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  • Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival

    SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013 | WWW.SDNEWS.COM

    34TH ANNUAL34TH ANNUAL

    2013 SPECIAL EDITION

    EVENT OVERVIEW, WELCOME 3 INSIDE THE CHILI COOK-OFF 4 KIDS FUN ZONE ACTIVITIES 5 ARTISTS ALLEY 6 MUSIC OVERVIEW 7 STAGE MAPS, SHOW TIMES 8, 9, 16 VENDOR BOOTHS LOCATOR 8,9 MUSICAL SPOTLIGHT 12 COMMUNITY MURAL PROJECT 13 VOLUNTEERS MAKE IT HAPPEN 13

    INSIDE:

    The Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival returns for its 34th installment on Saturday, June 22. An estimated 70,000 visitors areexpected to revel in the streets and take in the sights and sounds of this sun-splashed seaside hamlet that prides itself on community spir-it and its unrivaled location adjacent to the glistening Pacific. The theme of this years street fair is Wonderland, below, a 100th-year cel-ebration of San Diegos first amusement park right here in Ocean Beach in 1913. Cover photo by Jim Grant I The Beacon

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    34TH ANNUAL OCEAN BEACH STREET FAIR & CHILI COOK-OFF FESTIVALSATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013 10AM - 8PM OBSTREETFAIR.COM OCEANBEACHSANDIEGO.COM

  • Its true that pretty much every neigh-borhood has some sort of communitygathering on its annual calendar. But inSan Diego, nothing compares to theOcean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival. Now in its 34th year, theevents seaside location and friendlyatmosphere makes it easy to see whymore than 70,000 visitors annually takepart in the festivities.

    Visitors strolling down NewportAvenue and the cross streets will find amultitude of fun activities to stimulatethe senses. With more than 250 ven-dors and artisans on hand, fairgoers willbe able to find foods from around theworld, as well arts and crafts rangingfrom jewelry to paintings.

    Denny Knox, executive director of the

    Ocean Beach MainStreet Association,has been associated with the street fairsince its inception. She said shes amazedat how the event has expanded over thedecades.

    We grew it from a couple of picnictables and barbequing on a Weber grill with a little music into what it istoday, with tens of thousands of peopleexploring the streets of Ocean Beach,she said.

    Among the street fairs highlights arethe wildly popular chili-cook off compe-tition and six stages of music, but alsoincreasingly popular is the Artists Alleysection. Now taking up two blocks ofCable Street, this part of the street fairhas grown into one of the top eventslocally for original arts and crafts.

    However, what truly separates thisstreet fair from the others is the neigh-

    borhood feel and community unity.Family friendly, the event includes a funzone for children, but beyond the rides,food and music, there is a real sense ofcivic pride to the proceedings. Its inher-ent from the street fairs main-stageopening with youngster Jaylin Brownsinging the National Anthem and theopportunity for fairgoers to participate inthe painting of a community mural.There will also be a raffle with prizesfrom area vendors, as well as donation

    boxes, with proceeds going to help fundthe communitys annual Fourth of Julyfireworks display.

    Wonderland Amusement Park takes center stage again after 100 years

    This years street fair theme celebratesthe 100th anniversary of the short-livedbut historically rich WonderlandAmusement Park. Operating between1913 and 1916, the parks openingkicked off the era of Ocean Beach as a

    resort town. When Wonderland opened on July 4,

    1913, it drew a crowd of 35,000 peopleto Ocean Beach, which was then a com-munity of only 300 residents.

    Although the early amusement park the first to be built in the city of SanDiego only lasted for three years, itsbrief existence was pivotal to the devel-opment of Ocean Beach, according to

    WELCOME TO THE FESTIVAL! 3SATURDAY JUNE 22, 2013THE PENINSULA BEACON

    A special message from the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association (OBMA)

    Welcome to our celebrated and eagerly anticipated year-ly community tradition. This year, the street fair is celebrat-ing the 100th anniversary of an Ocean Beach icon theWonderland Amusement Park. The street fair offers fun inthe sun for all ages and interests, including:

    Six stages of live, free and continuous music, providinga tune for every ear.

    Artists Alley hosts handcrafted and uniqueitems, along with entertaining art demonstra-tions.

