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LARC ranch ropes in support

Country Western Carnival, barbecue and dance draw scores of visitors

Posted: October 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Lucky Stars' front man Sage Guyton played for a dancing crowd under the big tent at Los Angeles Residential Community Ranch on Sunday.

With the smell of barbecue cooking and the sound of fiddle music playing, scores of people took part in the Country Western Carnival at the Los Angeles Residential Community Ranch Sunday.

At picnic tables under a windless blue sky or in the shade of a big white tent, there were smiles and laughter aplenty as family members shared the day with loved ones who stay at the ranch, on Bouquet Canyon Road.

“It’s been really smooth today,” said LARC spokesman Ryan Zazueta outside the big tent. “A lot of people came out today and a lot of people are having fun.”

Zazueta pointed to two big attractions for visitors and LARC residents alike: the In-N-Out Burger truck and the barbecue kiosk.

“In-and-Out is popular but the barbecue is popular too,” he said. “There’s a big lineup for both of those.”

Children had fun participating in a variety of carnival games such as ring toss.

Under the big top, on a dance floor set apart from more than three dozen dinner tables, each one set with a vibrant bouquet of flowers, several dancers took advantage of the live music provided by The Lucky Stars.

Lead singer Sage Guyton said the dancers looked like they were having a good time.

“It’s been a really fun time,” said LARC resident Daniel, who sat close to the stage enjoying the band.

All proceeds from Sunday’s event go to benefit the programs, services and facilities at the LARC Ranch, organizers said.

The ranch provides residential and day program services to developmentally disabled adults.

According to LARC officials, their facility has been hit by state funding cuts over the past several years.

“The carnival is a great chance for folks to come out and get to know LARC Ranch and everyone who called LARC Ranch their home,” said spokeswoman Kathy Sturkey. “It’s also a chance for us to thank the sponsors who make it possible for LARC to help developmentally disabled adults thrive in an enriching environment. Without their support, it simply wouldn’t be possible.”




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