Chamber Corner 5/2/16

Welcome new member:

Coalinga Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome our newest member, Mr. Reynosa Appliances. He offers sales, service and repairs. Great prices, good quality, please call 559.572.7363 for more information.

The Derby is coming!

Many good people of Coalinga are helping to make this most spectacular Derby, it will be the 80th celebration of the horned Toad. This year toad wranglers are Mike Bonilla, Ted Simon, Mark, Kathy and Charlie Cites, and Carmelita Howell are capturing, feeding, tending, training and inspiring the Horned Toads. Mike and Mary Jo Walker will announce the parade. Alyssa Gowitt, Barbara Wiest, Lourdes Torres, Parade Marshall Larry Gentry, the Coalinga Police Department and Explorers will organize and get the amazing parade rolling, Sasser’s Specialties printed awesome Derby shirts, Barbara Wiest is lining up the Toad races, Mid Valley Disposal is cleaning trash containers, Butler is oiling rides, Coalinga-Huron Park and Recreation District is cleaning Olsen Park, and vendors are buying supplies. The Coalinga Chamber of Commerce is blessed and looking forward to a terrific Memorial Day – Horned Toad Weekend!

Beer Garden: The Lion’s Club Beer Garden will be in full bloom. The ABC (Alcohol Beverage Control) rules will be in full force and the location is moved back to the right field grassy area, where it was previously for many, many years.

Please no alcohol is allowed to be brought into the park. This means no ice chests.  If you wish to drink alcohol at the Derby, you must purchase the alcohol from the Lions Club on site and consume it in the garden.

Discount Derby Vouchers available at the Coalinga Area Chamber of Commerce office, Avenal Lumber and Hardware, Coalinga Ace Hardware, Coalinga Floral and Gifts, Coalinga Thrift Store, Faith Christian Academy, Fastrip, GTS Tax and Insurance, Ice Bucket-Chevron, Mr. Reynosa Appliance’s, R-N Market, Plants and Things, Save A Lot, and Save Mart. $25 all day ride bracelets, valid for one per person per day.

80th Horned Toad Derby T-shirts for sale in the Chamber Office:   Sasser’s Specialties did an amazing job, $15 for all sizes and we have great selection of colors and sizes.

Coalinga’s Annual Derby Parade Applications due in the Chamber office by Wednesday, May 18.

Toad Race applications cost $25 per Toad and applications are due Friday, May 13.

9th Annual West Hills College Coalinga Athletic Horned Toad Golf Tournament: Monday, May 30, shotgun start at 8:15 a.m., at the Lemoore Golf Course, 350 Iona Avenue. For more information, please call Mark Arce: 934-2455.

Memorial Day Ceremony: Monday, May 30, 9 a.m. at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. This event is sponsored by the V.F.A.

Thank you to our sponsors: Chevron, Budweiser, Aera Energy, Adventist Health, PG&E, Mid Valley Disposal, Coalinga-Huron Recreation and Park District and Union Bank. Our live entertainment is going to be awesome this year.


Chamber Corner 4/22/16

Derby News: There is still time to join the Horned Toad Derby Queen and Princess race. Applications are available in the Coalinga Area Chamber of Commerce office. The winners are based solely on the number of ride bracelet vouchers sold. Ticket vouchers cost $25 per person, per day for unlimited rides. Competition ends May13.

Beginning Friday, April 29, Discount Bracelet vouchers will be available at the following locations Avenal Lumber and Hardware, Coalinga Area Chamber of Commerce Office, Coalinga Ace Hardware, Coalinga Floral and Gifts, Coalinga Thrift Store, Faith Christian Academy, Fastrip, GTS Tax and Insurance, Ice Bucket Chevron, Plants and Things, R-N Market, RC Baker Museum and Save Mart Supermarkets. The vouchers cost $25. They are good any day for one per person, per day. They are nontransferable.

NEW Beer Garden location: The Lion’s Club Beer Garden will be in full bloom and relocated to the right field fence line of Vets Field. The Beer garden has expanded thanks to Police Chief Salvador, CHRPD and the Coalinga Lion’s Club. The ABC (Alcohol Beverage Control) rules will be in full force.  Must be 21 and over to be in the garden. All patrons must show ID upon entering. No exceptions.

