Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000


Thursday, April 25th, 2013
Issue 17, Volume 17.


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Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - The new (2013) Miss Fallbrook, Shavonne Donoghue, right, places a crown on Marissa Solis, 6, the new (2013) Little Miss Avocado at the festival on April 21.
The new (2013) Miss Fallbrook, Shavonne Donoghue, right, places a crown on Marissa Solis, 6, the new (2013) Little Miss Avocado at the festival on April 21.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - A dancer with the Nanahuatzin Folkloric Dance Company performs for the crowd at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival on April 21.
A dancer with the Nanahuatzin Folkloric Dance Company performs for the crowd at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival on April 21.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - Quintin Pongun, 5, is the newly crowned 2013 Little Mr. Avocado
Quintin Pongun, 5, is the newly crowned 2013 Little Mr. Avocado

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - A wild and creative guacamole presentation titled, “The Great Fallbrook Guactastrophy,” by Chef Jonathan Arbel, won first place in the guacamole contest. Arbel owns the popular Fallbrook eatery "Oink and Moo."
A wild and creative guacamole presentation titled, “The Great Fallbrook Guactastrophy,” by Chef Jonathan Arbel, won first place in the guacamole contest. Arbel owns the popular Fallbrook eatery "Oink and Moo."

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - Young racers participate in the Avo 500 at the Fallbrook Avocado Festival on April 21.
Young racers participate in the Avo 500 at the Fallbrook Avocado Festival on April 21.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - This entry in the Best Dressed Avocado contest was designed by 11-year-old Allyse Beshe and named “Vincent AVOn Gogh.”
This entry in the Best Dressed Avocado contest was designed by 11-year-old Allyse Beshe and named “Vincent AVOn Gogh.”

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - “Rockin’ Guac” is one of the entries in the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival guacamole contest on April 21.
“Rockin’ Guac” is one of the entries in the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival guacamole contest on April 21.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - This guacamole entry was presented in a colorful margarita glass.
This guacamole entry was presented in a colorful margarita glass.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - An avocado dish holds a guacamole entry topped with pomegranate seeds for judges to review.
An avocado dish holds a guacamole entry topped with pomegranate seeds for judges to review.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - One of the guacamole contest judges, Fallbrook Honorary Mayor Leo Romero loads a chip with guac for a taste.
One of the guacamole contest judges, Fallbrook Honorary Mayor Leo Romero loads a chip with guac for a taste.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - Hundreds of vendors and over 70,000 visitors packed Main Avenue in Fallbrook for the 27th annual Avocado Festival on April 21.
Hundreds of vendors and over 70,000 visitors packed Main Avenue in Fallbrook for the 27th annual Avocado Festival on April 21.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - A young boy spins around on a flying elephant ride offered at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.
A young boy spins around on a flying elephant ride offered at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Rick Mackenzie photo. - Julia Albanna, Miss Teen Fallbrook 2013, serves as am ambassador at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.
Julia Albanna, Miss Teen Fallbrook 2013, serves as am ambassador at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Josephine Mackenzie photo. - Foreground, Alex Mendoza surprised folklorico dancer Cindy Martinez with an invitation to the Prom with the help of some friends at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.
Foreground, Alex Mendoza surprised folklorico dancer Cindy Martinez with an invitation to the Prom with the help of some friends at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - Matthew Salek, 6, designed this entry for the “craziest” category in the Best Dressed Avocado contest at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.
Matthew Salek, 6, designed this entry for the “craziest” category in the Best Dressed Avocado contest at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - Eric Leon designed a somewhat feathery avocado entry for the Best Dressed Avocado contest at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.
Eric Leon designed a somewhat feathery avocado entry for the Best Dressed Avocado contest at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - Kylee Steele’s “avocado bride” entry was designed for the Best Dressed Avocado contest.
Kylee Steele’s “avocado bride” entry was designed for the Best Dressed Avocado contest.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - Nine-year-old Deidre Gorian, right, and her little brother, Arthur, 6, construct an avocado race car for the Avo 500 race.
Nine-year-old Deidre Gorian, right, and her little brother, Arthur, 6, construct an avocado race car for the Avo 500 race.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - Contestants who entered the Best Dressed Avocado competition pose for a picture with “Wendy” and “Frosty” at the Fallbrook Avocado Festival.
Contestants who entered the Best Dressed Avocado competition pose for a picture with “Wendy” and “Frosty” at the Fallbrook Avocado Festival.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - A bagpiper plays in front of Magee’s Tavern on Main Ave. during the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.
A bagpiper plays in front of Magee’s Tavern on Main Ave. during the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - Chris Crowell preps his entry for the guacamole contest at the 2013 Avocado Festival.
Chris Crowell preps his entry for the guacamole contest at the 2013 Avocado Festival.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - One of the guacamole judges, CHP Captain Deb Schroeder, samples an entry at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.
One of the guacamole judges, CHP Captain Deb Schroeder, samples an entry at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - Guacamole contest organizer Sue Shimer, goes in for a sample herself after all the hardwork coordinating the event.
Guacamole contest organizer Sue Shimer, goes in for a sample herself after all the hardwork coordinating the event.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - Judges for the guacamole contest, San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn, left, and North County Fire Chief, Bill Metcalf load up chips with tastes of guacamole.
Judges for the guacamole contest, San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn, left, and North County Fire Chief, Bill Metcalf load up chips with tastes of guacamole.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - A dancer with the Nanahuatzin Folkloric Dance Company performs at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.
A dancer with the Nanahuatzin Folkloric Dance Company performs at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - A dancer with the Nanahuatzin Folkloric Dance Company performs at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.
A dancer with the Nanahuatzin Folkloric Dance Company performs at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - Holy Guaca-Moly kept samples of award-winning guacamole flowing to guests at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival held April 21.
Holy Guaca-Moly kept samples of award-winning guacamole flowing to guests at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival held April 21.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - There was no shortage of locally grown avocados for festival visitors to purchases.
There was no shortage of locally grown avocados for festival visitors to purchases.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - The San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept. had its “eye in the sky” surveillance tower focused on the large crowd at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept. had its “eye in the sky” surveillance tower focused on the large crowd at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - Nicolas Gibbens, 10, demonstrates his martial arts skills during the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival. Gibbens is a student at ATA Success Martial Arts in Fallbrook.
Nicolas Gibbens, 10, demonstrates his martial arts skills during the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival. Gibbens is a student at ATA Success Martial Arts in Fallbrook.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - Tammy Kramer, owner of the new ATA Success Martial Arts location in downtown Fallbrook poses with her class during demonstrations performed at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.
Tammy Kramer, owner of the new ATA Success Martial Arts location in downtown Fallbrook poses with her class during demonstrations performed at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival.

