by Michelle O’Connor-Ratcliff
Special to 92129 Magazine

What’s New in PQ?

Twenty years! That’s how long the annual Fiesta de los Peñasquitos has been going on in our town. On this special anniversary, our entire community stepped up to make it the best one ever. And there are lots of people the Town Council would like to thank. First, our sponsors: 92129 Magazine (Media Sponsor), San Diego County Credit Union (Premier Sponsor), the San Diego Padres, Arch Health Partners, Mathnasium, Smart Solar, Slow Lane Familia Car Club, San Diego Family Magazine, and Big Frog Custom T-shirts. Second, the grant-givers: San Diego Arts and Culture Commission, City Councilmembers Mark Kersey and Chris Cate, and San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts. Third, Fiesta Committee Chair Darshana Patel who worked tirelessly (and without pay) to ensure that things went off without a hitch. And finally, you! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Now for a quick roundup of the fabulous, fun-filled Fiesta festivities. The PQ5K, co-hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, boasted hundreds of participants making their way down the 56 bike path and Camino del Sur to a scrumptious pancake and bacon breakfast at the finish line. But there was no time to lollygag.

Time for the first ever PQ parade! Participants included the Padres Friar as Grand Marshall, 120 members of the Westview JROTC acting as color guard, the Mt. Carmel drum corps and Westview drum line, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, elected dignitaries, Miss PQ royalty, adorable dogs and their nearly as cute walkers, an equestrian group, and 30 custom classic cars cruising the course.

Fiesta opening ceremonies went off with nary a hitch, with well deserved recognition going to our Business of the Year (It’s a Piece of Cake), Sponsor of the Year (San Diego County Credit Union), Volunteer of the Year (Roger Platt), and 12 Youth Community Service Award winners. You also voted for next year’s Town Council representatives, donated money at the School Spirit booth, goofed off in the photo booth, rode the carnival rides, and ate – a lot. Thank you for a great day and for proving how amazing our community is.


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