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Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

February 25, 2001|LAURIE K. SCHENDEN

MONTEREY--A Doo Dah parade kicks off Mardi Gras on Cannery Row on Feb. 27. A costume contest open to all revelers follows, along with music and dancing in the streets. Cannery Row. 7 p.m. Free. (831) 649-6690, Internet http://www.canneryrow.com.

IMPERIAL--Sugar beets, broccoli and other produce will be featured March 2-11, along with carnival rides and entertainment, at the Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta. Imperial Valley Expo, 200 E. 2nd St. Noon-11 p.m. Fridays-Sundays; 4-11 p.m. weekdays. $6; $3 seniors and ages 12 and under. (760) 355-1181, http://www.ivexpo.com.

SAN DIEGO--The 53rd annual Kiwanis Ocean Beach Kite Festival and Craft Fair opens March 3 with a kite-making workshop (9 a.m.) and bike decorating (1 p.m.). Children will parade down Newport Avenue to the beach, where the kites will be launched. The craft fair will be along Santa Monica Avenue, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. (619) 531-1527, http://www.ci.sandiego.ca.us.com.

SANGER--The Blossom Days Celebration March 3-4 in this Central Valley town focuses on flowering fruit trees. It includes arts and crafts, food, music and a self-guided tour of the Blossom Trail past orchards. Civic Center Park. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 3; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 4. Free. (559) 875-4575, http://www.sanger.org.

ISLETON--The historic downtown, which reflects the influence of the Asian community established here in 1926, will be the site of the Chinese New Year and Asian Celebration, March 3-4. Lion dancers, martial arts, Japanese drums, rickshaw rides and Balinese dancers, along with food and arts and crafts, will fill Main Street. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Free. (916) 777-6906, http://www.isletoncoc.org.

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Schenden's e-mail address is lkschenden@msn.com.

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