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. Thursday, Sept. 30 is Walnut 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.
Walnut 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 Walnut’s Adult Hero TaniaZ Coday-Voss and her sons Tony and Gabriel Voss on the Building 4 Stage.
TaniaZ Coday-Voss is a member of the Walnut Valley Education Foundation, chaired the Teddy Bear Tea for two years, serves on the Citizens Oversight Committee, Facility Advisory Committee for the Walnut Valley Unified School District and is a Community Club volunteer for C.J. Morris Elementary School. She is also involved in AYSO and the Walnut Relay For Life. “She has ignited her love of volunteering in her sons Tony and Gabriel,” states Roxanne Lerma, a recreation supervisor with the City of Walnut. “TaniaZ is actively involved in both school-related as well as community organizations. She works tirelessly to give back to the Walnut community through heading committees, expressing her ideas, rounding up additional volunteers and lending a hand wherever one is needed. With two jobs and her most important role of being a mother, TaniaZ love of volunteering doesn’t end with her.
“She encourages Tony and Gabriel to give back to the community by incorporating their own interests,” Lerma continues. “Through his interest in music, Tony Voss plays the piano at retirement homes. Gabriel gets a chance to be with animals while he cleans up stables on a voluntary basis. TaniaZ passes on a legacy to her children that each person plays a role in making their community a better place to live.”
Walnut residents, friends, family and supporters can join their community celebration on Sept. 30 for just $5 before 5 p.m. with a coupon or voucher available at lacountyfair.com. Coupons are also available at the Walnut 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.