The final preparations are underway for the fourth annual Celebrate Stockton is Magnificent on Saturday, October 4th from 12pm to 3pm at Victory Park.
Nearly 100 volunteers have signed up to assist in the setup, clean up and production of the event, mostly students from Stockton High School organizations.
The free, family-friendly event provides free booth space to local organizations that are making strides to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Stockton. More than 125 booths have registered for the event including United Way, which will be collecting gently, used coats, blankets and new white socks at their booth.
Other community service organizations, sports teams, educational institutions, local artists and authors, and cultural groups will also be on site.
Twenty-two local acts have signed up to perform on one of the two stages, including the Delta College Jazz band who will also lead the children’s parade to kick off the event at noon. The entertainment lineup also includes Ballet Folklorico de Frank Zapata, Harmony Stockton Children’s Group, Unique Visions Dance Troop, and more.
The Haggin Museum will have free admission during the event for the public to view Stockton’s colorful history and listen to discussions from 14 local authors who will be available, books in tow, in the museum.
Stockton’s history comes alive at the event as costumed historical characters walk through the crowd talking about their role in our community’s history. Local artists will display their works in Art Alley hosted by Art Expressions of San Joaquin, while Jagged Lines of Imagination hosts an annual art competition live during the event. This year’s chosen Artists of Residence, Kevin and Elizabeth Costello, will also be on hand to celebrate talent within the community.
Four local Unsung Heroes will be awarded at 1pm on the children’s stage. The heroes, nominated by local organizations, include Chief Eric Jones of the Stockton Police Department, Susan Mora Loyko of Puentes, Tamara Brisbane of With Our Words, and Benjamin Saffold of the Gospel Center Rescue Mission. These individuals are being highlighted for their unselfish contributions to improving the community.
Colorful tie-dye official event T-shirts, sponsored by the University of the Pacific, will be available for purchase at the event and will look groovy in the “Big Picture” wherein all the vendors and guests assemble in the middle of the park at 1:30 for the group picture to memorialize the proud residents of Stockton.
This year, the Food Truck Frenzy will be on board with a wide array of food choices for even the pickiest appetite. And to end the celebration the guests will have the opportunity to participate in the “Color Jump” hosted by the San Joaquin Pride Center. Colored powder will be thrown in the air to be captured by overhead cameras. The Pride Center will have powder available for purchase at the event.
For more information, visit www.stocktonmagnificent.com