West Covina Spring Festival at Sportsplex features music, rides, food and more – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

The inaugural Spring Festival event in the town of West Covina blossoms in a big way.

It will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Sportsplex and will feature cultural acts, top-notch musical entertainment, 14 carnival rides, 150 food and retail vendors and two beer gardens.

Originally, admission was going to be $5 in all areas. It increases to $5 for non-residents, $3 for residents, and children under 12 will be admitted free.

Deputy City Manager Roxanne Lerma said the change was made to reflect what the city typically charges for admission to events at the Sportsplex, which is located at 2100 S. Azusa Ave.

The festival will take place from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Parking will be free. Off-site parking shuttle services will be available at City Hall, West Covina High School, Cortez Park and Shadow Oak Park from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Lerma said there will be wristbands available for purchase for the carnival rides, which weren’t part of the original equation. Unlimited passes will be available for $25 per day in presale at www.eventbrite.com/e/west-covina-spring-festival-tickets-272483995967 through March 10, for $35 if purchased during the event.

Wristbands can also be purchased in person at Cameron Community Center, Cortez Park Community & Senior Center and Shadow Oak Community Center, as can admission tickets (until Friday).

That’s not to say there are no more COVID-19 related mask mandates for outdoor mega events, as COVID-19 numbers have dropped significantly, so the weekend could bring a general feeling of well-being to the participants. The pandemic started two years ago this month.

“It’s awesome,” said West Covina City Council member Brian Tabatabai. “For the past two weekends, I’ve been able to attend the opening days of Little League and Women’s Softball at Cameron Park. And you see it, don’t you?

“They are well attended, people just want to get out and experience life.”

The event is organized in collaboration with several non-profit organizations such as the San Gabriel Valley NAACP, Chinese American Association of West Covina, West Covina Business Association (which also represents the Latin American community), Seesaw Communities, Filipino American Association of West Covina, Kiwanis Club of West Covina and East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center.

There will be entertainment performances by Hollywood Dance Moms, Ballet Folklorico International, Japanese Shinkendo (fencing), South Hills Academy Dance Team and Gospel Singers to name a few. There will also be demonstrations of karate and judo.

Saturday’s musical headliners will include The Funk Doctors (1 p.m.), Sirgen (4 p.m.), Angelica Montano (4:25 p.m.), Arturo Vargas (5 p.m.), The Faithful (7 p.m.) and Past Action Heroes (8 p.m. h 30). ).

Sunday musical headliners will include Remix (2 p.m.) and Cold Duck (5 p.m.). Cold Duck is a dance group originally formed in 1969 that has performed throughout Southern California including Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm and Magic Mountain.

Remix plays R&B and funk.

Council member Tony Wu said he was happy to know that so many local businesses and restaurants will be represented at the vendor booths.

He also noted that in this time of conflict in the world, this is exactly the kind of event people need.

“Let’s unite,” he said. “Forget all this division, these politics – especially the pandemic – let’s go out and enjoy this Spring Festival.”

Councilwoman Letty Lopez-Viado, when asked, brought up the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which took place long after planning for this event began.

“The situation in Ukraine is a real tragedy,” she said by email. “It brings mixed emotions and it’s really sad to see it unfold and it affects us here as well. I’ve always been a big believer in ‘community’, emphasizing ‘unity’. We had placed this event before these horrific acts, but it is good to know that it will always be a place where everyone, of all types and ages, can come together and unite, regardless of their differences.

Regarding the psychological effects of COVID-19, in part, Lopez-Viado said, “COVID has taken a lot from us for so long and it’s a good way to have an outlet, to alleviate health issues mental, a weekend to get an idea and body to reset, alone, with friends and / or with family.

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