An estimated thousand-plus turned out at Crescenta Valley Park for the event, which added some new attractions this year.
Aisha from the Wildlife Waystation was particularly popular. She’s a 12-year-old North American gray wolf that has been a resident of the Waystation since she was about 4 months old, according to Dana Stangel, a volunteer with the Waystation.
“Aisha has a unique personality,” Stangel explained. “She’s comfortable around people and also in traveling in our van. Usually wolves are more reclusive.”
Whether it was her upbringing around people or just her nature, Aisha appeared at ease on the fairgrounds under the shade of the park’s oak trees.
The fair this year also offered several carnival rides and games. Near the main parking lot, Kemsley Shows escorted people onto a full-sized Ferris wheel, giant slide and other rides. Just inside the park’s west entrance, the company erected several midway-type booths for patrons to try their luck.
Volunt-EARS from Disney kept the children busy with games and crafts as parents strolled down Vendor Lane where more than 70 merchants and information booths were set up.
The stage, located in the center of the park near the food booths, hosted every type of entertainment, from Tai Chi demonstrations to routines by Revolution Dance Center in Tujunga. Near the stage were Hula-Hoop contestants of every age.
The car show was staged at the east end of CV Park. Most every era of auto design was represented, whether it was touring vehicles or muscle cars or something in-between.
According to initial estimates, the fundraising event raised just over $2,500 for the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce.
“This is something that we’ll definitely do again next year,” confirmed Hakes. “This was really a successful event, not just for the chamber, but for the entire foothills community.”