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By Kelly Strodl | July 31, 2006
Shawn Jewelinski pounded his drums Sunday in front of a packed crowd like there was no tomorrow. And there was no tomorrow -- for the Orange County Fair, that is. So it was only the Heritage stage, which seats no more than 300 at the fair, but that didn't seem to matter to the 14-year-old Yorba Linda boy. He gave the crowd a drum solo worthy of an arena rock concert, taking the audience on a minute-plus journey of changing tempos and...
March 28, 2009
The Sage Hill School in Newport Beach celebrated the diverse backgrounds of its roughly 450 students with its annual multicultural fair Saturday. The school flew flags of more than 30 countries on the road leading up to the school for the fair, which is in its eighth year. The school has students from all over the world, including Germany, France, Vietnam, China and South Africa. Persian, Indian and Korean dancers performed at the event. Students also brought their favorite foods from their native countries to the fair.
July 9, 2005
Marisa O'Neil Fairgoers didn't seem fazed by Thursday's terrorist attacks in London, which killed at least 50 people. So many people jammed the freeways on their way to the fair that the California Highway Patrol declared a traffic advisory just after 10 a.m. And although excessive security wasn't apparent, most people seemed to feel safe at the fair. "That's half the way around the world," Lancaster resident Adam Contreras said, as he lunched at a shady table with his family.
July 25, 2009
Going to the fair at night is a whole new experience for those who go mostly during the day. Walk down the pathways in the carnival area at night and its a whole new experience of sight and sound. First, it’s not unlike Las Vegas as the lights from the thrill rides blink and spin, covering the whole kaleidoscope of color. It draws you in. Second, as you get closer, the screams become evident from the scariest of rides. Screams rise and fall, disappearing only to rise again, the second one worse than the first.
August 2, 2004
Jeff Benson Maybe the candied apples were tastier this year. Or perhaps the rides were better maintained than they've been in years past. It could've meant the artwork was more artsy, the clowns more clown-like, the entertainment more entertaining and the lines less laborious. Maybe it was a stronger economy or an unscheduled appearance by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on his birthday. Maybe it was a younger generation of racing pigs or a star-studded musical and comedic lineup.
May 16, 2003
Deirdre Newman Some of the classrooms at St. Joachim's School have been around since 1949. School officials are looking forward to the day when they can tear the old classrooms down and build a new school. To that end, they are looking to the St. Joachim Community Spring Fair this weekend to help raise needed funds. The fair, in its 11th year, will include food, games and carnival rides. Raffle tickets will be sold with a grand prize of $7,500.
March 4, 2009
Cyd Swerdlow Fill up on tantalizing foods from around the world; feast your eyes on traditional Greek and Eastern European folk dancing; move to the beat of Irvine s Gospel COR-ale; enjoy Korean, Persian and Indian dancing (and rappers!); see Chinese martial arts demonstrated by a world- renowned master; and much more. Kids activities include a global treasure hunt; children s theater; face-painting; calligraphy, and origami. Shop the ethnic bazaar and bid on unique cultural-themed auction baskets.
By Paul Oginni | July 23, 2009
The federal government reported today that the number of people receiving unemployment benefits topped 9.1 million, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise the lines were long outside the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel in Costa Mesa for a job fair. Eager job seekers got there early before the doors opened at 10 a.m. By the time the job fair closed at 3 p.m., the job fair had attracted 1,718 job seekers. A total of 28 companies were represented. “There were a lot of people here that I was surprised to see looking for a job,” said Jason Sarkozi, who was looking for a summer job. “Orange County’s job rate is supposed to be better than that of other regions, but there’s still lots of competition here.
April 30, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown recently reappointed Costa Mesa resident Douglas La Belle to the board that governs the Orange County Fairgrounds. La Belle, 70, was first appointed to the nine-member Fair Board in 2010. He will serve another four years in the unpaid position. La Belle is the former city manager of Chino Hills, where he worked from 1995 to 2009. He has also worked for Signal Hill, Huntington Beach, Cerritos and Garden Grove in a long public-sector career that began in the 1960s.
