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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.

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.

Gimme Some of that Hot Stuff

Calling all chili and salsa aficionados! Next month the Cypress Community Festival — the biggest one-day festival in Orange County! — will be holding its 32nd Chili Cook-off and Salsa Contest. Hundreds of people come to taste the best homemade chili and salsa in town.

Got a winning chili or salsa recipe — or both? An application packet with all the necessary information may be downloaded from the Cypress Community Festival website at Be sure to mail your entry by Wednesday, July 11. Make your check payable to the “Friends of Cypress Recreation and Parks, Inc.”

All proceeds from entry fees for the Chili Cook-off and Salsa Contest benefit the many projects the Friends group supports. In the past, projects have included building baseball score booths, dugouts, and redesign of City parks to meet the needs of diverse users.

Do you represent a business or “for-profit entity?”

If so, the Orange County Health Department requires that you fill out and turn in a Craven Exemption along with your entry form. This written declaration stipulates that you will receive no monetary benefit other than that resulting from recognition of your participation in this event.

Everyone is invited to join the fun and vote for their favorite “hot stuff.”

Taster’s Choice Ballots go on sale at 12 noon on Festival day. For $4 you get a brown bag holding a plastic spoon, a ballot, and a pin-on judge’s ribbon.

Ballot packages sell out fast! Don’t wait to buy your ballot package or you could lose out on voting!

Once you’ve made your decision on the tastiest chili and snappiest salsa, turn your ballot in to be counted. Ballots will be tallied beginning about 3 p.m. Winners of the Chili Cook-off and Salsa Contest are scheduled to be announced from a nearby stage by 4 p.m.

If you have any questions, please call Chili Chair Brian Sunley at (714) 828-9551. A copy of the application, along with more information and details are found on the Festival website at When you visit the Festival website, click on the “Primary Participants” tab in the left sidebar.

The Cypress Community Festival will be held on Saturday, July 28, at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave. in Cypress.

Photo Caption: Got a winning chili or salsa recipe — or both? Join in the fun at the annual Chili Cook-off and Salsa Contest on July 28th at Oak Knoll Park in Cypress.

Chili and Salsa Contest Appplication Link: