Get ready for ‘Flashback Fiesta!’


DROPOUT-Fiesta-Day-stilt-walker-by-Paul-ClareElephants may come and go, the tall man may change his britches. But one thing never changes: Fiesta Day remains a beloved tradition that takes place every year on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend at the Lodge. This year’s event will be on May 28. The theme is “Flashback Fiesta – Celebrating the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.”

In keeping with the flashback theme, the Fiesta Day Committee has chosen to name as grand marshals three men who were instrumental in helping Canyon Lake achieve cityhood and get it off to a strong start 25 years ago: John Giardinelli, Warren Kelsey and Jack Wamsley.

This event includes a parade down Canyon Lake Dr. to the Lodge, where a food court, vendor booths and kids zone fill the grounds. Activities, entertainment and a ski show are scheduled throughout the day.

One of the activities that has been popular at the last three Fiesta Days is the Cardboard Boat Challenge – a race on the lake in boats made entirely of cardboard and duct tape. This popular event is being moved to the Mermaid Festival, which will be held August 27 at Indian Beach.

Canyon Lake residents, groups and businesses are invited to get involved in Fiesta Day by having an entry in the parade or having a food or vendor booth at the Lodge grounds. Information packets and application forms for each can be found on the POA website. (Visit, click on “Things to Do,” click on “Annual Events,” click on “Fiesta Day,” scroll to the bottom for printable forms.) The application deadline for parade entries and booths is Friday, May 13.

Putting on Fiesta Day is a big and costly job. The Fiesta Day Committee has been hard at work since the beginning of the year and would like to remind individuals and businesses that there are advertising and sponsorship opportunities. See the POA website for a sponsorship form.

Members of the Fiesta Day Committee are Joanna Spiller, Committee Chair and Treasurer; Mike Shroyer, Entertainment and Publicity; LaRue MacNamara, Dignitaries Reception and Secretary; Zayda Pascual, Booths; Frank Virag, Assistant In All Areas; Roanne Grasso, Kids Zone; Joe Grasso, Programs and Banners; and Lyne Hall, Parade Coordinator.


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