Annual RB Alive! Expo returns Sunday
By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
Bring the kids, dogs and lots of sunscreen to Bernardo Center Drive on Sunday for the 23rd annual RB Alive! Expo.
The street fair will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 5 along Bernardo Center Drive between Bernardo Plaza and Lomica drives in Rancho Bernardo. Admission is free.
San Diego North Chamber of Commerce officials — who are organizing the fair — are expecting tens of thousands of people, more than 160 vendors, and scores of entertainers and car enthusiasts to attend.
There will be the typical street fair attractions — carnival games, rides, dancers, musicians, gymnasts, karate students — and some unique to the area. The latter includes a cultural area that emphasizes the region’s history dating back several centuries.
New this year will be a safety fair that includes disaster preparation information for events such as earthquakes and wildfires and perhaps a few emergency response vehicles, such as a fire engine, said Brianna Eltzroth, the chamber’s operations manager. The safety fair will be similar to that held during Carmel Mountain Ranch’s holiday festival last December.
Car enthusiasts — who get to vote on who receives the People’s Choice trophy at 3 p.m. — will not want to miss the MadameMechanic.com car show in the Total Vision Care parking lot.
Organized by Poway Transmissions, the show is expected to have a wide variety of vehicles entered. Registration is free and vehicles can be entered in advance by contacting Karen Dunn at 858-679-8000 or Karen@powaytransmissions.com. Event day registrations are also accepted, starting at 9 a.m.
As for entertainment, there will be plenty to see and do. This year the kids’ zone has been moved to the Rancho Bernardo Professional Building parking lot adjacent to Webb Park. As for showcasing the talent of locals, they will be featured on two stages throughout the day.
On the Food Court Stage, Rancho Bernardo Community Band will play from 10 a.m. to noon. They will be followed from noon to 2 p.m. by Exit Only. The last act will be by solo acoustic guitarist Tom Boyer, who will perform from 2-4 p.m.
On the Bernardo Center Drive stage, the street fair will kick off at 10 a.m. when local Boy Scouts present the colors and the National Anthem is sung by Gwyn Sanborn, president of the West Coast Country Music Association and host of “Country at the Merc” in Temecula.
Afterward, Sandi Capel will join Sanborn on stage and the duo will perform until 10:30 a.m., when Poway Gymnastics students perform. At 11 a.m. Rose Ritchie Academy of Irish Dance will take the stage, followed by Kealohilani Dance at 11:30 a.m. and The Brew Boys at noon.
At 1 p.m. Gyminny Kids Gymnastics will perform, followed by RB Karate Center at 1:30 p.m., Step by Step Dance at 2 p.m. and Academy of Dance Arts at 2:45 p.m. The last group providing entertainment will be The Classic Jazz Trio, who will start at 3:15 p.m.
For additional details, including RB Alive! vendors registered by May 20, see the June Rancho Magazine posted below on this site.
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