The end of the summer is always a little sad. No more vacations or beach days. The kids are getting ready to go back to school. The days will be getting shorter. The cooler weather.

But the one thing I look forward to at the end of summer is Fiesta La Ballona. Food, carnival rides, family fun. So much to see and do.

One of my favorite things is all the history of the event. The Fiesta began in 1951 as a week-long celebration of the region’s early settlers. People went to events – and even to work! – dressed up as Native American Indians, rancheros, señoritas, cowboys and cowgirls. The early fiestas evoked pride among the descendants of the “first families” and offered the entire community a playful opportunity to connect with its history.

The Culver City Historical Society’s Archive and Resource Center (ARC) will be showcasing Fiesta La Ballona and Olympic Games memorabilia during the Fiesta, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26. If you haven’t been in here yet, stop in to say hello and see the collection of photos, costumes. Some really cool things to see.

There’s something for everyone. Be sure to stop by and enjoy it all.

I’ll see you there.

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