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University of La Verne President Devorah Liberman rides in the back of a 1956 Ford Sunliner in the La Verne Community Day parade Wednesday at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona. The procession included community members, students,veterans and local dignitaries. The Los Angeles County Fair is open Wednesday through Friday beginning at noon and Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10 a.m. through Sept. 24. The fair offers rides, fried foods and even a petting zoo./ photo by Taylor Griffith

University of La Verne President Devorah Liberman rides in the back of a 1956 Ford Sunliner in the La Verne Community Day parade Wednesday at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona. The procession included community members, students,veterans and local dignitaries. The Los Angeles County Fair is open Wednesday through Friday beginning at noon and Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10 a.m. through Sept. 24. The fair offers rides, fried foods and even a petting zoo. / photo by Taylor Griffith

Madison Rubino
Staff Writer

The Los Angeles County Fair hosted its annual La Verne Day Wednesday where La Verne residents and members of the University of La Verne community enjoyed free admission to the Fair.

Marching bands sounded in the distance. Cars, trucks and tractors slowly made their way through the parade carrying the Community Heroes honorees, La Verne students and President Devorah Lieberman, throwing beaded necklaces into the audience.

“I can’t believe it’s already time for the Los Angeles County Fair,” Michelle Deguzman, junior computer science major, said. “I look forward to it every year and it’s such a fun way to start off the school year.”

Crowds gathered around the Community Heroes Parade, which honored La Verne residents Marvin Weston, Leon Mioni, Kirk B. Johnson and Parker Ewers.

Weston, the recipient of the Jack Huntington Award, is a United States Navy veteran, photographer, educator and La Verne Police Department retired senior volunteer patrol member. He has volunteered more than 1,500 hours to the city of La Verne.

Mioni, the recipient of the Outstanding Older American Award, has served 14 years volunteering at the Community Center serving meals as well as assisting with the senior nutrition program and special events for the senior and special needs communities.

Johnson was the recipient of the Jim Scranton Award. Before his death in August 2016, Johnson dedicated his life to bettering the La Verne community through little league sports, specifically youth baseball.

Ewers, the recipient of the Young Adult Award, is the president of the Oak Mesa student body.

Parker led a “Kindness Campaign” and dedicated the week of Nov. 14 to “Kindness Week” at his school.

Students walked through the Fair with friends, family, and loved ones while enjoying their favorite fried foods. Thrill-seekers stood in line for the various rides offered at the Fair.

“I look forward to the Los Angeles County Fair every year because they always have the craziest rides,” Sienna Kendricks, junior communications major, said.

“If I don’t feel sick from all the fried Oreos I consumed and rollercoasters I went on, it wasn’t a successful trip to the Fair,” she said.

The Fair offers attractions for different age groups and audiences.

Local food, art, craft, and beverage vendors offer their products to those who enjoy the culture of La Verne and its surrounding cities.

“I’ve lived around La Verne for a while and every year I go to the Fair I find a new local vendor to obsess over for the year,” Ashley Caro, senior kinesiology major, said. “This year’s obsession is After’s Ice Cream.”

For contemporary music fans, Taylor Swift teamed up with the Grammy Museum to create the Taylor Swift Experience that gives die hard T-Swift fans an inside look into her songs, performance outfits, home videos, and personal photographs.

The Farm is always a fan favorite and the Los Angeles County Fair’s biggest attraction. There one can find all of their favorite farm animals and entertainment.

“The animal races are one of my favorite parts of the Fair,” Carly Condon, junior business major, said.

“Each section of fans is assigned an animal to cheer for while they are racing. It’s really fun cheering on farm animals to win the race while enjoying old classic songs playing in the background,” she said.

The Fair runs every Wednesday through Sunday until Sept. 24.

Madison Rubino can be reached at madison.rubino@laverne.edu.

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