Cameron Park Life

Enjoy fun, fireworks at Summer Spectacular

By From page B1 | June 26, 2013

Be dazzled at Cameron Park’s 14th annual Summer Spectacular Saturday, June 29. The fun-filled day of music, food, activities and exhibits concludes at dark with a world-renowned fireworks show over the lake.

Many are familiar with the event for the fireworks alone, but the fun stretches out the whole day. At 2 p.m. the Kenny Frye Band kicks off the stage entertainment. The opening act is often compared to country stars Brooks & Dunn and Jason Aldean. Frye first toured as a rock act across the United States in the 1980s and ’90s, opening for headliners Warrant, Scorpion, Guns & Roses and C.C. DeVille of Poison. A self-taught vocalist and musician, Kenny often says, “I stopped doing rock and started doing country. I love performing in front of audiences and always give it everything I can.”

Next on stage is local rock band Relic 45. Drawing from a rich history of southern rock influences from Ray Charles to The Black Crowes, Relic 45 promises to get the crowd dancing.

Cameron Park Community Services District recreation coordinator Dan Friese said the Spectacular will have something for everyone, including open swim in the lagoon and a kids’ fun zone. A watermelon-eating contest by age will also entertain the crowd. Contestants will be divided by 6- to 8-year-olds, 9-12, 13-16 and 16 and older.

A dozen food vendors will dish out their best, including Brickhouse Wood Fired Pizza, Texas Street Tacos, Original Kettlecorn, Lumpkin Dirty Dogs, The Orient, Out of this World Concession and Jamba Juice.

The Summer Spectacular is traditionally held the weekend before the Fourth of July so enthusiasts can spread out the festivities of the season, according to Friese. “It allows people more opportunities to be active the whole week of the Fourth of July,” he explained.

Mother of two Julie Prather said the Summer Spectacular has been a highlight of her summer since she moved to Cameron Park 12 years ago. “Besides the fireworks being amazing, it’s also great to run into friends we haven’t seen in awhile,” she explained. “The lake is open earlier in the day for fun and games or just a stroll around the lake until it’s time to throw out a blanket and curl up with someone to watch the fireworks. It is such a cool part of living in a small town!”

Friese said upward of 6,000 people from as far as the Bay Area and Nevada are expected to attend the community event. Parking is available inside the Cameron Park airpark, which has an entry point on the east side of the lake, he said. People are also able to walk in through the Cambridge Road entrance, but there is no parking on Cambridge; there will be signs indicating where people cannot park. Barron Court inside the airpark is the best place to park and it is free.

Advance wristbands are sold for $3 at the Cameron Park Walgreens, Food Bank of El Dorado County, Bel-Air, Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce and at the CPCSD office located at 2502 Country Club Drive. Children 6 and younger are free. Cameron Park Lake is located at 2989 Cambridge Road.

For more information visit or call (530) 677-2231.

Julie Samrick


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