IMPERIAL — As sugary cotton candy and kettle corn fueled the kids who raced through the fun houses and bounced from ride to ride, families from all over Imperial County enjoyed the attractions at the Imperial Valley Expo 2016 Fall Fun Festival Sunday.
Adults and parents watched and relaxed with corn dogs and frozen lemonades while savoring the classic carnival style environment.
On a warm 90 degree afternoon, children also cooled off inside the Casa de Manana Building where various vendors and organizations provided complimentary treats and activities for the public.
Magnolia 4-H hosted a booth with fall-themed props and a background for patrons to take family pics and selfies to commemorate the event.
“We also have this lollipop hunt table. You pull a lollipop out of the pumpkin, and if it has a green dot on the bottom, then you win a prize,” explained Magnolia 4H Community Leader Geneva Torrez who was there with her nieces, Zoey Zendejas (5), and Jazzlyn Zendejas (10).
The 8 to 10-year-old Junior Peewee Pop-Warner Mid Valley cheer squad entertained fair goers while polishing up their routine in an effort to raise proceeds for an upcoming regionals appearance in Phoenix.
“The team is made up of kids from El Centro, Seeley, and Heber and they will be competing with other kids from southern California and parts of Arizona,” said John Angel Rodriguez, a parent from El Centro.
The Mariachi Mixteco and the Rock Camp All-Star Band performed on stage, giving people a chance to sit down and unwind while listening to some live music.
“We came from Westmorland to enjoy the festivities and bring my daughter to perform with the Rock Camp All-Star Band,” said Thomas Marquez. “The band is composed of kids from all over the Valley who go to Clark Baker music for lessons.”
As the sun set on the fun slide, the ferris wheel line slowly grew longer with individuals eager to capture a bird’s eye view of the venue.