Avocado Festival 2013 - annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 - Shane Gibson photo. - Many avocado vendors at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival were selling bags of avocados for $5.
Many avocado vendors at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival were selling bags of avocados for $5.


 

25 comments

Comment Profile Imagewonderful
Comment #1 | Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm
Fabulous photos, thank you
Comment Profile Imageranger1911
Comment #2 | Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 9:58 pm
The worst ever....
Comment Profile Imagejames
Comment #3 | Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm
no pictures of that cute little girl in the avocado dress?
Comment Profile Imagefbk1
Comment #4 | Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 9:44 am
The Avo festival has become nothing but a commercialized street fair selling imported crud from China and Mexico.
Comment Profile ImageJoemamma
Comment #5 | Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 5:43 pm
It would be nice to see the festival go two days. That might ease some of the crowds and make it more enjoyable. Plus they could have some bands at night or something.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #6 | Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 5:34 pm
About 15 or so years ago they did just that Joemama. The Saturday night before the festival they closed off Main between Alvarado and Elder and had a street dance with a great band. The restaurants in the area did big business that evening and everyone had a blast.
Comment Profile ImageTwo days!!!
Comment #7 | Saturday, Apr 27, 2013 at 10:03 pm
I agree, two days would be far better. I wish I would have gone but just knowing beforehand that the festival would be so crowded was a big turn off.
Comment Profile ImagePreston
Comment #8 | Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 7:46 am
Nice to see some Avocado related venders this year and the guacamole I tasted was delicious. Sorry you didn't have a good time Ranger1911 -- Maybe a good old street fair on an absolutely beautiful day is just not your thing.
Comment Profile ImageCindy
Comment #9 | Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 8:01 am
Can anybody give me vender info for the 1800 mattress sheets??
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #10 | Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 8:44 am
@ #4 fbk1

