This year’s Larchmont Family Fair is next Sunday, October 29, from noon to 5 p.m. The fair takes place on Larchmont Blvd., between First St. and Beverly Blvd., which also means Larchmont will be closed starting at 6 a.m. to set up for the festivities.
This year’s fair will be a little different, with some improvements that build on the successes of last year’s fair (e.g. the the beer garden), and address some of the problems from last year (long ticket lines).
We checked in with Melissa Farwell, who is organizing the fair on behalf of the Larchmont Boulevard Association, for the scoop on what to expect.
“The Beer Garden is back, with M Special Brewery, offering three different beers: American Lager, IPA, Tangerine Blonde, thanks to owner Brendan Malloy,” said Farwell.
This year, there will be also be ten rides and inflatables. Tickets can be purchased at the fair, either individually or patrons will have the option to buy a wristband for $50 that includes eight of the ten rides and inflatables (all except the Euro Bungee and Jump Off). The wristbands can be used all day. Individual tickets will be priced at $2 each, with a price break at 20 tickets for $35 and 30 tickets for $50. The Euro Bungee will be 7 tickets and the Jump Off will be 4 tickets. All other inflatables range from 2-4 individual tickets.
There will be a stage with the traditional performances including our local talent show, “Larchmont’s Got Talent,” sponsored by Rhodes School of Music. Tryouts for the show are this weekend on Saturday, October 21 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Coldwell Banker office at 251 N. Larchmont. Everyone is invited to participate and compete for prizes — $500 1st place, $300 2nd place, $200 3rd Place.
Here’s the schedule for the stage:
12 pm – Sophie’s Dance Studio
1 pm – Costume Contest (come to the side of the stage at 12:30 for lining up) (age groups 0-2, 2-5, 5-8, 8-12, 12-18 – medals for winners of each age group & candy for everyone that participates)
2 pm – Larchmont Has Talent
4 pm – Black Canyon Band
Farwell, whose real job is running farmers markets all over the city, including our Larchmont market, is planning a smaller version of the Sunday market in the Wells Fargo parking lot on Fair day. The city parking lot will be a food court featuring the following vendors:
King of Kettle Corn
Cousins Maine Lobster Truck
Lobos Mexican Food
Bao Bao Express
Me Gusta Tamales
Hawaiian Chicken Truck
Farwell told the Buzz she invited food vendors offering different options from our local eateries on the street, which will also be open.
Another annual highlight of the fair is lots of booths sponsored by local schools and nonprofits, and this year, members of the Larchmont Boulevard Association are invited to add to the booths lining the street. This year, the booths will be placed back to back, opening the street for easier access to the sidewalks and Larchmont’s businesses, many of which are also participating in the fair. It’s not too late to secure a booth, you can contact LBA Board member Sharon Sweeney by email at [email protected] for more information.
The Larchmont Buzz will be hosting an earth-friendly booth as only we can. We have invited Ridwell to join us so we can collect plastic for recycling. So start saving up your plastic film (grocery bags, ziplock bags, Amazon mailers, dry cleaner bags & more) – it’s the soft stretchable plastic that can’t be recycled curbside. Bring it by the booth and Ridwell will make sure it gets responsibly recycled with our partner Trex. To date, Ridwell has helped divert more than 15 million pounds from the waste stream. Learn more at ridwell.com.
Tailwaggers will be hosting a super duper pet adoption in its parking lot on Fair day for anyone looking for a forever best friend. Tailwaggers has invited a handful of very reputable rescues to participate in the event, hoping to find forever homes for these deserving cats and dogs.
Also, there’s still time to become a sponsor of the Larchmont Family Fair. Sponsors will be acknowledged here on the Larchmont Buzz and in the Larchmont Chronicle newspaper, and on all street posters and signage. Click here for more information on how you can become a sponsor of this year’s fair. Questions can be directed to Vivian Gueler by email.
Finally, local nonprofits and Larchmont Boulevard Association members are also invited to sponsor a booth at the fair. The booths are 10×10. The fee includes one 8’ table, canopy, table skirting, and chairs. For more information contact Sharon Sweeney by email at [email protected].
Thanks to the following who have already stepped up to be a sponsor of this year’s Larchmont Family Fair.
La Bettola di Terroni
Ritz Dry Cleaning
Rhodes School of Music
Wilshire County Club
Windsor Square Association
Details for the fair are still being finalized, so check back with the Buzz for updates.