Heber Public Utility District Celebrates 85th Anniversary

Attendees, including Pikachu, enjoy listening to music and spending quality family time together during Heber Public Utilities’ 85th anniversary Saturday at Tito Huerta Park.

HEBER – Celebrating its 85th anniversary, the Heber Public Utility District went all out for the event with a full day of activities that drew hundreds of visitors from as far away as San Diego, Yuma, Las Vegas and Los Angeles to Tito Huerta Park in Heber Saturday.

The event began bright and early with a 5K, a one mile and half mile runs followed by a costume run, a parade and street fair with numerous vendors and a live country band.

Taking first place in the 5K was Manuel Panalez, a Holtiville High School freshman who clocked a 20:50 minute record, while Fabian Reneon won second, and Andy Rios finished in third place.

Karen Salais, a seventh grade student at Enrique Camarana Junior High School in Calexico, finished first place in the mile run with a time of 6:12, while Samuel Eduardo Figueroa won second at 8:10. Setting a record with 2:55 in the half-mile run and taking first place was Cesar Delgadillo, a fifth grade student at Heber Elementary School.

“It was a great day – the costume run, parade and street fair – all to celebrate Heber Public Utility District’s 85th Anniversary,” said Tony Sandoval, president of the Heber Public Utility District. “Go Heber!”

Enjoying the live music and showing off a dance move or two was Hector Zavala, another Heber resident.

“I can’t recall the last time we had an event like this one,” said Zavala. “There are so many activities already, and it just started. It’s a great way to spend the day.”

The street fair included numerous booths that sold an array of goods ranging from head bows, homemade Christmas decorations, jewelry, funnel cakes, tacos and drinks.

The Hidalgo Society Folklorico dancers, dressed as sugar skulls, gave an outstanding performance earning a large round of applause from viewers.

Imperial County Board of Supervisor candidates Cheryl Viegas-Walker and Luis Plancarte, along with Imperial Irrigation District candidate Daniel Romero, also manned booths at Saturday’s celebration hoping to stand out and attract potential votes from the attendees.

“We’re having a great time out here,” said Viegas-Walker.

The Dogwood 4-H Club offered a petting zoo with various Hampshire sheep where children had the opportunity to enter into the pen to pet and feed the fluffy animals.

“They are soft,” said 4-year-old Rosie Marquez, who was visiting from San Diego. “I like to feed them and I’m not scared.”

Several vintage vehicles, including a 1950 Chevy pickup truck, were on display for classic and vintage car aficionados while the Heber Fire Department also displayed several firetrucks.

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