941 Willys — one owned by Tim Avila, the other by Bob Caverley.

The community is invited to Oak Knoll Park in Cypress to enjoy not only the Car Show but many other family-oriented Festival activities that include rides, games, food, vendors, and much more.

The Show is organized by the Friends of Cypress Recreation and Parks, Inc., a non-profit benefit corporation.

The Cypress Community Festival is the largest one day event of its kind in Orange County. The Festival is held at Oak Knoll Park located at 5700 Orange Ave. in Cypress and will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2012.

Photo Caption: Returning champion, Tim Avila, with his 1941 Tequila Sunrise Willys, won the People’s Choice Award at the 2011 Festival.

Car Show Application link: