People were steadily streaming north and west toward downtown in the late-afternoon sun.
Some were perched on the lawn around City Hall, others sat on the sidewalk or in lawn chairs, while others were filling the seats in front of the main stage, awaiting the opening ceremony for the city’s centennial bash.
“Rock Around the Clock” blared from the stage in front of City Hall as 5 p.m. struck. Mayor Jess Talamantes and master of ceremonies Fritz Coleman welcomed guests to the festivities, which ended with a fireworks show.
A little farther down from City Hall, people snapped photos of classic cars and stood in line for reusable centennial bags and signed centennial posters.
“It’s very cool that the artist is signing the posters,” Lori Waite, an eight-year resident, said as she waited in the sun with her daughter. “They have a nice art-deco feel, and I think it’s worth having as a keepsake.”