50th Celebration group discusses ideas, details

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

Look up there! Is it a bird? A plane? No, it’s … Supercop? Dr. Tim Dawson has designed and built a radio-controlled flying structure that will look like a flying man with Ridgecrest Police Sergeant MikeMyers’ face and badge.

The structure is set to lead the Ridgecrest 50th Anniversary parade, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon, part of Ridgecrest’s 50th Anniversary celebration, set for Nov. 1-3.

In addition to the “flying” peace officer, the parade will include all sorts of surprises, like Ed McBride’s steel dragon.

Parade co-chairs Kathy Armstrong and Chuck and Doreen Ball have already distributed 225 applications for parade entries. If you and/or your group would like to be in the parade, pick up an application at the Information Desk at City Hall or call Armstrong at 760-375-2643 or the Balls at 760-375-9313.

“I want this to be the biggest parade we’ve ever had and we’ve had some great parades,” said Armstrong.

These plans were on the agenda when the 5oth Anniversary Plan-ning Committee met on Sept. 3. The committee’s meetings are open to the public, with the next meeting set for Sept. 24, 2:30 p.m., at Ridgecrest City Hall.

Myers discussed concerns with the committee, regarding temporary street closures during the parade and safety measures at the street fair and Taste of Ridgecrest events.

Apropos of the planned street fair, set for Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., the committee discussed issues like parking, restroom access, banner placement, insurance, signage, dumpsters, music venues and police presence.

So far, 33 vendors, 24 organizations, and 15 entertainment providers have signed up, and applications are still coming in, according to Justin O’Neill, marketing organizer.

For more information about getting an application, call the 50th hotline at 760-499-1550.

The Taste of Ridgecrest event will run from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Kerr McGee Center, and will be sponsored by the Ridgecrest Cham-ber of Commerce. Food, beer and wine will be available. A reception will be held for dignitaries.

A community picnic in Freedom Park on Nov. 3 is being planned for noon to 4 p.m. The Singing Sands Sweet Adelines will perform, and the Cherokee Community of Central California, Ridgecrest Area, will drum and sing honor songs for veterans and to honor Native American Month. Ed McBride’s work will be on display.

Story First Published: 2013-09-11