GUIDE TO THE 46TH ANNUAL CLOVISFEST AND HOT AIR BALLOON FUN FLY Old Town Clovis welcomes thousands of visitors each year to ClovisFest and Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly. This year’s ClovisFest, presented by Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino is your ultimate destination for family fun, food, and entertainment. “For 46 years, ClovisFest has been a gathering in the Valley, representing family, fun and community,” said Deann Kamalani, Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino. “These qualities are the foundation of the Chukchansi Gold experience, which is why we’re so proud to be a presenting sponsor of this incredible event. We’re excited to be working with the Clovis Chamber to deliver an experience this year that is bigger and better than ever!” Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly, presented by Noble Credit Union. Come early on Saturday and Sunday morning around 6:00 am to the Clovis Rodeo Grounds to experience the awe-inspiring “night-fire” Balloon Glow and watch as the pilots prepare the balloons to launch. (Launch will depend on wind and weather.) Breakfast items, specialty coffees, and drinks will be avail-
able for purchase on the Rodeo Grounds. Balloon propane generously donated by Ferrellgas. International Village, presented by the Fresno/Clovis Convention & Visitors Bureau. Delight in live performances each day on the International Village stage featuring performances by Celtic Motion Dance Company, Danzantes Yoztaltepetl, Halau Hula I Ka La, and many more. Informational booths will showcase the cultural diversity of our community and will inform, educate, and entertain children of all ages. Local schools and students are encouraged to download (or pickup at the information booth) the free Passport to Culture and International Village Flyer for an enhanced learning experience. Visit all cultural booths and stamp your passport to enter a drawing for a free Chromebook. Michelob ULTRA Beer Garden and Live Music Stage. Meet-up with your friends at the Michelob ULTRA Beer Garden on 4th Street between Pollasky & Woodworth Avenues. Enjoy a cold brew and listen to a variety of live musical entertainment.
Test your skills and enter the ClovisFest Cornhole tournament each day to win over $1,000 in cash and prizes. Made In Clovis and Children’s Business Fair is located on Pollasky between 7th & 8th streets. Made In Clovis is a special program that showcases new and exciting businesses, technology, crafts, hobbyists and foods invented by our local community members. They will present their creations to the public for all to see and enjoy. On Saturday, September 25, Made In Clovis will include a special Children’s Business Fair featuring young entrepreneurs that will set up their booths, promote their products and sell to the public. Get ready to be amazed. Kids, Food, Activities and Attractions. Kids Zone on 5th Street— Princesses from Something Enchanted, Hero Alliance, Renaissance Performers from Kearney Renaissance Faire, Starlite Vaulters, Petting Zoo, and Pony Rides. Inflatables and attractions on 4th Street. Children and adults will enjoy these wonderful attractions on 4th Street between
Clovis and Pollasky Avenues. Enjoy the many food vendors along Pollasky Avenue. Try something new or enjoy traditional fair favorites, such as cinnamon rolls, shaved ice, cotton candy, corn dogs, cultural favorites, tacos and more. With over 200 craft and commercial vendor booths, you will have the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind jewelry, glassware, woodworks, and unbelievably unique items. You’re sure to find something you won’t find anywhere else. The Clovis Chamber of Commerce and Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino look forward to seeing you at ClovisFest on September 25 & 26 for a full weekend celebrating the best of Clovis. ClovisFest is located on the streets of Old Town Clovis. Entrance and parking are Free. Set your GPS to 748 Rodeo Dr., Clovis for parking and for the Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly Lift Off. Set your GPS to 325 Pollasky Ave., Clovis, for the Festival. ClovisFest will be respecting our local health guidelines. Please wear your facemask, social distance and wash and sanitize your hands.
