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July 21, 1994
The 48th annual San Fernando Valley Fair runs today through Sunday at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Hours are noon to 10:30 p.m. today and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 per person, with children 11 and younger admitted free. Today is youth and seniors' day, with free admission for those 55 and over and 15 and younger until 6 p.m. Parking on the fairgrounds is $3. Free satellite parking and a shuttle bus are also offered.
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October 3, 2003 | Karima A. Haynes, Times Staff Writer
After a year of disappointing attendance in Castaic Lake, the San Fernando Valley Fair will return in 2004 to the Hansen Dam Recreation Center, organizers said Thursday. The fair was relocated last June to Castaic Lake in the Santa Clarita Valley mainly because renovations at Hansen Dam had left inadequate parking, organizers said.
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December 7, 1991
Andrew M. Stodel, 87, for many years president of the San Fernando Valley Fair. Stodel was a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District by vocation and a volunteer by avocation. In addition to his work on the fair, he was a director on the California State Fair Board, a leader of Future Farmers of America and 4-H groups, president of the Native Sons of the Golden West and an international poultry judge. On Monday in Sherman Oaks.
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June 6, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Organizers of the San Fernando Valley Fair, a 55-year-old summer institution that opens Thursday, are grappling with how to improve flagging attendance that plummeted last year to fewer than 10,000 people, officials said. After a poorly publicized move last year from Burbank to the Hansen Dam Recreation Area in the northeast San Fernando Valley, paid attendance fell by a third and the state-funded event lost $188,000.
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July 3, 1992 | HEATHER W. MORGAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Heather W. Morgan is a regular contributor to The Times.
There was a time, and not all that long ago, when traveling to the San Fernando Valley meant visit ing row upon row of citrus groves and endless miles of cattle ranch fences. This was "Big Valley" country, pure and simple. And if "legitimate" cultural events detoured the rural setting, the down-home country fair certainly did not.
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July 7, 1992 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite a warm reception in recent years by neighbors at its Hansen Dam Recreation Area site, this year's San Fernando Valley Fair will open Thursday at a new location, in Burbank--a move designed to save thousands of dollars for the annual event. The switch to the Los Angeles Equestrian Center is expected to save the cash-strapped 51st District Agricultural Assn.
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July 15, 1994 | R. DANIEL FOSTER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; R. Daniel Foster is a regular contributor to The Times
Back in 17th-Century Europe, collecting curiosities was fashionable. In 20th-Century San Fernando Valley, the collecting continues, but now the oddities can be found at fairs--specifically, the 48th annual San Fernando Valley Fair, to be held Thursday through July 24 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank.
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July 2, 1993 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twelve hundred pounds of swine. The undisputed heavyweight champ. A hairy, snorting Volkswagen. Harley is on his way. He's probably riding in the back of a truck somewhere, for the life of the world's largest pig is a restless existence, traveling from town to town, from show to show. Next weekend, he visits the 1993 San Fernando Valley Fair. Don't think the enormity of his arrival is lost on Eric Avalos, who has been fussing over a considerably smaller pig, Gun, in a back yard in Mission Hills.
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June 4, 1998 | JILL ROSENFELD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bob May likes to tell an old joke about acting. There's this bit actor in a movie who is crawling on his belly through the mud. His friend comes along and says to him, "Jim, are you out of your mind? Get up. Go home. Take a shower." Jim looks up, his face grimy and tired. "What," he says. "And give up show business?" May never crawled through mud for his most famous role, but he did do an awful lot of sweating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1985
On behalf of the hundreds of people working hard to make this year's San Fernando Valley Fair a rousing, fun-filled success, I take exception to the article written on the fair by your staff writer Lynn O'Shaughnessy (July 14). While the information about the fair's past problems and failures is true, that is merely unfortunate history. The board of directors, I and my staff have pulled out all the stops to make this year's July 18-21 fair a happy, enjoyable family entertainment for all ages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2001
This year's San Fernando Valley Fair will go on as planned June 7-10, now that event organizers and federal authorities have worked out their differences, officials said Wednesday. The Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the fair site at Hansen Dam Recreation Area, had concerns about alcohol sales at the event, overnight camping and the hours of operation, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2001
Organizers of the San Fernando Valley Fair said Monday they may cancel this year's event, citing permit restrictions imposed by the Army Corps of Engineers that would ban alcohol sales and limit hours of operation. The 55th annual fair was scheduled to run June 7-10 at Hansen Dam Recreation Center, which the corps owns. Katie Parks, an outdoor recreation planner for the corps, said a decision would be made by Wednesday about possibly lifting the restrictions.
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February 21, 2001 | ERIKA HAYASAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a new fair, with new management--and organizers say it will be the best ever. The San Fernando Valley Fair board of directors has hired a management team from the 50th District Agricultural Assn., which runs the Antelope Valley Fair. "If [people] come to this year's fair, they are going to be blown away," said board president Rob Wilcox, who announced the management change. "You are going to have . . . a reinvention of the fair."
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August 3, 2000
The San Fernando Valley Fair manager and chief executive announced her resignation this week, ending 15 years of service, as board members launched a search for a new director. Dale Coons was appointed to the 51st District Agricultural Assn. Board of Directors--which operates the fair--in 1985 by then-Gov. George Deukmejian. She was elected manager and CEO five years later.
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June 11, 2000 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A bell rang to signal the start of the junior livestock auction, and at a rapid-fire pace, David O'Shaughnessy, the auctioneer, began taking bids. People sitting in bleachers clapped as the auction got underway Saturday at the San Fernando Valley Fair at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center. Students stood in line with their chickens, goats and calves, waiting to display their animals for the bidding.
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June 10, 2000 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
The San Fernando Valley Fair continues today at Hansen Dam Equestrian Center, 11127 Orcas Ave., Lake View Terrace. Admission is $6 general and children 12 and older, $3 for children 6 to 11 and free for children 5 and younger. For information, call (818) 557-1600. Hours today are 10 a.m.-midnight and Sunday 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday's events At the grandstand: Swordplay entertainment by Have Sword, Will Travel: 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. Pop singer Arianna: noon and 2 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1999
The 51st District Agricultural Assn.'s 1998 San Fernando Valley Fair garnered 11 awards at the recent Western Fairs Assn. Awards Dinner in Ontario. Categories ranged from advertising to cooking competitions and scheduling. Fair officials are now seeking a permanent site for the event, which is scheduled to run June 10-13 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 1987
It would seem that the sun would have a better chance of sneaking past a rooster than a piece of property in the San Fernando Valley remaining undeveloped. Now an Orange County-based "consultant" has come up with a scheme to turn our Sepulveda Basin into a home for the San Fernando Valley Fair. Let's set the record straight. Fairs and fairgrounds simply can't exist on a three- or four-day annual run. To pay staff salaries and consultant fees--to say nothing of maintenance and expansion--fairgrounds must lease their facilities to everything from automobile sales to swap meets to hot-rod shows to pop and rock concerts to God-knows-what else.
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July 29, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After years of searching for a permanent site, the San Fernando Valley Fair has found one at Hansen Dam Equestrian Center, officials said Wednesday. A bill sponsored by state Sen. Richard Alarcon (D-Sylmar) and signed by the governor Monday allows the fair to sign a long-term lease agreement with the equestrian center. The agreement should be finalized in August. Under previous law, the 51st District Agricultural Assn.
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