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Page 6, Cloverdale Reveille, January 15, 1997 Citrus Fair remembered. JJgBmJB Senior writes of early d00tvs Editor&apos;s Note: 1996. This story was written by Marie Va- don Hill at the Cloverdale Auto- biography Writing workshop being held at the Cloverdale Se- nior Center on Thursdays from I-3 pro. Marie was born and raised in Cloverdale and has lived here all her life. She retired from Dilley Insurance Agency in 1992 after 38 years as an insur- ance broker. She lives on her sheep ranch on Highway 128 near Yorkville with her son Jim, and also has a daughter, Kathy Hill, and two grandchildren liv- ing in Cloverdale. The class is taught by Scott Reid and is free. Presented by the Santa Rosa Junior College Senior's Program, the class al- ways welcomes new participants. When I was a child and a teen- ager the Citrus Fair rated right up there next to Christmas. Clo- verdale was a small town where you knew everyone so young and old alike looked forward to this occasion to see all their friends and enjoy some outside enter- tainment. At that time the Fair dates always included George Washington's birthday, Febru- ary 22nd, so if it fell on a Wednes- day we had a five day fair; otherwise it was a four day fair. The Citrus Fair Pavilion was on West Street (now Cloverdale Boulevard) wbere the vacant lot is next to the Bank of America. From this building to the corner of First Street there was a va- cant lot and that is where the carnival was set up. They also closed offFirst Street from West Street to Main and that street was also used by the carnival. There were no build- ings on the north side of First Street except Russ Thompson's Richfield station on the corner and there were only two small homes in the middle of the south side so no businesses were af- fected by this street closure. On the south side of the Pavilion was Dad Snyder's Hotel which included a restaurant and a bar so needless to say he did a brisk business during the fair. Also across the street was the Reed and Bell drive-in and they cer- tainly looked forward to the fair. The Pavilion seemed huge to me. The front doors entered di- rectly into a large auditorium with an office on one side and a small meeting room on the other side. The Citrus Fair exhibits occupied the front half of the room and the stage and dance floor "the back half. There were always at least nine exhibits, sometimes twelve, and the tall- est ones were placed next to the dance floor section to make a room divider. As soon as we en- tered the building we enjoyed the aroma of the citrus fruits and redwood boughs used on the exhibits. A balcony, furnished with three-tier bleachers, ran the length of each side of the hall and we could sit up there and watch all the activities on the main floor below. This was a favorite place for the older folks who liked to watch the dancers and the people mill- ing around the exhibits. My Grandmother Vadon used to go every afternoon with her friends and sit in the balcony and enjoy people-watching and visiting with her friends. Under the balconies the front half was occupied by commer- cial exhibits and the back half was more seating for the danc- ers and the audience at the pro- grams. The commercial booths inside the building included Montedonico's Appliances with a stove and refrigerator on dis- play, Lampson's Ford with a brand new automobile , Clover Milk booth and a hotdog and soda water stand. There were others but I don't remember what they were selling as I was more interested in the dances and the carnival than any commercial booths. There was dancing with live music every afternoon and evening except Sunday when they had special entertaining. The afternoon dances were at- tended mostly by teenagers and young adults. I never missed one and had a great time as all my school friends would be there and we'd divide our time be- tween the dance and the carni- val. Eveningdances were always crowded as the older generation would join us then. The dancing would follow the professional entertainment on the stage, usually vaudeville acts such as acrobats, trained dogs, magicians, singers and dancers and once there was a trampoline act that was a big favorite. The high school band usually played for one program and we majorettes would be on stage twirling our batons. Opening night was the crowning of the king and queen and the schools were involved in this ceremony. One year when I was about ten years old they made orange and green paper costumes for us and we were in the processional for the king and queen and that was a thrill. For a few years when I was in high school they had small children for the king and queen so I was not involved with entering a queen contest. Later they began having just a queen and her court as they do nO. The carnival area was small compared to today's carnivals but there was a lot of entertain- ment and fun packed into that area. There was a ferris wheel and a merry-go-round right in the middle of the vacant lot. The only other ride was the kiddie cars for small children. The rides Please turn to page 7 L_ i Pictured is a beautiful Citrus Fair exhibit at the old Citrus I pavilion that Marie Hill is writing about. The pavilion was local between First and Lake St. This building was used until 1951 w the new fairgrounds was built with proceeds from State fud derived from horse racing. LE wict dinr Jazzercise Jazzercise is the art of jazz dance combined with the science o! exercise, designed to fit every "body's" fitness level. Each of Dabble Per, suit's classes feature easy -to-follow, fun routines set to your favorite music- -Top 40, jazz, country, classics and show tunes. "As a Certified Jazzercise instructor, I show stu- dents how to exercise at their own level, and demon- strate low impact and high intensity modifications making workouts as individualized as possible. Stu- dents receive instruction in the use of hand and leg weights to make the class as chailanging as they want itto be," Dabble explained. She has bean a Jazzercise instructor for the past eight years and a life-long student of dance. She received her training at the California Lutheran Univer- sity and California State University at Northddge. She has attended a specialized Jazzemise, Inc. training workshop held in Sacramento; and receives on-going training from Moorpark Junior College and Santa Rosa Jazzerctse Instructor Dabble Perrault is pictured with two of her students, Llass DuRee (I) and Donna Ferguson in the new plaza. Classes are ongoing at the Clover Fitness Center, 209 N. Clove,dale Blvd., Monday & Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30 pm and Satutday mornings at 9 am. ,She can be reached at 894-9095 at the fitness canter or 894--3554 at home. JC. "In addition to adult (13 and over) jazzercise classes, I also teach "Junior Jazzemise", which I like to describe as energetic, physical movement mixed with lots of fun music! This specialized program for boys and gids ages 4-12, introduces children to the world of dance, music and fitness. Each class is based on sound principles of exercise, dance and physiology and includes a warm-up e mph a- sizing the isolation of individual body parts to improve body awareness from head to toe: up-tempo routines designed to strengthen the cardiovascular system, and a slow cool down focusing on stretching. Junior Jazzercisers develop a strong sense of ac- complishment and build a better self-image," she said. 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