Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona known as Pomona Raceway, is a racing facility located in Pomona, California that features a quarter-mile dragstrip. Since its opening in 1961, the dragstrip has hosted the NHRA's Winternationals event – the traditional season opener – and since 1984, the season's last race, the NHRA Finals; these two events have contributed to its becoming one of the most famous dragstrips in North America. The facility has a seating capacity of 40,000 spectators, it is one of the few dragstrips in the USA, operated directly by the NHRA; this dragstrip has gone by the nickname of The Fairplex, in reference to its location at the Fairplex called the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds. In 1952 a car club known as the "Choppers of Pomona" aided by a young police officer, Sergeant Bud Coons, advocated that a safe place should be provided for local area drag racers. Coons, along with fellow hot rod enthusiast, Pomona Police Chief Ralph Parker, the city government of Pomona asked to lease the parking lot of the LA County Fairgrounds.
Coons and Parker were instrumental in convincing the county to allow the use of the fairgrounds for the race by citing statistics that indicated deaths among kids declined when given a place to race, supervised. The county agreed, as long as the hot rodders would provide their own insurance, which they were able to do with gate receipts. At the time the county made the agreement, the parking lot was nothing but a gravel lot; the coalition of hot rodders and community leaders raised funds through donations and paved the lot. This was the birth of the dragstrip in Pomona. Though it was not considered a national event by today's standards, the first NHRA event, the Southern California Championships, was held at this drag strip on an April weekend in 1953. On Saturday attendance was at two or three thousand and attendance was reported to be at 15,000 on Sunday. Compared to the 4.5 second numbers the pros are putting on the board presently, the best ET of that day was a respectable 10.93. In 1961, NHRA held its first Winternationals at the Pomona Raceway.
It became NHRA's second national event. The first NHRA national event was the U. S. Nationals, nicknamed the "Big-Go". Thus, the Winternationals got nicknamed the "Big-Go West", it has remained at this location since. For many years, this event was sponsored by Chief Auto Parts and its successor AutoZone, but was sponsored by CSK Automotive, now its current successor, O'Reilly Auto Parts; the season closer, the NHRA Finals, was brought to the facility in 1984 from the now defunct Orange County International Raceway. When the event was first brought to Pomona, the event was sponsored by Winston; as of 2010, the event is sponsored by the Automobile Club of Southern California, affiliated with AAA. From 1934 to 1937 a 1/2 mile dirt oval was located at the facility; the dirt oval was once again opened in the 1950s but closed in 1959. Pomona was home to a 1.7 mile Paved road course which operated in 1998 and 1999. From 1956 to 1961 2 mile temporary road course was located in the parking lot. Official website NHRA's Official Site
Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum
The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is located on the edge of the Los Angeles County Fairplex. It houses a collection of memorabilia and motorcycles related to the sport of hot rodding; the museum was created by a group of long-time NHRA staff members led by founder Wally Parks, for whom the museum was renamed on his ninetieth birthday. The Automobile Club of Southern California stepped in as the presenting sponsor of the museum. Steve Gibbs, now a retired vice-president of NHRA, led the team that reconditioned a WPA-constructed 28,500-square-foot building on the grounds of the Fairplex to house the museum, which opened to the public in 1998. Among the exhibits are one of A. J. Foyt's Coyote Indy Cars, Kenny Bernstein's first dragster to reach speeds in excess of 300 mph, the Bob McClung helmet and photo collection, a collection of Indianapolis 500 credentials and artifacts from early events in the history of land speed records and hot rods. Temporary exhibits have been created to honor participants in hot rodding including Vic Edelbrock, Don Prudhomme, the 1932 Ford, Track Roadsters, Parnelli Jones, the So-Cal Speed Shop.
