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A classic and custom car show will be held Saturday.

CARMEL VALLEY >> In a way, Carmel Valley is still celebrating its 100th birthday.

The fiesta held to mark that milestone in 1989 became an annual event, and this weekend it reaches a special anniversary of its own.

The 25th annual Carmel Valley Fiesta, sponsored as always by the local Kiwanis Club, begins with a dance and barbecue Friday night and continues through Sunday with live music, classic cars, a dog show and more.

"What we're most looking forward to are people having a good time in Carmel Valley and a sunny day," said club member Ronald Parkins.

The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at The Carmel Valley Trail and Saddle Club, with the quaintly named Hoopla BBQ featuring tri-tip and chicken. Singer John Michael will perform during dinner; the Money Band will take over for the night's dance portion. The event also includes a silent auction.

Tickets are $25 for both the barbecue and dancing, or $15 for the dance only. Tickets may be purchased at the door (85 E. Garzas Road) or at Do Re Mi, Carmel Valley Business Service, Kasey's and Village Chevron. The event provides funds for the Kiwanis scholarship program.


On Saturday and Sunday, the fiesta moves to Carmel Valley Community Park, at Carmel Valley Road and Ford Road. There will be a pancake breakfast at the community center at 8 a.m. both days. The fiesta also includes food and craft booths and, for the little ones, a children's game and entertainment area and Kiwanis Train rides through the park.

Saturday's activities run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and include a classic and custom car show. Live music can be heard all day, featuring guitarist John Sherry at 10 a.m., classic rockers Rollin' and Tumblin' at 12:30 p.m. and blues band Red Beans and Rice at 3 p.m.

On Sunday, the Carmel Valley Fiesta Run — a 7.7-mile trail race at Garland Ranch Regional Park — commences at 8 a.m. Other activities continue in the park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including the Corvette Car Club run and music by Kiki Wow & Guitar Bob (10 a.m., acoustic), Valley Soul (12:30 p.m., indie rock) and Moondance (3 p.m., rock).

At noon there will be a child-friendly dog show with categories featuring looks, obedience, tricks, look-alikes and more.

"All kids should go home with a ribbon for their dog," Parkins said. "Be proud of little Fluffy." (Registration at 10:30 a.m.)

Raffle tickets will be drawn both days for over 50 items of services and gifts offered by local merchants. The grand prize is a trip to Hawaii.

"All the money goes to different charities and groups, all for kids and helping others," Parkins said.

Parkins said the event grows larger every year.

"The more people that come, the more fun had by all," he said.

To register for the run and for more information, call 644-6180 or see

Jennie Tezak is a Herald correspondent.

If you go

What: Hoopla BBQ

When: 5:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Carmel Valley Trail and Saddle Club, 85 E. Garzas Road

Cost: $25 for barbecue and dance; $15 dance only

What: 25th annual Carmel Valley Fiesta

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Carmel Valley Community Park, Carmel Valley Road and Ford Road

Cost: Free

Information: 644-6180 or see