Man, oh man what a day!! Sat. September 14, 2019 11-3pm “Unity In CommUNITY Day” annual Chillin N Grillin BBQ comPITition took place at the Jessie Turner Sports Pavilion at Fontana Park. Outside the arena as guest arrive they had the opportunity to walk thru the Cruising Brothers People’s Choice Classic Car Show where they were able to participate in voting for their fav car, also Fiona the Movie Star Car and the official Parade car for the MBASP Queens was available on display for photo ops, with CHP Officer Garcia posted up near by for the kids to have an opportunity to sit in the car, turn on the lights, siren, and experience being a CHP for a day. In honor of 911 the Fire Dept. brought the hook and ladder as a reminder of the first responder who lives were lost and those they saved.
There was a buzz of excitement as 40+ volunteers lend their helping hands to help get the event set-up with the massive official boxing ring which was CenterPoint as a stage where Emcee Celebrity Sports Radio Personality Brian Arrington, Ontario Improv Comedian Mike Camo kept the crowd entertained throughout the day!! Grills in every size in the BBQ competition lined Grillers Row as you entered the front gate to the festivities. The Event was kicked off with the presentation of the flags by San Gorgonio Girl Scout Kai Aloha Troop followed by a heartfelt Presentation of the National Anthem was sung by local Performing Artist Valerie Singleton-Evans. An epic moment in time that Mayor Warren will remember is when the 2019 Superbowl LA Parmeletts Drumline under the direction of LaKeisha Mack from Lock High in Compton (her former Alma Mater) presented a special presentation in her honor. The Mayor was surprised and overwhelmed with emotion and memories of her days at Lock High, these young people kept a beat that will remain in her heart. The inner arena housed a variety of one of a kind vendors, music that set the mood played by DJ KFon, North Fontana Home Depot and Fontana Community Mobile Rec entertaining the young ones with face painting, balloon characters and the craft station. Love and laughter filled the air, along with the aroma from the BBQ tasting station, everyone eating and having a great time it felt like a Family Reunion (without the fussing and fighting). We couldn’t have made it through the BBQ judging process without seasoned judge Pastor Draymond Crawford, Ipyani Locket, Park, Community & Human Services Commission, Commissioners Craig Johnson and Matt Gordon.
One of the highlights of Mexican Independence’s Day was Boxing Trainer Frank Ramirez of the Fontana Boxing Club Youth Program presented several different boxing demos for his students. On the scene also was World Boxing Champ and Hall of Famer Armando Muniz Olympic title Holder, who spoke to the inspiring upcoming goers to never give up on their dreams and he stayed to sign autographs and pictures. Concerned Citizens for the Development of North Fontana is living up to its reputation as being a community-based volunteer organization said Ellen Turner president we are keeping our finger on the pulse of our commUNITY and standing in the gap.
Valerie Singleton-Evans, and Girl Scouts Mayor Warren joined by the City Council, Park Commissioners
Photo Op with L A Parmelettes Drumline