In 2008, the museum began hosting a special exhibition dedicated to Gale Banks and his contributions to the sport of drag racing. The exhibit is entitled "Banks Power: The First 50 Years." The museum is structured as a non-profit organization under the laws of the United States, section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code. It benefits from two annual hot rod reunions; the Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion is held in Bowling Green, Kentucky at Beech Bend Park, in June of each year. The NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion is held in California, in October each year. Official website Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum on Twitter
Sheraton Hotels and Resorts
Sheraton Hotels and Resorts is an international hotel chain owned by Marriott International. Sheraton operates over 500 hotels globally, including locations in North America, Asia Pacific and South America, the Middle East and the Caribbean; the origins of Sheraton Hotels date to 1933, when Harvard classmates Ernest Henderson and Robert Moore purchased the Continental Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1937, Henderson and Moore purchased the Standard Investing Company and made it the company through which they would run their hotels. In 1937, they purchased their second hotel, the first as part of the new company, the Stonehaven Hotel in Springfield, Massachusetts, a converted apartment building; the chain got its name from the third hotel the pair acquired, in Boston, which had a large lighted sign on the roof saying "Sheraton Hotel,", too expensive to change. Instead and Moore decided to call all of their hotels by that name. Henderson and Moore purchased Boston's famed Copley Plaza Hotel in 1944, continued expanding buying existing properties along the East Coast from Maine to Florida.
In 1947, Sheraton was the first hotel chain to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Sheraton Hotels merged with U. S. Realty and Improvement Corp. in 1948, forming Sheraton Corporation of America. In 1950, Sheraton expanded internationally, paying $4.8 million to purchase Cardy Hotels, a chain of six properties in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. In 1956, Sheraton paid $30 million to buy the Eppley Hotel Company, the largest held hotel business in the United States, with 22 properties across six Midwestern states. In 1957, which had focused on acquiring existing hotels, opened its first newly built hotel, the Philadelphia Sheraton Hotel. In 1958, Sheraton became the first hotel chain to centralize and computerize its reservations when it introduced Reservatron, the hotel industry's first automatic electronic reservations system. In 1959, Sheraton acquired its first properties outside North America, purchasing four hotels owned by the Matson Lines on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The early 1960s saw the arrival of the first Sheraton hotels outside the US and Canada, with the opening of the Sheraton-Tel Aviv Hotel in Israel in March 1961. In 1962, the Sheraton Motor Inns franchise division was created to operate large highway motels providing free parking. In 1965, the 100th Sheraton property, the Sheraton-Boston Hotel, opened. In 1967, Sheraton unveiled a computer system for personalized reservations; the multinational conglomerate ITT purchased the chain in 1968, after which it was known as ITT Sheraton. In late 1969, ITT Sheraton introduced the hotel industry's first nationwide toll-free number, which displaced two hundred local Sheraton reservation numbers. In 1985, ITT Sheraton became the first western chain to operate a hotel bearing the name of an international companyin the People's Republic of China, when it assumed management of the Great Wall Hotel in Beijing, a financially troubled two-year-old Chinese-American joint venture, which became the Great Wall Sheraton.
On January 13, 1992, ITT Sheraton designated 28 of its premier hotels and 33 of the Sheraton Towers, the luxury "hotel-within-a-hotel" facilities located within Sheraton's largest and most exclusive hotels, as the ITT Sheraton Luxury Collection. The flagship of the division was The St Regis in New York City. In 1994, ITT Sheraton purchased a controlling interest in the Italian CIGA chain, the Compagnia Italiana Grandi Alberghi, or Italian Grand Hotels Company, seized from its previous owner, the Aga Khan, by its creditors; the chain had begun by operating hotels in Italy, but over-expanded across Europe just as a recession hit. The majority of these hotels were placed in the ITT Sheraton Luxury Collection, though a few were placed in the Sheraton division. After Sheraton's purchase by Starwood, The Luxury Collection was marketed as a separate division, though it contained a large number of hotels still named Sheraton. Most have been renamed over the last few years, there are only three such hotels remaining today - Sheraton Addis, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Sheraton Kuwait.