Please understand that no alcohol is allowed to be brought into the park. This means no ice chests.  If you wish to drink alcohol at the Derby, you must purchase the alcohol from the Lions Club on site and drink in the beer garden.

The proceeds from the beer garden goes back in the Lion’s Club projects such as the community Christmas tree lights, the Christmas parade, scholarships, glasses and so much more. Having a beer garden makes it easier for our law enforcement to provide security for the event, and it allows those people who do not wish to participate in the garden to have a terrific time at the Derby as well.

80th Horned Toad Derby T-shirts for sale in the Chamber Office:   $15 each. Size youth medium- 3xl. Tax included.

Coalinga’s Annual Horned Toad Derby Memorial Day Parade Applications in the Chamber office. Due date is May 18.

Horned Toad Race applications. The cost is $25 per Toad and the races are filling up!

Thank you to our sponsors for making the Derby a better event: Union Bank, Budweiser, Chevron, Aera Energy, Adventist Health, PG&E, Mid Valley Disposal, and Coalinga Huron Park and Recreation District. Without sponsors Derby would not happen!

Advertise your business at the Derby on the Jumbo Tron plus daily commercial announcements from the Olsen Park Stage. Back by popular demand this is a great way to advertise your business too many who come from near and far.  Cost is $250 includes Jumbo Tron ad, commercial ad, and a toad in the Business race. Space is limited and filling up. Please the Chamber 935-2948 for more information.


Chamber Corner 4/18/16

Discount Bracelets ON SALE April 29

You can purchase discount bracelet vouchers beginning Friday, April 29 at the following locations Avenal Lumber and Hardware, Coalinga Area Chamber of Commerce Office, Coalinga Ace Hardware, Coalinga Floral and Gifts, Coalinga Thrift Store, Faith Christian Academy, Fastrip, GTS Tax and Insurance, Ice Bucket Chevron, Plants and Things, R-N Market, RC Baker Museum and Save Mart Supermarkets. The vouchers cost $25. They are good any day, one per person, per day.

If you have tickets or vouchers from previous years, you can use those too. Tickets and bracelets will be sold at the park. Bracelets for unlimited rides are $30 at the park. Tickets will cost $1 for 1 ticket, $23 for 25 tickets and $70 for 80 tickets. Each ride takes between 3-5 tickets.

Thank you to our sponsors for making the Derby a better event: Budweiser, Chevron, Aera Energy, Adventist Health, PG&E, Mid Valley Disposal, and Coalinga Huron Park and Recreation District.

Entertainment for the weekend begins Friday night with Hard Times, Classic Rock N Roll, followed by Jeremy “Elvis” Pearce and the Memphis Sound. Saturday brings Doc Thurston and the Blue Grass Band, R Buckle Road Band, offering country western music at its best followed by the hottest 70-80’s cover band in L.A., The Trip.

Sunday brings a great variety of entertainment and bands beginning at 2 p.m., all happening on the Budweiser Stage.

Monday we are going “old school” with sack races, Tic Tac Toe relays, tricycle races, water balloon tosses, and a Wiskerino Competition.

In addition, on Monday only, we will have a nonperishable food drive, if you bring 2 nonperishable food items to the Chamber trailer we will give you two free ride coupons. One donation per person and while ride coupon supplies last. We got this Coalinga! There is something for everyone!

Horned Toad Derby Queen and Princess Applications are available in the Coalinga Area Chamber of Commerce office. The winners are based solely on the number of ride bracelet vouchers sold. Ticket vouchers cost $25 per person, per day for unlimited rides. They are nontransferable. Queen and Princess Signups sheets are in the Chamber Office. Competition runs from April 18- May13.

Business of the week:

Sequoia Packing Co., LLC packing and supplying the western United States and world’s garlic needs. Keep up the good work.

St. Philips Anglican Church welcomes all to Sunday Worship. Please call 935-12888 for more information. They are located on the corner of Monroe and Coalinga streets.

