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Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Plans Safe, In-Person Return

Sep 05, 2021 03:18PM ● By Joe Marcy

This year's MB Hometown Fair design will be featured on high-quality merchandise.

We can’t wait to welcome you back! The Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair is an event organized by the community, for the community. We need it now, more than ever. On October 2 and 3, let’s gather safely, fundraise for local non-profits and enjoy arts and entertainment.

This year’s 49th annual fair is special for many reasons. It’s a celebration of our community and our resiliency. Expect to see traditional fair elements with modifications or enhancements. We’ve been working closely with the County of Los Angeles and the City of Manhattan Beach. We all share a common goal, to create a safe and healthy environment for all to enjoy.

The Hometown Fair is a platform for organizations to fundraise and raise awareness. When you purchase food, order a round of drinks or play a paid game, you support charity.

The Beer Garden will help support Mira Costa High School’s Tech/Drama Boosters, Cross Country, Boys Indoor Volleyball, and Band. The Wine Garden will help support Leadership Manhattan Beach and the Neptunian Woman's Club.

Bring your appetite, because your favorite menu items are back! More than 150 Arts and Crafts booths will line Valley Drive. The entertainment stages are also loaded with talent. We’ve expanded free games as well: Enjoy them across Dorsey Field and Kid Country.

Starting on Saturday morning, you won't want to miss the opening parade and ceremony. And throughout the weekend, we'll have an extensive collection of memorabilia donated by the community on display. Visit the exhibit at the Joslyn Center.

We’re incredibly proud to unveil the 2021 merchandise design, as seen above. High-quality mugs, apparel and hats will be sold.

Fair merchandise and Wine Garden drink tickets will be available for presale on

The silent auction was so successful last year, it’s coming back! Beautiful jewelry, experiences, beach cruisers, hotel stays and more. Visit the auction/raffle booth on the fairgrounds or bid online.

Thank you to our loyal fairgoers. We’re proud to serve our community. Thank you for nominating the Hometown Fair for the Best of Manhattan Awards - Making a Difference.

Thank you to the City of Manhattan Beach, our City Council and city staff; to all the volunteers signing up to work (It’s not too late to participate, visit; and to the businesses donating to the auction/raffle and to all the vendors showcasing fair weekend. We couldn’t do this without you!

Thank you to the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Association Board of Directors:

Joe Marcy, President
Dana Old, Vice President & Director of Special Events
Jeanna Harkenrider, Treasurer
Karen Tokashiki, Secretary
Nellie Ambrose, Director of Games/Member At Large
Kari Carpino, Director of Volunteers
Diane Charvat, Director of South Stage
Tamarie Cuneo, Director of Arts & Crafts
Kim Edwards, Director of Information, Free Speech & Civic Corner
John Ewing, Director of Food
Mark Finley, Director of Main Stage
Renee Hall, Director of Food
Taylor Hartwig, Director of Community Showcase
Tom Jeffry, Director of Kid Country
Anne Kelly, Director of Merchandise
Robert Manriquez, Director of Environmental Services & Communication
Mary Morigaki, Director of Wine Garden
Mary O’Keefe-Fay, Director of Community Relations
Betty Wan, Director of Publicity
Peter Yollin, Director of Security
Bea Zimbalist, Director of Beer Garden

These individuals work tirelessly to make this event possible - including late nights in the Joslyn Center to implement new health and safety measures. They’re unsung heroes.

We look forward to seeing you all on October 2 and 3 in Manhattan Beach.

Guest columnist Joe Marcy is president of the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Association.

DigMB Editor Jeanne Fratello is traveling in Italy with her food blog Jolly Tomato. A series of Manhattan Beach guest columnists are filling in for her while she is away.

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