ARTESIA, CA – Artesia’s 2nd Annual International Street Fair & Diversity Festival was held on Oct. 3 and attracted thousands to the city. A portion of the city’s downtown on Pioneer Blvd. between 188th and 183rd Streets was closed from 11 am to 11 pm to host the fair. The event had a little something for everyone:
Children enjoyed getting close and personal with a variety of fun-loving animals at the petting zoo or by riding on a pony. They also enjoyed playing at numerous game booths or burning some of that youthful energy on inflatable rides, the rock-climbing wall, or slides. A big hit last year and again this year were the exciting performances such as the Chinese lion and dragon dancers, Indian dancers, Taiko dojo drummers, Mariachi bands, Folk Ballet, Southeast Asian dances from Vietnam, Laos, and many more. These cultural performances went on all day at the northern end of the Festival. On the southern end of the Festival was another stage, where some of L.A. County’s most talented musicians . Food is what sets the Diversity Festival apart from many who have attempted such events in the past, and guests were not disappointed. More than 40 food vendors participated and served Indian, Pakistani, Himalayan, Chinese, Mexican, Filipino, Korean, Italian fare.There was also a Beer Garden where customers didn’t have to stay inside a restricted area to enjoy a brew and the festival’s many sights, and a free shuttle service was available to make it easy for people to park and move enjoy the Festival.