Me-n-Ed’s great food, awesome specials, with an amazing salad bar, stop by 285 E. Elm Avenue and enjoy a delicious meal while you catch a game on one of the many big screen televisions.

Franklin Construction will help you fix, remodel or construct your project to your specifications. You will be a happy customer with the quality and service provided. Call 935-1939 to schedule your appointment.


Chamber Corner 4/11/16

Coalinga Horned Toad Derby Moves uptown

After the Coalinga Hot Springs Hotel served as host for the Derby, the Derby moved to the Standard Oil Picnic grounds for a couple of years, then Motorcycle Hill, or better known as ‘the slab” before locating to downtown Coalinga in 1937. In 1938, the races hit big time and the California Horned Toad Racing Association was incorporated. In 1938, the race was televised by KMJ, Fresno who broadcast it to the western states.

In 1940 the Derby went Hollywood, Jim Rau from Gone with the Wind Fame entered a toad, and in 1941 Bob Hope, Rudy Vallee, Jerry Colona, The Fitch Band Wagon as well as Jim Rau all had entries in the Hollywood Handicap race.

1941 the champion trophy went to Corpus Christi, TX where Coalinga native Don Terry was training to become a fighter pilot. 1942, the Derby was never officially cancelled but due to gas rationing and many off to war, the Derby was placed on hold. 1946 the Derby returned, honoring it as the 10th Anniversary of the Horned Toad Derby and billing it as a festival of rejoicing for the homecoming of the sons and daughters who had been scattered around the world serving in the armed forces.

During the 1970’s the Derby name lost out to Joaquin Murrieta Days but continued with the honored horned toad races. In 1979, the traditional Horned Toad Derby named event returned and has been going strong ever since with the exception of 1983, the year Coalinga was devastated by the Earthquake, with infrastructure down, the Derby was cancelled returning full force in 1984.

As we get ready to honor our beloved Toad, Coalinga Horned Toad Derby will celebrate 80 years. 80 years of toad races, featuring food booths, barbeques, parade, water fights, adult tricycle races, whiskerino contest, hoosegows, craft vendors, 5-k runs, carnival rides, softball tournament, golf tournament, cow drop contests, 4-H animal show, gunfight shows, live music, dancing, beer gardens, and more. Change has happened over the years, but it is the Toad and Coalinga who makes the Annual Horned Toad Derby Celebration.

The Horned Toad Derby will run May 27-30, 2016, at George Olsen Park. Don’t miss this wonderful event and yes it is Memorial Day Weekend.

Business of the Week:

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints welcome all to Sunday Services and activities to enhance your faith. Located at 404 W. Polk, please call for times935-9352

Def-Con Security locally operated and always there when you need them, please call 935-1463 to help with your next special occasion.

Phillips 66 long time business of Coalinga and supporter of Coalinga events. Located at 256 E. Polk Avenue, Phillips 66 a long history in Coalinga.

The Pool Store located at 281 N. 5th Street, The Pool Store supplies items needed to make your pools sparkle. If you need help cleaning your pool or spa, call 935-1665 for assistance.

 


Chamber Corner 4/4/16

Derby History…

80 years of Horned Toad Derby, how did this all begin. I was looking through past articles, writings and more to learn the history of the Annual Horned Toad Derby. The reality of 80 years of a small town festival continuing to exist is mind blowing especially if you look at all that has changed our community in the last 80 years. According to Bill Howell, (former editor of The Coalinga Record), in 1933, the Coalinga Junior Chamber of Commerce turned the annual dinner meeting of the Coalinga Chamber of Commerce into a “big party at the Coalinga Mineral Spring’s Hotel.” The youth attending the dinner were “bored” and began rounding up critters to race. From this, evolved into the present. The first advertised Coalinga Horned Toad Derby was in 1943 and that year the Coalinga American Legion sponsored the event that began 2 years earlier at the Chamber banquet.

