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. Friday, Sept. 17 is Chino Day at the Fair, a day for celebrating volunteers, humanitarians, students, neighbors and community organizations working to make their city a better place to live for everyone.
Chino Day festivities include a parade down Broadway featuring civic organizations and school bands. A presentation will be held on the Building 4 Stage following the parade to honor Chino’s Community Heroes for 2010, Thomas Mac and Sandra Elrod.
Junior Hero Thomas Mac is being honored for being an exceptional student and his commitment to community service. The Chino High School graduate served as the president of the Chino High Key Club and president of the school’s National Honor Society. Through his work with these two groups, Thomas showed high levels of initiative, dedication and responsibility. Through the Key Club he organized volunteers for numerous community functions and personally volunteered at various city events including the Chino Youth Boxing banquet, Chino Youth Track Meet and the Holiday Parade and Fair. He is often the first to arrive for duty and the last to leave. Thomas will attend UCLA in the fall, where he plans to major in biochemistry.
Adult Hero Sandra Elrod has been involved with the Chino Community Center Corporation, the Mayoral Ball committee and the city of Chino’s Centennial Celebration committee. She has served the city for many years beginning with her position as an ambassador for the Chino Chamber of Commerce. She was a field representative for former mayor Fred Aguiar and chief of staff for former senator Ruben Ayala.
Chino residents, friends, family and supporters can join their community celebration on Sept. 17 for just $5 before 5 p.m. with a coupon or voucher available on the community page at lacountyfair.com. Coupons are also available at the Chino 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.