Fourth’s festivities feature food, fun, fireworks

Sons of the American Legion man the barbecue pit for Cambria's Independence Day celebration

Special to The CambrianJune 20, 2013 

Sons of the American Legion Chapter 432 cooks and associates rally around their mobile grill wagon in preparation for Cambia’s July 4 celebration. From left are Ted Ashlock, Noah Myers, Alan Fields, David ‘Smokey’ Drew, Steve Kniffen, Mark McMillan, Dave Dignam, Jerry Gray (behind vertical bars), Ross Henderson, Brad Jarvis, Chris Holland, Phil Novoa and Rick Rammler. The dogs are Hubba (held by Drew) and Isis (wondering why there’s no meat on the grill).


"Where’s the beef?” takes on special meaning for Sons of the American Legion Chapter No. 432 chefs who fire up the grill for Cambria’s traditional July 4 celebration at Shamel Park.

Commander David “Smokey” Drew boasts that this year’s menu will satisfy even the most discriminating palates at reasonable prices. Calorie counts are classified as secret information.

Choices include tri-tip sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, chicken, corn on the cob, nachos, and drinks. Legion Auxiliary ladies will help with food service and pledge not to supervise their male colleagues (maybe).

Terry Farrell, commander of the parent American Legion post, noted that proceeds from food sales help offset the $11,000 cost of the evening's fireworks show. He said it was unfortunate that Paso Robles cancelled its fireworks because of lack of funds and hoped that Cambria could avoid a similar fate.
“It all depends on attendance and contributions,” he said.

Thinking ahead to next year’s program, he added, “I really encourage Cambrians and visitors to help make our event a financial success by planning to have their lunch or dinner meal with us.”

Opening ceremonies are set for 11 a.m. July 4 at Shamel Park. Three popular local bands will provide music for dancing: Stellar (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.), Held for Ransom (3 to 5 p.m.), and Rough House (6:30 to 9 p.m.).

In addition to a full day of entertainment for kids, the Great Waiter & Waitress Tray Balancing Relay Race (1 p.m.) and Linn’s Messy Pie Eating Contest (2 p.m.) promise fun for everyone. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

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