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Our View: Creekside Classic event hits the spot

Posted: May 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.

It was a model of public/private partnership, a boon to a local worthy cause and a showcase of many qualities that make the Santa Clarita Valley a great place to live.

 In short, last Sunday’s Creekside Classic was a huge success, even surpassing the expectations of some of its organizers.
The event — which featured food trucks galore, live music, extensive displays of amazing custom, muscle and classic cars, a lot of family fun and great weather — drew an estimated 18,000 people and benefited the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Foundation.

That nonprofit agency buys equipment, pays for training and otherwise supports our local Sheriff’s Station and sheriff’s deputies.

The foundation arranged the auto show that drew entries from around Southern California, and it also managed VIP parking — all with the cooperation of the Valencia Auto Association auto dealers and Santa Clarita city officials.
Some of those dealers thought the crowds on blocked-off Creekside Road might hamper sales, but they were game anyway. And as it turned out, some 40 cars were sold on Sunday.

Also partnering in the effort was Newhall Land Development Inc., which sponsored the enormously popular food trucks parked up and down Creekside Road. The Creekside Classic drew 54 such trucks, compared to 22 at the inaugural Gourmet Food Truck Festival in October 2010, also sponsored by Newhall Land.

Facilitating all of it was the city of Santa Clarita Economic Development Division and, of course, the visitors — both local and out of the area — who turned out, enjoyed the show, the music and the food and made the entire event a success.

We commend the partnerships between the Valencia Auto Association, Newhall Land, the sheriff’s foundation and the city, as well as other sponsors, including The Signal, KHTS AM-1220, The Magazine of Santa Clarita and Time Warner Cable Media.

Together, the sponsors showcased the spirit of cooperation, community pride and common interests that made the event possible. Any one of the agencies involved surely could not have made the event the huge success it was by itself.

The event drew a bigger crowd than expected, and some food trucks ran out of rations. We thank those who attended for the patience and spirit of fun they brought to the event.

While the organizers are likely still assessing the success of the event, and haven’t committed to hosting it next year, we would encourage them to do so.

The Creekside Classic wasn’t just a model of cooperation and financial support for a much-valued local cause. It was a showcase of the spirit that makes the Santa Clarita Valley a great place to live.


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