Dilly Dally the Clown crafts a balloon bunny for a visitor to Celebrate Davis 2010, the annual festival that honors all that is great about living, working, playing and shopping in Davis. This year's edition is scheduled for Thursday, May 19. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise file photo


Let’s celebrate Davis!

By April 28, 2011

Pigs are flying, eagles are walking, bands are playing, kids are climbing and everyone’s waiting for dark when the fireworks begin. It must be Celebrate Davis!

Equal parts outdoor fair, business expo, mixer, party, family night and picnic, this community celebration of what makes Davis a great place to live — sponsored by the Davis Chamber of Commerce — has become a cherished tradition.

This year’s event will take place Thursday, May 19, in Community Park between the Davis Art Center and the high school practice fields. The fun starts at 4:30 p.m., and the fireworks begin a little after 9 p.m.

More than 100 local businesses and nonprofit organizations will have booths where you can learn about what they have to offer.There’s something for everyone: Do you want to join a gym? Need cable or a cell phone or a painter? Want to know more about solar installation? Need a home or business loan? Browse the booths to get ideas.

Music is part of the fun. As always, the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh will kick-start the event. They will be followed by three other local bands on the outdoor stage: The Remedies, Smack Jupiter and Fuzzy Dice.

Food is part of the fun as well. Options this year will include tri-tip, burgers, plenty of pizza, coffee drinks and beer, among other taste treats.

“Come prepared for fun!” a Chamber news release says. “Take your picture with the inflatable pig, the costumed mascots, the ballerinas and actors. Conquer the climbing wall. Bring sunscreen, a refillable water bottle, and a blanket.

“But don’t bring your car if you can help it — do the Davis thing and bike. Free valet bike parking will be provided by volunteers from the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.”

Pet owners who live near Community Park are reminded to make sure their animals are safely indoors from 9 to 9:30 p.m. for the fireworks show, and to provide a comforting environment for those who are sensitive to noise. The Chamber of Commerce has sent notices to veterinarians, groomers, pet sitters and pet stores all over town to help prepare pet owners for this brief disruption in their routine.

For more information, call the Davis Chamber of Commerce at (530) 756-5160.

Enterprise staff

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