In 2001, a group of local Lone Pine residents got together to discuss how they could bring their community together. Rather than having a Cinco de Mayo celebration, they decided to expand the concept to hold it the week afterward to include everyone in the community, celebrate Mother’s Day as well, and call it Fiesta de Lone Pine.
This Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Lone Pine Spainhower Park, the Fiesta will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. Healthy Communities of Southern Inyo County, the Lone Pine Economic Development Corporation and the Fiesta de Lone Pine Committee sponsor the annual event with the help of local businesses, government, civic group and volunteers.
Upwards of 600 attend the annual festival. Organizers noted Fiesta de Lone Pine is successful simply because it is a fun, family event that offers games, activities and prizes for youth such as the dunk tank, bouncy house, basketball contest, piñatas, face painting, arts and crafts and the little “ducky race.”
For adults and children there is live music, dancing, food vendors, and arts and crafts display. Everyone in the county is invited to come join in the fun. Be sure to wear sunscreen and wear comfortable, casual clothing. Wearing a hat is probably a good idea as well.
And don’t forget to bring some spending money. While there is no admission charge, attendees might decide to eat at one or more of the food vendor booths, participate in the raffle, or purchase some of the art, pottery, jewelry, clothing and toys that are sold at the event.
There is no charge to the vendors and others interested in having a display or booth and there is usually plenty of space to accommodate everyone. For more information, contact Fiesta Coordinator Toni Lugar at (760) 920-0874.