I couldn't agree more! Fallbrook isn't showcased; street vendors driving from town to town selling their garbage that has NOTHING to do with Fallbrook and avocados are. Again, the Hispanic community, THE backbone of our avocado community, should and must be showcased and celebrated even more!
Comment Profile ImageAgree with Lee
Comment #11 | Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 9:16 pm
I grew up in Manhattan Beach in the early seventies. We had a hometown fair where all the community groups participated and sold a variety of food, not all the junky vendors from out of town. I think if you could tap into the local groups you could have some awesome food. I would much rather give my money to local groups than some out of towner hawking their kitchen knives! I also like the idea of a Saturday night event although it would probably be a security nightmare.
Comment Profile Imageranger1911
Comment #12 | Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 10:49 pm
@Preston, been in Fallbrook since '97... most of the AF were much better... the day was hot, crowd was too much, too many bangers, bands sucked, layout was THE worst EVER...Just went to the Encintas Street Fair today...Night and day, Maybe, you should back away from the bong or go back to El Cajon? If you like Fallbrook's 2013, maybe Santa Ana has one for you? Better organization can fix Fallbrook... also, Lee...Huh? wtf? check out the crime stats....
Comment Profile ImagePreston
Comment #13 | Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 6:28 am
Does anyone know how much money is collected from the vendors (for their space) and how the funds are use?
Comment Profile Imagemomz
Comment #14 | Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 8:59 am
#7 I agree with you just the thought of the crowd and the strollers hitting the back of my ankles while I walk was just to much this year to deal with. I would love for it to be two days !! I think there would be a lot more fun and probably a lot more money for Fallbrook.
Comment Profile ImageHeads Up
Comment #15 | Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 10:24 am
I didn't go this year but am very thankful for the great pictures. THANKS VILLAGE NEWS!!!!
Comment Profile ImageFR86
Comment #16 | Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 12:59 pm
The festival was fine and thankfully no problems this year with gang members getting out of hand.......I agree with some of the comments though there should be more emphasis on Fallbrook but then I realized I didn't know what that would look like.....

Anyway, buy Fallbrook Avocados and support the local merchants!!
Comment Profile ImageChelle
Comment #17 | Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 2:19 pm
@Cindy
If you're looking for the 1800 thread count sheets that are also sold at Oceanside Street fair,,,Don't waste your money. We bought two sets and they are covered in Fuzz balls. You get what you pay for.
Comment Profile ImageMAV
Comment #18 | Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm
There needs to be more better music, & also make it a 2 day event.
Comment Profile ImageWrenchers
Comment #19 | Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm
Preston, if memory serves, 10'x10' booth spaces were up to $425.
Also, and without checking the actual numbers, the amount of actual vendors seemed to be down.

I also, have to question the validity of the vendor items being sold. I think if we were to check the percentage of vendors selling items even loosely related to Avocados, the results would be more closely related to revenues, not Avocados.

Preston, you also question how the funds are used. That's a great question that should addressed directly to the Fallbrook Chamber.

Considering the losses the village has experienced in terms of store closings in the retailers district on Main Ave, I have to question whether of some of that funding from previous Avo Fests could not have been better utilized in supporting the retailers.

But who am I to question? I'm just a business owner.
Comment Continued : The comment above was written from the same location.
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Comment Profile ImageWrenchers (Again)
Comment #20 | Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 12:56 pm
As a matter of fact, here is a little more detail of our discussion...

http://www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/cm/dpl/downloads/content/86/AvocadoVendorsFlyer2.pdf
Comment Profile ImageJill
Comment #21 | Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:45 am
Aw no one from the mag got pics of Snoop?!?
Comment Profile Imageranger1911
Comment #22 | Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm
it wasn't snoop.... he just looks like him.
Comment Profile Imagehate this guy
Comment #23 | Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 8:06 pm
Ranger1911 stay home next yr.....or go back to whereever u moved here from in 97.
Comment Profile ImageBonsallGayGuy
Comment #24 | Friday, May 3, 2013 at 12:46 pm
We had a great time.....although with all the food around it's never a good result for the waistline. My in-laws visiting from South Florida went with us too and graciously kept their mouths shut about their particular bias towards Florida avocados (how anyone with a half intact set of taste buds could ever compare the rich buttery flavor of a California avocado with the tasteless slime that passes for an avocado in Florida I'll never know....LOL!!)
Comment Profile ImageLisa McDonald
Comment #25 | Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 8:30 am
I grew up in Fallbrook in the early 1960s and 1970s. I remember the Avocado Festival parades. I don't remember street vendors, though they may have had them. For a number of years the practice was discontinued, and I'm glad to see Fallbrook is celebrating its history once again. Many of the groves in San Diego County and surrounding counties had their start at my grandfather Baylis McDonald's farm on McDonald Rd. The house still stands at the very end of the road.

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