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Festival in the Park

Hellyer County Park

June 25, 2011

The Santa Clara County Parks held their fifth annual Festival in the Park at Hellyer County Park on June 25, 2011. The purpose of the festival was to inspire and educate visitors on health and wellness in a fun atmosphere. There were about 165 exhibitors and activities. An estimated 9,000 people attended the festival. This year's event included a new theme, Healthy Environment, focusing on information about food safety, energy and water conservation, urban greening, solar energy, household hazardous waste, recycling, zero waste, pest management, sustainable landscaping, and pollution prevention. Here are some pictures from the event, roughly in chronological order, with a small sample of the many exhibitors:


Volunteer sign-in booth


Volunteers help direct traffic. Exhibitors and volunteers parked in the park. Visitors parked at the Silver Creek Sportsplex and took shuttle buses to Hellyer.


Ranger Aniko Millan (left), volunteer coordinator John George (center).


Exhibitor sign-in booth


Exhibitor breakfast table


Volunteers Robbie Lamons and Kitty Monahan at the County Parks volunteers booth.


Santa Clara County Animal Shelter


Custom bicycles by Holy Ryders


Colorful balloons by the empty picnic area await the crowds


FOSTP president and volunteer Mike Boulland helps direct visitors at one of the information booths


Volunteer Program Manager Gloria Gill and John George at the volunteer's breakfast booth


Metka Vahl (center) with helpers at the raffle booth


Exhibit on electric vehicle conversion


Santa Clara County Weights and Measures booth, with gasoline test truck


Volunteers help setup a shade for an exhibitor


Santa Clara County Vector Control's booth


Western Exterminator's booth and model


Girl Scouts


Bay Area Ridge Trail


On the Main Stage, Outdoor Recreation Program Manager Kathleen Hooper welcomes guests to Festival in the Park and invites them to watch the Tutti Fruity Fun Walk, starting at the Mini Stage at the other end of the park


Kids get ready for the Tutti Fruity Fun Walk


The Tutti Fruity Fun Walk heads along the shores of Cottonwood Lake


The Fun Walk passes the kayaks that will be launched on the lake


The Fun Walk passes the bus bringing guests from the Silver Creek Sportsplex.


Balloons and mental health information


Solar power display by Realgoods Solar. The panel in the background is powering the stage.


County Parks Acting Director Julie Mark welcomes guests to the event and introduces the MC's.


MC's Angelica Castellanos and Greg Price. Greg gave the announcements in English, while Angelica gave them in Spanish.


California K-9 Solutions gave a demonstration of dog training


San Jose Public Library's mascot, Conroy Cougar, posed for pictures


511.org had information about transportation


Asian Americans for Community Involvement had health information for Asians


Balance Yoga Center


Alzheimer's Association


American Diabetes Association


Dagorhir Mallenorod gave demonstrations of medieval combat using foam weapons


Bay Dental


Instant winners of a new bicycle at the raffle booth


Committee to Promote Square Dancing


Dahn Yoga


The California Department of Health's Champions for Change booth, promoting healthy habits


One of the free drinking water stations


Greg Price holds up a model of 5 lbs of fat, representing the average weight gained by drinking soda for a year. The bottle held by one of the exhibitors from the County Public Health Department represents the amount of sugar in a year's worth of soda.


County Supervisor Mike Wasserman, representing District 1, greets the crowd.


Mike Wasserman with healthy fruits and vegetables


Mike Wasserman awards a bike to the raffle winners


Santa Clara County Public Health Department


El Observador


EMQ Families First


Kids doing exercises in a demo by Dahn Yoga.


Home Composting Education Program


CareMore


Santa Clara County Open Space Authority


Games at the Open Space Authority's booth


Second Harvest Food Bank


San Jose District 2 Councilmember Ash Kalra greets the crowd and awards a bike to another raffle winner. The neighborhoods around Hellyer Park south of Hellyer Avenue are in District 2.


Dagorhir Mallenorod's booth has their weapons on display, used for mock medieval combat


Kaiser Permanente's Teddy Bear Clinic, giving health advice to families


Our City Forest


Volunteers at the County Parks information booth hand out carrying bags


Free kayak rides, provided by the Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation District, which runs the boat concession at Vasona Lake


Kaiser Permanente and the Children's Discovery Museum's booth on healthy eating


Free popsicles being handed out by County Parks staff and volunteers


Game where players stand on pedestals and try to force each other off with inflated bumpers


The festival had recycling bins to separate recyclables, compostables, and trash. Volunteers serving as "Zero Waste Ambassadors" advised people on what items went into what bin.


Contestants line up for a chance to enter the watermelon-eating contest


Watermelon-eating contest for pre-teens


The winner of the watermelon-eating contest wins a new bike.


Committee to Promote Square Dancing give a demo on square dancing, with audience participation


Valley Medical Center


Valley Medical Center


Hope Services


Walgreens had games for kids


Booth on energy conservation


Allied Waste Services' booth, which had displays on the Newby Island Composting Facility


Subway Sandwiches


Food booths


San Jose District 2 Councilmember Ash Kalra's booth




Gilroy Recreation Department


Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention


Santa Clara Valley Water District


Silicon Valley Energy Watch


HealthTrust


Drug Free World


Eucalyptus Magazine


Watermelon-eating contest for teenagers


The climbing wall


Animals displays at the County Parks booth


County Parks Interpreter Supervisor Julie Lee showing animal bones and pelts to visitors


County Parks Volunteer Docent Janice Frazier handing out information on the Healthy Trails program and park events


The County Parks volunteers booth


Nature crafts for kids at the County Parks booth


Activities and bounce house at the Child Kingdom booths


The Silver Creek Sportsplex's play area


Watermelon-eating contest for adults


At the Strollerhikes booth, with the mascot for Pirate Brands snacks


Stand-up paddleboards and kayaks on Cottonwood Lake


County Parks Trail Crew trailer, with trail-building tools


Ranger motorcycles from Motorcycle County Park and the patrol boat used on lakes like Calero


Karate demonstration by Sabater's Martial Arts Center of San Jose


Volunteers Sam Drake and Paul Billig at the Bay Area Ridge Trail's booth


Kids dancing with the Jam Patrol


Visitors head back to the bus loading zone at the end of the day

Page created by Ron Horii, 7/14/11
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