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Avocado Festival

Mr. Avocado Head from the California Avocado Commission is representing Calavo!
Mr. Avocado Head from the California Avocado Commission is representing Calavo! (Image by Scott A.)
The Avocado Festival comes once a year, on the first weekend in October. This year was the 14th annual Avocado Festival. At this time, Linden Avenue is lined with booths offering food, entertainment, and merchandise. The food booths offer Chinese food, Dominoís Pizza, tri-tip burritos and sandwiches, funnel cakes, corn, and popcorn. Most of the foods include or feature avocados. Donít forget to try the avocado brownies, ice-cream, and of course the world's largest bowl of guacamole!

Michael Katz the famous storyteller is finishing his story at the Avocado Festival.
Michael Katz the famous storyteller is finishing his story at the Avocado Festival. (Image by Scott A.)
Entertainment includes music, dancing, storytelling, and drama. Many of these feature local Carpinterians. One of our favorites was The Upbeat Band. Games, three bounce houses, and a petting zoo are all fun parts of the Kids Corner. Vendors sell everything from Cyber Mermaid T-shirts, jewelry, and rubberband guns to pottery and puppets.

This is where they hold most all of the contests, like the avocado art contest and the growing contest.
This is where they hold most all of the contests, like the avocado art contest and the growing contest. (Image by Scott A.)
The Avocado Coloring Contest is part of the Avocado Festival every year. Another contest is the best-dressed avocado, which is held in the same huge tent. The coloring contest is a younger kid's activity, but some of the art would make you think an eighth-grader entered. A few people won a place that go to Main School. The places are first, second, third and most creative. Four judges picked our winners. There were a lot of great avocados, so it was a tough choice.

The tent that the contests are in is really big. The best-dressed avocado is placed in the middle and all the participants and winners in the coloring contest are put on the walls. Camille R., who goes to Main School, was one of the first-place winners. She did a collage from pieces of green magazine paper on her avocado.

This is the AYSO booth. They are offering sign ups to anyone who wants to play soccer.
This is the AYSO booth. They are offering sign ups to anyone who wants to play soccer. (Image by Scott A.)
Around 800 students entered from Main, Aliso, Summerland and Canalino Schools. You could do anything you wanted, from a collage to a painting or even just a drawing.

We love the Avocado Festival and go every year. We know youíll love it too. See you there!

Bonnie Curtis, of the Curtis Dance Studio. Her students are a popular entertainment feature at Linden Avenue events.
Bonnie Curtis, of the Curtis Dance Studio. Her students are a popular entertainment feature at Linden Avenue events.

The crowd watches dancers at the Avocado Festival.
The crowd watches dancers at the Avocado Festival.

A bean-bag-toss game at the Carpinteria Creek Committee's booth at the Avocado Festival.
A bean-bag-toss game at the Carpinteria Creek Committee's booth at the Avocado Festival.

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Students who created this article:
Brianna S.
Lucy M.
Scott A.