Countdown to Palmdale’s 50th Birthday Bash

Tony Capko Orchestra will perform.

PALMDALE – Food, music, giveaways, videos, classic cars, confetti, dancing, presentations and the singing of “Happy Birthday” will all be part of the City of Palmdale’s  50th Birthday Celebration to this Friday, Aug. 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Poncitlán Square.

“We’re encouraging our residents to stop by for an evening of fun and celebration in honor of our City’s half century of incorporation,” said Palmdale’s Communications Manager John Mlynar. “It’s free to attend and all you really need to bring is a chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the festivities.”

Gift bags containing mementos, including a Palmdale history booklet and Kids Activity Book, and 50th birthday t-shirts will be given away while supplies last.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase onsite.

The celebration kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a meet and greet/photo opportunity with Palmdale’s first Mayor Larry Chimbole, and music performed by the Tony Capko Orchestra, featuring Bernie Miesinger.

“They’ll be playing  some big band standards and music from the ‘Rat Pack’ era which was popular around the time the City incorporated,” Mlynar said.

Also beginning at 5:30 will be a classic car show, and the presentation of the new video, “Palmdale: Celebrating 50 Years” which will be shown throughout the evening in the Palmdale City Council Chamber.

A special presentation will be made to the City’s founding fathers and their families at 6:30 p.m. The founders, known as  the “Fifty Grand Men,” were the original contributors of $100 each in order to fund the project that led to the City of Palmdale’s incorporation in 1962. In actuality, there were 56 contributors, but the name “Fifty Grand Men” was chosen because they liked how it sounded.

The celebration will continue with prizes that will be awarded to the weekly Thursday Night on the Square trivia contest winners, presentations of proclamations by local elected officials, a Palmdale “cheer” led by the Dazzler Dance Cheer group, and culminating with the  singing of “Happy Birthday,” a confetti drop and 50th anniversary cupcakes at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call 661-267-5115.

(Information via press release from the City of Palmdale.)

  4 comments for “Countdown to Palmdale’s 50th Birthday Bash

  1. August 23, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Congratulations on the occasion of Palmdale’s 50th Anniversary as the First City of the Antelope Valley! Many thanks to Larry Chimbole, who is the instigator of this event. He has had help, of course. . . and John Mylnar and the rest of the city staff have worked tirelessly in that regard. My hat’s off to all of those who pulled together to honor the 50th Anniversary event. . . and of course, to the “Fifty Grand Men” – who we all know by now are really 56 in number – who donated $100 each to get the incorporation issue before the voters and make the City of Palmdale a reality. No longer a town under the control of Los Angeles County, but a place where local decision making could take place. A place to call home.

    Now for some trivia questions of my own:

    (1) How many square miles were the original boundaries of the City of Palmdale in 1962 upon incorporation? (I had help from Larry Chimbole for this one)

    (2) Name a business that was established at or before the time of Palmdale’s incorporation as a city on August 24, 1962 that is still in business today in Palmdale at the same building, same location. (source: my memory. . . I’ve been here in the Antelope Valley a good long while too!)

    Have at it, folks. . . I’d love to read your responses.

    • Michelle Egberts
      August 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      @ David Cox… Trivia Answers: 1) 2 square miles 2) Plant 42 ?

      • August 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm

        We have a winner for trivia question #1. . . Michelle Egberts!

        Hmmm. . . I was thinking of downtown Palmdale (Palmdale Blvd. and Sierra Highway) and the businesses there that existed upon Palmdale’s incorporation in 1962. But since Plant 42 (a series of buildings, of course) was around even before 1962. . . try the early 1950’s I’m told. . . we have a winner for question #2 also in Michelle! Of course, there are other businesses and buildings that qualify for this answer. Hint: look around Palmdale Blvd. especially around Sierra Highway for examples.

    • Michelle Egberts
      August 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      Here’s a trivia question… In 1915 what was the approximate population of Palmdale?

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