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Cloverdale Comments - January 2015


Cloverdale Comments - January 2015

by Carol Russell

123rd Cloverdale Citrus Fair: Feb. 13th-16th!

Families. Friends. Visitors. Young. Old. And In-between. California's first Fair of the year is a beloved, multi-generational tradition among folks all around our region and even beyond. The Fair’s program for 2015 promises to make every day and night special. Plan now to join all of us for a truly joyous "small town Americana" experience.

Devoted Fair goers know that when we’re there with kids, grandkids, and others whom we especially love, we’ll create terrific memories to last a lifetime. Add lots of photos and maybe a souvenir or two and we'll also have images to treasure for a lifetime.

A few favorite Fair going tips and observations:

Go ahead! Ride the carnival rides you loved as a child or discover them for the first time.

Scarf down the unabashedly "anti-diet" carnival food that's just too good to resist. Hey, since we’re all doing the same thing, no one notices you devouring that third corn dog!  

Each day’s program offers specific goodies, for example: enjoy the Cabaret Show/Dinner/Dessert event that kicks-off the Fair on Thursday, 2/12, and returns on the 15th, Seniors are lucky on Friday the 13th ("Senior Day"), and on Kids Day, the 16th, "under 12"s get in free.

You'll be charmed all four days and evenings by special entertainments, including: unique citrus-based exhibits in the main hall that often amaze with their inventiveness; kid-focused, 4-H animal shows (love the pygmy goats!); a Country Western dance with the Joe Valley Band; Mariachis; a Wine Tasting; Arts/Crafts (love the quilts!); culinary exhibitions; the fabled Fair Queen Pageant, and much, much more.

On Saturday, the 14th, bring a lawn chair or extra comfy shoes so you can be part of the happy, diverse, multi-generational crowd sitting and standing along the sidewalks of Cloverdale Blvd. watching the Downtown Parade that starts at 11am and wends its musical way to the Citrus Fair complex. It’s all there! Marching Bands. Horses. Classic cars and/or motorcycles. Participants from community organizations, sports clubs and teams plus (we wouldn’t miss it!) local elected officials. Hope we get the chance to wave at each other.

While each year’s Parade brings us something and/or someone extra special, every Parade puts us in the perfect "Fair mood" by recalling the look, sound and feel of happier, less complicated, more secure times (even if they exist only in our imaginations.)

Then, too, every Citrus Fair has its own unique theme. For 2015, it's "Up, Up, And Away". So, whatever fascinations and fun may surround us on the ground, as Citrus Fair Board President Francis Ramage suggests: "Don't forget to look up!" For complete information, ticket purchases and map/directions, etc., check:; 707-894-3992;; 1 Citrus Fair Drive.      

2 Crab Feeds You Won't Want to Miss!

Along with the Kiwanis' December Crab Feed, the Knights of Columbus and Lions Club create annual feasts that have helped make Cloverdale something of a crab lover's paradise. These three fundraiser “Feeds” feature very different recipes and each is always a sell-out event that helps support its host organization’s much-needed, much-appreciated community services.     

Knights of Columbus "Crab Cioppino Feed"

Plan to be at the Citrus Fairgrounds building (1 Citrus Fair Dr.) on Saturday, January 17th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and bring your appetite. For more than half a century, the Cloverdale Knights have served us this luscious Italian-American stew that originated in North Beach. With tickets just $55/person it’s best to act quickly! Contact: Lee Menicucci; Cloverdale Auto Parts; 206 S. Cloverdale Blvd.; 894-5211.

Lions Club "All You Can Eat Crab Feed “

On Saturday, January 31st, Cloverdale’s Lions Club presents its truly delectable "All You Can Eat Crab, Pasta, Salad, Bread and Ice Cream Feed” held in the Commercial Room at the Citrus Fairgrounds. As always, 6 p.m. brings the "No Host" Bar while the Dinner starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are only $45/person for one of the best meals (remember: it’s our duty to have 2nds!) and good times anywhere. But hurry! Tickets go fast here, too. Contact Chris Vine; 707-894-8580;