Needles, CA: Latest information regarding this Needles Centennial Celebration.

Needles, CA: Latest information regarding this Needles Centennial Celebration.

The community of Needles, California will be having it’s 100th year centennial celebration of incorporation during the Needles Centennial Celebration happening Friday to Sunday, October 4th to 6th, 2013 in Needles, California.

**** ZachNews has received updated information from organizers regarding the Needles Centennial Celebration. Here are a list of all the events happening for the Needles Centennial Celebration: ****

**** All activities, entertainment, street closures, and times of events are subject to change without notice. Please plan ahead for all events and street closures. ****

** On Friday, October 4th, 2013: **

The Needles Centennial Celebration will start with the following events in Needles, California:

– A Needles Centennial Dinner event will be held at the Needles Elk’s Lodge 1608 located at 1000 Lilly Hill Drive. The Needles Chamber of Commerce puts on a historic look back on the community and honored people from the community of Needles, California who have been instrumental in the support and growth of Needles, California over the last 100 years.

The evening begins reportedly around 4:00pm PT according to organizers with a social hour at 5:30pm PT.

Then Harvey Girls and Guys will serve dinner which would be a 5 course meal featuring recipes from historic Harvey House menus with a choice of beef, chicken, or vegetarian entrees at around 6:30pm PT.

A presentation of centennial honorees and a special historical program follow the dinner. The evening will be a champagne toast to the next 100 years for the community.

Tickets were $50.00 and there is limited seating.

**** Update!!: According to Needles Chamber of Commerce Organizer Sue Godnick, ZachNews would not be allowed to film or take pictures during the dinner event. According to Needles Centennial Committee Member Janice Paget, mayors to government leaders as well as many other official are planning to attend the dinner event. The dinner event is sold out and is planning to be a great night. ****

** Saturday, October 5th, 2013: **

A day of fun will be held around Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California with the following:

– A Farmer’s Market being put on by the Needles Downtown Business Alliance will be held at Santa Fe Park at around 9:00am PT to 1:00pm PT according to organizers.

– The 10/10 Event will be held next to the Needles City Council Chambers located on J Street near Bailey Avenue. According to the City of Needles, the National Day of the Republic of China commemorates the Wuch’ang Uprising of 1911. Around 100 people each year attend this event which was organized in 1973 by Bruce Weekley and Wing Yee.

As a result of the uprising the Ch’ing Dynasty was replaced; the Republic of China was founded on January 1st, 1912.

During the long-running Chinese Civil War which began in 1927, the nationalist government of the Republic of China relocated to the island of Taiwan in 1949 while the communist government of the People’s Republic of China assumed control of the mainland.

The ceremony will start the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner”, followed by the anthem of the Republic of China and then a flag-raising will be held outside Needles City Council Chambers.

– A traveling exhibit commemorating World War II and Cold War aviators is coming to the Needles Centennial Celebration.

Organizers say that the “Jimmy Doolittle” exhibit will be displayed at 857 Front Street near F Street and Santa Fe Park and will be on display from 9:00am to 6:00pm PT.

The exhibit will feature the following:

The Flying Tigers (American Volunteer Group) who fought the Japanese Zero planes during the China-Burma-India war.

The U.S. Army 14th Air Force who flew cargo planes over the Himalayan “hump” route to bring critical war supplies into China during WWII.

An air raid on Japan led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle on April 18, 1942. Five months after the day of infamy at Pearl Harbor that precipitated WWII, Doolittle’s 16 B-25 bombers launched from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet to attack Japan. The maneuver is credited with leading to the Japanese defeat at the Battle of Midway six weeks later.

The Black Bat Squadron: Republic of China air crews who flew low altitude electronic reconnaissance missions over mainland China during the Cold War.

The Black Cat Squadron: ROC airmen in Taiwan who flew the CIA-supplied American U-2 spy plane in high altitude reconnaissance of mainland China’s nuclear facilities and test sites during the Cold War.

– Classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles were on display starting around 10:00am PT during the Needles Elks Lodge Car Show outside the Needles Elk’s Lodge 1608 located at 1000 Lily Hill Drive.

– There will be a tour of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe locomotive during the event.

The locomotive tour will be held between 10:00am and 2:00pm PT.

The tour is free and children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

People can reportedly get picked up at Santa Fe Park and be transported to the locomotive tour which is being arranged by Trainmaster Paul Hamm and Burlington Northern Santa Fe’s Jeremy Smith.

**** Update!!: According to Needles Centennial Committee Member Janice Paget, the locomotive will be on a side track near Ed Parry Park near the railroad yard along a dirt road east of North K Street and behind the old El Garces Hotel which is an historic railroad station and hotel located in Downtown Needles, California. Construction is underway to restore important part of history. The locomotive may be arriving Friday morning. ****

Earlier plan were to have the locomotive on display along a side track near Front Street, but now that has changed according to organizers. ****

– A Needles Centennial Parade will be held along historic and world famous Route 66 and West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California to Santa Fe Park.

The Needles Centennial Parade route starts at the Line Up area on Front Street between D Street to A Street.

The parade will begin rolling and marching down D Street heading southbound onto West Broadway heading westbound into Downtown Needles, California. The parade will then turn onto F Street heading north to Front Street then turn onto Front Street heading westbound passing in front of Santa Fe Park. The parade will reportedly turn onto G Street heading southbound then turning again onto West Broadway heading westbound until J Street where the parade will turn onto J Street heading northbound where the parade will end.

There will be street closures on West Broadway, Front Street, and side streets from A Street to J Street entering the parade route.

Third Street from D Street and C Street to J Street is use as a detour route.

The public should come early to save the best seat along the parade route.

**** Update!!: According to Needles Centennial Committee Member Janice Paget, the grand marshal of the parade named earlier as United States Congressman Paul Cook will not be attending or being grand marshal due to being done in Washington, District of Columbia. Sources tell ZachNews that this may be related to the on going Government Shutdown. This may change, but this is what is being informed to ZachNews. ZachNews has reached out to United States Congressman Paul Cook for further information, but there is no response at this moment. Stay with ZachNews for news updates. ****

– A proclamation ceremony and a ceremony honoring local veterans immediately following the parade at around 2:00pm PT. Members of the Pasadena American Legion Post on hand to distribute 200 four-inch by six-inch American flags.

– A Pumpkin Race will be held around 3:00pm PT near the Needles Chamber of Commerce Office at G Street at Front Street. Pumpkins and various racing accouterments can be purchased during the event or be rented.

– There will be Vendors, Food, Beer Garden, Contests, Historical Games, Bounce House, Olde Time Pictures, Bear and Mustache Competition, Western Gun Fights, Music, Entertainment, and Dancers will be held at Santa Fe Park. The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe will have an informational booth displaying items of historical and cultural significance including art and bead work. The Needles Regional Museum located across the street from Santa Fe Park at 929 Front Street will be open on Saturday for tours. You can come in and purchase a new booklet on the history of Needles, California as well as pins, postcards, and many more items about our great community. The Needles Recreation Center’s Dance Trax 51 youth dance group will perform at around 3:00pm PT at Santa Fe Park.

– A Barbeque Dinner prepared by the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe and the Avi Resort and Casino will be held at around 5:00pm PT in Santa Fe Park.

– A Street Dance with a band will held at Santa Fe Park after the barbecue around 7:00pm PT. The Double XX Cross band is reportedly performing.

**** Update!!: A laser light show earlier planned to happen will now not be happening at the end of the event. Earlier in the planning stages of the Needles Centennial Celebration, a firework show was plan to happen, but that plan was changed because there wasn’t enough funding for firework show. ****

** Sunday, October 6th, 2013: **

– A Sunday morning pancake breakfast will be put on by Set Free Church.

