LANCASTER – The 79th annual Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival will honor active and retired military this Thursday, Aug. 24, as part of Military Appreciation Day, Fair officials announced.
Fair admission is free for all active and retired military and their dependents with military I.D. and DD214s starting at 4 p.m. when the Fair opens.
Free branch insignia lanyards will be distributed from 4 to 7 p.m. to military servicemen and women as they come in on a red carpet at the main entrance to the Fairgrounds.
Free Military Loved Ones dog tags will be given to military dependents, while supplies last.
Prior to the start of the Figure 8 races, the Joe Walker Middle School Civil Air Patrol cadets will present the colors, and the national anthem and patriotic music will be performed by the Palmdale High School Chamber Singers under the direction of Mr. Mike McCullough at 7:30 p.m.
After the Chamber Singers performance, a recognition event will take place where military branch anthems will played. Military servicemen and women will be asked to stand when they hear the anthem for the branch they are serving, or have served in.
Singer Rat Pack Ricky will pay tribute to Sinatra, Martin and more in a tribute performance at 8:30 p.m. in the Marco and Sandra Johnson Foundation Grand Oasis.
The cele-grape-tion continues on Military Appreciation Day with the “Buy a Buddy a Brew” pay-it-forward promotion, where people can buy a domestic beer at any bar for $8.50, indicate a military branch, and the next active or retired military personnel with ID from that branch will get the paid-forward beer.
Another promotion at the AV Fair on Thursday is the Rotary Club of Lancaster Book Drive. From 4 to 6 p.m. only attendees who bring in one new, or three gently used elementary level books will receive one free admission and one ride pass.
For all A.V. Fairground’s information, visit www.avfair.com.
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