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WHIRLYGIG LOFTY IDEA Hot Air Balloons have been floating over Clovis for decades. In 1998, the Clovis Chamber of Commerce added a Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly to its annual ClovisFest celebration. ClovisFest Balloon Meister, “Magic” Bob Locklin has been helping the Clovis Chamber host the Fun Fly since its inception over 20 years ago. Magic Bob is the organizer of the Fun Fly and an accomplished balloon pilot. Bob invites balloon pilots from all
over the western US to Clovis each year. Bob ensures that everything runs smoothly and works with the FAA, City of Clovis, County of Fresno and other organizations to make sure we have a well-organized and safe event. Bob said that balloon pilots like coming to ClovisFest because it’s a well-organized and fun event where they can visit with other pilots and friends in the area. The pilots gather each year at their host hotel and have a wonderful recep-
tion where they talk about that days flights and catch up with each other. The pilots go the extra mile for the residents of Clovis. They come out early each day of the event and give the crowd a thrill by blowing fire into the early morning sky. Watching a Hot Air Balloon inflate, and the orchestrated movements of the balloon crew is a marvel to behold. Each day of the event the balloons will majestically launch from the Rodeo Grounds and float over Clovis. Children are amazed at the size of the balloons and are excited as they lift off. This year ClovisFest will be offering balloon tether rides on both Saturday and Sunday mornings from the rodeo grounds. Come out early on Saturday and Sun-
days to see the balloons take off. It’s a magical family experience. This year we are hoping to have 12 balloons at ClovisFest. Come out early and enjoy the show. The ClovisFest Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly is presented by Noble Credit Union. We are also excited to announce our new partnership with Ferrallgas who will be suppling propane for the balloons. For more information visit www.clovischamber.com. • “Gooberfish” is piloted by Ken Azevedo. • “Whirlygig” is piloted by Chuck Weiscopf & Eileen Jones • “Lofty Idea” is pioted by Maria Chieruzzi • “Summer Breeze” is piloted by Alta Fernandez
Frequently Asked Questions About Tethered Balloon Rides What is the cost of a tethered balloon ride? The cost is $10 per person for adults and children. Cash-only payments will be accepted. How many people can go up in a tethered balloon at once? The number of people that can go up is generally determined by the size of the individuals in a given group. Generally 2-4 people may go on a tethered balloon ride together. How high does the tethered balloon go? A tethered balloon ride goes up approximately 50-75 feet high. Are pets allowed on a tethered balloon ride? No, pets are not permitted at ClovisFest due to a City of Clovis ordinance. Pets are not allowed to go on the tethered rides. What ages of children are permitted to go on tethered rides with parent consent? Children that are old enough to stand may go on tethered rides with parent consent. Infants are not allowed on tethered rides at this time.
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The Fresno Clovis Convention and Visitors Bureau and The Clovis Chamber of Commerce are proud to present the fifth annual International Village at ClovisFest. Saturday and Sunday ClovisFest attendees can visit booths showcasing artifacts and displays of cultures from around the world. Visit the International Village at ClovisFest on Bullard and Pollasky and see live performances from 9-4 p.m. from over a dozen groups including The Fresno Basque Dancers, Halau Hula I Ka La, Sikh Woman’s Organization, Danzantes Yoztaltepetl and many more. Have you always wanted to travel to different countries and learn about other cultures? Participate in
the International Village Passport program at Clovisfest. Children and children at heart can visit The Fresno Clovis Convention and Visitors Bureau booth at the front entrance of the International Village to receive their own International Village Passport booklet. The passport program allows the community to receive a stamp from each of the booths by learning something about the cultures represented. Once you receive all your stamps you may drop it back off at the Fresno Clovis Convention and Visitors Bureau booth for your chance to win a new Chromebook. You can also download the passport at https://clovischamber.com/ events/clovis_fest.
INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE PERFORMERS • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
The Basque Dancers Halau Hula I Ka La Sikh Women’s Organization (SWOCC) APAPA Bollywood/ Indian Dancers Nangfa Babies Rain Shine Rythm Brazen Tassel & Eastern Sun Dance Co. Celtic Motion Dance Company Fresno Danish Dancers & Kingsburg Coffee Pot Dancers Sikh Women’s Organization (SWOCC) Danzantes Yoztaltepetl Iranian Performance of Kanoon Clovis Heiwa Taiko Bollywood/ Indian Dancers Nangfa Studio Dancers Brazen Tassel & Eastern Sun Dance Co.
