Public party Saturday to celebrate Rancho Bernardo’s 50th
By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
Rancho Bernardans will be celebrating their community’s 50th birthday Saturday with a free party in Webb Park.
The entertainment, activities and contests will have a ‘60s theme because Rancho Bernardo was annexed by the City of San Diego in 1962. Within in a year, the first residents were moving into brand new homes on lots that a couple years before had served as cattle range.
Marty Judge, the party chairman, said he is anticipating 2,000 to 4,000 residents will partake in the free activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 in Webb Park near Avena Place off Bernardo Center Drive. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, there will be free cotton candy and in the afternoon free birthday cake.
Musical entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. when a Beach Boys look-alike band takes the stage. Later Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley impersonators will perform. Serving as master of ceremonies will be longtime Rancho Bernardan and KYXY 96.5 radio personality Sam Bass.
Free children’s activities start at 10 a.m. They include a bounce house, slide, obstacle course, face painting and juggler, Judge said. Local youths will also show off their talents. At 10:30 a.m. students at SwiftKick Martial Arts will give a demonstration, as will gymnasts at Gyminny Kids, who will start performing at 2 p.m.
There will also be contests for all ages. Those who are good with a hula hoop will want to enter that contest at 11 a.m. It is hosted by the Rancho Bernardo “Noon” Rotary Club. If blowing bubbles is their thing, there will be a bubble gum blowing contest at 11:30 a.m. sponsored by Kamala Johnson of CareMinders Home Care.
Those who can perform yoyo tricks will want to enter the 1 p.m. yo-yo contest sponsored by Rancho Bernardo Kiwanis Club. As for those who like to kick up their heels and do the jitterbug, a dance contest will start at 1:30 p.m. The party will also give people the chance to dig through their closets for vintage attire — or head to a thrift store — in search of early ‘60s clothes for the best costume of 1962 contest that begins at 2 p.m. The dance and costume contests are sponsored by Angelle Merrill of Merrill Fitness.
A car show featuring vehicles from the 1960s will open at 11 a.m. and continue throughout the event. It is sponsored by the Poway Cruisers. Also occurring throughout the party will be a mini street fair with food vendors, crafters and artists selling their wares and local organizations sharing what they do in the community.
As for the birthday cake, that will be cut around 12:30 p.m. by a group of dignitaries who will give their remarks starting at noon.
The final official event will begin at 3 p.m. when up to 500 rubber ducks are released into Webb Lake for “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 and will be sold at the party on a first-come basis.
“We want everyone in RB to attend and help us celebrate,” said Larry McIntyre, Rancho Bernardo Business Association president. RBBA is organizing the party and serving as sponsor, along with several businesses and groups.
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