Temple City held its annual Camellia Festival from Friday, February 20 to Sunday, February 22.
The city is known for the annual festival and attracted people of all ages and backgrounds. Carnival rides, games, and concession stands were on display at Temple City Park all weekend.
Different groups within Temple City, as well as marching bands coming from several schools throughout Los Angeles County, participated in the parade held on Saturday. Saturday boasted the largest number of visitors.
A large van acting as a food stand sold “carnival food”, popcorn, sodas, cotton candy, and nachos.
Also, several clubs from Temple City High School and Oak Avenue Intermediate School had stands that sold refreshments, such as root beer floats, cups of caramel and sliced apples, snow cones, and soft drinks for fundraising.
The price of games ranged from about one to three dollars. There were games of skill such as shooting a red star with a rifle and climbing an unstable ladder.
For games that attracted the younger carnival attendants, there was a game of chance that consisted of flipping over rubber ducks to reveal their markings for prizes.
Ticket booths were scattered along the park where people could purchase admission tickets to the attractions and rides.
These mechanized rides included a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, a spinning ride called the Sizzler, and the infamous Megaloop, an attraction that hurls riders upside down in a loop.
This year’s theme was “Backyard Adventures.”
This article was written by Jason Alvin Wu. It was published in the Temple City Voice on March 6, 2009.