The City of Redlands year-long 125th Anniversary celebration culminates today with a daylong Extravaganza.
Scheduled is an Extravaganza dinner for the community, following the tradition set at the City’s 100th anniversary.
Other activities include A Dessert Dining Zone, Smiley Brothers Beard Contest, Kids Zone, Historic Re-enactors, Historic Walking Tours, Historic Church Tours, Historic Bus Tours, Historic Displays, Historic Film Festival, Youth Art Show, Red Dirt Art Show, Sculpture Garden, Oral History Garden, Historical Scavenger Hunt, music, dance and other performances at Ed Hales Park, and Downtown merchant 125th specials.
The Extravaganza will culminate with a grand finale at the Redlands Bowl, including music by the Tornadoes at 5 p.m. before the closing ceremonies begin at 6 p.m., organizers wrote in a news release.
Closing ceremonies will feature performances by the Redlands Fourth of July Band, presentations by historians Larry Burgess and Tom Atchley and former Redlands Mayor Carole Beswick and a fireworks display above the Bowl’s Procellis.
Details about all of the day’s events, and additional Quasquicentennial events during the month of November, are available at the 125th Anniversary website and on Facebook at Redlands 125th Extravaganza Celebration.
The event was planned by a committee headed by local attorney, Daryl Carlson. Committee members include Amy Strong, Beverly Noerr, Drew Nelson, Geneil Vines, Terry Vines, George Barich, Heather Smith, Karen Bell, Kasey Haws, Kathy Carlson, Marla Thompson, Paul Foster, Richard Pennington, Ron Running, Rose Palmer, Sam Irwin, Sherri Miller and Susan Martinez.
For further information contact Karen Bell at (909) 335-9694 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Persons or groups interested in performing or volunteering should contact Ron Running at (909) 798-1289 or email@example.com or Amy Strong at (909) 658-5987 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The quasquicentennial celebration marks the 125th Anniversary of the City’s incorporation in November 1888. The yearlong celebration kicked off on Dec. 1 with the Redlands Christmas Parade, sponsored by the City and the Kiwanis Club of Redlands.
A map and a schedule of events are included with this article. Check under the photos and graphics.