Who are the Basque? The Basque people come from the Basque Country, or Euskal Herria, which is located along the Pyrenees Mountains in southern France and northern Spain. It consists of 7 provinces: 4 on the Spanish side, or Hegoalde, (Araba, Biskaia, Nafarroa, and Gipuzkoa) and 3 on the French side, or Iparralde, (Zuberoa, Lapurdi, and Nafarroa Beherea). While each province has its own rich customs and traditions, their common language, Euskara, so unique and unrelated to any other language, unites them. The Basques have been a part of American history for centuries. They
• White: 65% • Black or African American: 4.8% • American Indian & Alaska Native: 1.2% Cherokee tribal grouping: 0.1%
•White: 60.5% •Black or African-American: 7.4% •American Indian & Alaska Native: 1.2% Cherokee tribal grouping: 0.1%
Race and Ethnicity statistics:
Navajo tribal grouping: 0.0%
DID YOU KNOW… Top 10 languages spoken in Fresno • English - 56.6% • Spanish - 30.2% • Miao/Hmong - 4% • Languages of India - 2.4% • Tagalog - 1% • Chinese - 0.6% • Laotian - 0.6% • Arabic - 0.5% • Vietnamese - 0.4% • Armenian - 0.3%
Race and Ethnicity statistics:
Navajo tribal grouping: 0.1%
Sioux tribal grouping: 0.0
• Asian: 10.3% Asian Indian: 2.2% Chinese: 0.7% Filipino: 1.1% Japanese: 0.5% Korean: 0.2% Vietnamese: 0.4% Other Asian: 5.2% • Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander: 0.2% • Hispanic or Latino: 53.1% Mexican: 49.2% Puerto Rican: 0.4% Cuban: 0.1% Other Hispanic or Latino: 3.3%
have come as sheepherders, whalers, and more. Today, many Basques and Basque-Americans have made names for themselves as farmers, ranchers, landscapers, lawyers, restaurateurs, public servants, and so much more. They have brought with them their rich food culture, traditional dances, and a few Basque sports like Pilota (similar to handball ) and wood chopping. To learn more about the Basques and their language, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2cQSdH24kI To learn more about the local Basque Club look up Fresno Basque Club on Facebook
Sioux tribal grouping: 0.0%
•Asian: 13.8% Asian Indian: 2.9% Chinese: 0.9% Filipino: 1.3% Japanese: 0.5% Korean: 0.3% Vietnamese: 0.5% Other Asian: 7.4% •Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander: 0.1% •Hispanic or Latino: 49.6% Mexican: 45.9% Puerto Rican: 0.5% Cuban: 0.1% Other Hispanic or Latino: 3.2%
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1 "ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates - City of Fresno." United States Census Bureau. 2019. Accessed July 14, 2021. https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?q=Fresno%20city%20Race%20and%20Ethnicity&tid=ACSDP5Y2019.DP05. 2 "ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates - Fresno County." United States Census Bureau. 2019. Accessed July 14, 2021. https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?q=fresno%20county%20race%20and%20ethnicity&tid=ACSDP5Y2019.DP05.
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BRAZEN TASSEL TRIBAL BELLYDANCE Brazen Tassel Tribal Bellydance, under the direction of Brigiett Ritchie is a Fatchance Bellydance ® Sister Studio and the Central Valley’s Premiere American Tribal Style Dance Troupe. American Tribal Style Bellydance® was created in San Francisco, Ca in the late 80’s by Carolena Nericchio. ATS® is an improvisational dance form based on a language of movements with cues built in so that dancers interact with each other to create this beautiful art form. ATS® is a beautiful fusion of East into West, taking its influences and inspiration from Flamenco, Indian Kathak, Egyptian Folkloric and dances of North Africa. American Tribal Style Bellydance ® can be found all over the world uniting dancers in one common language that is ATS®.