In April 1995, ITT Sheraton introduced a new, mid-scale hotel brand, Four Points by Sheraton Hotels, to replace the designation of certain hotels as Sheraton Inns. In 1998, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. acquired ITT Sheraton. Under Starwood's leadership, Sheraton began renovating many hotels and expanding the brand's footprint. In 2016, Marriott International purchased Starwood Hotels, the newly-merged company became the largest hotel and resort company in the world. Hawaii Bowl Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Eppley Hotel Company Holiday Inn List of chained-brand hotels List of hotels Sheraton on the Falls Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Official website Sheraton Roma new years event site Sheraton Residences
An agricultural show is a public event exhibiting the equipment, animals and recreation associated with agriculture and animal husbandry. The largest comprise a livestock show, a trade fair and entertainment; the work and practices of farmers, animal fanciers and zoologists may be displayed. The terms agricultural show and livestock show are synonymous with the North American terms county fair and state fair. Agricultural shows are an important part of cultural life in small country towns, a popular event in larger towns and cities. Shows range from small events in small country towns lasting two days, through medium-sized events of three days, to large shows, which may run for up to two weeks and combine elements of an amusement park with those of an agricultural show. Although in many countries agriculture shows are under financial pressure, many towns or areas have a show society and in some areas, several towns and villages in the area all have an annual show. Larger shows include live entertainment and fireworks in the main arena.
The first known agricultural show was held by Salford Agricultural Society, Lancashire, in 1768. Since the 19th century, agricultural shows have provided local people with an opportunity to celebrate achievements and enjoy a break from day-to-day routine. With a combination of serious competition and light entertainment, annual shows acknowledged and rewarded the hard work and skill of primary producers and provided a venue for rural families to socialise. City shows provide city people with an opportunity to engage directly with rural life and food production. Agriculture shows are enlivened with competitive events, including sheaf tossing, show jumping, food competitions, tent pegging. Demolition Derbys and rodeos are popular in the US and campdrafting and wood chopping are held in Australia. Studs are available for a fee. A livestock show is an event where livestock are exhibited and judged on certain phenotypical breed traits as specified by their respective breed standard. Species of livestock that may be shown include pigs, sheep, horses, rabbits and alpacas.
Poultry such as chickens, ducks and pigeons are shown competitively. There are competitive shows for dogs and cats. Prize-winners at agricultural shows are awarded inscribed medals, rosettes or ribbons; the National Museum of Australia has a rare collection of medals documenting the history of agricultural shows and rural industries across Australia. The 111 medals range in date from the mid-19th to the early 20th century and many are associated with significant individuals and organizations. Related to a show is the "field day", with elements of a trade show for machinery and skills required for broadacre farming. Field days do not involve livestock, showbags or sideshows, but may include events such as ploughing competitions not associated with shows due to the larger space required. In some communities in northern England Field Days have lost their agricultural character and have become community celebrations; the events are good sources of agricultural information, as organizers can arrange for guest speakers to talk on a range of topics, such as the talk on the yellow-flowering alfalfa at the South Dakota field day.
