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The 53rd Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest - See You At The Square

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

This year's Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest is this Thursday, July 7, and we can't wait! Join us at noon in Union Square for what is a perennial, fun-filled favorite. 

Detail view of front end of Cable Car 12 showing the number "12" in gold paint and the maroon Bell Ringing poster next to the car's round white headlamp.
Cable Car 12, used for the preliminary competition, emblazoned with this years contest poster, June 23, 2016.

Thursday's festivities kick off with a charity bell ringing contes with local media luminaries ringing for prizes that award donations to their favorite causes. This is followed by the main event: the professional bell ringing championship, featuring the men and women who operate San Francisco's historic cable cars.

Photograph of Byron Cobb, 2015 Cable Car Bell Ringing Champion ringing bell at the 2016 preliminary competition.
Defending 2015 champ, Byron Cobb, entertains the crowd with a little bell ringing freestyle at this year's preliminary competition.

A little over a week ago, Muni's Cable Car Division held the preliminary competition to determine who would get to ring at the final event. This week's contestants will be: Ignacio Sandoval, Trini Whittaker, Singh Rai, Cassandra Griffin, Joseph Sue and Leonard Oats.  

Group photo of seven Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest standing on running boards and side of cable car, clapping and smiling.
2016 Bell Ringing finalists clapping as the announcement is made that they'll be going on to the July 7 contest. Taken June 23, 2016. (L to R: Joseph Sue, Trini Whittaker, Ignacio Sandoval, Leonard Oats, and Cassandra Griffin)

This is a don't-miss event that we look forward to hosting every year, but we can't do it alone. Our co=presenter is the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. The event is supported by the merchants and members of San Francisco Travel, The Union Square Business Improvement DistrictSan Francisco Recreation and Park and the Cable Car Museum.

Special thanks to our Gold level sponsors: Omni San Francisco HotelSam's Cable Car LoungeNew Delhi RestaurantThe San Francisco Dungeon and SFMOMA.

Additional generous sponsors include 7D ExperienceAardvark BooksAlcatraz CruisesArgonaut HotelAxiom Hotel, Bay Aquarium, Beach Blanket BabylonBurritt Room + TavernCityPASSCobb's Comedy ClubElectric Tour CompanyFirst Crush Restaurant & BarFog Harbor Fish HouseGoCar ToursHornblower CruisesHotel GraceHotel ZelosMarker HotelMystic Hotel by Charlie PalmerPier 2620 Hotel Fisherman's WharfPuccini & Pinetti Italian GrillPunchlineRed & White FleetSan Francisco Fire Engine Tours & AdventuresSan Francisco GiantsSan Francisco Marriott MarquisSan Francisco SymphonySenza HotelSheraton Fisherman's WharfSports BasementTaj Campton PlaceThe Contemporary Jewish MuseumWild SF Tours and Winery Collective.