By Chris Furguson
With the theme of “Discover Treasure Under The Sea” the 2010 California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta will not have a major act during the 10-day celebration.
Instead, a series of tribute acts and returning events will fill the Grandstand this year.
News of this revelation came during last week’s Business Showcase, where members of teh Fair Board passed out a flyer listing the Grandstand’s
Cherisse Alford, a member of the Fair Board in attendance at the showcase, said that the inclusion of tribute bands was popular enough to warrant only such acts this year.
“They were really popular last year, so we chose to go with them this year,” said Alford.
Financial difficulties, however, led to the Board’s decision to not have a single major act in 2010.
“It was a cost-cutting measure,” said Alford. “But, with the popularity of the tribute bands last year, we didn’t think one was needed this year.
This year’s Grandstand acts include:
Friday, February 26:
Hot For Teacher
(Van Halen Tribute)
Four musicians from the West Coast who emulate the David Lee Roth-era of the bands history.
Saturday, February 27:
Performing the Beatles since 1986, Las Vegas-based Yesterday tours not only in the U.S. but internationally.
Sunday, February 28:
Youth Mariachi Competition.
Monday, March 1:
High School Madness
The annual event, going on past 50 years in the Imperial Valley, pits the seven major Valley high schools in competition. Also performing are the schools’ cheerleading teams and some of the drumlines.
Tuesday, March 2:
Local musicians play their music for the Grandstand in honor of local musician Jimmie Cannon, who passed away in 2009.
Wednesday, March 3:
Guns & Hoses
In its second year, the Guns & Hoses Competition will pit local firefighters, police officers and other public safety entities in friendly, but fierce, competition to determine the best squad in the Valley.
Thursday, March 4:
(County Music Tribute)
One of California’s rising bands, Whiskey Dawn plays a mix of Country standards and modern country hits with a high energy style.
Friday, March 5:
Life In The Fast Lane
(The Eagles Tribute)
A group of musicians who keep the music of The Eagles, one of the most popular bands of the 1970s, alive.
Saturday, March 6:
Summer of Love
(60’s Music Tribute)
With music from the Beach Boys to the Beatles to the Haight-Ashbury/Woodstock era in their repetoire, this group brings the 60’s alive for your mature Fair attendee.
Sunday, March 7:
Dia De La Familia
Another returning tradition for the Fair is the final Sunday’s tribute to the family. Activites will be provided throughout the day.