Mayor discusses Ridgecrest 50th

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

This November will mark the city of Ridgecrest’s 50th anniversary as an incorporated city, and city officials are planning a big celebration, open to all. At the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce luncheon on June 11 Mayor Dan Clark revealed events planned so far.

One fundraiser, a pancake breakfast at the Elks Lodge, has already been completed. The next fundraiser, a June 29 golf tournament, is on the horizon. See related story below.

The celebration is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-3.

On Nov. 1 a 50-year time capsule will be presented at the Historic USO Building, beginning at 10 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. Community and business leaders have been invited to put items in the capsule.

If you have suggestions, please call the Ridgecrest chamber at 760-375-8331.

Also on that day will be the 50th anniversary celebration of the Walleye missile program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the China Lake Museum.

On Saturday, Nov. 2, check out the Film Fest at the Historic USO, “Photographs of Change, Images of 50 Years,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event will be free to the public.

Also beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 2 will be the 50th Anniversary Parade. If you or your organization would like to be a part of this historic event, call Organizer Kathy Armstrong at 760-375-2643. This parade is open to everyone—groups, clubs, businesses, and individuals.

From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Balsam District Street Fair will hold concerts, a health fair and youth activities, all free. The street will be blocked off, and vendors will have an opportunity to set up. A “Crumville Olympics” for youngsters will be featured.

Events held Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kerr-McGee Center will include “A Taste of Ridgecrest,” speeches, a reception, a fashion show and a community dinner.

Then on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be a 50th Anniversary Community Picnic/Potluck, in Freedom Park.

“We’re seeking to have something for all age groups,” said Clark. “For the community dinner, the chamber is doing this. I’ve invited every political person imaginable including the president. The response I got from his office was that it’s too early to put on his schedule.

“If you can think of them, I’ve invited them. The letters were sent months ago.

“The Taste of Ridgecrest is an opportunity for all the restaurants in Ridgecrest that want to participate and set up booths. You purchase a ticket like always, and have food from whichever booth you want.

“I’m personally inviting all community members and organizations who want to be a part of this historic event to come on out and become involved. It is our goal to involve every element of the community in this celebration.”

Story First Published: 2013-06-19