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July 4, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon will officially be turning 100 years old on Monday, November 12, 2012. In celebrating our mission statement, Honoring and Celebrating the People Who Make El Cajon the Valley of Opportunity,” the City will be hanging colorful Centennial banners on light posts in El Cajon, depicting various historical moments during the past 100 years in El Cajon. 

There are nine separate banner designs that will take you down memory lane, including Bounty of the Valley, Drive-In Car Culture, Family Fun Time, Gillespie Field, Mother Goose Parade, Music and the Arts, Western Artist Olaf Wieghorst, Cajon Speedway and the San Diego and Cuyamaca Railway.  Approximately 150 banners will be displayed on Main Street downtown, Fletcher Parkway near Westfield Parkway, Second Street, El Cajon Boulevard, Rea Avenue and at the Prescott Promenade.

The banner themes were designed based on creative input received from the community at Centennial meetings held during the past year.  Each banner tells a story about El Cajon through the years that can be found on the El Cajon Centennial website at www.elcajon100.com.      
Join a Centennial Celebration Community meeting at 5:30 p.m. on July 9 at the Ronald Reagan Community Center located at 195 E. Douglas Avenue in El Cajon. City staff will be sharing Centennial Celebration plans for November 12.  Find out how you can be a part of history as a volunteer and help us celebrate and honor the people who make El Cajon the Valley of Opportunity!
The El Cajon Historical Society has been instrumental in providing information for the Centennial. City staff have been meeting weekly in planning a large City festival for Monday, November 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the downtown Civic Plaza area and on downtown’s Main Street.  
For information on the City of El Cajon’s birthday celebration, please visit www.elcajon100.com.  Once there you can sign up for Centennial updates, and share stories and photos of growing up in El Cajon!   


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