A poster proclaimed “San Diego County has 6,687 farms — more than any other county in the United States.”
Eileen Turk, parks and recreation division manager for the city, noted that the public voted to name two trees — the coastal oak and the golden medallion — official trees of the city.
Lynette Short from Cal Fire presented Oceanside with a Tree City USA award for the sixth consecutive year and told how Julius Sterling Morton started Arbor Day in the Nebraska Territory in 1872. Officially, the date falls in April, but it can be celebrated any time there are trees for planting.
Mayor Jim Wood told the students that later on, when they lie under a tree at the park, they can remember that they planted it.
Also at the event, John Mahoney demonstrated chain-saw wood carving with an array of sculptures ranging from fishes and owls to totems. He noted they were being saved from the landfill.
After instructions from city parks workers, students from Ocean Shores High School and MiraCosta College planted 11 trees — crepe myrtle and redbud.
The fly-in, car show at the airport replaced an annual barbecue that didn’t bring out a lot of people, according to Gordon Nesbitt, president of the sponsoring Oceanside Airport Association, a booster group.
Saturday, it was a different story.
“Actually we had 147 registered show cars (and perhaps a dozen that slipped in without registering/paying),” Nesbitt said. “We estimated attendance at around 1,400 visitors.
“All proceeds are going toward the Jack Cassan Memorial Flight Scholarship for local high school students,” Nesbitt said.
Every type of vehicle was displayed.
Hot rods and vintage cars vied for attention with flatbed trucks and fancy Ferraris. One license plate declared a 1932 Ford roadster “Fun 4 Pop.”
Some had rumble seats, and many sported neon colors such as “furious fuchsia.”
A Ford De Tomaso Pantera displayed a sign declaring it had “the body of a sexy Italian exotic with the heart of an American muscle car.”
One car towed a teardrop camping trailer, a vintage vehicle in itself.
REACH, the new medical helicopter service contracting with the city, was on display, and all the while, a calliope aboard an old carpenter’s tow truck played, Tsunami Skydivers demonstrated their skills, biplanes and sleek one-seaters took off from the runway, and radio-controlled jets zoomed overhead.
“It’s one of the nicer shows because of the aerial (component),” said Julie Walker as her husband, Jeff, watched the model planes, and she stayed with their 1968 Plymouth GTX classic muscle car on display.
The air show — and the prizes — set this event apart, Walker said, noting that plaques for winning vehicles in various categories carried aeronautical names such as “Most likely to plow an airfield” and had the likes of spark plugs or airplane instruments attached.
Lola Sherman is a freelance writer. Contact her at lola@ seaside-media-services.com