Pecan growers were given a talk on insect control by an entomologist at a recent field day at LSU AgCenter’s Pecan Research/Extension Station in Shreveport, La. A Landcare survey conducted in 1992/93 revealed that field days in Australia have a high value among local farmers. New Zealand's National Agricultural Fieldays is held annually in June at Mystery Creek, near Hamilton, New Zealand, attracts 1,000 exhibitors and over 115,000 visitors through its gates. Smaller shows, held annually in New Zealand's towns and communities, are called agricultural and pastoral shows. Denbigh Agricultural ShowThe Denbigh Show is the oldest and most dynamic agricultural show in the English-speaking Caribbean, one of Jamaica's most iconic events, was held for the first time in 1952; the Denbigh Show has achieved the name for the Caribbean's premier agricultural event, epitomizes wholesome family entertainment and attracts over 80,000 patrons to the event annually. Mazayen al-Ibl Thrissur Pooram Exhibition La Rural - Buenos Aires Expointer - Esteio Canterbury A&P Show - Christchurch Fieldays - Hamilton National Agricultural Fieldays Royal New Zealand Show Incomplete list of shows in Australia: Ayer's Cliff Fair - Ayer's Cliff, Quebec Brome Fair - Brome, Quebec Calgary Stampede - Calgary, Alberta Canadian National Exhibition - Toronto, Ontario Canadian Western Agribition - Regina, Saskatchewan Farm Fair - Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Grande Prairie Stompede - Grande Prairie, Alberta Hants County Exhibition - Windsor, Nova Scotia Royal Agricultural Winter Fair - Toronto, Ontario Royal Manitoba Winter Fair - Brandon, Manitoba Schomberg Fair - Schomberg, Ontario Cinco Días con Nuestra Tierra - Mayagüez Bathurst Agricultural Show - Bathurst Rand Easter Show - Johannesburg The Royal Agricultural Show www.royalshow.co.za - Pietermaritzburg Nampo - Bothaville Paris International Agricultural Show - Paris, France Salon international du machinisme agricole - Paris, France Salon du fromage et des produits laitiers - Paris, France National Ploughing Championships - various sites, Ireland Ballinasloe Horse Fair Banagher Horse Fair Clifden Show Tullamore Show Agritourism Lakeland Shows State fair Trade fair
RailGiants Train Museum
The RailGiants Train Museum is a historic railroad museum at Fairplex, California, hosted by the Southern California Chapter of the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society. It is open to the public the second weekend of each month; the collection is headlined by the Atchison and Santa Fe Railway train station moved from Arcadia, California, in 1969. The 1887-built station is of gingerbread Victorian architecture and features a collection of railroadiana. A gift shop is inside. List of railway museums Information Guide of the RailGiants Train Museum RailGiants Train Museum
Pomona is a city in Los Angeles County, United States. Pomona is located between the Inland Empire and the San Gabriel Valley; as of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 149,058. The area was occupied by the Tongva Native Americans; the city is named for the ancient Roman goddess of fruit. For horticulturist Solomon Gates, "Pomona" was the winning entry in a contest to name the city in 1875, before anyone had planted a fruit tree there; the city was first settled by Ricardo Vejar and Ygnacio Palomares in the 1830s, when California and much of the now-American Southwest were part of Mexico. The first Anglo-Americans arrived in prior to 1848 when the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo resulted in California becoming part of the United States. By the 1880s, the arrival of railroads and Coachella Valley water had made it the western anchor of the citrus-growing region. Pomona was incorporated on January 6, 1888. In the 1920s Pomona was known as the "Queen of the Citrus Belt", with one of the highest per-capita levels of income in the United States.
In the 1940s it was used as a movie-previewing location for major motion picture studios to see how their films would play to modally middle-class audiences around the country. Religious institutions are embedded in the history of Pomona. There are now more than 120 churches, representing most religions in today's society; the historical architectural styles of these churches provide glimpses of European church design and architecture from other eras. In 2005, Pomona citizens elected Norma Torres, the first woman of Guatemalan heritage to be elected to a mayoral post outside of Guatemala, she would become a U. S. congresswoman representing California's 35th congressional district in 2015. Pomona is 30 miles east of the Los Angeles area of Los Angeles County in the Pomona Valley, located at 34°3′39″N 117°45′21″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.964 square miles, over 99% of it land. Pomona is 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, 27 miles north of Santa Ana, 26 miles west of Riverside, 33 miles west of San Bernardino.
Pomona is bordered by the cities of San Dimas on the northwest, La Verne and Claremont on the north and Chino on the east, Chino Hills and Diamond Bar on the south, Walnut, South San Jose Hills, Industry on the southwest. The Los Angeles/San Bernardino county line forms most of the city's eastern boundaries. Pomona has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, damp winters and a large amount of sunshine year-round. August is the warmest month with an average daytime high temperature of 92 °F. Summers are characterized by sunny days and little rainfall during the months of June through September. Fall brings cooler temperatures and occasional showers, as well as seasonal Santa Ana winds originating from the northeast. December is the coolest month with an average high temperature of 68 °F. Winter brings the majority of annual precipitation. Snowfall is unheard of, but frost can occur once or twice a year. Annual precipitation averages 17.32 inches. The 2010 United States Census reported that Pomona had a population of 149,058, a slight decline from the 2000 census population.
