MORONGO VALLEY — Proceeds from Morongo Valley’s annual weekend-long Fiesta Days is still being tallied, but organizers say it is “the best year yet.”
Last year, the three-day event raised around $1,000 for the Morongo Valley Firefighters Auxiliary Association. Fiesta Days volunteers Charlie Cioffi and Debbie Harris said Tuesday this year’s proceeds will exceed 2011’s.
Festivities kicked off Friday evening at Covington Park with live music, a DJ and a cantina and continued all day Saturday through Sunday afternoon.
The finale of Saturday’s events was a battle of the bands that featured Ghost Train, Miss Guided, Wikid Jed and Daytime Moon, which took home the $300 grand prize.
Sunday, kids and teens showcased their bike and scooter skills for a competition at the local skate park. Sebastian Kimball won the contest.
This year, Fiesta Days included Morongo Valley’s Got Talent, which saw singers, dancers, musicians and comedians competing for cash prizes sponsored by AJW Construction.
In the adult age group, David McChesney wowed judges with his solo harmonica performance, earning him third place and $25. Brent Simpson performed an original song with his guitar, harmonica and foot bells, earning him the second place $50 price. Ventroliquist Rob Watkins took home the first place prize of $100 for his act, after his sidekick puppet elicited laughs from the audience.
In the 17 and under division, Hannah Starner took home third place for her singing, Hilary and Lily Robinson won second place for their dance routine and Elisa Murray snagged the grand prize for her dance routine to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”
Morongo Valley will host its next community event, a firefighters appreciation day picnic, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at Covington Park.