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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: http://www.cypressfestival.com.

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.

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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: http://www.cypressfestival.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=74&Itemid=168

For additional information please email: info@cypressfestival.com 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 http://www.cypressfestival.com/

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 http://www.cypressfestival.com/

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: http://www.elitespecialevents.com/

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

Sincerely,
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: http://www.cypressfestival.com/

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: http://www.cypressfestival.com/

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: http://www.gocountry105.com/

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 http://cypressfestival.com.

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.

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 http://www.cypressfestival.com/

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.

Local Teens to Invade the Cypress Festival

You’ve seen them on YouTube and Myspace, now you can catch “Chaos Invasion” performing live at the “Outpost” Stage on Saturday, July 28 at the Cypress Community Festival. The Festival is held at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave. in Cypress.

Chaos Invasion band members Zach Chen, Zoe Chen, and Sammy Soto met at a local music school where they learned and developed their musical talents. After a few years and a few different “music school” bands, they decided it would be fun to form their own band.

Since the band’s debut at a local school talent show with its own version of “Time is Running out” by Muse, Zach and Zoe and Sammy have built an impressive set list under the guidance of their parents. Their current set list includes: “Take Me out,” “Eye of The Tiger,” “Time is Running Out,” “Living On a Prayer,” “Adam’s Song,” and “I love Rock and Roll.”

Chaos Invasion has played at school carnivals, city fairs and birthday parties — for more details visit http://www.Chaosinvasion.net.

Continuous entertainment from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. will fill four stages during Festival Day. Be sure to check out the Cypress Community Festival website at http://www.cypressfestival.com.

Photo Caption (Top): You’ve seen them on YouTube and Myspace – now catch “Chaos Invasion” performing live on the “Outpost” Stage at the Cypress Community Festival on Saturday, July 28.

Photo Caption: Chaos Invasion band members Zach Chen, Zoe Chen, Matthew Cesena and Sammy Soto met at a local music school where they learned and developed their talents.

Nicole Werner to Open Cypress Festival with National Anthem

Local voice teacher Nicole Werner has been selected to sing the National Anthem at the Cypress Community Festival. Described as a “diminutive charmer with powerful pipes,” Nicole Werner has proven herself the consummate triple threat in musical theatre productions and concerts throughout the country.

Nicole is the lead vocalist with the Cypress Church Worship Team. She grew up in northwest Orange County where she attended Los Alamitos High School and the Orange County High School of the Arts. She studied performing arts at UC San Diego and received an MFA in Musical Theater from San Diego State University. This is the only graduate program of its kind in the nation equipping artists to both perform and teach at the university level.

 

Her performance credits span the spectrum of musical and theatrical talents. She “dazzled” in 42nd Street as Peggy Sawyer, starred as the title role in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at South Bay Civic Light Opera and played Olive in San Diego’s regional premiere of Putnam County Spelling Bee. She has served as a guest artist with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra since 2006 and has sung throughout Los Angeles with jazz groups Odyssey Tango Trio and Blue Coral.

Most recently, she traveled to the East Coast to sing with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra.  She also has had the great honor of recording a new musical demo with the legendary Golden Age composer Hugh Martin.  She works as a choreographer and director for university, public school, and professional productions and teaches voice and musical theatre at Orange County Song and Dance and in her private studio. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and The National Association of Teachers of Singing. More information about Nicole is available online at: http://www.nicolewerner.net/

The opening ceremonies at 9:00 a.m. on Festival Day will include the Flag Salute with a color guard from the Boy Scouts of America. The public is invited to attend this free event at Oak Knoll Park on Saturday July 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Festival information is available online at: http://www.cypressfestival.com/

Photo Caption #1: Voice teacher Nicole Werner, who sings regularly at Cypress Church, has been selected to lead the National Anthem at the opening ceremonies for Cypress Community Festival on July 28th.

Photo Caption #2: Nicole Werner’s performance credits span the spectrum of musical and theatrical talents. She “dazzled” in 42nd Street as Peggy Sawyer and starred in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at South Bay Civic Light Opera.

Cypress Kiwanis Flipping Flapjacks at Oak Knoll Park

Got a man-sized (or woman-sized) appetite and a hankering for flapjacks?

The annual Pancake Breakfast will open at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave. in Cypress. The last flapjack will be plated at 11 a.m.

Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Cypress, this event has become a traditional  kick-off for the Cypress Community Festival, a bridge from the Cypress 5k/10k Run/Walk that ends in front of the Civic Center a short saunter west on Orange Ave.

Dozens of volunteers will be on hand to serve you with a smile and get your Festival Day off to a great start.

The Kiwanis ask just five bucks for “all-you-can-eat” flapjacks along with a sausage, coffee and more, and all for a great cause.

Net proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast are donated to Club-supported charities, including meals delivered to home-bound seniors and Red Ribbon Week anti-drug activities for school children.

The Cypress Kiwanis Club officers for 2012 are: George Hallak, President; Jay Sondhi, President Elect; Leon Kapczysnki, Treasurer; Lydia Sondhi, Secretary; and Mike Fields, Immediate Past President.

Information about Kiwanis of Cypress is available online at: http://www.kiwanisclubofcypress.org/ or you may call George Hallak at (714) 821-4542. Information about the Cypress Community Festival is available at http://www.cypressfestival.com.

Photo Caption: Got a man-sized (or woman-sized) appetite and a hankering for flapjacks? Come to the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, July 28 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Oak Knoll Park in Cypress.

Photo Caption: The Kiwanis ask just five bucks for “all-you-can-eat” flapjacks along with a sausage, coffee and more, and all for a great cause. Dozens of volunteers will be on hand to serve you with a smile and get your Festival Day off to a great start.

Photo Caption: Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Cypress, the annual Pancake Breakfast event has become a traditional kick-off for the Cypress Community Festival to be held on July 28th this year.

Dancers bring “A Touch of Polynesia” to Cypress Festival

Rose Cason, director and choreographer of “A Touch of Polynesia,” and her colorfully-costumed dancers bring the exotic dances of central and southern Pacific Ocean indigenous peoples to Oak Knoll Park in Cypress.

The colorful costumes reflect the beautiful colors of nature found in Polynesia.

Polynesia embraces more than a thousand islands separated by hundreds of miles of open ocean but united by culture, including dance styles like the hula from Hawaii and Tahitian dance from French Polynesia. Dancers use their arms and hands as a way of communicating through dance.

Both Polynesian men and women dance as a social activity, but the choreography for males and females often differ strikingly.

Come and enjoy “A Touch of Polynesia” performing dances from Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand on the Cypress Festival main stage at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 28.

The Festival is held at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave. (west of Valley View St.) in Cypress. For more information, visit the Festival website at www.cypressfestival.com.

Photo Caption: Enjoy exotic dances of the Pacific Islands performed by “A Touch of Polynesia” at the Cypress Community Festival on Saturday July 28.

Photo Caption: “A Touch of Polynesia” will demonstrate dances from Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 28 at Oak Knoll Park in Cypress.

Photo Caption: The colorful costumes of Rose Carson’s “A Touch of Polynesia” dancers reflect the kaleidoscope of beautiful shades of nature found on faraway islands.