It was warm and a bit muggy at least for Southern California, yet with the breeze it was one of the nicest days weather wise in a couple of weeks. The crowd seems a bit smaller than past years but the music, food, and fun were terrific. From the bands playing all day, to the salsa and chili cook-off the 2018 Cypress Festival was a great time for the whole family.
The day started early (0500 Briefing) with the Cypress 5K/10K Run. Starting from the Civic Center runners of all ages made there way through the level streets of Cypress to completes their chosen route. Our Team join the other tremendous volunteers to direct traffic, set barricades and assist the participants before, during, and after the event.
2018 Cypress Festival
The Festival itself was a few blocks east of the Civic Center at Oak Knoll Park. The emergency services teams were on the west side of the park and included
- The Cypress Police (motor officers, VIPS, Explorers, and the Foundation)
- Orange County Fire Authority
- West County SWAT (serving Cypress, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Westminster, and Fountain Valley)
- West County Command Center
- Cypress RACES
And of course the SB West County CERT Trailer and Team was there talking with community members and answering their questions. The O’Tooles had a number of their fantastic photo boards on display and the visuals helped bring people to our booth and prompted many questions about CERT and how they could find out more about what we do. Pat and Roberta O’Toole took the early shift and helped with the clean up. Hermie Asido, Robin Fairman, Kris Moskowtiz, and Suzette Ryzner covered the rest of the day while the Trailer Team of Dave Atkins and Ray Vella did a great job with tours of the trailer and answering questions regarding when and where the trailer is used.
The 2018 Cypress Festival was a good event with a lot of sun, fun and great conversations with the community and catching up with the Team.
An a big THANKS to everyone who showed up to help out.