The Cypress Community Festival is hopping right now at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Avenue, just west of Valley View Street in Cypress.
[Update: the Festival shut down about four hours ago, but it was a hopping and a jumping place for most of the day!]
Alan Dolch of Mutual of Omaha arranged for a visit from The Wild Kingdom. The animal handlers will be rotating a variety of critters through the booth. The critter in front of the four members of the Cypress Woman’s Club in this post’s featured photo is an iguana — a big iguana. That booth is at the west end of the park, near the children’s ride and game section.
Not too far away, near the back wall of the community center, was the Discovery Mobile Science Center. A favorite exhibit: different kinds of poop. You guess what kind of critter plopped it, then lift a tab to find out if you were right!
Cypress High’s wrestling team is raising money. Check out their booth in the children’s game section, and sign up for Cow Chip Bingo.
Ronald McDonald made an appearance on the children’s stage about the same time as that iguana made an appearance at Alan Dolch’s booth!
Recommended: the meat skewers sold in the last booth on the right as you walk toward the baseball fields. Way good.
Road House was playing on stage when the chili judging ballots went on sale at noon. The folks in charge of chili-contest judging printed out an extra 200 ballots this year, after selling out in less than an hour last year. There are a whole bunch of chili contestants — somebody said thirty-five! — and another whole bunch of salsa contestants.
The Polynesian dancers made an early appearance on stage this morning. A crowd favorite!
I counted four different stages, with something going on all the time — plus the car show, the craft booths, community booths… even a booth for the Cypress City Council, where you could meet the Mayor and other Council members to bend their ears.
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