By Lorraine Kay
August 2010 – LANCASTER, CA – The Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival 2010 opened with an explosion of rock and roll Friday, as Ted Nugent took the stage at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, on Avenue H in Lancaster, as just the first offering of the concert series sponsored by Lancaster Honda. The 70 year old traditional event has evolved far beyond the expectations of its founders as rock and roll takes over the grandstand stage this year.
Nugent opened exactly at 7:30 p.m. with his rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, a prelude to his emphasis throughout the 90 minute concert of his love for “FREEDOM”. The outspoken advocate for hunting and strong conservative values, Nugent reminded the audience continually about citizens’ rights and responsibilities. Nugent’s stage was decorated with steer heads, machineguns and a giant grenade and a large American flag, all to emphasize his stand for freedom. Equipment was draped with animal pelts and other items as a statement reminding fans of his stand on hunting.
The crowd was kept on its feet for the whole concert as Nugent blasted them with some of his best loved songs including; Stormtroopin’, Wango Tango, Free For All, an instrumental cover of Red House, Rawdogs and Warhogs, Need You Bad, Love Grenade, KLSTRPHNKY, Hey Baby, Just What The Doctor Ordered, Fred Bear, Cat Scratch Fever, Stranglehold and more. But no matter how much he gave to the crowd they still wanted more. Mounting the stage in full Native American headdress, he added more theatrics to the encore of Spirit of the Wild. In a final moment of his stand for hunting, Nugent, armed with a bow and arrow, shot his White Buffalo guitar with an arrow to close the show.
This year’s concert line-up will continue Saturday, with the king of parodies, Weird Al” Yankovic, delivering his unique blend of parody, comedy and . . . polka? Yes, for a man who learned how to play rock ‘n roll on the accordion, polka had to fit in there, somewhere. Expect to be entertained as he delivers songs like “Another One Rides the Bus”, (Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”), or “My Bologna”, (The Knack’s My Sharona”). Other familiar parodies that fans will recognize are “Ode to a Superhero”, (“Piano Man” by Billy Joel), “The Saga Begins”, (“American Pie” by Don Maclean), and for the Michael Jackson tunes that seemed to start it all “Eat It” and “Fat”, parodies of “Beat it” and “I’m Bad”. Yancovic’s shows are known as much for his theatrics wildly visual as much as musical excellence. Packed with multimedia fun, he takes advantage of big-screen videos and a multitude of costume changes to totally entertain. Ticket prices for the concert are $50 for the gold section, $25 for trackside and FREE grandstand seats with paid admission.
As the concert series continues Sunday offers Espinosa Paz & Chuy Lizarraga y su Banda Tierra Sinaloens. Monday brings the iconic surf rock band The Beach Boys back to the A.V. fairgrounds. Joining the line-up on Tuesday night is the iconic ZZ Top, sunglasses and chest-length beards in tow. The fair concert series does not end without one more rocking night. Wednesday, August 25.
For more information on all concerts and fair events visit www.avfair.com. Tickets are available for all of the Lancaster Honda concert Series events at the fair box office or online at www.avfair.com.
In addition to the Lancaster Honda concert series there will be innumerable other events including; exhibits, motorized events, bull riding, carnival rides, great food, free grounds entertainment and much more! Traditional events like the Rural Olympics, Jr. Livestock Auction and Home Arts exhibit competitions continue to involve the community in one of a kind, fun events.
General admission is Adults (12 & older) – $8.00, Juniors (6-11) – $5.00, Children under 6 – FREE with paid adult, Seniors (62+) – $5.00 and Active Military – FREE with Military Service I.D. (dependents must show I.D.). Parking is $5.00. Special discounts are available for special events as follows:
SATURDAY, 8/21 and 8/28, Open 2 to midnight – Rotary Club of Lancaster BOOK DRIVE – 2 to 4 p.m. at the Main Gate – Bring one (1) NEW or three (3) gently used elementary level book(s) and get one (1) FREE admission and one (1) FREE ride pass
SUNDAY, 8/22 and 8/29, Opens 2 to midnight – Grace Resources Canned FOOD DRIVE – 2 to 4 at the Main Gate – Bring five (5) cans of food between and get one (1) FREE admission and one (1) FREE ride pass. (Canned Food Drive promo does NOT include ticket to concert on 8/22 or Demo Derby on 8/29.) $25 wristbands are available for purchase until 9p.m. & are good for rides all night. After 9p.m. to close NO $25 wristbands sold, rides are full price. $1 games (until 9p.m. only).
