On November 12, 2012, the City of El Cajon celebrated 100 years as a City as well as the Veterans Day holiday. Festivities were held from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Downtown El Cajon on Rea Avenue and East Main Street between Magnolia and Claydelle Avenues.
Over 15,000 were in attendance at this free, family event, which featured a special opening and closing celebration, including a Salute to our Veterans with Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, a former Marine, who lead the tribute.
The theme was based on Centennial banner venues throughout the event, complete with interactive and historical displays. There were two stages with community and musical entertainment, a marketplace, vintage cars for each decade, NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson's #48 show car, and a reunion of Stock Car Racers from the days of the Cajon Speedway!
For the kids, there were numerous kids crafts, pony rides, a petting zoo, a rock climbing wall, a cowboy boot camp and much-much more!
As part of the closing ceremony, a one-of-a-kind Taylor Guitar was given away at 5:00 p.m. to one lucky person who's name was drawn after completing the El Cajon Passport.
If you missed the event be sure to watch the Centennial Celebration video, which includes a special message from Jimmie Johnson, Centennial Plaza Dedication Ceremony, Taylor Guitar winner, event highlights and much more!