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Saturday parade in Imperial will kick off Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta

February 21, 2002|By MARIO RENTERIA, Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — This city will kick off the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta with a parade here Saturday.

The fair will be March 1 through 10 at the Imperial Valley Expo in Imperial.

The fair parade was a fixture for 28 years, but that ended some time ago, said Imperial Chamber of Commerce Secretary Manager Jo Ellen Jackson.

Jackson said she wasn't sure when or why the parade was stopped. It was revived briefly a couple years ago, she said, but took another hiatus last year.

Jackson said she had just come onto the chamber board last year and chamber officials felt it was too soon for her to take on such a responsibility.

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"We're hoping we'll get people to participate because we'd like to bring back this tradition," she said.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. at the intersection of First Street and Imperial Avenue. It will head north on Imperial Avenue toward 10th Street and end at Eager Park, 10th and G streets.

As of Wednesday there were about 25 entries scheduled, Jackson said, including car clubs, motorcycle clubs, high school bands and much more.

As it does for the other Imperial Valley parades, the Los Vigilantes service club will be present to make sure the parade runs efficiently.

Jackson said city officials would like the parade to again becomes an annual tradition, adding she hopes next year the parade will precede a week of pre-fair activities.

She said she's hoping to organize something similar to the Brawley Cattle Call kick-off week.

"I just hope everybody comes and enjoys the parade and gets ready for the fair," she said.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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