By Jacob Onofrio
Avenida Del Mar is set to be the weekend hotspot Sunday as the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce presents the 62nd San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival.
Various activities attract visitors and families each year to this popular summer tradition, featuring food, refreshments, contests, arts and crafts and live entertainment.
Music lovers will have the chance to experience the sounds of more than a dozen bands from all over Southern California across three stages. From blues to country to rock-n-roll, the festival organizers, the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce, aim to have something for everyone.
One notable act coming to the Fiesta is the Chase Walker Band, a group of young bluesmen from Anaheim—up-and-comers who have crafted a sizeable track record since their inception. Opening for big-name stars like B.B. King and Kenny Loggins, the band has built a reputation for itself over the last three years.
Front-man and guitarist Chase Walker and fellow band mates, Randon Davitt and Matt Fyke, said they are excited to show San Clemente what the blues is all about.
“Aside from being very soulful music, the blues is a lot of fun to play and it’s a lot of fun to watch bands play,” Walker said.
“The blues is alive,” Fyke added.
In addition to the lineup of local bands, the festival will also feature performances from local nonprofit dance groups, strolling magicians, artists, jugglers and clowns. The festival will hold a large number of contests including a hula hoop contest, pie eating contest, Baskin Robbins brain freeze ice cream eating contest, jump rope, tortilla toss, Easter egg hunt, Costco diaper derby, piñata contest, pickle eating contest and a bubble gum blowing contest.
The Fiesta Music Festival will offer a wide array of international nonprofit food and drink booths and host the return of the popular salsa contest. The Salsa Challenge invites both individual and restaurant chefs create recipes to be judged in hopes of claiming top honors.
Geared to all ages, the festival will have plenty of activities for kids such as balloon art and face painting.
The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9. Admission is free and free shuttle service from San Clemente High School will run from 9:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
For more information about the festival, visit www.scchamber.com.