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Chino High Band wins Grand Championship at L.A. County Fair competition; Don Lugo takes third


Members of Chino High’s 77th Cavalry Marching Band at the Los Angeles County Fair High School Marching Band Competition on Sept. 23 in Pomona.

Members of Chino High’s 77th Cavalry Marching Band at the Los Angeles County Fair High School Marching Band Competition on Sept. 23 in Pomona.

Chino High 77th Cavalry Marching Band and Pageantry took first place in the Los Angeles County Fair High School Marching Band Competition on Sept. 23, winning $10,000.

Don Antonio Lugo High Marching Band of Chino took third place in the Class B of the competition, earning a $500 prize.

That evening, the two bands performed at the Milk Can football game between their schools at Chino High.

Forty-one high school bands from throughout Southern California participated in the L.A. County Fair competition on Sept. 23. They were selected for the competition after participating in parades at the Fair during its three-week run.
Chino High has competed in the competition four times in the past five years. It previously won second places and cash prizes in 2012, 2013, and 2015. This was its first Grand Championship (first place) win in the competition, according to longtime Chino High Band Director Doug Bowden.

“We’ve been second for three years, so to finally win was fun,” Bowden said.

There are no immediate plans for the $10,000 other than to replace some instruments, he said.

In the past, the Los Angeles County Fair parade championships were connected with the Tournament of Roses Parade, paving the way for bands to participate in the prestigious New Year’s Day event in Pasadena. As of 2015, Tournament of Roses Parade officials no longer attend the L.A. County Fair band competition, Bowden said.

Chino High’s Band was chosen to participate in the Tournament of Roses parade in 2002.

Don Lugo High Band also won third place in the L.A. County Fair competition in 2015, right after Stephen Yanik was appointed the school’s new band director.

“I am so incredibly proud of the amount of growth our Lugo marching band has shown in just my second year here,” Yanik said. “We are not even an official parade band, yet they went out there giving their best, performing their best….and their hard work paid off. These kiddos are awesome. It was a great day to be a Conquistador, no doubt about it. We will be using the prize money to continue to work toward new equipment and supplies for this up and coming program.”

The LA County Fair Association now awards $22,000 to nine winners in the band competition (Class B, Class A, and Open divisions).


Diamond Bar/Walnut: Day At The Fair

Staff Reports


Diamond Bar/Walnut – The Los Angeles County Fair is back for another year, open from Aug. 29 through Sept. 28. Residents of Diamond Bar and Walnut can celebrate their city spirit by visiting the Fair on their special Community Day, along with receiving an admission discount.

‘Diamond Bar Day’ is Thurs., Sept. 11 and ‘Walnut Day’ is Fri., Sept. 26. Residents can purchase tickets for just $5 for their city’s day by presenting a coupon located on city websites, or by purchasing ticketing online at www.lacountyfair.com/buytickets. For Diamond Bar residents, the promotion code is ‘diamond bar’. For Walnut residents, the online promotion code is ‘walnut’.

There are special events surrounding these Community Days at the Fair, including a parade, high school marching band competition, Community Hero Volunteer Award presentations and entertainment by community-based groups.

The Diamond Bar Day ticket proceeds will even benefit the Big Yellow Bus program, which pays for bus transportation for Diamond Bar students to attend the fair as part of a school-sponsored fieldtrip, according to the City of Diamond Bar website.

The LA County Fair is displaying a variety of attractions, including a carnival, animal farm, a Chinese lantern display, a hall of heroes, and even a brand new nightclub called, Grinding Gears. And don’t forget world-famous “Fair Food.”   There is a wide variety for everyone, along with an unwritten law that you must enjoy something on a stick. There are also wine, spirits and a beer marketplace, presented by Groupon.

Make sure to check out the LA County Fair Concert Series with the following performances:

  • 30: Flip Fest Monster Truck and Motocross stunt Spectacular
  • 31: Charlie Wilson
  • 1: David Nail and Easton Corbin with special guest, Jamie Lynn Spears
  • 4: Neon Trees with special guest, Cher Lloyd
  • 5: WAR
  • 6: Pentatonix with special guest The Filharmonic
  • 7: Roberto Tapia and Irene Davi
  • 10: Third Day and MercyMe
  • 11: Boyz II Men with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Andy Allo
  • 12: Styx
  • 13: R5 with special guest, Ryland Lynch
  • 14: Jennifer Nettles with special guest Brandy Clark
  • 17: Cheap Trick and Kansas
  • 18: George Benson and Chaka Khan
  • 19: The Manhattans with special guests The Brothers Johnson and Lenny Williams
  • 20: Martina McBride with special guest Dustin Lynch
  • 21: Ramon Ayala y sus Bravos del Norte
  • 24: Jason Derulo with special guest Luke Christopher
  • 25: Monster Truck Mayhem featuring Robosaurus
  • 26: Heart
  • 27: LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-trip with special guest Salt-N-Pepa
  • 28: Earth, Wind, and Fire

The LA County Fair is located at 1101 W. McKinley Avenue, in Pomona. You can purchase concert tickets at http://www.ticketmaster.com. For more information about the LA County Fair, visit http://www.lacountyfair.com.

Chino Hills: Businesses Invited To Business Expo At Fair



Chino Hills – Companies in Chino Hills will have an opportunity to showcase their businesses and offer pre-packaged items for sale or sampling on Fri., Sept. 19, at Chino Hills Day at the Los Angeles County Fair.

The Business Expo will be located in a high-visibility location near the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts. Participation in the Business Expo will be coordinated by the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. Applications will be available starting on Thurs., July 31, and can be downloaded from the City’s website at http://www.chinohills.org/BusinessExpo, or picked at the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce

Office, located at 13150 Seventh Street, in Chino. The Chamber is open Monday through Thursday from

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Chamber will begin accepting completed applications starting on Mon., Aug. 4., and will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis (subject to L.A. County Fair approval) until all booths have been assigned. Requests to share a booth are encouraged. Only one of any type of business will be allowed due to the limited number of spaces.

Businesses must have their primary business address in the City of Chino Hills and must have a current City of Chino Hills business license. Chamber membership is not required. Prepackaged items for sale and items to be sampled must be approved by the Fair.

A seller’s permit is required and Health Department guidelines must be followed. Selected businesses will be asked to make a suggested donation of $100 which will be donated to The Learning Centers at Fairplex. Expo participants will receive up to four admission tickets, up to two parking passes, and exposure to Fair visitors during the Expo hours from 3 to 7 p.m. The booths include a 10’ x 10’ canopy, one 8- foot table, two chairs, a small hanging sign with the company name, a table cloth, and table skirt.

Set up for the Business Expo begins at 2:00 p.m. Participants may not drive onto the fairgrounds. Fair personnel will assist with booth set up and tear down. Hand carts or flatbeds will be available.

Some categories of products and services have exclusive marketing rights at the L.A. County Fair and items that compete in those categories may not be displayed nor sold during Chino Hills Day at the Fair. A complete list of categories for which exclusive marketing rights have been granted is noted on the application form. The Chino Hills Business Expo may not feature the following categories: beverages, cookware, pay TV services, grocery stores, magnetic therapeutic jewelry, mattresses / high end sheets, online deal-of- the-day companies, timeshares, cell phone companies, and vehicles (including products bearing the name of major auto manufacturers). Additional rules may apply; see the application for complete details.

For additional information regarding participation in the Chino Hills Day at the Fair Business Expo, please call the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce at (909) 627-6177.