Smile

Jill, Maggie, Laura, Joanna, and Victoria (in order of appearance) sing “Smile” (music by Charlie Chaplin, lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons). “Smile” was the concluding piece for Dr. Ali’s voice recital at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA on Saturday, September 28th, 2019.

LA County Fair 2019

Victoria, Joanna, Josiah, Tim, and Jeri near the midway

Because Josiah is now 13 years old, we didn’t get free passes to the fair via their school/home school education program this year. Although we had to pay to get in, we were able to choose a day nearly perfect weather. It was partly cloudy with a high around 80 F.

Previously we were planning to attend the fair, the previous Friday. However the high that day was predicted to be around 100 F. We opted not to go that day.

Tim and Joanna worked from home in the morning. Then around 1 PM, the five of us (Jeri, Tim, Joanna, Victoria, and Josiah) headed out for the 50 minute drive up to Pomona.

Approaching the entrance to the fair
Approaching the entrance to the fair. Click photo for full size.

Because we arrived at the fair starving, our first stop was for food. We found a vegan food truck, Govinda’s Veggie Bomb. We bought three of their Atomic Tacos, a Yogi Bowl, and their Bomb Nachos. Joanna also picked up an order of Chipotle fries from another vendor.

Josiah and Tim waiting for food from Govinda’s Veggie Bomb
Josiah and Tim waiting for food from Govinda’s Veggie Bomb. Click photo for full size.
Victoria, Joanna, Jeri, Josiah, and Tim having lunch
Victoria, Joanna, Jeri, Josiah, and Tim having lunch. Click photo for full size.

Of course the fair has many vendors. One that we seem to visit every year sells women’s dresses. Some are made in Italy; most are from India. Tim liked one that Jeri ended up getting.

Victoria, Joanna, and Jeri looking at dresses
Victoria, Joanna, and Jeri looking at dresses. Click photo for full size.

The girls did some shopping and found some dessert.

Victoria and Jeri at the LA County Fair
Victoria and Jeri at the LA County Fair. Click photo for full size.

One of the must-sees for Josiah were the steam engines. The train museum is on the fairgrounds and has a number of old trains.

Josiah next to a steam engine
Josiah next to a steam engine. Click photo for full size.
Josiah and Tim standing next to the wheel of a steam locomotive
Josiah and Tim standing next to the wheel of a steam locomotive. Click photo for full size.

After the girls finished some shopping, they joined Tim and Josiah to see the trains.

Victoria in the train area
Victoria in the train area. Click photo for full size.

After the trains, we wondered around saw and heard some fun stuff. They had some cutout displays.

Victoria, Joanna, Josiah, Tim, and Jeri near the midway
Victoria, Joanna, Josiah, Tim, and Jeri near the midway. Click photo for full size.
Tim and Jeri chased by a dinosaur
Tim and Jeri chased by a dinosaur. Click photo for full size.
Victoria and Joanna driving an old Chevy
Victoria and Joanna driving an old Chevy. Click photo for full size.
Josiah and Victoria eating popcorn at the fair
Josiah and Victoria eating popcorn at the fair. Click photo for full size.
Josiah grocery shopping at the fair
Josiah grocery shopping at the fair. Click photo for full size.
Tim is pointing out a ride to Victoria, Jeri, and Josiah
Tim is pointing out a ride to Victoria, Jeri, and Josiah. Click photo for full size.

We took some pictures with the Ferris wheel behind us.

Joanna, Josiah, Victoria, Jeri, and Tim with the Ferris wheel behind
Joanna, Josiah, Victoria, Jeri, and Tim with the Ferris wheel behind. Click photo for full size.
Jeri and Tim with the Ferris wheel behind
Jeri and Tim with the Ferris wheel behind. Click photo for full size.