In 1933, The Coalinga Record reported on the upcoming banquet with no mention of the activities that were to transpire that evening. A circle was drawn, critters collected and the Derby was born. Mrs. Abel, who in 1984 reported to the Coalinga Record, operated the Coalinga Hot Spring’s Hotel in 1933, said “It took days to rid the Hotel of frogs and other reptiles from evenings activities of the Banquet.” Apparently the evenings fun was so great that in 1934, the Chamber included the races in the annual dinner meeting’s agenda. According to Mr. Howell, in 1934, the banquet was billed in the Coalinga Record as the “The Chamber Hi-Jinks” with the races well publicized in advance. Howell continues,” it was not the Horned Toad that was featured” as the Coalinga Record called the upcoming event the Coalinga-Kettleman “Frog Derby”.

So how the American Legion came to call their 1935 Boy Scout Fundraiser the “Third Annual Horned Toad Derby” is left to speculations. There is some evidence as The Coalinga Record reported in 1935, “previously the Horned Toad Derby has been privately conducted by the Coalinga Area Chamber of Commerce and it has proven so popular that this year (1935) it was flung wide open on a huge scale and made a public affair.” It also seems the Coalinga Record can take credit for naming the Horned Toad Derby as they first coined the term in their 1934 article.

To be continued…

Businesses of the week…

Rito’s #1 Construction constantly improving Coalinga. Looking to improve, expand or remodel your home, call today, 935-8800, you will be happy you did.

Pleasant Valley Cemetery serving the Coalinga Area since 1959. Please call 935-1250 for more information.

Legal Shield looking for guidance in legal matters. David is here to assist you in finding the guidance needed. Please call 805.423.2300 for more information.

eBookkeeping Solutions if you need help paying bills, balancing your checkbook, getting financially organized, call Melanie at 877.542.2763 and get your finances in shape.


2016 Derby Sponsors

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2016 Horned Toad Derby Sponsorship Opportunities

Every Sponsor logo will (with a provided logo) appear on the Budweiser Stage LED Screens Saturday and Sunday. In addition, a Toad named in your honor will race in the Sponsor’s Race.

Platinum Sponsorship: $2000

Your business name will be included on all advertisement flyers, posters, banners, Chamber website, media spots and all announcements coinciding with the Horned Toad Derby plus (6) Derby T-shirts.

Gold Sponsorship: $1500

The Gold Sponsorship provides advertisement opportunities coinciding with the Derby, includes (4) Derby T-shirts.

Silver Sponsorship: $1000

The Silver Sponsorship would allow you to be included in all of the Derby advertisement opportunities (2 Derby T Shirts)

Bronze Sponsorship: $500

The Bronze Sponsorship would allow you to be included in all of the Derby advertisement.

 

Call the Chamber Office today if your business is interested in being a Derby Sponsor 559-935-2948.


Chamber Corner 3/23/16

What a week:

So glad I survived the flu. It was awful but I am back and so very excited for the 80th Annual Horned Toad Derby. We have invited, not confirmed, the Budweiser Clydesdale Horses, The Oscar Meyer Wiener Mobile, a fly over by the US Navy and we are excited to have confirmed for the Annual Memorial Day Horned Toad Derby parade, Coalinga High School Band, Westside Elementary Band and John Muir Middle School Advanced Band and Color Guard. Thank you marching bands!

Also we are going “Old School” Monday, May 30, of the Horned Toad Derby. In addition to the Fatte Albert Pizza Eating Contest, The First Presbyterian Church Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest, and Sack Races, we are adding Tic Tac Toe Relay races, a Water Balloon Toss, a Wiskereno Contest and Tricycle races. Beth Sullivan has stepped in and volunteered to lead the “Old School” activities. Plus, Monday, May 30,  we will host a canned food drive. People are encouraged to bring two nonperishable food items per person to the Chamber Trailer, and they will be rewarded with two ride tickets, as long as supplies last. The 80th Derby is time for celebrating all good things of Coalinga and we will.

This week attended I several meetings. First I met with the Coalinga Police Chief Michael Salvador to discuss The Derby, Parade and more. All is good and the Derby promises to be a very fun and safe place to be this Memorial Day Weekend. I met with Pleasant Valley State Prison Staff and learned last month they spent about $38,000 in our local economy raising money for the Make a Wish Foundation. Thank you for shopping local.

