This year for the first time, the L.A. County Fair will host a house-raising party during its 18-day run from Sept. 8 – Oct. 1 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). The Pomona Valley Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity and its team of volunteers will build the “Fairest” house of them all near the Clocktower at Fairplex, allowing Fairguests to watch the daily progress on a 1,200 square-foot Habitat house. Upon completion, the house will be loaded onto flatbed trucks and relocated to C and 2nd Streets and become the 10th Habitat home in Chino.
Sept. 8, opening day of the Fair, will be wall-raising day for the Fair Habitat house. Local dignitaries will participate in the festivities along with the Hughes family of Ontario, who will call the Fair house home. Fairguests will be able to tour the home during the last weekend of the Fair.
A team of 60 to 80 volunteers and construction tradesmen will work on the house every day, working from the base all the way to drywall. The home will have 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and will be built in two pieces to facilitate relocation to Chino. Fairplex Academy students studying the construction trade will volunteer for the project, working side by side with skilled tradesman, receiving on-the-job training in the process.
Fairplex Academy is a partnership between Fairplex and the Pomona Unified School District that provides high school students with academic courses as well as opportunities for careers in areas such as hospitality, technology, horticulture, marketing, and construction. Regional occupation programs help Fairplex Academy students work with Fairplex business partners such as Cornucopia Foods LLC, Wally Parks Motorsports Museum, and the Fairplex Child Development Center.
Pomona Valley Habitat for Humanity serves communities in the west end of San Bernardino County and the east end of Los Angeles County. Habitat operates as a partnership so that low-income families in need of housing work side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent and affordable homes. Home building is financed with new homeowners' house payments, proceeds from fund-raising activities and donations provided by supporters. Local businesses, churches, community groups and others have joined Habitat to tackle the problem of decent housing for all, offering a hand up, not a hand out. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with no-interest loans.
For information on sponsorship opportunities, visit www.habitatpv.org or contact Cyndi Torres (909) 596-7098 ext. 202.
For more information about the L.A. County Fair, visit www.lacountyfair.com or call (909) 623-3111.