Daily Archives: March 1, 2011

New Fair Events & Contests Announced

Texting, dancing, guacamole making and good ol’ favorite cooking.
In keeping with its Green theme, this year’s California Mid-Winter Fair will offer some high-tech, environmentally friendly contests and also will be recycling some very popular activities from previous years.
“Fairgoers can start now, even before the fair opens–by texting the word “Green” to 88202,” said Fair CEO Theresa Garcia. “That will enable them to receive inside details, discounts and prize information only available to those on the California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta’s Text Messaging List.”
Participation in the Fair’s text campaign is free, but standard carrier messaging rates will apply.
Presale tickets are currently on sale until March 3 at various locations throughout the Valley: all Rabobank branches (including Walmart locations), Cardenas Market, El Centro; Sonic Burger, El Centro; Goyal’s Shell, Brawley and the Fair Box Office in Imperial. In addition, Family Value Pack are on sale at the Imperial Valley Mall Customer Service Counter as well as the Fair Box Office.
The 2011 California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta will celebrate Imperial County’s burgeoning alternative energy industry with a theme of “It’s a Green Thing, Celebrating Our Renewable Future.”
The texting contest will intensify Monday, March 7 during High School Madness. During that event, 12 text subscribers will be selected to receive a back stage meet and greet for them and a friend or parent–for a total of 24 people-Friday March 11 at the Swift Country Salute to Taylor Swift show in the grandstands. Another six will be selected to receive carnival ride POP wristbands.
And during the Swift Country Show, another six text subscribers (who must come to the concert wearing GREEN) will be selected to sing the last song of the show on stage.
Then there is the “Just Dance” Contest, which is replacing IV Idol. This new contest will begin with preliminary competition and the top three scorers will be finalists at the final competition 5 p.m. Saturday March 12 on the “Just Dance” Stage. The winner will receive a ribbon, and the title of Just Dance Champ through March 1, 2012. This competition is not affiliated in any way with any other “Just Dance” or talent competition.
Preliminary competition will be Saturday, March 5; Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 on the Just Dance Stage, which is just north of the Hulsienda Building. Contestants must participate in one of the preliminary events, but have a choice of date. All will be from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Only solo dancers may enter; duets, trios, groups are not eligible
Contestants can pre-register to be guaranteed a space in the preliminary rounds and all pre-registered contestants who qualify will be accepted.
Contestants may also register on-site the day of each preliminary round, although only a maximum of 10 contestants (pre-registered and day-of sign-ups) per preliminary competition will be accepted
Contestants must perform at the preliminary contest in order to be eligible for the finals and the top three overall scorers from the preliminaries will be invited back for the finals
Recycling of previous successful events is also in favor this year.
“Once again we will be celebrating the numerous Public Service Agencies in the Imperial Valley by coming together for some friendly competition in our ‘Guns and Hoses’ competition on March 9,” Garcia said “Imperial County’s finest will be put to the test – Strength, Speed, Agility, and Teamwork!” said Garcia.
The California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta will donate $1,000 to Imperial Valley’s Fallen Officers’ Memorial Fund on behalf of the winning team.
Also in the recycling category this year is the return of the Guacamole Contest (March 8) after being absent last year.
Entry deadline is March 4 and entry forms are available on the IV Expo website at ivexpo.com
The grounds will be open 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 , however contestants will be able to enter and set up their equipment and decorations at 2:30 p.m.
Entry instructions for contestants will be determined and communicated to the contestants by Saturday, March 6.
Each contestant must make a minimum of one (1) gallon of Guacamole. Each contestant must submit one (1) pint container for judging, which will be provided at check-in time.
Guacamole will be judged on appearance, aroma, taste, texture, originality and recipe. The recipe must be submitted with application.

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No Burning During NAF Open House/Air Show

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Calexico’s Mardi Gras & Beer Tasting a Big Success

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