Business of the week:

Coalinga Floral and Gifts is located at 450 N. Fifth Street and has beautiful flowers, arrangements and so much more. Call today 935-3223 to order for any occasion: birthday, wedding, funeral, anniversary or just because. You will not be disappointed in your choice.

Hair & Company has been making Coalinga more beautiful for many years. With satisfied clients, Amelia and her staff do hair, color, perms, special occasion up do’s, nails and much more all to your satisfaction. Call to today 935-9361 and get the latest looks for spring. Hair& Company is located at 192 E. Elm Avenue #105.

Mid Valley Disposal Transfer Station has kept Coalinga clean for over a decade. Mid Valley Disposal Recycling center is open Monday through Saturday 8a.m – 4p.m. and is located 1255 W. Elm Avenue. They accept glass, plastic and aluminum. Look for their City Wide Cleanup day coming in May.

West Hills College Coalinga, once you go here you can go anywhere. True story as WHCC prepares for yet another graduating class with students headed all over the country to finish their bachelor’s degree. Located at 300 Cherry Lane, summer classes begin in June, sign up online.


Chamber Corner 3/08/2016

80th Annual Horned Toad Derby 10 weeks and counting!

Permits from Caltrans, the Bureau of Land and Management, and State of California Certification of Amusements rides have cleared, Olsen Park is reserved and the contract is in place with Coalinga-Huron Recreation and Parks Department so the 80th Annual Horned Toad Derby is well under way. Save Memorial Day weekend, May 27,28,29,30, 2016 as we celebrate “80 years of Derby”!

The one day, all you can ride bracelets are back. The pre-sale discount ride bracelet ticket cost $25 per bracelet. One bracelet is valid for one person for one day only. The ride bracelet is valid the entire day. The pre-sale discount ride bracelet ticket will be available from Friday, April 29 through Friday, May 27, 2016 at the following locations: Avenal Lumber and Hardware, Coalinga Area Chamber of Commerce Office, Coalinga Ace Hardware, Coalinga Floral and Gifts, Coalinga Thrift Store, Faith Christian Academy, Fastrip, GTS Tax and Insurance, Ice Bucket/Chevron, Plants and Things, R-N Market, Save Mart Supermarkets and Mountain View Real Estate.

If you have left over tickets and bracelet vouchers from previous years, they will be accepted, no problem! So we hope you plan on joining us for a fabulous Memorial Day extravaganza with Hard Times Rock N Roll Band and Jeremy “Elvis” Pearce and the Memphis Sounds will perform Friday, May 27. Saturday, May 28 we have the parade, then following Doc Thurston and the Blue Grass Band, R Buckle Country Western Band and LA’s hottest Cover Band, The Trip showcasing their talents and Sunday is brimming with bands and entertainment beginning at 2 p.m.

Also excited this week to have Adventist Health, Aera Energy, Budweiser, and Chevron as sponsors for the 80th Horned Toad Derby. I spoke with Cathy Cites about collecting Toads, Beth Sullivan regarding trike races, Mike Bonilla regarding the toad venue, Barbara Wiest of about Toad races, Carol Matz about the Fatte Challenge and the First Presbyterian Church about Sack Races and Watermelon seed spitting contest. All are on board and Derby is coming together…we are thrilled with the progress.

Businesses of the week:

This week we honor Chamber members

  1. Scott & Co. located at 150 E. Durian Street who is busy getting tax refunds done! April 18th is tax day and M. Scott and Company is busy burning the midnight oil. Know who is doing your taxes, call 935-2951 and get your taxes on time.

2.  Oxborrow Enterprises, Inc. offices are located at 950 W. Elm Avenue. Excellent work and major supporters of Coalinga activities, Oxborrow Enterprises, Inc. is a true landmark in Coalinga history.

3. Roy’s Lock Shop is the keeper of the keys. If you lock yourself out, need locks changed or just need help with an older lock give Roy Chitwood a call at 559-999-0815.

4. Tamayo Yard Service, Coalinga’s best yard service as he mows, trims, weeds, fixes sprinklers, timers and so much more. Please call 559-246-5518 to schedule your appointment and get in condition to be beautiful