Anza Summer Nights wraps up season with car show, concert

This dune buggy is on display at the car show at Anza Summer Nights Saturday, Sept. 7. Diane Sieker photo

The final Anza Summer Nights concert and car show event in Minor Park went out with a bang Saturday, Sept. 7, and will be back again next summer.

The event included classic cars, food, music from Natural Selection, a gaming trailer, vendors and activities for the children.

From classic cars, dune buggies, street rods, to off-road machines and local road warriors, the car show drew many friends and neighbors to share their automotive passions. The glitter of chrome and the rumble of horsepower thrilled everyone in attendance.

Organized by Chris Walters, William Hamlett and Russell Kitchen, the car show will be a mainstay in future Anza Summer Nights events, they said.

The gaming trailer entertained gaming enthusiasts throughout the evening. The self-contained system featured a trailer equipped with large TV screens inside and two screens more outside. Visitors played games selected by the players. Inside, the comfortable seating allowed for over a dozen participants to all enjoy the fun.

Food vendors sold meals and snacks as children played games and made crafts and their parents visited the various sellers set up around the park.

“I want to thank the sponsors and the community for making this wonderful event happen,” Kitchen, from the Soil Kitchen and Kids of Anza, said. “We had a great summer. It was awesome to see our community begin to build and come together once again. I am looking forward to next year with new bands and activities.”

Anza-favorite Natural Selection performed classic rock, country, pop and more.

A booth from the High Country Growers Association greeted attendees. Members handed out information and chatted about the purpose of the nonprofit organization.

Radio station KOYT-FM 91.7 was on hand as well, promoting the local station and making new friends.

The event sponsors and vendors included Heritage Well Service, Rod Bourgeois Pump, Kurt McKinney, Wicker Water Well Service, Cahuilla Casino, Dairy Queen, Gary Worobec, the Soil Kitchen, KOYT Radio, Anza Hardware, Icon Industries, The High Country Growers Association, Anza Cali Raw, Anza Civic Improvement League and Natural Selection. Also included was Neil Fredberg, Allie Marx with Home Depot, the Meal Wagon – an extension of Mias Country Kitchen in Hemet, Bentley Hunt,  Christina Soriano, Tony Onzures, the Salazars, Gaming West gaming trailers, Anza Gas, Todd Morse, Heather with Color Street and countless volunteers.

“I really enjoyed the music,” Steve Gardner said. “It covered several stages of my life and brought me back to yesteryear. The absolute best part though had to be the $5 pulled pork sandwiches sold by Tony Onzures. I watched his first customer devour the heaping pile-o pig and go directly back for more so I followed.”

For more information about Anza Summer Nights, contact Russell Kitchen with the Soil Kitchen at

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at