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September 23, 2011

Chandler seeks entries for Centennial Birthday Cake Design Contest

Chandler is celebrating a big birthday next May, and it needs a special cake to truly make it the party of a century. That is why the Chandler Centennial Committee is inviting anyone who loves to decorate cakes to show off their design and baking skills and enter the Centennial Birthday Cake Contest presented by the Bashas’ Family of Stores – Bashas', Food City and A.J.’s Fine Foods. 

Whether you are a professional baker, a fan of some of the many cake decorating themed shows on TV, or just a cake decorating legend among family and friends, this is your chance to shine, and honor the City’s history and heritage at the same time. The theme of the cake contest is “Celebrating Chandler’s 100th Birthday.” 

Contest entrants will initially submit their design for preliminary judging, and if their design is chosen as a finalist they must bake and decorate their cake design for final judging and public sampling at the “Happy Birthday, Chandler!” event on May 17, 2012. Contestants are responsible for the cost of their own supplies and ingredients, and are expected to provide 200-500 cake servings for the May 17 event. Designs that incorporate cupcakes are allowed.

“The Basha family has been a part of Chandler for more than 90 years,” said Kristy Nied, Director of Communications for Bashas’ Family of Stores. “Bashas’, Food City and AJ’s are proud to support Chandler’s Centennial Celebration. We’re looking forward to seeing how Chandler residents creatively incorporate the Centennial theme into their cake designs.”

Enter the Chandler Centennial Birthday Cake Design Contest!There are contest categories for individuals and two- or three-person teams. The teams can be named for or represent a local bakery, restaurant, catering firm, culinary school or other business. A third category, the People’s Choice Design Award, will be voted on by the public on May 17, when all winners will be announced. Prizes will be awarded in each category, and include Bashas’ gift cards. 

Entries must be postmarked or received by Tuesday, November 29, 2011. There is no fee to enter, however, you must be a Chandler citizen or work within the city limits to participate. Participants must also be at least 18 years of age, although there is an exception: high school age students may participate in the Team Category if one of the three members is 18 or older.

Each entry must consist of a written description of the cake ingredients and decorations, proof of residency or local employment, and a hand drawn sketch, graphic illustration, or 8”x10” photo of the proposed cake design. Applications and complete details are on the Centennial website at  Applications can also be picked up at City Hall, Community and Recreation Centers and Libraries.

Chandler Centennial Birthday Cake Contest semifinalists will be notified by Friday, December 23. The finalists will be announced on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, during the Centennial Kickoff event at City Hall. 

For more information, go to or call 480-782-2665.


Chandler Centennial Celebration Sponsors

The City of Chandler will be 100 years old on May 17, 2012. The City’s Centennial Steering Committee is currently planning a series of celebratory events, culminating with a huge community celebration weekend, May 17-19, 2012.

With limited resources, the Centennial Steering Committee is also recruiting volunteers, soliciting sponsors, and trying to raise funds through private donations to help defray costs for the featured centennial events. The level of community support and participation will determine the size and scope of the celebrations.

Many Chandler businesses have already stepped up to become sponsors and help us defray the costs of this endeavor either through in-kind or cash donations. These sponsorships will allow us to stage a number of Centennial events throughout 2012 to pay homage to our city, schools, and business community’s vast history and rich culture over the past 100 years.

Chandler Centennial sponsors and partners, to date, include:

Dr. A.J. Chandler ($15,000 Level)
      • Air Products
      • Bashas’ Family of Stores
Ocotillo ($5,000)
      • Salt River Project
San Tan ($2,500)
      • Chandler Chamber of Commerce
      • Crafco
      • Flores Wealth Management
      • First Credit Union
      • Orbital
      • Rockefeller Group
      • SanTan Sun News
      • Studio Creations
Ostrich (less than $1,000)
      • Harkins Theatres 

If you are interested in Centennial Sponsorship opportunities, please call 480-782-2220.