Christmas on Euclid

Elvia Rivas only wants one thing for Christmas on Euclid – no rain.
The annual street fair and car show, which will mark its 30th anniversary on Saturday, has become a tradition in Ontario with thousands of people turning out for the event.
But weather forecasters say the Inland Empire may have wet weather today through Monday. A 50 percent chance of rain is expected Saturday.

In the 29-year history the event, the annual Christmas has only been rained out once, said Rivas who has organized the event.

“If it’s a drizzle then we make a go of it,” Rivas said. “But if it rains, I would really be bummed.”

The street fair would have to be rescheduled to the following week if it rains, she said. Rivas said strong winds last year did force them to shut down the event a little bit early, she hopes rain won’t be an issue this year.

Sponsored by the Ontario Kiwanis Club, which Rivas is a member, the event features everything from homemade jams to woodcrafters. This year, the event features vendors from as far east as New York and up north as San Francisco, she said. A total of 150 vendors have signed up.

Proceeds from vendor fees goes back into the community, Rivas said.

The street fair is the biggest fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club which donates those funds to various organizations in the community.

But it also serves another purpose, Rivas said.

“It brings Ontario together as a city and a community,” she said. “It’s about helping the community and helping the youth and showing the youth to give back to the community.”

Rivas said about 30 Kiwanis members and 60 youth will volunteer for the event.

“It takes a village to really pull this off. I think this is so worth. I just don’t want to rain. I’m praying for no rain,” she said.

The Inland Valley Street Rod Club in collaboration with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Ontario Kiwanis Club will host the 14th annual Christmas on Euclid Show, Shine & Shop car show. All funds raised by this event from registration fees and sponsorships go to support the Ovitt Family Community Library Children’s Reading Room. To date, $31,400 has been raised for children’s books and related materials under the leadership of Librarian Helen Fisher.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Ontario on Euclid Avenue from G to E streets.

The remainder of Euclid Avenue to Holt Blvd. is the site of the Kiwanis craft fair with vendors for holiday shopping and food booths. Car show fliers are available at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce office or by calling Don Driftmier at 951-206-5731.
Kiwanis event information is available at Christmasoneuclid@yahoo.com

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