Double whammy in El Cajon

November 15, 2012 by  

Monday, November 12, was a day of celebration on two counts in El Cajon as residents gathered for the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony and celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the city.

The Opening Ceremony kicked off the event at 10:00 am with a salute to the valley’s veterans, and continued throughout the day with local musicians, groups, dancers, and entertainers. The Centennial Celebration was held at the end of the day, as well as the draw for the winner of an authentic, vintage Taylor guitar. Mariana Santana was the lucky winner.

Continual entertainment was provided throughout the day on two stages at the main event area at the 100 Block on East Main Street. Two streets in downtown El Cajon were completely shut down for the day to allow for an outdoor market of venders, selling arts, crafts, and food, while presenting interactive historical displays designed to educate and entertain.

A colorful poster printing highlighting the day’s events and showing a map of the street closures was available online on the town’s website and could be taken to a local print company for high-quality prints and additional copies.

Many fun events were held for all ages. A rock climbing wall was a family favorite, as was viewing Nascar champion Jimmie Johnson’s #48 show car in the vintage automobile show. The petting zoo and pony rides also delighted many children. People came from all over to attend the event, knowing that the next celebration is a full century away.