MONDAY, 8/23, Open 4 to midnight – 2 for 1 Admission – 4 to 9 p.m., with online coupon ONLY from avfair.com – sponsored by R. Rex Parris Law Firm.
• KIDS DAY – Kids 11 and under FREE admission.
• SENIOR DAY – Sponsored by High Desert Medical Group – FREE admission for seniors aged 62 and older. Fairgrounds open at 2p.m. for seniors, 4p.m. for public. Seniors ride Carousel and Ferris Wheel FREE ALL day. FREE lunch sponsored by Halley-Olsen, 2 – 3:30p.m. or while supplies last. Food Specials for seniors ONLY until 6p.m. at participating concession stands.
• SPECIAL-NEEDS CITIZENS DAY sponsored by High Desert Medical Group – FREE admission for special needs citizens and one (1) caregiver. Fairgrounds open at 2p.m. for special needs citizens, 4p.m. for public. FREE lunch 2 – 3:30p.m. or while supplies last. Limited rides FREE 2 – 4p.m…
• FREE Admission for the Recently Unemployed – Two FREE general admission tickets will be stamped when a recent unemployment check or paystub (within 12 months) is presented with valid photo ID until 9p.m. ONLY. This cannot be combined with any other promo.
TUESDAY, 8/24, Open 4 to midnight – $2 DOLLAR TUESDAY – Admission, rides and games are $2 each until 9p.m… There will also be $2 specials at participating concession stands. (EXCLUDES parking, parking is $5).
WEDNESDAY, 8/25, Open 4 to midnight – High Desert Broadcasting’s “WACKY WEDNESDAY” – $5 admission for all ages with on-line coupon ONLY at avfair.com, until 9p.m..
THURSDAY, 8/26, Open 4 to midnight – “COME BACK THURSDAY” – $25 ride wristband is available for purchase on 8/26 for $20 at carnival ticket booths with presentation of a redeemable coupon from a previous carnival ticket purchase. REDEEM AT CARNIVAL TICKET BOOTH, NOT FAIR BOX OFFICE. NO duplications accepted. This PURCHASE offer is good ON 8/26, until 9p.m., ONLY. BOTH $25 & $20 wristbands are good for rides all night. All games, $1 each.
THURSDAY, 8/26, Open 4 to midnight – 9 a.m. – Kiwanis Jr. Livestock Auction in the R. Rex Parris Show Arena. 6 p.m. JLA BBQ at the Kiwanis BBQ Heritage Park -$10. Buy BBQ dinner ticket at Administration Office or call Entry Office at 661-948-6060 ext. 226. FIGURE 8 RACE – 7:30 p.m., Grandstand, FREE with paid admission. Festival seating: first come, first seat.
FRIDAY, 8/27, Open 4 to midnight – 4 to 5 p.m. – FREE Parking with avfair.com online coupon. Includes one (1) FREE ride and one (1) FREE game. PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS – 7:30 p.m., Grandstand – Admission – Gold Buckle $50, Reserved Grandstand $20. NO Free Grandstand, ticket is required. Ticket includes admission into the Fair.
SATURDAY, 8/28, Open 2 to midnight – RURAL OLYMPICS – 6:00 p.m… FREE with paid admission. Festival seating: first come, first seat. Fireworks Show after Rural Olympics.
SUNDAY, 8/29, Open 2 to 11 p.m. – DEMOLITION DERBY- 6:00 p.m.
Reserved Grandstand $20 at the gate. NO Free Grandstand, tick.e.t required. Ticket includes admission into the Fair.
There will be NO entry to the Fair one (1) hour prior to closing. Barns close at 10 p.m. and Exhibit buildings close at 11 p.m. nightly (with the exception of Sunday, 8/29 when the buildings close at 10 p.m.). All buildings are ADA accessible.
For more information visit www.avfair.com, or call (661)948-6060.