IMPERIAL â€”Â For the opening day of the California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta – the sun was shining without a cloud in sight, allowing the local community to celebrate their culture, their work, and to enjoyÂ a mix of entertainmentâ€”fair style.
Friday, February 28th, was Military Appreciation Day, withÂ free fair entrance for retired and active duty veterans whoÂ served in the military, and their families with valid military Â cards.
â€œItâ€™s nice that they look at all veterans and appreciate the service thatÂ we gave.â€, said Norman Telford, Navy and Vietnam veteran volunteering on opening day for the Veterans Association.
Telford, originally from Arizona, retired from the Navy after 25 years of service, moving to the Imperial Valley and working 21 years as a diesel engineer for John Deer. He is now retired and volunteers for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Veterans Association.
Telford also has spent many years supporting his children in FFA and 4-H.
Fair spokesman in charge of Media Relations, Bill Gay, explained that Military Appreciation is celebrated every year on opening day.
â€œItâ€™s the least we can do for our veterans,â€ Gay declared.
Opening Day also offered free admission for Seniors with valid coupons that are distributed before opening day.
The 2015 Californian Mid-Winter Fair opened with many returning attractions and events. Perennial favorites such as Docâ€™s Farm, Inspiration Gallery, Redneck Rodeo, and Sprint Car Racing kept locals coming back each year.
New rides like â€œthe giant 120 foot ferris wheelâ€ and ‘Star Dancer’, one of only six in the world, has made itâ€™s way to the Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta this year, delighting the not-so-faint-at-heart.
â€œWith great weather, there is great crowds”, Gay said. â€œWe invite everyone to come out and enjoy themselves. Itâ€™t the best family oriented activity in the Valley.â€
The fair will be open from February 27 through March 8.