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. 24 is Chino Hills 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 Hills 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 Hill’s Community Heroes for 2010, Nicole Wechsler and Irma Wickman.
Junior Hero Nicole Wechsler has displayed great citizenship, character and integrity from an early age. As a youngster, she went door to door in her neighborhood collecting towels for bedding for animals at the human society so that they had a warm place to sleep. In elementary school she tutored fellow students and worked as a camp counselor for Girl Scouts. Nicole’s volunteer efforts are admirable: working with Special Olympics, helping disabled children at her church, collecting canned food for the poor and elderly, making Thanksgiving meal baskets, helping her Girl Scout troop make hygiene baskets for the women who reside at Hillview Acres and making tie-dyed blankets for their children, being a student representative of Townsend Junior High’s PTSA, creating puppets, quilts and pillow cases for children at hospitals in Orange County and the Inland Valley and helping to put in a new floor at the Girl Scout house. As a Girl Scout, Nicole has earned the Silver Award and is working on the Gold Award. She has also earned the Presidential Community Service Award, having performed 75 hours of public service to her community.
Adult Hero Irma Wickman is a long-time volunteer with the city of Chino Hills. Wickman has assisted as a receptionist at city hall, helped out at various city functions and has overseen the road adoption program for Peyton Drive for many years. She is also a long-time volunteer with Wickman Elementary School, named after her late husband Michael, a former mayor of Chino Hills. Her work with the Wickman Educational Fund includes fundraising at various events. Wickman supports local military with her volunteer work with the Ontario USO, working as a greeter to incoming and departing military personnel, preparing food and care packages and more. She has offered continued support for the Chino Valley Young Marines.
Chino Hills residents, friends, family and supporters can join their community celebration on Sept. 24 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 Hills 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.