HĀLAU HULA I KA LĀ - HULA SCHOOL IN THE SUN
It could be said that Hawaiʻi can be described by two words: HULA and ALOHA. Both of which form the foundation of Clovis based hula school, Hālau Hula I Ka Lā. The name of the school translates to, “Hula School in the Sun” (Hālau=school, Hula=the Hawaiian dance, I=in, Ka=the, Lā=sun) and began in June, 2014.
Hula classes are more than just learning a step here and a hand motion there. All classes begin with a review of ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi - the Hawaiian language - including numbers, body parts, and directional commands. Students in certain classes are required to study and recite oli (chants) and mele (songs) in conjunction with learning the hula. After all, it is
the history and mythology that allow hula to be what it is - a visual portrayal of the foundation and beliefs of the Hawaiian people. At Hālau Hula I Ka Lā, the words of Hawai’i’s last reigning King, David Kalākaua, are taught, “Hula is the language of the heart and therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.”
Hālau Hula I Ka Lā understands that hula calls to individuals at different times so new students are welcome year round. All classes are held at 1305 N Willow Ave., Suite #170, Clovis, 93619. A description of classes can be found at www.hulaikala.weebly.com. Inquiries about classes and performances may also sent via Facebook, email:
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A Celebration of Creativity At ClovisFest Made In Clovis was developed as a way to showcase the amazing work of local creators who embody the do-it-yourself spirit and want to share their talents with an appreciative audience. Made in Clovis is part invention, part innovation, and all creativity. It’s a celebration for tech wizards, crafters, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science buffs, artists, students, and commercial organizations. This event is for those who have succeeded in building a bet ter mousetrap, or perhaps created something to solve a problem that we didn’t know existed, and everything in between. Made In Clovis participants are featured in a special section of ClovisFest (on Pollasky between 7th & 8th Streets) in Old Town Clovis on September 25 & 26, 2021. The creator/booth operator will be at their booth/display both Saturday, September 25 and Sunday September 26 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. During the event, selected participants will be visited by local business leaders, mentors, city officials, and entrepreneurs who will appraise each participant and select several to re-
ceive follow-up mentoring, training and resources to further expand their business/ invention or idea. Clovis Chamber CEO says that “Our goal is to find the best, most creative par ticipants with the best ideas and help them reach greater success. Think of Made In Clovis as a type of “Shark Tank” without the sharks and without the tank” Participants will be in the following categories: • Technology Ideas or gadgets that simplify the lives of everyone who uses it? Technology doesn’t necessarily mean electronic. Remember, a pencil with a built-in eraser was once considered “technology.” • Food Ideas or creations for a new food product that will change the way we eat? Maybe it’s a process that makes preparing a particular dish better and faster than anyone ever imagined. Or maybe it’s an idea for a type of cookie that nobody has ever tasted. Whatever they have, it may be out there on the streets of Old Town Clovis. • Crafts We’re not talking about a wood-
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carved sign that says “Home Sweet Home” here. We may see some handmade crafts that we haven’t seen before. Something brand new. Something so cool that we just can’t live without it. • Other This is more than a catch-all category. This is for inventions and innovations which are so inventive and innovative that we can’t even imagine what they look like, let alone what they do. We can’t wait to view the impossible. • Commercial Current businesses often invent new tools, processes, and applications. The commercial category may showcase the next big invention right here in Clovis. We have invited our local businesses to show off their latest and greatest inventions. Made In Clovis is a special sec tion of ClovisFest presented by the City of Clovis and the Clovis Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please
contact Greg Newman, CEO of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce at 558-207-3864. Another exciting part of the Made In Clovis section of ClovisFest is the Children’s Business Fair Fresno/ Clovis. On Saturday, September 25, 2021 come out and witness the future. Over 35 of our local young entrepreneurs will take over the streets and show the world a treasure trove of ideas, creativity, and talent. The Children’s Business Fair Fresno/Clovis 2021 is for children aged 6-16 years old. For more information, please visit childrensbusinessfair.org/ fresno-clovis or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Made In Clovis and the Children’s Business Fair are open to the public and FREE to attend. We encourage friends, family, community members, and entrepreneurs alike to come out and support our local innovators and the next generation of young entrepreneurs!