Each year the L.A. County Fair honors Community Heroes – young adults and adults – from 18 surrounding cities during the 23 days of the Fair, Sept. 4 – Oct. 3. Wednesday, Sept. 8 is San Dimas Day at the Fair, a day to celebrate the work of volunteers, humanitarians, students, neighbors and community organizations to make their city a better place to live.
San Dimas Day festivities include a parade at 5 p.m. down Broadway featuring community groups and bands. At 5:30 p.m., a presentation will be held to honor San Dimas’ Junior Heroes for 2010, Laura and Silvia Villagram, and Adult Hero Sylvia Chapman on the Building 4 Stage.
Junior Heroes Laura and Silvia Villagram, twin sisters, have been involved with the City of San Dimas Student Union Teen Action Committee (TAC) for the past three years. They are TAC commissioners that train new members about TAC’s community involvement and the Student Union. They volunteer and assist at about 10 Student Union events, and were instrumental in the success of the Halloween Haunted Hall and the Student Union’s 10th Anniversary party. They have also represented TAC at various Parks and Recreation events, including the Festival of Arts Fall and Spring Art Shows. “Laura and Silvia are committed to the TAC and volunteering in the San Dimas community. As graduating seniors from San Dimas High School, their presence in the TAC will be missed, but they are leaving TAC in a strong position,” stated La Toyia Ward, San Dimas Recreation Coordinator for the City of San Dimas Parks and Recreation Department.
Though she lives in La Puente, Adult Hero Sylvia Chapman is very active in the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce, the San Dimas Sheriff’s Booster Club and volunteer program, Western Days, Car Show and Music in the Park. “Sylvia can be seen at nearly every event in San Dimas and she is not a person who just attends. She will be on a volunteer job nearly every occasion,” stated Jeffrey W. Templeman, San Dimas City Councilman. “Sylvia doesn’t even live in San Dimas, and yet the spirit of her volunteerism speaks volumes about her Hero Spirit.”
San Dimas residents, friends, family and supporters can join their community celebration on Sept. 8 for just $5 before 5 p.m. with a coupon or voucher available at lacountyfair.com. Coupons are also available at the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce, City Hall and other community locations. Come for the Fair; stay for the community festivities: parade at 5 p.m. and hero presentation at 5:30 p.m.
The L.A. County Fair opens Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4 – 6 and then Wednesday – Sunday, Sept. 8 – Oct. 3, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Live thoroughbred horse racing at Fairplex Park will be Sept. 9 – Sept. 27, dark Mondays Sept. 13, 20 and Tuesdays.
For information about ways to save at the Fair, visit lacountyfair.com.
Under the direction of the Los Angeles County Fair Association, Fairplex is home to the L.A. County Fair, the largest county fair in the world, as well as The Learning Centers which encompasses Fairtime Learning, The Child Development Center, The Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC), the Junior Fair Board, and the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts. Fairplex also operates a diverse hospitality business with the Sheraton Fairplex, McKinley’s Grille, KOA RV Park, Finish Line Sports Grill, Cornucopia Foods, and the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center (opening 2011). The campus is also home to the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona; horse-racing and Barretts Equine Limited; as well as the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. For more information, please visit www.fairplex.com.