by KATE GLENN | photos by Franklin Lopez Photography

There’s No Place Like PQ!

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This year’s Fiesta weekend was a huge success, held May 4 and 5 here on the Rancho. Saturday morning, more than 1,200 runners and walkers with kids, strollers, and dogs came out to participate in the 11th Annual PQ5K Fun Run and Pancake Breakfast organized by Ken and Trish Wolsey of PQ. In lieu of fees, donations were collected to support the community service project Snacks for Students In Need.

All the participants were served a hot pancake breakfast by the all-volunteer crew brought together by organizers Ken and Trish, with San Diego City Councilman, D-5, Mark Kersey.

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The 4th Annual Fiesta Parade began at Sun Devil Way with Mrs. California International 2019 as this year’s announcer. A longtime local resident of Rancho Peñasquitos, Jocelyn Lomahan is a very active mother of two teens, a wife, and real estate agent, and a new member of the RP Town Council.

This year’s grand marshal was riding high on a beautiful convertible compliments of the San Diego Air Cooled Car Club: our very own Mt. Carmel High School science teacher and wrestling coach, Gail Miller. He really got the energy moving with the spectators, waving and cheering to the crowds along Carmel Mountain Rd. and Paseo Montalban to inspire all of us to remember his message of unity for all of PQ. This year’s Fiesta theme was There’s No Place Like PQ!

The 24th Annual Fiesta de Los Peñasquitos included opportunities to celebrate community service. Every year, our local dignitaries join us in recognizing and honoring our community volunteers, students, and a local business for their outstanding contributions to our community.

Volunteers of the Year:
Trish and Ken Wolsey, Organizers of the PQ5K Fun Run and Pancake Breakfast for the last 11 years.

Business of the Year:
Dr. Lee, Carmel Mountain Dental Care. Continually supports and contributes to local schools and team sports.

Youth Community Service Awards:
• Trayton Nguyen and Jonah Levy – Sunset Hills Elementary
• Zoe Williams – Sundance Elementary
• Deklyn True – Rolling Hills Elementary
• Victoria Barker – Park Village Elementary
• Ashley Palacios – Los Peñasquitos Elementary
• Lisa Thakkar – Deer Canyon Elementary
• Pranav Muthukumaran – Canyon View Elementary
• Lilly Bryan – Mesa Verde Middle School
• Christopher Episcopio – Black Mountain Middle School
• Allison Lehn – Mt. Carmel High School
• Leona Hariharan – Mt. Carmel High School

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Over 120 vendors plus the food court, 2nd Annual Beer Garden compliments of Knotty Barrel, three entertainment stages, and carnival rides made for a full day of fun for the whole community!

The photography highlights of the Fiesta are brought to you by Franklin Lopez Photography, our in-kind Community Partner and official Fiesta Photographer. The Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council Fiesta Committee is already planning for the 25th Fiesta. Get involved, join the Fiesta Committee, and share your time and talents for our wonderful community. For more information and more photos of this year’s festivities visit