Public invited to China Lake Community Day

Event is CO’s way of saying thank you

CHINA LAKE — The public is invited to a street-style fair with technical, safety, environmental, historical and kid’s zones up and down Blandy Avenue during the Naval Air Weapons Station’s Community Day set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26. The Main Gate, located on Inyokern Road, will open to the public at 9:30 a.m.

The street fair will also include static displays of unmanned vehicles, aircraft, heavy equipment and tactical vehicles, as well as a Sidewinder Classic “Show ’N’ Shine” for cars, trucks and motorcycles. As with all fairs, food will be available and a variety of bands will play throughout the day.

From the time the Naval Ordnanct Test Station was built in 1943 to the late 1970s and early 1980s, civilians were allowed to live on station. This event will allow former residents to take a “trip down memory lane” and to see how much has changed over the years. It will also allow everyone to see the type of work being done on base.

“This will be a great opportunity to bring the community onto the base, sharing what we do and having some fun,” said NAWSCL Commanding Officer Captain Dennis Lazar. “It’s our way of saying thank you to the local communities for all their support. It should also be a great lead-in to the city of Ridgecrest’s 50th Anniversary celebration that will be held the following weekend.”

Each of the first 200 paid entries into the “Show ’N’ Shine” will receive a commemorative dash plaque (mini-plate). Pre-registration can be made at the Auto Skills Center (next to the NEX Gas Station on Richmond Road) Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or at the MWR Administration Office (on Blandy Avenue) Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Same-day registration will cost $15, as opposed to the $10 pre-registration cost. For more information on the car show, call 760-939-3440.

For more information about Community Day, please call the NAWS Public Affairs Office at 760- 939-1683 or e-mail peggy.shoaf@ navy.mil. Updated information on the event will be posted on the NAWS Facebook page, www.face

book.com/NAWSChinaLake and on the Rocketeer II website, www.rocketeer2.com.

Story First Published: 2013-10-09