Following the loss of it's beloved Watermelon and Easter Festivals, the community is starved for new events. As nature abhors a vacuum, various social entrepreneurs have stepped in to create new events destined to put Sunland-Tujunga on the map.
With the Watermelon Festival having moved first to Pasadena and now, Arcadia, and the Easter carnival absorbed by a larger city blessed, generic and santizied spring carnival, new events are in the works.
Announced Monday, the latest is the three day "Hoodchella Musical and Arts Festival," held over the Labor Day Weekend and promises to bring upwards of 10,000 concertgoers to the area.
Various size concerts and art shows will be held over the weekend with many local businesses participating to stage official and un-official related events of their own. Some of the venues currently planned for concerts include the football stadium at Verdugo Hills High School, Sunland Park, the former K-Mart lot in Sunland, Verdugo Hills Golf Course in Tujunga, the parking lot at Sunhill Plaza, Bolton Hall, McGroarty Arts Center and Angeles National Golf Course.
Among the concerts and art shows there will be vendor booths set-up by major sponsors such as Sprint, Budweiser, Toyota, Google, McDonalds and others. Some of the festival events include a comeptitve beer pong tournmaent, transgender wet t-shirt contest, medical marijuana bake-off and a nitrous lawnmower race through La Tuna Canyon.
Festival chairman and Sunland-Tujunga resident, Gyorgi Hakopian told The Foothills Observed, "We are very excited about this opportunity. Everything we are planning is indicating this is going to be an amazing event. Of course, we fully expect once the festival is established and running, they'll change the name to something more politically correct and move the event to Victorville, but for now, let's party!"
Included in the lineup of performers are:
Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66
Neutral Milk Hotel
Sixpence None The Richer
Starland Vocal Band
Queens of the Stone Age
Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
Slim Whitman, Jr.
The event will be Labor Day Weekend, August 29th - September 1st, 2014. For more information please visit Hoodchella14.com. If you got this far, please check today's date.