|The stage is set for the city of Chula Vista’s 100th birthday. The public is invited to the official Chula Vista Centennial Celebration at the scenic U.S. Olympic Training Center (OTC) on Saturday, October 15 from noon to 9 p.m. Gate admission is free. Friends and family are encouraged to save the date, visit www.ChulaVista100.com and “Like” the Chula Vista 100 Facebook page to receive the latest updates.
For Chula Vista, this is the party of the century. Guests can dine all day with a variety of food vendors and also in a special culinary tasting area. In addition, the celebration will feature a family-friendly carnival, London Olympics preview, live music and entertainment on two stages, craft beer and margarita garden, shopping opportunities and a fireworks finale.
Reaching back to the city’s roots as the original Lemon Capital of the World, guests will satisfy their taste buds in the Twist of Lemon tasting area. Situated around the Olympic Torch, food lovers will sample culinary offerings from over twenty restaurants, featuring cocktails, desserts and entrées that incorporate a lemon theme. An additional twenty craft breweries, regional wineries and spirit purveyors will serve zesty samplings.
The Twist of Lemon tasting area will be open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ChulaVista100.com for $25 prior to the event, or on the day of the event for $30 (age 21 and over only).
Families will enjoy the lively carnival area, offering over twenty exhilarating games and activities. Get a thrill twirling on carnival rides and snap candid shots as kids saddle up for a pony trot. Face painters and balloon artists will entertain everyone with smiles and surprises. In addition to the lively action, children can learn about fire safety and prevention in the Chula Vista Fire Department’s interactive Fire House.
The 2012 Olympics Preview will showcase high-flying BMX athletes, navigating a track filled with jumps and hairpin turns. Try out the newest Olympic sport, introduced in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, by riding a bike on the development track where local kids can start their Olympic dreams. Catch the Olympic spirit throughout the world-class training facility and keep your eyes out for Olympians and Olympic hopefuls walking in your midst.
After the Olympic experience, walk the Centennial Milestone Path to check out the classic car display featuring fifty vintage vehicles from Model Ts to low riders. The Centennial Milestone Path will also feature inspiring moments from Chula Vista’s history, illustrating the spirit and accomplishments of San Diego County’s second largest city. Along the path, guests can shop for unique keepsakes from talented local and art vendors, enjoy a variety of food offerings and purchase the new commemorative book, Chula Vista Centennial: A Century of People and Progress – Order now at wwwChulaVista100.com/book.
Two live entertainment stages, highlighted by the main Solar Stage, will present the talents of professional bands, savvy DJs and honor the best in local performances on the Community Tribute Stage. Located near the main stage, the 21-and-up crowd can enjoy the music and relax in the Craft Brew & Margarita Garden.
The Chula Vista Centennial Celebration will come to a close with a grand fireworks finale. Kick back on the Olympic soccer field in front of the main stage and listen to music of the decades as the show lights up the night sky, welcoming Chula Vista into the next century of growth and success.
A bike valet will be located near the front entrance, giving guests the option to ride to the event and lock their bikes for the day. Guests must bring their own bike locks – racks will be provided. Save on gas and enjoy the beauty of the foothills and reservoir in east Chula Vista.
General parking across from the OTC and in the adjacent New Hope Church parking lot is $5. Preferred parking in the upper lot near the gate at the OTC is $10. Cash only. Free parking and shuttle service will be offered from the Otay Ranch Town Center.