In the shadow of Mt. San Jacinto Community College, Menifee had much to celebrate.
For the first time since its inception, the city, the Rotary Club of Menifee, and the Menifee Chamber of Commerce joined forces to produce a day-long birthday party to remind citizens what makes the community so special.
Hundreds took part in the free family festivities Saturday that included the Motor Madness Car Show, the Gale Webb Extreme Sports Show and the Taste of Menifee food event.
“The city of Menifee has been extremely supportive of combining events. Motor Madness is in its fourth year, and we have more entries than ever,” said Rotary Club Vice President and current Menifee City Council Candidate Carol “Red” Sullivan.
“It was a natural fit, as this is one of our major fundraisers where we raise money for local projects such as including a dictionary for every third-grader in Menifee, scholarships and leadership camps for kids, as well as providing clubs for Paloma Valley High School future Rotarians, the Interact Club,” Sullivan said.
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Nearly 170 cars wowed the crowds with growling engines, glossy paint jobs and gleaming chrome under a warming southern California blue sky.
Small stages showcased local talent, as the crowds pulled up lawn chairs, grabbed a shave ice and listened to the tunes.
On the other side of the Mt. San Jacinto parking lot, the Chamber of Commerce camp was busy setting up a tent city of easy-ups in a well-orchestrated fair of local vendors selling everything from skateboards and crafts, to cowboy hats made from cardboard beverage containers.
Over 100 vendors signed up to take part in the event.
And Chamber of Commerce member Danielle McVicker pulled double duty at the show, escorting daughter Riley to the stage as the Toddler Miss City of Menifee joining Miss Temecula Tatiana Pompo, Temecula Pre-Teen Princess Shannon Shen, and Murrieta’s Pre-Teen Princess Alexis Mills.
Food trucks and local restaurants fed the masses in the Taste of Menifee, featuring samples from five of Menifee’s favorite eateries, including: New York’s Upper Crust Pizza, Whimsical Frozen Yogurt & Gelato, Los Primos Mexican Food, Provecho Grill, and TATS Sauces & Marinades.
Gale Webb’s Extreme Sports and Air Show showed off the skills of local BMX, skateboarders and inline skaters. A small stage boasted music by Jesse Gamble, along with acoustic music and slam poets, while the main stage offered evening performances by Guilty Conscience, Cloud, and Universal Trap.
“The Birthday Bash is a great example of the city’s dedication to creating a safe, inviting community with amenities for residents, businesses and visitors,” said City Manager Bill Rawlings in a released statement.
Ashley Ludwig is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.