BEFORE THE FALL.PALMDALE - Palmdale's 20th annual Fall Festival opens today in a new location and with more entertainment.
Headlining will be Southern rock band .38 Special at 5:30 p.m. today, followed by a stage show called ``Illumination'' at 7:15 p.m. and a new fireworks fireworks: see pyrotechnics.
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The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the newly enlarged Marie Kerr Park, 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd.
Singers, bands, dancers and other entertainers will perform on 11 stages. Acts slated to perform both days include The Beach Toys, Mariachi mariachi
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A children's area, Target's Magical Experience for Children, will include live acts, rides and interactive activities.
Other returning features include the High Desert Medical Group Health Expo, with free flu shots to visitors age 62 or older and people with chronic health problems; a farmers market; and arts and crafts arts and crafts, term for that general field of applied design in which hand fabrication is dominant. The term was coined in England in the late 19th cent. as a label for the then-current movement directed toward the revivifying of the decorative arts. .
Admission is $7 for adults, and $3 for seniors 55 and over, children ages 6 to 12 and military with ID. Children will receive four free ride tickets with gate admission. Children age 5 and under will be admitted free.
A two-day adult pass is available for $12. Parking is free.
(1 -- color) Celina Gallegos, left, and Freddie Love of Select Temp Agency use pumpkins and bales of hay to decorate the entrance to the 20th annual Palmdale Fall Festival at Marie Kerr Park on Friday.
(2 -- color) Bethany Morris, left, and Heather Davidson, program leaders with the Palmdale Parks and Recreation Department, add details to the Butterfly Wishing Pond at the Dragon's Lair Dragon's Lair was one of the first laserdisc video games, released in June 1983 by Cinematronics. It featured animation created by former Disney animator Don Bluth. tent.
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Jeff Goldwater/Staff Photographer