Summer in Orange County usually brings the hot weather, the busy beaches, and the late nights at the fair. The OC Fair has become as much of a tradition during the hot weather to our family as our late night bond fires at Huntington. However, it seems like every year it gets more and more expensive and we usually get overwhelmed with not only how crowded it has become but also the types of crowds that it often attracts. This year there is an amazing alternative to the OC Fair, that not only saves you some money but all of the proceeds go to an great cause.
Kristie’s Kids, a local non-profit resource center in Southern California for families with a terminally ill or critically ill children, is holding their annual BBQ/Butterfly Celebration fundraiser. This OC BBQ Festival event will be held on June 9th (10am-9:30pm) and June 10th (11am-4pm) and will offer many family-themed activities, such as:
Live Butterfly Release (Saturday at Noon)Southern California's largest BBQ competition & cook-off
2-day Music Festival Beer and Wine Tasting
Premium Car Show (Saturday Only)
Amazing Kids Zone (petting zoo, face painting, inflatable’s, and much more!)
California's only Mr. BBQ Pageant!
Rib eating contest
Ticket prices are $15 for an adult, $10 for kids (includes full access to the “kids zone”) and $25 for a 2 day adult pass.
One of the most memorable activities at the OC BBQ Festival Fundraiser is the Butterfly Celebration Release. In memory of all kids that have passed away, and all the kids who are still fighting their fight, Kristie's Foundation releases live butterflies during the OC BBQ Festival at 12 noon on Saturday. You can purchase a butterfly online or at the event ($10 each) and release one in honor of someone you love… or as way to show support for a local family who is facing the most difficult challenges imaginable.
For further information, please check out Kristie’s Foundation website:
Teach your kids at an early age how to give back to those who need it most… while still having a great time with your family, on a relatively inexpensive budget.