A Hot Hometown Country Fair

Nicholaus Skinner, 10, may not have won the Hometown Country Fair’s pie eating contest but it wasn’t for lack of trying.

By Brandon HENSLEY

The day was hot and long, but ultimately an eventful one for Crescenta Valley residents as they came out in droves to the sixth annual Hometown Country Fair Saturday at CV Park.

Hosted by the CV Chamber of Commerce, the sloping hills of the park were lined with booths of various businesses and organizations such as Sterling Silver, 3-2-1 Talent, Rosemont Veterinary Hospital and the American Legion.

In the parking lot there was a Ferris wheel, super slide and a bouncy house to entertain the kids (and perhaps adults).

Of course, there was food, including cotton candy, hotdogs, and maybe most of all considering the weather, snow cones.

It seemed like everywhere someone turned, there was something happening: dancers and martial artists performed on stage, a silent auction gave away a helicopter ride, and near the back of the park the company Sky Amusement had a rock climbing wall and a bungee trampoline to play on.

Away from the heat, under the shade of trees, Concours in the Park held its annual car show in conjunction with the fair.

“Look how great this setting is, amongst the oak trees,” said CV Town Councilmember Todd Thornbury, participant and chair of the show for two years running.

Thornbury had three cars in the show; a 1965 Corvette Stingray, a 1967 GTO and a GTO convertible of the same year. All three were shiny red and spruced up for the show.

“It’s not a real highbrow thing like Pebble Beach but it’s a lot of fun. … It’s fun getting together with people who have the same interest,” he said. “We all appreciate nice cars.”

There were several categories in which participants could win, including best modified, stock, convertible and pre-WWII. There was also a People’s Choice award, and the prize there was for a free Hungry Howie’s Pizza.

Thornbury said he fell in love with cars when his father let him drive the Corvette up to Sacramento for a car show his first year out of college.

“[I was] 19 years old, and I thought I was in heaven,” he said.

Thornbury’s favorite car on the day that wasn’t his was a 1969 green Camaro.

Ernie Seth was the proud owner of a 1914 Ford Model T, which top speed reaches 35 mph.

“I bought it new,” Seth joked.

The fair was also kind to CV High School sophomore Jonah Kubela, who won the contest for designing the logo for the CV Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition.

Once the school notified students of the contest, Kubela jumped at the chance.

“I was looking at the weekly bulletin and said, ‘I might as well do this,’ and so I just did it,” he said.

The logo is different shades of blue with two hands unfolded holding an emblem with the coalition’s name in a circle.

Kubela said he likes art, but doesn’t consider himself “super artsy.” He said he is interested in engineering or concept drawing.

Kubela was awarded a check for $250 and said he wants to put it to good use, because “I’m not a shopper.”

Kubela was proud of his accomplishment.

“It’s something of me that I can leave behind, even though its really small, it’s there. “

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