    Community Mural Art Project Join inthe fun and paint a square in one of the com-munity murals paying homage to Wonder-lands 100th anniversary and a beach-themedmural. Children and adults of all ages are wel-come in creating these masterpieces.

    Wonderland Take Two In addition to the Won-derland childrens area located in the 4800 block of NewportAvenue, weve added a Wonderland Take Two area inSaratoga Park to re-create the amusement park feel for allages. Ride a mechanical shark, hang from a Velcro wall,enjoy the animal playland.

    Chili cook-off from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., or when the chiliruns out at the foot of Newport Avenue. Tickets go on sale at

    10 a.m. so get there early! Beachside Beer Garden and Liquorland (sponsored by

    Winstons Beach Club) will be located right next to theMain Stage for adults to quench their thirst. Dont miss outon the second annual bloody Mary contest from 11 a.m. to2 p.m.

    Scrumptious food vendors and local restaurant fare in adazzling array for all appetites. Colorful merchandise will

    also line all three blocks of Newport Avenue and theside streets.

    The amazing raffle This event raisesmoney for the Fourth of July community fire-works show that goes off from the Pier everyyear. Win an Ocean Beach Surf and Sun pack-age, Shop til You Drop package, craft beer and

    live entertainment package and more. A bike valet (sponsored by Therapie Day Spa)

    will be available to help avoid the traffic, so let theSan Diego Bike Coalition do the parking for you. The first

    25 people will receive a free foot scrub and anyone who parkstheir bike in the valet will receive a free manicure or pedicurewith the purchase of another Therapie service.

    For more information about the Ocean Beach Street Fairand Chili Cook-Off Festival and other activities throughoutthe year, visit oceanbeachsandiego.com, or call (619) 224-4906.

    Welcome to the 34th annual Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival!

    OBs street fair, chili cook-off poised to dazzle and sizzle

    The theme of this years street fair centers on the 100th anniversary of the WonderlandAmusement Park in Ocean Beach the very first amusement park in San Diego. Though itwas washed away into the ocean during a brutal storm after three years of operation, its ele-gance is still captured in photos. This is the Wonderland ballroom as it looked in 1913.

    Photo courtesy of the Ocean Beach Historical Society

    BY BART MENDOZA | THE BEACON

    SEE WONDERLAND, Page 11

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    Chili cook-off competitors find unique ways to turn up the heat Though there are dozens of activities

    at the annual Ocean Beach Street Fair,the events signature component is thechili cook-off competition.

    Taking place at Veterans Plaza at thefoot of Newport Avenue, the tastingbegins at 11 a.m. though be pre-pared. The line typically begins formingat 10 a.m.

    Tickets for tasting and judging theconcoctions of the various chili-makingentrants are $1 for two servings, or for$10, visitors can get a peoples choiceticket, allowing them to sample all of theteams chili offerings.

    This year, there will be nearly twodozen competitors in two categories restaurant and amateur with judgingbased on consistency, smell, color andtaste.

    According to Dave Martin, presidentof the Ocean Beach Town Council and

    owner of Shades restaurant, there are, ofcourse, prizes for the winners. But Mar-tin said the main motivation betweenmany of the competitors is braggingrights.

    The entrants take this extremely seri-ously, Martin said. They work on theirrecipes all year round and do what theycan, go to whatever marketing extentthey can to get people to sample theirchili.

    He said this extends to the recipes thatgo into the various versions of the dish.

    Its always great fun to see how peo-ple have decorated their booth to drawattention, or see the extent to whichtheyll go to make things different, Mar-tin said.

    I use ground corn in my recipe, butin the 10 years Ive done this, Ive seenjust about everything you can imagine,he said. Ive seen them use gunpowderfrom a blank thats been fired, Ive seenthem use rattlesnake. A lot of them use

    bison. Just about anything to make itstand out. However, a lot of people thesedays are going toward the vegetariantaste.

    The chili cook-off is an extremely pop-ular contest, with the sound of a bull-horn setting off a stampede of hungryguests.

    Luckily, if the competition chili isgone, chili connoisseurs have the optionof buying some of the 60 gallons ofcommittee chili, provided by Shades.Both beef and vegetarian varieties willbe available at $2 a bowl.

