Share on Facebook Follow on Facebook Add to Google+ Connect on Linked in Subscribe by Email Print This Post [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etVdv4DhhIo[/youtube] The new (2013) Miss Fallbrook, Shavonne Donoghue, right, places a crown on Marissa Solis, 6, the new (2013) Little Miss Avocado at the festival on April 21. A dancer with the Nanahuatzin Folkloric Dance Company performs for the crowd at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival on April 21. Quintin Pongun, 5, is the newly crowned 2013 Little Mr. Avocado A wild and creative guacamole presentation titled, Young racers participate in the Avo 500 at the Fallbrook Avocado Festival on April 21. This entry in the Best Dressed Avocado contest was designed by 11-year-old Allyse Beshe and named This guacamole entry was presented in a colorful margarita glass. An avocado dish holds a guacamole entry topped with pomegranate seeds for judges to review. One of the guacamole contest judges, Fallbrook Honorary Mayor Leo Romero loads a chip with guac for a taste. Hundreds of vendors and over 70,000 visitors packed Main Avenue in Fallbrook for the 27th annual Avocado Festival on April 21. A young boy spins around on a flying elephant ride offered at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival. Julia Albanna, Miss Teen Fallbrook 2013, serves as am ambassador at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival. Foreground, Alex Mendoza surprised folklorico dancer Cindy Martinez with an invitation to the Prom with the help of some friends at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival. Matthew Salek, 6, designed this entry for the Eric Leon designed a somewhat feathery avocado entry for the Best Dressed Avocado contest at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival. Kylee Steele Nine-year-old Deidre Gorian, right, and her little brother, Arthur, 6, construct an avocado race car for the Avo 500 race. Contestants who entered the Best Dressed Avocado competition pose for a picture with A bagpiper plays in front of Magee Chris Crowell preps his entry for the guacamole contest at the 2013 Avocado Festival. One of the guacamole judges, CHP Captain Deb Schroeder, samples an entry at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival. Guacamole contest organizer Sue Shimer, goes in for a sample herself after all the hardwork coordinating the event. Judges for the guacamole contest, San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn, left, and North County Fire Chief, Bill Metcalf load up chips with tastes of guacamole. A dancer with the Nanahuatzin Folkloric Dance Company performs at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival. A dancer with the Nanahuatzin Folkloric Dance Company performs at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival. Holy Guaca-Moly kept samples of award-winning guacamole flowing to guests at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival held April 21. There was no shortage of locally grown avocados for festival visitors to purchases. The San Diego County Sheriff Nicolas Gibbens, 10, demonstrates his martial arts skills during the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival. Gibbens is a student at ATA Success Martial Arts in Fallbrook. Tammy Kramer, owner of the new ATA Success Martial Arts location in downtown Fallbrook poses with her class during demonstrations performed at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival. Many avocado vendors at the 2013 Fallbrook Avocado Festival were selling bags of avocados for $5. Avocado Festival 2013 – annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000 added by Newsroom on April 25, 2013 View all posts by Newsroom → 25 Responses to "Avocado Festival 2013 – annual favorite draws crowd of over 70,000" wonderful April 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm Fabulous photos, thank you Reply ranger1911 April 25, 2013 at 9:58 pm The worst ever…. Reply james April 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm no pictures of that cute little girl in the avocado dress? Reply 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. Reply 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. Reply 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. Reply 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. Reply 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. Reply Cindy April 28, 2013 at 8:01 am Can anybody give me vender info for the 1800 mattress sheets?? Reply 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! Reply 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. Reply 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…. Reply 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? Reply 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. Reply 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!!!! Reply 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!! Reply 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. Reply MAV April 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm There needs to be more better music, & also make it a 2 day event. Reply 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. Reply 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 Reply Jill May 1, 2013 at 10:45 am Aw no one from the mag got pics of Snoop?!? Reply ranger1911 May 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm it wasn’t snoop…. he just looks like him. Reply 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. Reply 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!!) Reply 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. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.