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Annual Chili Cookoff 2014

We don’t care who wins but we do go for the chili. And, this year, there was lots of chili from lots of contestants. Although crowds appeared to be down from last year (I’m sure the city exaggeators will dispute this), that just mean there was more chili to go around.

The Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cookoff has grown over the years from a meager crowd of 3,000 or so, to accommodate more than 37,000 last year (this years figures aren’t in yet). This is the largest one day chili cookoff in the nation and Tustinites are justifiably proud.

There’s not just chili and beer here, either. A few years ago, they instituted a car show that has brought some of the finest classic and exotic vehicles to Main Street. We saw 57 Chevys alongside classic Karman Ghias in pristine condition and everything in between. The monthly Enderle Car Show was well advertised and, if this is a prelude, must be a great one.

Although we looked for the inevitable poltician, we actually didn’t find any – OK, we didn’t look that hard. We did see OC Supervisor Todd Spitzer’s tent sans Todd, who must have been out shmoozing with the other politicos in a hidden tent somewhere. No doubt many of them found their way to the judging table for the cookoff. As we all know, it’s the people’s choice that really counts. What do politicians know about chili?

Even in Our Town Tustin, security remains a priority for visitors

Even in Our Town Tustin, security remains a priority for visitors

B Street, was a respite for many from the Main Street crowds

B Street, was a respite for many from the Main Street crowds

New Cars

And New Cars

Old Cars

Old Cars

Some dogs had to work a little harder than others

Some dogs had to work a little harder than others

The usual suspects at the usual place

The usual suspects at the usual place

Long lines form at the best chili booths

Long lines form at the best chili booths

A brief clearing

A brief clearing

I coulda sworn it was the crooner himself.

I coulda sworn it was the crooner himself.

Our foothill communities were well represented

Our foothill communities were well represented

Tyron made the best chili fritos and you didn't need a ticket

Tyron made the best chili fritos and you didn’t need a ticket

 

Local Activist to Receive Award

JacksonIf you live in Our Town Tustin, you probably know, or at leaast heard of, Tyron Jackson. Jackson is a local celebrity who has used his fame and talents to assist the most needy in our community. One of his most recent gigs was a life-size card to the troops thanking them for their service. Tyron has been the recipient of numerous awards.

On May 20th, Jackson will receive another award from the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education, Tustin Unified School District. The Making a Difference Award is being presented to Jackson for his work with special education students in the school district where he works. According to a copy of the letter he received, the award recognizes “individuals who have exceeded the expectations in serving students with special needs”.

Tyron will receive the award at their 10th Annual Recognition Event, Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM in the Hicks Canyon Elementary School, Irvine.

Congratulations, Tyron. Keep up the good work!

Lives Were Touched

“Today we didn’t see a homeless person, we didn’t see a troubled youth, we didn’t see a struggling family, we didn’t see a person who was ill, we didn’t see race, we didn’t see gender, we didn’t see gay, we didn’t see straight, we didn’t see rich, we didn’t see poor, we didn’t see educated, we didn’t see uneducated, we didn’t see Democrat, we didn’t see Republican.”

communityLeave it to our own Tyron Jackson to put on a smash event for the less fortunate in our community. Jackson doesn’t separate, however. Instead, he brings the communitiy together in a way that everyone feels worth and comfort in a sometimes hostile world.

“We wanted a day where our friends and families in need could come and just enjoy themselves. Today we gave them that,” said Jackson in an email blast to his followers.

The community potluck was held at Peppertree Park where a great celebration of life took place with friends, volunteers and those in need broke bread and enjoyed each other’s company. After the event, Jackson went to several places in Orange County to serve and help his “homeless friends and families” that couldn’t make it to Tustin. Volunteers served food and handed out clothing, blankets and other essentials. Radio Station KJLH 102.3, provided music at Peppertree Park for everyone’s enjoyment.

Jackson is already planning his next event, although he hasn’t said when or where it will be held. His community of volunteers and followers will be with him, wherever he sets up camp, to help do what they do best, bring smiles to faces.

Jackson occasionally gets some feedback from those he helps. In a recent missive, he wrote, “Upon meeting with some of our homeless friends today. I ran into one who attended our community potluck. He said he had a great time and he left feeling loved. His exact words were,’You guys made me feel special and now I feel like I can get back up.”

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Operation Warm Wishes – Community Potluck

Jackson Potluck Flyer

Join our favorite local celeb, Tyron Jackson, as he presents another Warm Wishes event in Peppertree Park. Jackson and his hearty band of volunteers will be feeding “the homeless, families in need, troubled youth, those suffering from various illnesses and anyone in need of good food and good company.” This is a trademark event for Jackson who has made it his mission in life to make sure the forgotten are not forgotten. You don’t have to be homeless or needy to come to his events but you do have to have a good heart and a willingness to be with others of like mind. Jackson emphasizes the need for folks to just be there for others. The food and company are great. So, come on out and join Tyron for another great event.