Fairplex turns green for annual Irish fair

By on January 11, 2020

first_imgFinan and O’Shea make a point to attend the fair every year. “This is the best one in Southern California,” Finan said. The weather Saturday made the fair even better, she said, as the sun was shining and temperatures were pleasant. Last year, the weather was a tad cooler. “It’s a great day for the Irish,” Finan said. The Irish Fair offered something for just about everybody. POMONA – Music performed by the Dublin 4 was so good that it got Carol Finan of San Diego and Tom O’Shea of Encinitas to push away their lunch and dance an Irish reel. “It’s Irish aerobics,” Finan said. “It gets your heart going.” The couple were two of the many who attended the fifth annual Los Angeles County Irish Fair and Music Festival on Saturday at Fairplex. The event concludes today. As part of what some call an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration, people from throughout Southern California came to listen to storytellers, watch dance groups and appreciate several musicians. Robbie Hidalgo Jr., 8, of Simi Valley was trying his hand at archery in a grassy area near the grandstand. He aimed, pulled the bow’s cord with all his might and then let go. The arrow cut through the air and hit the target, but wasn’t fired hard enough to stick. “It was fun to do,” Robbie said. “I’d like to do it as a sport.” This was the Hidalgo family’s first visit to the fair. Robbie’s father, Robbie Hidalgo Sr., said he learned about it while searching on the Internet for fairs. “We’re fair junkies,” he said. A short time after the family of six arrived, they found a number of family-oriented activities such as the archery area, Robbie Hidalgo Sr. said. “This right here was great fun and something you don’t get to do often,” he said. Shoppers were also kept busy with the opportunity to purchase books, compact discs, jewelry, clothing, packaged food products and small bunches of potted shamrocks. For the more athletic-minded, the Los Angeles-based Scottish American Athletic Association had something different for visitors. Kilt-clad athletes demonstrated their strength and skill in various events such as the caber toss, which involves the tossing of a large wooden pole, similar to a telephone pole. [email protected] (909) 483-9336160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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