2004 Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival August 27 - September 6 is almost upon us. This is a newly built facility to replace the old Fair Grounds on Ave I. Looks like this is year is going to be a little different. I grew up at the fair and that is where you would find me and my friends from the time they opened it up, till they closed growing up. It was for me a yearly event to look forward to. They will have 4H displays, auctions, exhibits, concerts with big name stars, rodeos, derby's of all sorts. They have the arts and agriculture displays that that win awards. And of course they have the good old fashion carnival!
Administration Office Hours
Administration Office: Mon. - Fri., 8 am to 5 pm, Sat. 10 am to 5 pm
Dedicated on September 11, 2004 to honor 5 new monument plaques. This is where "The Aerospace Walk of Honor" starts, that honors those who contributed to our aviation history of the past.
Check out the websites to see where other wonderful places to visit. This aircraft dates me.....I think I worked on it........yikes I am getting old......lol!
This is McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom twin jet, all-weather, supersonic, versatile multiple-mission air superiority fighter, fighter bomber, advance interceptor, ground support, tacticle strike, and reconnaissance aircraft. They served for US Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force as well as foreign air forces. For five years they flew as the US Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron. What a JET!!!:-))
Aerospace Walk of Honor
Known back then as the Antelope Valley Hotel was then sold to Mr. Rockabrand and changed to the Gillwyn Hotel and then to reasons unkown changed to the Western Hotel. It was operated way into the 1960's by Myrtie Webber. She still was a very much involved with the hotel until her death in 1978 of the age of 110. Yet, this building endured many sets backs of restoration due to no funding and vandalism. In 1978, an eight grade class of Park View School decided to take it upon themselves to clean her up and movtivate the community to save one of our last treasures. They had many fund raisers which raised $40,000 to purchase the site to save her. Soon the city of Lancaster took over the restoration in 1987. Now she is completed restored and presently houses a museum of our towns most beloved history.
There is a Momument in front of the hotel dedicated to the Tuskegee Airmen. Dedicated in Feb 28, 1999 to the young and brave African American Airmen who dedicated their service and lives during WWII.
They have renovated the whole BLVD and the ancient palms trees were moved to the center. As far as I know they are doing well. Keep our fingers crossed.
Historical Marker No.658
If you love wall murals you will love these. They are located on the walls of various business along Lancaster Blvd where also the Aerospace Walk of Honor is. They are beautifully done and make me proud to be from Lancaster. I am particular fond of this one, because I served in the United States Air Force when Col Pete Knight use to fly the T-38's. Never said a bad thing, but only good things about our airplanes. He was always such a pleasure to talk with.
You'll find these everywhere from Acton to Bakersfield covering the hills sides in the brightest orange. The pedals will close when it is cold or windy, so you can see them best when it is calm and sunny. They grow the best of course when our rainfall has been frequent the winter before. Lancaster even has a Poppy Festival and has a special Poppy Reserve on the west side of Lancaster. They are absolutely beautiful when it is a warm and calm day!;-)
Visitor Center is Open through April 25 only.
Weekends: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Weekdays: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Wildflower blooms usually occur from March through May. The peak viewing period is Mid-April.
Please no dogs, horses or mountain bikes on the trails.
Antelope Poppy Reserve
Wonderfully done museum with lots of educational exhibits for all to enjoy. Has some very lovely works of Art for those art critics. The exhibits change from time to time like most musuems do. They are some lovely people that work hard in providing some culture to our wonderful Antelope Valley area.
These markers are dedicated to the men and women who risk their lives to the advancement of aerospace. Each marker has been dedicated to a extraordinary individual who sacrificed their time and sometimes their life so we as Americans and those of the free world can live in peace.
I grew up mostly in the Antelope Valley and over the years I have been friends with the daughters and sons of Astronauts and Test Pilots who do not only risk their safety for future generations and their families future generation. It takes some hardy individuals to risk so much. Real Pioneer Spirit!!
This road was created for a Honda Commerical on Ave K, but residents complained so it was covered up and another was created on Avenue G, which is just across from Fox Airport. I wanted my boys to enjoy it and my oldest got the biggest kick because I keep driving around to listen to it. My youngest was watching a movie and finally at the last turn around he took his headset off and said, "Star Wars?". We all laughed. It is pretty cool. Stay to the left and drive the speed limit. I hope you can guess what it is. Have fun!
