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Castaic Days shows curious what lake has to offer

Outdoor Festival brings out thousands with various activities

Posted: May 4, 2013 10:02 p.m.
Updated: May 4, 2013 10:02 p.m.

Sean Fitzpatrick, left, and Cari Steves, Hula hoop during Castaic Days Outdoor Festival on Saturday at Castaic Lake.

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Thousands of community members gathered near the shores of Castaic Lake Saturday for some family fun and festivities as part of the annual Castaic Days Outdoor Festival.

The primary goal of the weekend event is to draw attention to the facilities at Castaic Lake, said event founder Renee Sabol.

“So many people in the Santa Clarita Valley don’t take advantage of Castaic Lake,” said Sabol, who is also the chairwoman of the nonprofit organization that oversees the event. “Every year I hear someone say, ‘I’ve never been here before.’ So the focus of the event is to show them just what we have to offer out here.”

The festival was largely geared toward children, with activities such as pony rides, a rock-climbing wall and face painting. But attendees young and old alike had the opportunity to visit with vendors, munch on the offerings of several food trucks or take a hands-on look at some of the vehicles used by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Valencia resident Tiffany Hernandez took pictures of her children as they scaled the artificial rock wall.

“We’ve never been here before,” Hernandez said of the festival. “I just Googled, ‘Fun things to do today,’ and this popped up.”

And, Hernandez said, it appears the festival lived up to that billing.

“So far, so good,” she said.

The festival has been held for the past five years and typically draws anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 visitors during its two-day run, Sabol said. But given Saturday’s early turnout, Sabol estimated even more people would show up this year.

Castaic resident Stephanie Walker was among those who turned out Saturday. Walker said she and her family have visited Castaic Lake before, but she had never been to the event before.

“My son got a flier sent home with him from school,” she said. “It was the first we’d heard of it. But it’s been pretty fun so far.”

Castaic Days continues today at Castaic Lake. The event is free, but parking costs $5.

Events Sunday include a pet adoption drive from the Castaic Animal Shelter and a classic car show, Sabol said.

For more information, visit www.castaicdays.com.

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