    It takes us three days total to make,Martin said. Its a day to get all theingredients together and then we cookall the way through the event.

    Visitors are advised to arrive earlybecause the chili pots are usually emptyby 2 p.m.

    All the proceeds from the chili cook-offgo toward the annual Ocean BeachFourth of July fireworks display.

    Servers dish up some tasty chili samples to visitors during last years chili cook-off compe-tition. A word of advice: get there early before the samples run out. Typically, the chili disap-pears by 2 p.m., if not before. Photo by Jim Grant I The Beacon

    BY BART MENDOZA | THE BEACON

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    Kids fun zone offers magical, wondrous experience for the younger sets

    There will be plenty of activities, rides and games to keep young ones occupied during thestreet fair. The Fun 4 Kids area, which will carry through the street fairs overarching themeof Wonderland, will include such activities as face painting. Photo by Jim Grant I The Beacon

    The childrens fun zone area will again featurethe giant slide that never ceases to thrillyoung fairgoers. Photo by Mercy Arcolas I The Beacon

    Of all the areas of the Ocean BeachStreet Fair, the component with the clos-est connection to this years theme of theWonderland Amusement Parks 100thanniversary is the Fun 4 Kids area, alsoknown as Wonderland, in the 4800block of Newport Avenue.

    While the entire event is family friend-ly, the younger will encounter a wealth ofactivities for ages 3-10. Like its century-old forebear, this mini Wonderland offersa mix of music, rides and fun things forkids and young-at-heart parents. There isalso no shortage of kid-friendly food ven-dors, ranging from traditional treats likesnow cones, kettle corn and cotton candyto healthier options.

    There is plenty to do for the activeyoungster. The most visible attraction atWonderland is the giant inflatable slide,perfect for little daredevils. But organizers

    said the most popular spot is the ponyride. Even children who dont want toride the ponies want to watch them,ensuring a picture-perfect spot for par-ents. Low-cost rides are available forthose 6 months and older and weighingless than 100 pounds.

    Visitors will also find carnival-stylerides for a reasonable price, includingchair swings and spinning teacups. Addi-tionally, various bounce houses and asmall merry-go-round will be on site giv-ing smaller children plenty of options.

    Other activities include face painting,caricature artists and mimes. It all addsup to Wonderland being a fun and color-ful area that will hold a young childsattention and imagination for hours.

    Entertainment on the adjacent Won-derland Stage features primarily acousticacts, except the bands Destructo Bunnyat 3:30 p.m. and The Krass Brothers at 5 p.m.

    BY BART MENDOZA | THE BEACON

  • One of the more popular sections ofthe Ocean Beach Street Fair is ArtistsAlley, where artisans display and sell theircreations. Over the last two years, thisonce small part of the street fair hasbecome a mini-festival within a festival,expanding to take in two blocks of CableStreet at Newport Avenue.

    A particularly colorful and vibrantarea, its the perfect place to get uniquehandmade gifts. Visitors will find every-thing from jewelry to paintings, clothingto musical instruments all of themhandcrafted. Guests will encounter some-thing for every taste at the booths alongCable Street.

    Faron Shear has been organizingArtists Alley for 10 years.

    I actually helped out the people whoran it before me, so I kind of inherited it,Shear said.

    With 75 vendors taking part thisyear, there is plenty to check out at thestreet fair.

    There are so many [media] out there,you want to get variety of artisans so thatits not all just one thing, she said.

    In the decade she has run Artists Alley,she said shes seen many trends come andgo, but shes particularly happy to seemore young people becoming involved.

    The group of artists that are in their20s and 30s are really coming up withsome interesting stuff, she said, notingmore men have begun to take part now.

    For this years event, she has groupedmany of the newer artists in the parkinglot at Newport Avenue and Cable Street.

    As a prime opportunity to get oneswares in front of a large group of poten-tial customers, spots in Artists Alley arecoveted and go quickly once online regis-tration opens.

    We have up to a 50 percent returnrate, Shear said. We have a lot of SanDiego people and quite a few fromOcean Beach, but they come from allover California. Some of these artistshave been coming to this longer thanIve been here.

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