The population density was 6,491.2 people per square mile. The racial makeup of Pomona was 71,564 White, 10,924 African American, 1,763 Native American, 12,688 Asian, 282 Pacific Islander, 45,171 from other races, 6,666 from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 105,135 persons; the Census reported that 144,920 people lived in households, 2,782 lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, 1,356 were institutionalized. There were 38,477 households, out of which 19,690 had children under the age of 18 living in them, 19,986 were opposite-sex married couples living together, 6,960 had a female householder with no husband present, 3,313 had a male householder with no wife present. There were 2,823 unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, 299 same-sex married couples or partnerships. 5,810 households were made up of individuals and 2,010 had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.77. There were 30,259 families; the population was spread out with 43,853 people under the age of 18, 20,155 people aged 18 to 24, 42,311 people aged 25 to 44, 31,369 people aged 45 to 64, 11,370 people who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 29.5 years. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.4 males. There were 39,620 housing units at an average density of 1,771.8 per square mile, of which 21,197 were owner-occupied, 17,280 were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.0%. 80,968 people lived in owner-occupied housing units and 63,952 people lived in rental housing units During 2009–2013, Pomona had a median household income of $49,474, with 21.6% of the population living below the federal poverty line. Since the 1980s, Pomona's newest neighborhood Phillips Ranch, experienced rapid growth with homes still being built in the hilly area between Downtown and Diamond Bar. Today, Phillips Ranch is nearly all residential. Northern
Kampgrounds of America
Kampgrounds of America is the world's largest system of held campgrounds with 500 locations across US and Canada. It was founded in 1962 and is based in Billings, United States; the current President/CEO of KOA is Toby O’Rourke. KOA was founded in 1962 in Billings, Montana by businessmen Dave Drum, John Wallace and 2 other partners. Drum got the idea to start the campgrounds while walking his property along the Yellowstone River and seeing travelers heading to the Seattle World's Fair; the first campsites, known as Billings Campground, were located on Drum's property north of the Yellowstone River. For $1.75 per night, campers could pitch their tent on a campsite that included a picnic table and fire ring. This first campground provided hot showers, a small store; the campground was successful and by the summer of 1963, Drum and their partners decided to create a system of campgrounds throughout North America. They began selling franchises. By the end of the 1969 camping season, KOA had 262 campgrounds in operation across the U.
S. By 1972, 10 years after KOA's creation, KOA had 600 franchise campgrounds; the Arab oil embargoes of 1973 and 1978 caused the collapse of many travel-oriented businesses, but by 1982, the KOA franchises had increased to nearly 900. By 2002, after stricter quality standards weeded out many campgrounds, KOA campgrounds numbered 500, with most being in the United States. Today, KOA annually inspects each campground with a 600-point inspection, which it claims is the most stringent in the business. In 2015, Jim Rogers stepped down as CEO after 15 years and was replaced by the president of the company, Pat Hittmeier. In April, 2019, Hittmeier retired, was replaced by new CEO Toby O'Rourke, the first woman to hold that position in the company's 57-year history. In the 1978 movie Every Which Way But Loose, Orville and Clyde stay at a KOA Campground in one scene. In Bob Wood's 1988 best selling Dodger Dogs to Fenway Franks, he wrote of staying at KOAs during his travels to every Major League Baseball stadium in one summer.
In 2011, in a commercial for Progressive Auto Insurance, a boy wears a KOA shirt. An episode of Undercover Boss first aired on January 11, 2013 featured KOA CEO Jim Rogers working undercover as Tim, a prospective buyer of a KOA franchise; the Kacey Musgraves song, "My House", includes the lyrics "Any KOA is A-OK as long as I'm with you". In the 2013 novel Doctor Sleep by Stephen King: "The True Knot, wintering at a KOA campground in Arizona". KOA Corporate Offices KOA Kampgrounds web site