Party on Sept. 22 will celebrate RB’s 50 years
By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
Plenty of fun for all ages will be available to those who go to Webb Park on Sept. 22 to celebrate Rancho Bernardo’s 50th birthday.
The free community celebration with a ‘60s theme will likely draw 2,000 to 4,000 attendees, said party chairman Marty Judge.
Admission and activities are free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the day and there will be complimentary birthday cake available in the afternoon.
The entertainment acts Judge said he is most looking forward to are by those impersonating the Beach Boys, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley — entertainers popular in the early 1960s when Rancho Bernardo’s first residents were moving into the new community.
The Saturday, Sept. 22 party will start at 10 a.m. with the free children’s activities including a bounce house, slide, obstacle course, face painting and juggler, Judge said.
At 10:30 a.m. the first local group to perform will be students at SwiftKick Martial Arts. At 2 p.m. Gyminny Kids students will demonstrate their gymnastics abilities.
The musical entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. when the Beach Boys look-alike band takes the stage. Later that day the Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley impersonators will perform. Longtime Rancho Bernardo resident and KYXY 96.5 radio personality Sam Bass will serve as master of ceremonies.
The first contest locals might want to enter is the hula hoop contest that starts at 11 a.m. It is hosted by the Rancho Bernardo “Noon” Rotary Club. Those with an affinity for blowing large gum bubbles will want to check out the 11:30 a.m. bubble gum blowing contest sponsored by Kamala Johnson of CareMinders Home Care.
The first afternoon competition will be a yo-yo contest sponsored by Rancho Bernardo Kiwanis Club at 1 p.m. This will be followed a dance contest at 1:30 p.m. and best costume of 1962 contest at 2 p.m. Both are sponsored by Angelle Merrill of Merrill Fitness.
Starting at 11 a.m. and continuing throughout the party will be a car show featuring vehicles from the 1960s. It is sponsored by the Poway Cruisers.
Of course, no such celebration would be complete without free birthday cake. The cake will be cut around 12:30 p.m. by a group of dignitaries, such as Mayor Jerry Sanders, County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, Rep. Duncan D. Hunter and City Councilman-elect Mark Kersey. They will give their remarks when the ceremony begins at noon.
The final official event will begin at 3 p.m. when up to 500 rubber ducks are released into Webb Lake for what is being dubbed “The Great Rubber Ducky Race.” The person who owns the first duck to cross the finish line will be awarded $500.
Ducks are $5 each. They can be purchased in advance by sending a check written to “RBBA” along with the entrant’s name and phone number to P.O. Box 27951, San Diego, CA 92198. The winner need not attend the race. Ducks can also be purchased via credit card by calling Bob Wells at 858-229-9053. If all are not sold prior to Sept. 22, they will be sold at the party on a first-come basis until the race, Wells said.
Among other offerings during the party will be a mini street fair featuring food vendors, crafters and local artists. Judge said there will be around 30 local organizations and businesses participating and a dozen each of crafters and artisans.
The crafters’ offerings will include memory and memorial quilts; handmade jewelry — including some with holiday themes; knitted scarves, hats and headbands; and beaded socks, key chains, Christmas ornaments, gift bags and cross stitch decor, said Vivi-Anne Riordan, who is coordinating the crafters area.
Crafters who would like to reserve a booth need to contact Riordan at 619-665-4487 or email@example.com by Monday, Sept. 17 for details. Artists can contact Patti Hall at 858-414-3950 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judge said because food and beverages will be sold, there will be a shaded seating area to accommodate up to 200 at a time.
“We want everyone in RB to attend and help us celebrate,” said Larry McIntyre, Rancho Bernardo Business Association president. RBBA is sponsoring and organizing the party.
Helping RBBA put on the event as sponsors are the County of San Diego via Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, Rancho Bernardo Recreation Council, Bernardo Town Center Property Owners Association, Palomar Health, Rancho Bernardo “Noon” Rotary Club, Casa de las Campanas, Coldwell Banker, Conservative Order for Good Government, Bernardo Winery and Pomerado Cosmetic Dentistry.
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