High school marching bands, parades and a chance to honor outstanding residents from communities across the Inland Valley and beyond are some of the features of the Los Angeles County Fair’s Community Days.
A total of 16 cities plus Los Angeles County will have a day dedicated to them. Diamond Bar will march in on Sept. 11, followed by Walnut on Sept. 26.
As part of the Community Days program, residents are able to purchase tickets for $5 when they present their city’s Community Day coupon at the ticket booth on the day their city is being honored. Tickets can also be purchased online.
“That’s a great value,” said Fair spokeswoman Renee Hernandez.
Each city’s celebration is organized with the involvement of its Community Committee, she said.
At each city’s celebration residents are recognized for their contributions during Community Heroes ceremonies.
The cities’ high school marching bands participate in Community Day parades as do service organizations, nonprofit groups and other members of the community.
Local businesses also participate through Business Expos organized on a city’s day of recognition.
Community Days are part of nurturing community spirit, Hernandez said.
Nine of the cities that are part of the Fair’s Community Day program also participate in the Big Yellow Bus Partnership Program.
With the help of this program, school districts in the nine cities receive assistance to pay for transportation to take their students to the Fair, Hernandez said.
Once at the Fair students can take part in the FairKids Field Trip Program, which is open to all schools free of cost as well as to students who are home-schooled.