By Bradley Zint | April 24, 2014
Local historians urged the Orange County Fair Board on Thursday to approve a veterans garden for the fairgrounds to replace the one lost during the construction of the Pacific Amphitheatre more than 30 years ago. In a short presentation, Costa Mesa Historical Society President Bob Palazzola reminded the board and fairgrounds staff about the Orange County Memorial Garden Center , a 1.4-acre nonprofit facility erected in 1954 that commemorated the...
By Bradley Zint | March 27, 2014
A group of veterans and local activists urged the Orange County Fair Board on Thursday to build a memorial garden at the fairgrounds that would honor veterans and the property's military heritage. The garden would be an appropriate addition to the fairgrounds' planned veterans exhibit near the Centennial Farm, the group told the board, and provide a park-like meeting place for county veterans where they could grow their own food like the victory gardens of yore. The group added that the land would signify the fairgrounds' history as a 150-acre section of the 1,336-acre Santa Ana Army Air Base, a World War II facility that was decommissioned in 1946.
By Mona Shadia | March 22, 2014
Art has been a constant attraction for Jessy D'Auria. She knew from a young age that she wanted to use her creativity to make a difference and a living.  But figuring out what that would look like wasn't easy. D'Auria tried painting and then photography, but it wasn't until she found the art of tattooing two years ago that she found fulfillment. On Saturday, D'Auria, 32, was among about 250 tattoo artists at the O.C. Fair and Events Center in Costa Mesa for the seventh annual Musink Tattoo Convention and Music Festival.
By Bradley Zint | March 12, 2014
For a place with the word "agricultural" in its formal name, there's an awful lot of asphalt about. That was one recurring sentiment expressed Tuesday night during a free-flowing public session at the Orange County Fairgrounds - officially the 32nd District Agricultural Assn. Roughly 30 attendees gave their thoughts on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats - known in the business world as a SWOT analysis - for the 150-acre, state-owned property in Costa Mesa. And they did so without the Fair Board or fairgrounds staff in the room.
By Bradley Zint | February 27, 2014
The Orange County Fair Board on Thursday approved steps to create a nonprofit organization whose primary goal would be set up a veterans exhibit at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Officials estimate that it will cost the organization $12,000 to $15,000 to form a federally recognized nonprofit, as well as create bylaws and policies. The board's legal counsel - Manatt, Phelps & Phillips - will do the work. Fair Board Director Nick Berardino, a Vietnam War-era Marine veteran, said the exhibit will honor the memories of those who served their country and show that "freedom isn't free.
By Michael Miller | February 27, 2014
Growing up in Southern California as the son of an aerospace worker, Ricardo Mendoza never had to live the life of a migrant laborer. But he had a document framed on the wall at home that connected him to that part of the world. That was a letter from Cesar Chavez to Mendoza's grandfather, who served with the Mexican Consul and worked with the legendary activist to address human rights issues. "I did not have the opportunity to meet him," Mendoza said. "I think the letter is dated 1964 or '5, and I was just a kid. " Across the continent, in New York, another future artist, Josh Sarantitis, found himself inspired as a child when he read Chavez's biography.
By Mona Shadia | February 6, 2014
Lily Pham was born to Vietnamese parents, and although she remembers visiting Vietnam as a child, she never fully understood her parents or related to their culture. That is until Pham, 22, began getting involved with the annual Tet Festival of Southern California four years ago. "I started getting more connected to my Vietnamese side," said Pham, a Cal State Fullerton senior who is this year's festival director of marketing. "It opened my mind to the traditional culture, and it became a really big part of me. " Organized by the Union of Vietnamese Students Assn.
By Mona Shadia and Nuran Alteir | January 29, 2014
Students and parents gave the school board mixed marks Wednesday after it decided to remove 11 students from Corona del Mar High School for allegedly hacking into the school computer system and enhancing their grades. Some said the kids should be given a second chance, while others said the punishments, which were confidential and varied by student, were not harsh enough. CdM sophomore Skyler Gullick said trustees made the right decisions. "It's a really serious crime," she said.
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