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Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2018 8:00 am

Chino Hills will no longer have a “Chino Hills Day at the Fair” celebration because of changes imposed by the L.A. County Fairplex, but Chino will forge ahead with its “Chino Day at the Fair” to be held Wednesday, Sept. 19.

The changes are the result of a 50 percent budget cut to the Community Days program, said Tammy Roush, director of engagement for the Fairplex.

Instead of individual community Day at the Fair celebrations, the Fairplex has established an “Inland Empire Day at the Fair” to be held Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.

For those cities that want to maintain their celebrations, the Fairplex is offering an option where communities donate $6,600 toward the Yellow Bus Program.

The donation will include an ice cream reception where bus donors will be recognized.

Tickets for both the Inland Empire event and the Chino event will cost $6.60 in keeping with the fair theme “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.”

Yellow Bus

The Yellow Bus Program, where donations are raised to provide Fair bus transportation to school children, has been changed this year.

The Fair will limit bus funding to low-income schools by offering grants on a first-come, first-served basis to provide transportation for children in grades kindergarten through seventh grade, Ms. Roush said.

The program allows school children to arrive before the general public to visit exhibits on agriculture, art, science, California heritage, and life on the farm.

Chino Hills spokesperson Denise Cattern said some teachers in Chino Hills have expressed disappointment with the changes to the Yellow Bus Program.

Ms. Roush admitted the Fairplex has surprised cities with changes and new information a month ahead of the fair, which runs Aug. 31 to Sept. 23. She said many other cities have chosen to opt out.

Heroes

The Fairplex has eliminated the community hero program but is allowing Los Angeles and San Bernardino County supervisors to nominate heroes. Ms. Roush said there will be no formal application process, just a verbal nomination from any supervisor who wishes to participate.

City of Chino spokesperson Arianna Fajardo said Chino is very interested in continuing the tradition and its Chino Day at the Fair Committee is raising funds for the Yellow Bus Program to allow second and fifth graders to attend the fair.

She said Chino will continue its community hero program by selecting a youth hero and an adult hero who will be recognized at the community reception Sept. 19 at the fair.

Tickets

Chino residents must purchase tickets for Chino Day at the Fair (Wednesday, Sept. 19) by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. Visit LACountyFair.com/buytickets, add the Community Day ticket to the shopping cart, select the promo/voucher, and enter promo code CHINO.

Chino Hills residents and Chino residents who wish to visit the fair on Inland Empire Day on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 3) must purchase tickets by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30. Follow the instructions for Chino above and enter promo code INLANDEMPIRE.

A processing fee will be charged for online purchases. The discounted ticket rates will not be offered at the gate.

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