Avocado Festival 2013 – annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000

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25 Responses to "Avocado Festival 2013 – annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000"

  1. wonderful   April 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Fabulous photos, thank you

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  2. ranger1911   April 25, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    The worst ever….

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  3. james   April 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    no pictures of that cute little girl in the avocado dress?

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  4. fbk1   April 26, 2013 at 9:44 am

    The Avo festival has become nothing but a commercialized street fair selling imported crud from China and Mexico.

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  5. Joemamma   April 26, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    It would be nice to see the festival go two days. That might ease some of the crowds and make it more enjoyable. Plus they could have some bands at night or something.

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  6. Pink   April 27, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    About 15 or so years ago they did just that Joemama. The Saturday night before the festival they closed off Main between Alvarado and Elder and had a street dance with a great band. The restaurants in the area did big business that evening and everyone had a blast.

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  7. Two days!!!   April 27, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I agree, two days would be far better. I wish I would have gone but just knowing beforehand that the festival would be so crowded was a big turn off.

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  8. Preston   April 28, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Nice to see some Avocado related venders this year and the guacamole I tasted was delicious. Sorry you didn’t have a good time Ranger1911 — Maybe a good old street fair on an absolutely beautiful day is just not your thing.

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  9. Cindy   April 28, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Can anybody give me vender info for the 1800 mattress sheets??

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  10. Lee   April 28, 2013 at 8:44 am

    @ #4 fbk1

    I couldn’t agree more! Fallbrook isn’t showcased; street vendors driving from town to town selling their garbage that has NOTHING to do with Fallbrook and avocados are. Again, the Hispanic community, THE backbone of our avocado community, should and must be showcased and celebrated even more!

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  11. Agree with Lee   April 28, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I grew up in Manhattan Beach in the early seventies. We had a hometown fair where all the community groups participated and sold a variety of food, not all the junky vendors from out of town. I think if you could tap into the local groups you could have some awesome food. I would much rather give my money to local groups than some out of towner hawking their kitchen knives! I also like the idea of a Saturday night event although it would probably be a security nightmare.

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  12. ranger1911   April 28, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    @Preston, been in Fallbrook since ’97… most of the AF were much better… the day was hot, crowd was too much, too many bangers, bands sucked, layout was THE worst EVER…Just went to the Encintas Street Fair today…Night and day, Maybe, you should back away from the bong or go back to El Cajon? If you like Fallbrook’s 2013, maybe Santa Ana has one for you? Better organization can fix Fallbrook… also, Lee…Huh? wtf? check out the crime stats….

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  13. Preston   April 29, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Does anyone know how much money is collected from the vendors (for their space) and how the funds are use?

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  14. momz   April 29, 2013 at 8:59 am

    #7 I agree with you just the thought of the crowd and the strollers hitting the back of my ankles while I walk was just to much this year to deal with. I would love for it to be two days !! I think there would be a lot more fun and probably a lot more money for Fallbrook.

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  15. Heads Up   April 29, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I didn’t go this year but am very thankful for the great pictures. THANKS VILLAGE NEWS!!!!

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  16. FR86   April 29, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    The festival was fine and thankfully no problems this year with gang members getting out of hand…….I agree with some of the comments though there should be more emphasis on Fallbrook but then I realized I didn’t know what that would look like…..

    Anyway, buy Fallbrook Avocados and support the local merchants!!

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  17. Chelle   April 29, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    @Cindy
    If you’re looking for the 1800 thread count sheets that are also sold at Oceanside Street fair,,,Don’t waste your money. We bought two sets and they are covered in Fuzz balls. You get what you pay for.

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  18. MAV   April 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    There needs to be more better music, & also make it a 2 day event.

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  19. Wrenchers   April 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Preston, if memory serves, 10’x10′ booth spaces were up to $425.
    Also, and without checking the actual numbers, the amount of actual vendors seemed to be down.

    I also, have to question the validity of the vendor items being sold. I think if we were to check the percentage of vendors selling items even loosely related to Avocados, the results would be more closely related to revenues, not Avocados.

    Preston, you also question how the funds are used. That’s a great question that should addressed directly to the Fallbrook Chamber.

    Considering the losses the village has experienced in terms of store closings in the retailers district on Main Ave, I have to question whether of some of that funding from previous Avo Fests could not have been better utilized in supporting the retailers.

    But who am I to question? I’m just a business owner.

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  20. Wrenchers (Again)   April 30, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    As a matter of fact, here is a little more detail of our discussion…

    http://www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/cm/dpl/downloads/content/86/AvocadoVendorsFlyer2.pdf

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  21. Jill   May 1, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Aw no one from the mag got pics of Snoop?!?

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  22. ranger1911   May 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    it wasn’t snoop…. he just looks like him.

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  23. hate this guy   May 2, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Ranger1911 stay home next yr…..or go back to whereever u moved here from in 97.

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  24. BonsallGayGuy   May 3, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    We had a great time…..although with all the food around it’s never a good result for the waistline. My in-laws visiting from South Florida went with us too and graciously kept their mouths shut about their particular bias towards Florida avocados (how anyone with a half intact set of taste buds could ever compare the rich buttery flavor of a California avocado with the tasteless slime that passes for an avocado in Florida I’ll never know….LOL!!)

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  25. Lisa McDonald   May 12, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I grew up in Fallbrook in the early 1960s and 1970s. I remember the Avocado Festival parades. I don’t remember street vendors, though they may have had them. For a number of years the practice was discontinued, and I’m glad to see Fallbrook is celebrating its history once again. Many of the groves in San Diego County and surrounding counties had their start at my grandfather Baylis McDonald’s farm on McDonald Rd. The house still stands at the very end of the road.

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