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Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair to Celebrate 50 Years

Sep 25, 2022 10:17AM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair President Joe Marcy and friends at the front of the 2021 Hometown Fair parade.

The iconic Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair is ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary this coming weekend, October 1 and 2.

The “Old” Hometown Fair was started by a group of residents in 1972 who wanted to
promote community spirit within Manhattan Beach.

For the past five decades, the fair has been organized by the community, for the community. (It was incorporated as a California non-profit organization in 1977.) The fair fundraises for non-profits through food and game booths, and it showcases local artists and hometown entertainment.

"It doesn’t get more exciting than this," said Joe Marcy, the Hometown Fair board president, who is serving his third term as president. "We’ve navigated through a virtual fair, a reinvented fair during a pandemic, and now this is set to be our most iconic celebration yet. The weekend will be filled with tradition and community pride - a celebration for everyone."

Special Events Not To Miss

This year's fair will feature its biggest-ever opening ceremony and parade. Honoring the golden anniversary will be a group of past fair presidents, current and former fair board members, and city officials and and local dignitaries.


Also new for this year:

  • A history exhibit (located at Dorsey Field) called “A Walk Through the Decades,” featuring memorabilia dating back to 1972.
  • Complimentary morning yoga Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 a.m. All levels welcome. (Limited to the first 50 participants; register now at
  • A celebratory Champagne sabering ceremony in the Wine Garden on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. (Participants must be 21+ to enter.)
  • A special headline performance on the Main Stage Saturday at 4:00 p.m. with community favorite: Better Daze (formerly known as the Pancho’s Band).
  • Photo activations and trivia throughout the fairgrounds. Strike your best pose and post to social media, tagging @mbhometownfair and #MBHF50.
  • A limited run of grey shirts and sweatshirts. Presale is available at until Friday, September 30; orders can be picked up in front of the Joslyn Center.

Classic Fair Activities Return

Returning Hometown Fair activities include: 

  • More than 200 arts and crafts booths along Valley Drive with unique pieces from local artists.
  • Classic fair foods including burgers, hot dogs, tri-tip sandwiches, pulled pork sandwiches, fish tacos, garlic fries, Dippin Dots, pizza, pepper bellies, funnel cakes, shaved ice, cotton candy, boba, spiral potatoes, frozen lemonade and more.
  • Classic paid games including temporary tattoos, colored hair spray, robot jousting, Go Fish, water bucket, face painting, soccer, spin the wheel, beading, ring toss, bell & hammer, mini golf, ball/potty/newspaper toss, live fish, and DNA polymeRACE.


  • Community Place (formerly Free Speech) - a place to share ideas, collaborate and learn.
  • The Beer Garden (this year also offering refreshing organic seltzers), with proceeds helping to support Mira Costa Dance, Golf, Rugby, and Swim.
  • The Battle of the Bands competition on the Main Stage Sunday at 10:00 a.m., featuring youth band finalists Joyride, Mother Tucker, Scream Revolution and Wasted Effort.
  • A raffle featuring prizes such as a Blix E-Bike, Beach Cruisers, Stagecoach Festival tickets or round trip tickets to Mammoth Lakes, CA. Purchase your tickets (one raffle ticket for $5 or five raffle tickets for $20.) in front of the Joslyn Center. Winners will be announced Sunday at 6:00 p.m. (Sponsored by Advanced Air, Chevron, Goldenvoice Festivals, and Jen Caskey Group.)
  • A silent auction with 50+ packages, including jewelry, experiences, beach cruisers, hotel stays and more. See for more information. The auction closes on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. 


Offsite parking will be available at the Northrop Grumman Parking Lot, Buildings O4 and
M5 (west of Aviation Blvd. between Marine and 33rd Street.), with shuttle service running daily from 9:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

There will also be expanded bike and stroller valets to accommodate the increased demand.

The Hometown Fair Team

The Hometown Fair is an all volunteer-run effort. Community members who lead the charge include:

Joe Marcy, President
Dana Old, Vice President, Special Events
Jeanna Harkenrider, Treasurer
Karen Tokashiki, Secretary
Nellie Ambrose, Games, Member At Large
Wayne Bush, Food
Kari Carpino, Merchandise
Diane Charvat, South Stage
Tamarie Cuneo, Arts & Crafts
Kim Edwards, Info Booths, Community Place, Civic Corner
John Ewing, Food
Mark Finley, Main Stage
Nikol Fisher, Publicity
Alex Haglund, Kid Country
Renee Hall, Wine Garden
Robert Manriquez, Environmental Services, Communications
Mary Morigaki, Volunteers
Mary O’Keefe-Fay, Community Relations
Joe Touch, Community Showcase
Peter Yollin, Security
Bea Zimbalist, Beer Garden

50th Anniversary donors include:

Bayside Real Estate Partners
Michelob Ultra
Uncorked Wine Shops

Jen Caskey Group

ACE Handyman Services
Britts BBQ
Bri Haydis Realtor
Continental Development Corporation
David & Suzanne Hadley
Pacific Defense


Costco, Deep Roots, Ralphs, Reliable Plants, Vons, Yoga Loft Manhattan Beach, Yoga M.B.

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