The 60th San Clemente Fiesta offered something for everybody Sunday – you could sample sassy salsas prepared by contest entrants, dance in the street to the sounds of bands such as Johnny Oskam and the Department of Rock, buy a snow cone from a walking banana or check out classic cars and motorcycles.
More than 15 bands performed on three stages downtown while a dozen food booths operated by service clubs served treats to raise money for local causes.
The walking banana – Amber Payne – served snow cones for Soroptimist International. The Rotary Club offered its traditional roasted corn. IHope offered Italian sausage.
Informational exhibits ran the gamut from Catalina Island to San Diego Gas & Electric.
The Marines were out in force with a pull-up bar open to all comers.
The fiesta, which dates to 1954, attracts 20,000 to 30,000 people each summer, the Chamber of Commerce says. Local officials estimated Sunday’s crowd to be about average.
Sheriff’s Lt. John Coppock, San Clemente’s chief of police services, said the 60th edition went off with no major incidents.
Coppock said there was one narcotics-possession arrest, and sheriff’s deputies issued five citations for alcohol violations, down from nine last year.
SALSA CHALLENGE WINNERS
People’s Choice: best restaurant salsa – 1. Tamarindo, 2. Sunsets at the Pier, 3. Fred’s Mexican Cafe; best nonrestaurant salsa – 1. Salsa Momma, 2. Alvina’s Salsa, 3. Tike Salsa Guy
Judges’ Choice: best restaurant salsa – Fred’s Mexican Cafe; best nonrestaurant salsa – I Love Salsa
Best decoration: Ricardo’s Place (restaurant), Salsa Brava (nonrestaurant)