This is another one of Lancasters pride and joy. This a very beautiful performing art center that boast many celebrities who perform regularly over the year. The decor is wonderfully done and the all the seats have a great view. They are very comfortable too. They have had Heart, Meat Loaf, Willie Nelson, James Brown, The Bangles Wynton Marsalis, Crystal Gayle and Bob Newhart perform here. The also have such plays as Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker Ballet, Singin' in the Rain, and Romeo & Juliet. I have been here several times and have never been disappointed if not delightfully entertained.
Also, this use to be the site of the Antelope Valley Theatre and AV Bowl. I can still remember those Saturday double matinee and muching on popcorn or the candy we smulged in from Woolworths or SavOn drug stores. Those are great memories.
When exploring the reserve, a good place to start would be the visitor's center. There is limited parking, especially on weekends, and admission is $5.00 per vehicle or $4.00 for seniors. Anything you could possibly want to know about poppies, & other natives species of the area are displayed here. This is a DAY USE only park. Visitors must stay on trails.
Visitor's Center Open: 9-5 weekends, 10-4 week days. Open from March to May only during blooming season. It is operated by the State of California.
- wheelchair accessible
- exhibits and programs
- 7 miles of nature trails
- guided hikes
- picnic areas
- books and gifts available
Since the visitor's center fills up quickly on weekends, many people park along Avenue I and tramp through the poppy fields. If you chose to park on Avenue I, at least follow an existing foot or animal path so you don't damage the plants. Unfortunately, we saw many people making their own way with no regards for the flora around them, in search of the perfect photo. Please respect this region so that the plants continue to flourish and everyone can enjoy.
Around the visitor's center you are not permitted to wander off the paths and the area is patrolled by park rangers. I remember a few years back rangers used to chase people from parking on Avenue I, but this year there are just too many visitors.
Please note that poppies will not open up if temperature is too cold, it's windy or rainy. Check weather conditions in the area before going.
On Avenue G there is a portion of the road in the left lane that has grooves cut into it. If you drive at 55 (the speed limit) you will hear the first several bars of a popular old song. Guess what it is.
If you have the time and you are near the Antelope Valley, about 70 miles from downtown Los Angeles, 58 miles from the San Fernando Valley with a drive time of about 1 hour, except during business rush hours, go see and listen to the only "Musical Road" in America. Located in Lancaster on Avenue G between 30th Street West and 40th Street West, this road has been cut with grooves to form musical notes when a vehicle's tires roll over the grooves.
The musical score and it really is a road scored, plays a 15 second portion of musical notes to "The William Tell Overture", or to western movies and TV western fans it is known as the Long Ranger Theme. This "Musical Road" is the only one in the Americas. There are about 5 others with 1 in Denmark, 1 in South Korea, and 3 in Japan. They are unique, maybe not exact on the notes, but you get the idea. I have taken a video of this "Musical Road" so that you can hear the sounds made as you drive on the road and judge for yourself. Look for the scored sections of the road that make the musical notes. Hi, Yo, Silver, the Long Ranger rides again.
If you go, the music is heard only if you drive in the far left lane of westbound W Avenue G and at 55 MPH. I have it on good authority, that if you drive at 65 MPH it sounds better. Of course, the speed limit is 55 MPH. Gotcha!
The BLVD Cinemas boasts 3 state-of-the-art screens with all-digital Christie projectors and cutting edge surround sound. Each comfortable and wide seat features a full recliner with foot rests, a built in cup-holder and swivel tray table. In addition to typical movie theater snacks, the concession stand offers pita chips and hummus dips as well as pizzas that are baked fresh to order. A full selection of beer and wine is available for any of the 21+ showings. This unique concept will bring a taste of the very best to the Antelope Valley.http://www.blvdcinemas.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=53&Itemid=71
The Underground Bowling Lounge is a place to have a great time. 21 and over after 7 p.m. means that UBL is the perfect place to have some fun with friends. 8 lanes, 5 pool tables, 2 air hockey games and shuffle board will keep everyone busy.
Above the bowling alley is Bex Bar & Grill Restaurant that is really popular with the locals. The hot spot on Lancaster Blvd! American style menu, 30 beers on Tap, 13 handcrafted cocktails, Full Bar & Night Club! Your One Stop Shop for entertainment in the Antelope Valley!