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27th Annual Fog Fest Updates!

It's Fog Fest Time! Come see what's brewing, read the latest updates and see what's new for this year!

Greetings! We have the latest updates for the 2012, 27th Annual Pacific Coast Fog Fest. Fog Fest dates, for this year are, Saturday, September 29th and Sunday, September 30th. The Festival times, for both days, are from 10am to 6pm. We hope you all can join us!

Fog Fest Parade: The parade’s theme for this year is, “Pacifica Loves Music.” The parade committee is happy to announce, actor/comedian, Rob Schneider, as this year’s Grand Marshal. What better fit can you ask for? Rob grew up in Pacifica and is known for supporting music programs in the Pacifica elementary schools. The parade committee is still welcoming people to register their groups, organizations, non-profits, clubs etc. The parade will begin at 10am, starting at the south end of Palmetto Ave., proceeding north and ending at IBL Middle School at 11am. Parade entries will register and lineup, beginning at 8:30am. Please go to the Fog Fest website for more information and to download entry forms: http://pacificcoastfogfest.com/activities/parade/

Fog Fest Photo Contest: Photo submissions are currently being accepted up until September 19th. This year there are no residency, geographic content, or age restrictions. In addition, there will be a People’s Choice Award. Festival attendees have the opportunity to judge and vote for their favorite photo in exchange for a $1 donation. And, all award winners will be invited to participate in a group show, in the East Wing Gallery, at the Sanchez Art Center in 2013!

Cash awards will be presented to first, second and third place winners in each division. The awards presentation will take place at the, Recology of the Coast, Center Stage (Palmetto & Santa Maria), at noon, Sunday, September 30th. For more information on where to submit your entries and to download an entry form, please visit the Fog Fest website at: http://pacificcoastfogfest.com/contests/photo-contest/. Take your best shot and see what happens!

Fog Fest Fog Jog & Stride: Get those running shoes out of the closet because registration is open for the annual Sunday morning Fog Jog & Stride. The Fog Jog is a 5-mile race and awards will be given to the top three finishers in each division and, participation ribbons to all registered finishers. The Stride is a 3-mile, non-competitive walk and participation ribbons will handed out to all registered finishers.

Both events begin at 9am, at Salada Ave. and Francisco Blvd. Check-in is required before the race from 8am to 8:45am, at the Parks, Beaches and Recreation office at 1810 Francisco Blvd. For more information and to register, please visit the Fog Fest website at: http://pacificcoastfogfest.com/contests/fog-jog/. Put your best foot forward and join us for this Fog Fest tradition!

Fog Fest 9th Annual Marching Band Competition: Calling all band directors! Entries are currently being accepted for the Marching Band Competition up until September 15th. The competition is open to Bay Area, Junior High/Middle School and to High School Bands. Awards in five categories! For more information and to download an entry form, please visit the Fog Fest website at: http://pacificcoastfogfest.com/contests/marching-band-competition/.

Family Fun Fest 30th Anniversary Celebration: This year marks a Fog Fest milestone as our Family Fun Fest will be delivering more mirth to the earth and providing extra surprises to celebrate 30 years of family fun!

Although the Fog Fest is in its 27th year, the Family Fun Fest was created 3 years prior and the two naturally merged and have been delivering family fun ever since. The success is credited to, now retired, Dr. Bill Michaelis, professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies at San Francisco State University, John O’Connell of the Interplay Network, and to a group of local citizens lead by Mary Ann Hipona, of the Pacifica Youth Service Bureau. All to who originally created, what was called the, Fall Family Fun Fest (more commonly known today as the Family Fun Fest), in Pacifica. With the additional help of the Parks, Beaches and Recreation Department, local volunteers and San Francisco State University students, Bill and John continued to guide the play fest. The play fest was designed to promote healthy family play, both competitive and cooperative, with an emphasis on participation and creating a sense of community. Introduced were “new games” in which age barriers are broken down, making the play fest a truly multi-generational experience for all ages and abilities.

Here’s what you can expect as the Family Fun Fest features a wide variety of peripheral activities such as, giant bubbles, fog eating contest, hair spray painting, face painting, coloring contest, a special tot area, paint-a-car, as well as many exciting games that interact with parachutes, giant balls, hula hoops and more!

The Family Fun Fest takes place Sunday, September 30th, from 1pm to 4pm at IBL Middle School, 1427 Palmetto Ave, located at the north end of the Fog Fest. For more information and to sign up as a Game Leader volunteer, visit the Fog Fest website at: http://pacificcoastfogfest.com/activities/family-fun-fest/

Other Features: For those riding bikes, Fog Fest will offer a secured bike valet area; Fog Fest this year anticipates the revealing of a free phone app to help all festival-goers navigate the grounds in finding restrooms, first-aide, food, music and more. Look for the phone app symbol at the fesitval; Our Facebook face is alive and active! "Like" our page at: https://www.facebook.com/FogFest

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hutch September 02, 2012 at 04:26 PM
We go every year and LOVE the FF. But why pray tell did they ever get rid of the classic cars a few years ago? That were a huge draw for people coming from hundreds of miles away. I know they too up precious parking spaces but 'm sure they more than made up for it in increased attendance. BTW, if you want more parking use the center area of the old sewer plant.
Pacificat September 02, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I don't think they "got rid of" the classic cars. I believe the person who organized the classic cars got tired of doing it because it was a lot of work.
hutch September 09, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I had heard from one of the FF organizers years ago that they wanted to charge the classic car folks for parking and that's when they stopped coming.
Laurel September 22, 2012 at 11:59 PM
I wish they would sell the posters! I want one!!
Pacifica Chamber February 26, 2014 at 07:51 PM
At Laurel, we started selling posters that are left over from distribution in 2013. Those were signed by the graphic artist too. We may have a few left for the 2014 fest along with the 2014 design.


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