PALMDALE'S FALL FESTIVAL TO BE BIGGER THAN EVER.
PALMDALE - Palmdale's 20th annual Fall Festival will have a new location at Marie Kerr Park and more entertainment, including a fireworks show, city officials said Wednesday.
Headlining the Oct. 8-9 festival will be the Southern rock band .38 Special, followed by a stage show called ``Illumination,'' featuring lighting effects, costumed dancers and wild props, and the fireworks show, all on the festival's first night.
``For family entertainment, no one matches us,'' said Steve Buffalo, the city's special events manager. ``We've thrown everything into it - including the kitchen sink.''
More than 45,000 people are expected to attend the event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 8 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at the newly enlarged Marie Kerr Park, 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd.
The festival is geared toward Palmdale residents, but there will be some marketing outside the Antelope Valley, particularly in the Santa Clarita Valley, city officials said.
The event is moving from McAdam Park to Marie Kerr Park because the festival needs more room, city officials said. The festival had about 14 acres at McAdam for the event plus about an additional 13.5 acres for parking. At Marie Kerr, the festival will have 24 acres plus the new amphitheater and up to 40 acres of parking.
``This event is begging for growth,'' said Mayor Jim Ledford. ``McAdam was maxed out.''
Singers, bands, dancers and other entertainers will perform on 11 stages. Other acts slated to perform include The Beach Toys, Mariachi Divas, Nuns for Fun, Boulevard Knights, Alturas, Kids of Rock Theatre, LA Salsa Kids, Flying Lindy Hoppers, Antelope Valley College Jazz Ensemble and The Billies.
A special children's area, Target's Magical Experience for Children, will include live entertainment, children's rides, and interactive activities.
Another children's attraction will be Patch's Pumpkin Stage, featuring the Palmdale Festival of Books and a live stage show, the Dangerous Dinos.
Among the returning attractions will be the aerospace expo, featuring displays from The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. The expo will also include a ``100 years of Flight'' display on the history of aviation, particularly the Antelope Valley's aerospace history.
Also returning is the Enchanted Fairy Garden, with costumed fairies, Celtic music and children's activities. The Fairy Garden will showcase the new Dragon's Lair, featuring a state-of-the-art animatronic dragon.
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; the farmers market; and the arts and crafts booths.
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.
For more information, call (661) 267-5611 or log on to the city of Palmdale's Web site at www.cityofpalmdale.org.
(1 -- color in AV edition only) Special events manager Steve Buffalo, left, Parks Director Russ Bird and Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford hold a news conference about the festival.
(2 -- color -- ran in AV edition only) Trees on East Avenue R-2 begin to show their fall colors Wednesday, the day before autumn.
(3 -- color in AV edition only) The Southern band .38 Special will be headlining the 20th annual Palmdale Fall Festival Oct. 8-9 at Marie Kerr Park.
Jeff Goldwater/Staff Photographer