Though the skies were threatening most of the day, the 2017 Rossmoor Community Festival was a big hit. Based on feedback from last year’s Festival, we had a much wider variety of food options that included both food trucks and booths. Tacos, burgers, burritos, chili fries, piping hot pizza, hot dogs, and (hot) tamales were all readily available. For those with a craving for sweets, there was Italian Ice, donuts, and kettle corn. A real food lover’s event.
The RCSD Staff and our volunteers did a tremendous job of getting things set up and taken down before the rain and hail (yes, there was standing pea sized hail in Rossmoor) came in a bit after 5 PM. A huge thanks to each of you or making this year’s Festival terrific!
Our live and local entertainment was again terrific. This year’s line up included the Mosaic Band, the kids from the Los Alamitos Youth Center, and the always popular Elvis (Gary Anderson) took the stage and woo’d some ladies in the crowd.After Elvis left the stage, the entertaining and beautiful Flamenco Dancers took center stage. It was all very, well, entertaining and enjoyable. See the slide show here.
Community Information, Education, & Craft Booths
A good number of local vendor and community groups took advantage of a captive Rossmoor audience to build relationships and display their wares. Our California Senator Janet Nguyen, who was unable to attend did have a booth and her staff members were terrific, answering questions on behalf of the Senator and interacting with adults and youth alike.
The booth for Title Sponsor Optum Care was busy all day as well answering health care questions and providing Rossmoor residents information on the services available from the local Optum Care offices (they are actually IN Rossmoor). Both the RCSD and RHA had booths and were able to answer questions and education locals on issues within Rossmoor. The Coalition Against LA Fitness had an active booth selling signs and letting people know about the proposed LA Fitness project. Other booths included MOMS Club Seal Beach, the Los Alamitos Youth Center, Sundara Yoga Shala, Friends of El Dorado Dog Park, and the Rossmoor Womans Club.
What would a Community Festival be without food? We had some of the best food and food trucks in Orange County at the Festival. The food booth’s included Papa Murphy’s, Tamale Queens, Little House (hot dogs, funnel cakes, kettle corn), Scooter’s Italian Ice, and Sweet Life OC. And then there were the food trucks too: Burger Monster, Buqqa Mediterranean, and The Classic Taco. And if that wasn’t enough, Boy Scout Troop 658 supplied coffee, donuts and drinks for a simple donation – delivered to you!
Classic Car Show
This year our Classic Car Show had fewer participants show up than expected due the the rain in the forecast. The hardy souls that did show up though were fantastic and enjoyed showing off their rides. In fact, fewer may have been better as the Festival-goers actaully had time to look at all of the wonderful vehicles, talk with the owners, and enjoy the craftsmanship and talent on display. The awards were handed out at the end of the day and were appreciated by all. Photos of both the cars and awards are here.
Our Dog Parade is always the most popular event at the Festival. This year was no exception. As usual, there were dogs of all shapes and sizes who paraded and performed in front of the judges and the gathering crowd. The best part of the day is when the “young dog wranglers” unexpectedly win and are over joyed with the result. Check out the photos.
The 2018 Festival
Our 2018 Rossmoor Community Festival is already shaping up to be a historic event. With more food vendors and terrific games and live entertainment, Rush Park will be a wonderful place to bring your whole family on Sunday May 6th from 10:00-4:00. Of course will will have the ever popular Dog Parade, and Classic Car Show along with games and rides for the whole family. Plan to come join the fun and catch up with your neighbors and friends from Rossmoor on the first Sunday in May.