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AJ’S WHEELS? A vehicle believed to have belonged to Dr. A. J. Chandler, left, was found in storage recently and put on display by Chandler Museum’s Jody Crago, left, and Nate Meyers along with other Model T’s. STSN photos


is where members of the Chandler Future Farmers of America (FFA) shared information about farm animals and crop production. The East Valley Model T Ford Club had several cars on display at the Ranch, and the East Valley Astronomy Club provided visitors with spectacular telescopic views of the sun and the stars. Another event highlight was the judging of the


Whiskerino contest. Competitors started growing their whiskers on Feb. 7 and were judged 102 days later for beard length, shape, color and creativity. The team of Sun Lakes Pest Control defeated Team Splendid Hair


Beards, farm animals, Model Ts On Sat., May 18, the Centennial Celebration Weekend culminated with the Chandler Bash of the Century at Tumbleweed Park. Thousands of residents enjoyed an old-fashioned picnic in the park, with musical entertainment, food and merchandise vendors, a Family Fun Zone and a fireworks finale. Throughout the evening, dozens of children, teens and adults competed in classic games, like the balloon toss and pie-eating contests hosted by the Chandler Recreation Division. One portion of the park, Tumbleweed Ranch, serves as a celebration of Chandler’s agricultural roots. That


Studios for the top prize. “We had an amazing three days here in Chandler,”


Mayor Tibshraeny says. “I heard from so many residents who shared with me how proud they are to be living here in Chandler. It was a celebration worthy of this great community.” Centennial organizers, who have been planning for the big celebration for more than two years, say they are pleased with the results of their efforts. “Everything we’ve done so far has been building


towards May 17th and the Celebration Weekend, and it was gratifying to see so many Chandler residents come out to honor their home town,” said Centennial Coordinator Jean Reynolds. “I think families will reminisce about this past weekend for years to come.” Tibshraeny agrees, adding, “I think about my daughter, Lauren, and the other young people who were there this weekend and realize that many of them will likely be at the City’s 150th birthday party in 2062.” He then joked, “Maybe, with the help of modern medicine and a little luck, I’ll join them.” Chandler’s Centennial commemoration continues


NOW SHAVE IT OFF: Some of the participants in the Whiskerino beard- growing contest. Submitted photo courtesy City of Chandler


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