Native residents have their enjoyable, and eat it too, at Fountain Valley Summerfest

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With faculty out for the summer season, folks of all ages descended on Fountain Valley Sports Park over a four-day interval final week for a wide array of scrumptious dishes and leisure.

Summerfest, which ran Thursday by means of Sunday, returned to full power, with a robust turnout from close by communities.

After folks surveyed their choices for dinner and waited in line for his or her desired truthful meals, many selected to make their manner over to one in every of two music phases.

The Mainstage showcased a number of scorching tribute bands, together with Aeromyth and DSB, two bands which have traveled whereas bringing followers the music of Aerosmith and Journey, respectively.

Flashback Heart Attack performs live during Summerfest at Fountain Valley Sports Park on Saturday.

Flashback Heart Attack performs dwell throughout Summerfest at Fountain Valley Sports Park on Saturday.

(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

“It was really great to see everybody out having a good time,” Kim Ann, a neighborhood kids’s e-book creator from Huntington Beach, mentioned. “The weather was beautiful. The event was amazing. The energy was positive. [As it was] Father’s Day weekend, it was really cool seeing all the dads and their children were out. They had matching shirts on. Everybody was having a good time.

“The music that they had was amazing. At one point in time, I thought I was listening to Journey in the background.”

Ann, whose stand had been arrange close to the doorway, was positioned on the other finish of the grounds from the Mainstage, and but, she nonetheless indicated she had heard the music of the bands.

The creator, who has written books about ninjas and different topics children could discover fascinating, introduced a cutout of the ninjas that seem on one in every of her e-book covers, and it proved a preferred attraction for teenagers and younger adults alike.

A woman bites into corn on the cob during Summerfest at Fountain Valley Sports Park on Saturday.

A girl bites into corn on the cob throughout Summerfest at Fountain Valley Sports Park on Saturday.

(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

Fountain Valley has began a “City of Kindness” marketing campaign, often recognizing residents who’re seen doing kindness locally. Ann mentioned her books are geared towards instructing kindness and friendship, and her aim is to assist kids take pleasure in studying.

Throughout Saturday night time, the “Star Tower” elevated swing set had a protracted line as households and {couples} regarded to soak up the brilliant lights of the truthful and carnival from above.

While they had been ready, they’d a wonderful view of the Community Stage, which gave native bands a possibility to gig out in entrance of their family and friends, bringing their acts out of their mother and father’ garages.

Max Keegan, a rising junior at Fountain Valley High School, performed rhythm guitar in a band referred to as “Waste of Oxygen.” Though he performed in Summerfest the 12 months prior, Keegan mentioned the band has been seeking an unique identify and settled on the self-deprecating title for this present.

Festival-goers take a ride along the Orient Express during Summerfest at Fountain Valley Sports Park on Saturday.

Festival-goers take a trip alongside the Orient Express throughout Summerfest at Fountain Valley Sports Park on Saturday.

(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

The native band additionally featured his brother, Ben, on drums, Jayden Le (lead singer), Ethan Salazar (lead guitar) and Ava Chu (bass). Their set checklist included songs from the Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine, Green Day, Arctic Monkeys, Hot Flash Heat Wave and Ozzy Osbourne.

“Last year, we were kind of not doing much on stage,” Max mentioned of eager to deliver extra power throughout performances. “We were just playing our songs, trying to get it done with, I guess. It was fun, of course, but we didn’t really show it, so this year, I kind of told the band to try to move around more.”

Max, who mentioned he’ll quickly flip 16, mentioned his 11-year-old brother is the youngest member of the band.

“He’s been playing drums for about three or four years, but he is a natural at it,” Max mentioned of Ben. “The first time he got a drum set, he sat down, and he could play a song that he liked for a long time, so then we just kind of played with each other whenever, and then we played songs that we liked.

“When I was starting to form a band, I basically told him, ‘You don’t really have a choice. You are going to drum for us.’”

Festival-goers spin around on the Tornado ride during Summerfest at Fountain Valley Sports Park on Saturday.

Festival-goers spin round on the Tornado trip throughout Summerfest at Fountain Valley Sports Park on Saturday.

(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

One of the extra distinctive video games that carnival-goers may play for prizes was to step inside a batting cage and check their bat management. If a hitter may ship a line drive proper again by means of the outlet from which the pitch got here, they might go house blissful. At least one managed the feat Saturday night time, impressing those that witnessed it.

The Kiwanis Club bought roasted corn and baked potatoes in its fundraising efforts on the competition. Club president Gary Forman thanked Michael Hohertz of Fountain Valley Grocery Outlet, former mayor Steve Nagel and Allie Martinez, along with the Kiwanis volunteers, for making it a clean operation.

Forman mentioned it received busier because the weekend arrived. There had been fireworks reveals on Friday and Saturday.

“It picked up on Friday, and Saturday and Sunday, we got two really good days,” Forman mentioned.

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