The Soledad Police Department Explorer Program is designed for young men and women to develop skills and knowledge needed to serve the people of Soledad and prepare them for a bright future in public safety. We are extremely proud of this program as it has helped the youth of our city keep on a positive path and to support their future.

For that reason, the City of Soledad, Soledad Police Department, The Soledad Recreation Department, Crusaders Car Club, and F & M Auto Repair are once again putting together the “Soledad Hot Summer Days” fundraiser. The event is anticipated to be a huge success where we anticipated hundreds of people coming to see over 300 cars, be part of the community, and to support the Explorers Program.

We are very excited for the opportunity to raise funds for this crucial program that will benefit the youth of our community and we would like your support to ensure that this event is a success. We could not do this work without the generous support of individuals like you. Any donation made to the Explorers Program is tax deductible. Donations may be made to Soledad Police Dept. Youth Prevention Program, P.O. Box 606, Soledad, CA  93960.  The tax I.D. is #77-0085498.

We are grateful for your support, and we hope we can count on your donation and presence during our Hot Summer Days that will be taking place on July 8th from 11am to 6pm along Front Street in Soledad.

Special Thanks to All Our Current Sponsors

Vehicle Registration:

If you have a hot summer vehicle you’d like to show off for the Summer Days event, you can sign it up here:



If you’d like to simply donate to the Explorers Program directly, you can do so here:


Pinup Contest Signup:

If you are interested in signing up for the Pinup contest, you can do so here:


Retail and Food Truck Vendors

Summer Days brings thousands of locals and Salinas Valley residents to the area for the event. Our retail and food truck vendors did extremely well last year and we want to ensure they are successful this time around. Below is a rough map of the layout we will be using. This is the Park and Ride lot next to the clock tower on Front Street.

If you are a vendor interested in registering for a spot, please fill out form below and send it to Tencia Vargas @ tvargas@cityofsoledad.com or deliver in person to the Gateway Center building at 502 Front Street.

Please be advised that this permit is only valid for this specific event.

All FOOD VENDOR registrations are due no later than May 31st by 5pm. This is due to verification of Health Permits.

All RETAIL VENDOR registrations are due no later than June 23, 2023.

The cost to participate in the event is as follows:
$250.00 for FOOD TRUCK Vendors
$200.00 FOOD Vendors
$150.00 for RETAIL Vendors
$50.00 for Local Non-Profit Organization / Youth Groups

Please be advised of the following guidelines:

• Food Vendors will need to provide proof of health permit.
• Vendors must provide their own equipment i.e.: canopies, tables, chairs etc.
• All fees are Non-Refundable as all proceeds will be going to help fund the Youth Violence Crime Prevention Program.
• No electric or running water is available.
• Our event will run from 11 am to 6 pm.; therefore, vendors may begin to set up at 7:00 am.
• We reserve the right to censor any booth.

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