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Wistaria Day, 2007

Sunday, March 25, 2007

 

Wistaria Event Draws Thousands to Sierra Madre

By Bill Coburn

 

The 113-year old Wistaria vine was the main draw, but that didnít stop thousands from perusing the booths of arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing and much more on Sunday.  Sierra Madre Police Chief put the crowd at about 10,000, and noted that there were no incidents, two medical calls and two lost children, both of whom were returned to their parents in about ten minutes or so.

 

More than 200 volunteers helped coordinate the event, which also featured 18 live musical acts at five outdoor venues, childrenís activities such as a train, a bouncy house, rock climbing and a big inflatable slide.  Local non-profits and professional eateries supplied food, and a good time was had by all. 

 

But the star of the show was the vine, which numerous veteran Wistaria watchers agreed looked the best it has looked in many years, certainly in the memory of those I spoke with.  If you missed it this year, be sure to make your plans to attend next year.

 

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Wistaria Photo Page 1

Wistaria Photo Page 2, all the vine shots are here

Wistaria Photo Page 3

Sierra Madre Couple get engaged at 2007 Wistaria Festival

Wistaria Video Page - Horses on Astroturf, The Sheds, Dulcimers of Dunlore

 

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SierraMadreSue Behrens, music coordinator

Ann, let your son in Florida know you're back on the Net

Rotarian Rudy Hayek displays a slab o' tri-tip

Volunteer Connie Brown tells people about the award-wining 2006 SM Rose Float

Vin Fizz Flyers

Ditto

Flapp, Scratch & The Henry Ridge Ramblers

Early morning crowd shot

Even the pooches wore lavender

Crowd shot, Kersting Court style

Claire, Jake and Nate made the trip up from Dana Point

Pooches weren't the only animal species represented, a goat came out too

Snotty Scotty and the Hankies

The newly restored cannon was a hit with the kids

Ditto

Another hit with the kids

Some of the adventurous kids climed the rock wall

Horses on Astroturf, part un

Rotarian and former Mayor Rob Stockly

The Historical Society also had a booth

Roses were sold as a fundraiser, as the hummingbird looked on

SMRFA president Robert Young was his usual low-key self

Ann Dergerian volunteered for the Garden Club

The Bahai Faith people had a booth, something to do with Search and Rescue

Horses on Astroturf, part deux

Local restaurant Corfu had a booth

Less adventurous kids had fun, too

Ditto

These folks are talking and taking pics with their cell phones of their kids on the rock wall

This is a picture of the kid dancing, but Horses on Astroturf probably thinks it's part trois

Fascinated by trains, what can I say

Crowd shot, Memorial Park lawn style

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