It's been a little less than two months since Hesperia first discovered the lure of Pokemon Go, a popular mobile game that encourages gamers to walk around and catch virtual Pokemon.
In August, the Hesperia Recreation and Parks District held their first-ever Pokemon Go community event, aptly named Pokepalooza, with food, games and face painting to keep gamers busy when taking a break from Pokemon hunting.
The event was deemed a success with over 2,500 people attending, many clad in Pokemon costumes and in-game team shirts, according to a Recreation and Parks District news release. On Saturday, the Hesperia Recreation and Park District will try to recreate that magic with Pokepalooza 2, beginning at 6 p.m.
Like the first event, Pokepalooza 2 will be held at Civic Plaza Park, located at 15833 Smoke Tree St. The area has proved to be one of the most popular spots in the Victor Valley for residents to play Pokemon Go, featuring multiple Pokemon gyms (virtual locations where gamers can battle for the right as the gym's top trainer), and Pokestops that allow trainers to refill in-game items.
Pokemon Go uses a phone's GPS and clock to determine where the user is and what type of Pokemon will spawn.
"My favorite (Pokemon) is Gengar," said one Pokemon trainer, who has traveled to Australia and China capturing Pokemon, at the first Pokepalooza.
Food, music and vendors will be in attendance again, and a showing of "Ant-Man" will begin at 7 p.m. on the outdoor big screen. It is recommended to bring chairs and blankets for the film.
There will also be a Pokemon costume contest for those dressed up.
Visit www.HesperiaParks.com for more information about the event.