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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.

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.

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:

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.

The Altar Billies Slotted To Rock Socks Off At Cypress Festival

The Altar Billies are not a band you can listen to passively and nonchalantly. This seasoned and prolific rockabilly band blasts the audience with an explosion of sound that can only be described as infectious.

Part country, part psychobilly, part punk and full toe-tapping fun, the Altar Billies are a twangy recreation of lead singer Mike Stand’s 80s punk band the Altar Boys. Playing revamped Altar Boys songs in the new millennium with a fresh kick to their steps, the Altar Billies compel any listener to pick up their boots and kick some sawdust around. Fast-paced, rollicking, and roving through various styles of music, there’s a dance in every song.

Based in Orange County, the Altar Billies just released their first self-titled full-length album as a group through Mildred Studios. The 11 tracks are solid and powerful, infused with a rich heritage of hootin’, hollerin’ and hailin’, churning from a deep, raw place of passion. On stage, the all-consuming fire of the band’s three members fuels their energetic performances.

Their descriptive tagline “Gut level hillbilly rebels” sums up the intensity of this act. Listening to their music might just punch you in the gut – In a good way. Be sure to watch them blaze through the Cypress Community Festival on July 28th. They’ll be playing on the Outpost Stage at 11:15 a.m. You can also find them online at

The Cypress Community Festival will be held at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave. (west of Valley View St.) in Cypress. Cypress Kiwanis will be on site serving a hot pancake breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. The Festival grounds will open at 9 a.m. following a flag ceremony, singing of the National Anthem and brief remarks by Cypress City officials. Festival information is available at:

Photo Caption: The Altar Billies are slotted to rock the socks off the crowd at the Cypress Community Festival on July 28th at Oak Knoll Park.

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.