28th annual Avocado Festival a delight for all ages
Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Issue 16, Volume 18.
At the 28th annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival, Ashlyn Clarke, left, 7, was named Little Miss Avocado, and David Gonzalez, 9, Little Mister Avocado. Imagene and Frank Gladden dance to the Blue Zone band in the Fallbrook Avocado Festival beer garden on April 13. Married 57 years, the Gladdens are from Palm Springs and are regular Avocado Festival attendees. Decorating and making a car from an avocado to compete in the Avo 500 race is serious business for, from left, twins Tom and Peter Griger, age 5, with sister, Veronica, 6. The Avo 500 winners include four-year-old Hudson Quinn, left, first place, in the Modify division and four-year-old Talon Conger, first place in Stock division. Guacamole Contest chairman Sue Shimer, center, presents the winners in the Amateur category: Karah Johnson, left, first place, and Susana McGinnis, second place. The presentation award (not pictured) went to Linda and Kenny Antonioli. Enjoying a Corn on the Cob as first timers to the Avocado Festival are Hiroko Kehoe, left, and Nancy Jarvis, mother and daughter, who just moved to Fallbrook from San Clemente. The winner of the Guacamole Contest, Professional division, is Oink And Moo, from left, Noah Davidson, cook, Jonathan Arbel, chef and owner, and Jennifer Arbel, owner. Large crowds pack Main Avenue during the Fallbrook Avocado Festival on April 14. Hard at work judging the Guacamole Contest are, from left, John Bullard, Brigadier General and Commander of Camp Pendleton; Lila MacDonald, CEO, Fallbrook Chamber; Bill Metcalf, Fire Chief, North County Fire; Lt. Todd Richardson, Fallbrook Sheriff Sub-station Commander; and CHP Captain Amy Mangan. Not pictured, Bill Horn, S.D. County Supervisor, District 5 and Martin Quinoz, Honorary Mayor of Fallbrook. Best Dressed Avocado Winners include, from left, Gianna Breese, Craziest (ages 8+) , Meadow Breese, Prettiest (ages 1-7) and Allyse Breese, Weirdest (ages 8+); all three took first place. Best Dressed Avocado Winners also included first place winners, from left, Samantha Solis, Prettiest (age 8+), Maarissa Solis, Most Creative (ages 1-7) and Maude Hutson, Most Creative ( ages 8+). Avocado seller Supremo Produce was a festival favorite; having fun manning the booth are, from left, Refujio Cilla (dressed as an avocado), Evelia Villa, Guadalupe Medrano, Ricardo Peras and Maria Martinez. Artist and entertainer Cameron Canales draws a caricature of an Avocado Festival visitor. Owner Lou Schweizer shows off his 1930 Ford Model A to Randy Ashdown and Pedro Carrera during the mini-car show, sponsored by the Fallbrook Vintage Car Club at the Avocado Festival. Avocado Festival co-chairmen Gary Shimer and George Archibald have fun with a chips and guacamole poster after all the work is done. Judges for the Guacamole Contest are, from left, Bill Horn, S.D. County Supervisor, District 5; Lila MacDonald, CEO, Fallbrook Chamber; Martin Quinoz, Honorary Mayor of Fallbrook; Bill Metcalf, Fire Chief, North County Fire; Captain Amy Mangan, commander of the Oceanside CHP; Lt. Todd Richardson, commander of the Fallbrook Sheriff substation; and Brigadier General John Bullard, commander of Camp Pendleton. Katrina Mahr is already eating her snow cone, while Justin Madrid is waiting for Rose Degrazia to make his. CHP officers at the Avocado Festival include Jim Bettencourt, public information officer, left, and Officer Dan Hollywood. North County Fire Explorer Shane Rees is ready to be dunked at water dunk tank game; standing by are, from left, Matt Knowles, Charlie Granoff, Lake Moran, Garrett Jones, Elijah Roque, and Keifer Preston. This photograph of the crowd at the 28th annual Avocado Festival was taken from the Sheriff’s Dept.’s “Eye-in-the-Sky.” Approximately 70,000 visitors attended the 28th annual Avocado Festival. Victoria Wilson passed out chips and guacamole samples at the Holy Guaca-Moly stand during the annual Avocado Festival held in Fallbrook on April 13. Andy Kramer, Taekwondo instructor, leaps over three of his students to break a board held by Casey Rector at the Avocado Festival April 13. Kramer is the owner of ATA Success Martial Arts of Fallbrook. Manuel Rivera demonstrates a dog carrier holding his dog Lucy at the Avocado Festival April 13 on Main Ave. in Fallbrook. Manuel and Lucy were working the Pet Harnesses by Ines booth. Rourke Van Elderen hawks avocados at a farm stand during the annual Avocado Festival April 13 on Main Ave. in Fallbrook. Harmony Zampino, left, Madison Loughboro, and Valerie Loughboro, dressed in the costumes of the candy girls, were on Main Ave. April 14 promoting the play, “Willie Wonka.” The play was performed several times at the Mission Theater during the Avocado Festival. Danny and Christine Drazil share a sausage at the annual Avocado Festival held in Fallbrook on April 14.
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