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Setback doesn't hamper ‘Good Old Days'
Despite fireworks issues, crowds turn out in droves for 65th Hesperia Days
From food to fun, music to meeting new friends, locals showed up to sample a little bit of everything over the weekend at the 65th Hesperia Days celebration.
Mother nature, however, may have tried to hamper the happiness.
The weekend kicked off Friday evening with a performance by the Hesperia Wranglers Drill Team and a flags presentation by the 2013-14 queen court, followed shortly by the Wranglers Championship Gymkhana.
On Saturday morning, residents lined up for a 5K walk/skate/run down Main Street between I and E avenues and then watched tractors, cars, local leaders and non-profit organizations slowly motored down the same path for the annual Kiwanis Hesperia Days Parade.
Citizens on Patrol volunteers for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s department manned road closures around the parade and race routes, making for sluggish traffic conditions in the area, but ultimately providing safety for spectators and participants.
At Hesperia Lake Park, a variety of games, vendor booths and munchies options drew visitors in throughout the weekend, but a planned fireworks display Saturday evening quietly fizzled out before a spark ever hit the sky.
Hesperia Recreation and Park District officials, along with the city of Hesperia, announced through social media outlets including Facebook that windy conditions — with gusts picking up to nearly 45 mph at times, according to the National Weather Service — wouldn’t allow the 23-minute fireworks show to go on as scheduled.
Steve Hamm, recreation supervisor for the district, said Sunday morning officials were discussing a date to reschedule the show, but hadn’t yet reached a decision.
With winds having calmed and the sun shining bright, residents again showed up Sunday morning as the park opened doors to the celebration’s last day of activities.
Hesperia resident Steve Thomas said he enjoyed the animals on display at the Hesperia Zoo’s exhibit booth.
“I’ve never seen a kangaroo before,” Thomas said. “I’ll bet he could jump over that fence. It’s awesome.”
Thomas’ son, Evan, 5, went to a face-painting booth and had his face adorned with a baseball, at his request.
“This is really cool,” Evan Thomas said after the painting was done.
Hesperia resident Laura Mijares, who’d attended Hesperia Days events in years past, said she enjoyed the food offerings.
“The quesadilla was my favorite part,” Mijares said. “It was so good.”
Martial Haprov may be reached at 760-951-6236 or at MHaprov@VVDailyPress.com.