**** Update!!: The Pancake Breakfast will now be held at the fellowship hall at Set Free Church located at 404 F Street. The Pancake Breakfast event will start at 7:00am PT. Earlier, the Needles Centennial Committee informed ZachNews that the Pancake Breakfast was going to be held at Santa Fe Park. But recently, ZachNews obtain updated information from organizers for the Pancake Breakfast event that the Pancake Breakfast event will be at their church. The whole community is welcome to enjoy a great pancake breakfast with bacon and sausage cooked up by great people. ****

** Transportation around the all the events are as follows: **

– The City of Needles provides a public transit system called the Needles Area Transit (NAT) which serves the citizens of Needles, California with affordable transportation within the City of Needles, California.

Whether traveling to work, shopping, hotel and motel, medical appointments, lunch, government offices, recreation facilities, or a friend’s house, Needles Area Transit can take you where you want to go.

Low fares and convenient, comfortable buses equipped with wheelchair lifts and bicycle racks make an enjoyable and efficient travel choice.

**** Here is the list of the new fare increase prices for Needles Area Transit effective Thursday, August 1st, 2013: ****

– Fixed Route Service; Per each boarding: $1.10

– Fixed Route Service; Senior Over 60 Years Old and Persons With Disabilities; Per each boarding: $1.00

– 30 Punch Card Pass; Per each boarding: $31.50

– Route Deviations Service: $1.60

– Route Deviations Service: Over 60 Years Old and Persons With Disabilities; Per each boarding: $1.50

** This requires presentation of city issued photo identification. **

Bus service runs Monday to Friday from 7:00am to closing at 7:00pm PT and on Saturday from 10:00am to closing at 2:00pm PT. No bus service on Sundays.

– The “Centennial Special” is a yellow school bus that will reportedly shuttle people around to all the attractions.

** Parking Areas: **

– Parking will vary from event to event. Side streets to empty dirt lots and paved parking lots are located on and around Santa Fe Park and along West Broadway and Third Street. 10/10 Event can find parking areas on and around J Street and Bailey Avenue. Parking areas for events at the Needles Elk’s Lodge 1608 can be on and around Lilly Hill Drive.

Come stop on into the Needles Centennial Headquarter located at the corner of West Broadway and G Street inside the Farmers Insurance building.

The Needles Centennial Headquarter is opened Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm PT.

The Needles Centennial Headquarter is were you can find out more information about the celebration of Needles’ 100 years of incorporation as a city. Come on in and buy some commemorative mugs, Route 66 banners, centennial lapel pins, coins, wooden nickels, shirts, tickets to the Needles Centennial Barbecue at Santa Fe Park, and bottles of Route 66 Root Beer soda.

The Needles Centennial Celebration Committee are selling commemorative coins for the celebration.

These Needles Centennial Celebration Commemorative Coins will cost $10.00 and can be purchase by contacting Bob Shaw or any of the Needles Centennial Celebration Committee Members.

To purchase the Needles Centennial Celebration Commemorative Coins, please call or email Bob Shaw at the following contact: 1 (702) 296-0363 or

You can also purchase the Needles Centennial Celebration Commemorative Coins at the Needles Chamber of Commerce Office located at 100 G Street near Front Street in Downtown Needles, California between 9:30am to 3:30pm PT Monday through Friday.

All proceeds from contributions and sales goes to help with the celebration.

So please save the date, tell your family, friends and neighbors, and join the community for the Needles Centennial Celebration in Needles, California.

If you would like to participate in the Needles Centennial Celebration, please call or email Bob Shaw at the following contacts: 1 (702) 296-0363 or

**** Wanted!!: The Needles Centennial Committee is looking for vendors, sponsors, entertainment, and bands for the Needles Centennial Celebration. If you would like to participate, please contact Bob Shaw. ****

If you would like to participate in the parade during the Needles Centennial Celebration, please contact Mary Gonzalez at: 1 (760) 326-7209 or Lana Shaw at: 1 (760) 326-5919.

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Have fun and hope to celebrate with you there soon.


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