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 Rancho Cucamonga 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.
Rancho Cucamonga 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 Rancho Cucamonga’s Community Heroes for 2010, junior hero Bryn Griffith and adult heroes Cora and Jack Peterson.
Junior hero Bryn is a high school senior who excels academically and still finds time to give to others. She began volunteering when she was in elementary school, helping her mom who was an instructional aide in a classroom. Bryn still assists at book fairs, back to school nights and PTA events. In middle school Bryn assisted teachers and tutored other students. She has always been active in her community with tutoring, helping, fundraising and giving her time to others. Bryn has volunteered at the L.A. Mission’s women’s shelter, which she hopes to do more of. She has also helped raise funds for the City of Hope’s Hoops for Hope and White Out Cancer Varsity Nights. Bryn plans to pursue a degree in nursing at Point Loma Nazarene University.
Adult Heroes Cora and Jack Peterson began the Challenger Little League for children with all disabilities after their son was diagnosed with autism. When they saw how much their son and other children flourished with the experience, they began the Challengers Bowling League for the mentally and physically challenged, which has been going strong for 12 years. The Petersons started the bowling league with a handful of kids on six lanes; they are up to 75 participants of all ages, using 30 lanes. The couple raises funds for their program with a chili cook-off/arts and crafts fair through the Fraternal Order of Eagles, often dipping into their own pockets to help with scholarships for the bowling program. And Cora provides, and personally embroiders, all the bowling shirts.
Rancho Cucamonga 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 on the community page at lacountyfair.com. Coupons are also available at the Rancho Cucamonga 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.