[Editor's Note: The following was submitted by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.]
The 12th Annual San Mateo County Sheriff’s North Fair Oaks Community Festival is coming to Redwood City this Sunday from 11am to 6pm on Middlefield Road between First and Fifth Avenues.
The festival is a free, action packed event celebrating the multicultural diversity of the North Fair Oaks area and will draw a likely 30,000 people. This is a true down home event that displays the ethnic diversity of south Redwood City.
Every year the Sheriff of San Mateo County sponsors the North Fair Oaks Festival with the dual purpose of solidifying community ties and raising money for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Youth Programs. Monies raised benefit the gamut of Sheriff’s youth activities including:
- S.T.A.R. Camp, an annual event aimed at reaching out to underprivileged youth throughout the County;
- The Sheriff’s Activities League provides elementary school children opportunities in athletic, performing arts, creative arts, leadership and scholastic activities;
- The Sheriff’s Explorer Program introduces teenagers to the many aspects of law enforcement operations;
- The Sheriff’s Diversion/ Intervention Program works with parents, guardians and first time offending youth to help avoid future interactions with the juvenile justice system.
This year’s festival begins at 11am with a colorful parade featuring a variety of exciting entrants. Food booths of all kinds will feature world cuisines all along the main fairway. The San Jose Earthquakes soccer clinic will enthrall the kids as well a climbing wall and a whole host of amusements ranging from face painting, an arts and crafts area with hands on projects, a pony ride and petting zoo, mechanical bull, lucha libre, Kaiser Permanente obstacle courses and much more.
Community information booths will provide valuable material covering a breadth of subjects. The culmination of the day’s events will be the coronation of the 2013 North Fair Oaks Queen of the Festival. The Queen is selected based on a competitive process and will receive $10,000 in scholarship money and the recognition of her community. Four other finalists will receive an additional $12,000 in scholarships. This program has awarded $100,000 in scholarships since its creation six years ago.
Schedule for Main Stage Events
11:00 am Parade
12:00 pm N Rumba Orquesta
1:00 pm Welcoming Ceremony
1:40 pm Banda Reinas de la Bahia
2:30 pm Presentation of the 2013 Queen of the Festival and her Court
2:40 pm Rocio y Su Sonora
3:45 pm La Red
4:45 pm Grand Prize Raffle Drawing
5:00 pm Los Cadetes de Linares
A second stage will feature local youth performing arts groups including Mariachi San Jose, Mariachi Nueva Generacion, Brazilian carnaval dance troupes, Aztec dance and dance performers from Peru and Mexico, acrobats from amongst many others.
Please note: For safety reasons, bicycles will not be permitted within the Festival area.
The Festival is a non-alcohol event.
The North Fair Oaks Festival is a benefit for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Youth Programs and also enjoys the generous support of media sponsors Univision, El Mensajero newspaper, major sponsors Artichoke Joe’s, Chavez Supermarket and the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.