By Nolan Patrick Smith
High Desert Daily
(Victorville)— This past Saturday, the High Desert community came out in full force to celebrate the annual Spice of Life event held in Victorville. The winds stayed down, which made for a great day for families to come out and enjoy the festivities.
The one-day free event was designed to provide fun family entertainment for all ages. With over 100 vendors present, from food to educational institutions, banks, radio stations, as well as booths from the City of Victorville and more, there was something to please everyone. It is estimated that over 6,000 people attended the event.
Marketing Coordinator for the City of Victorville Monica Petersen spoke to us at the event, “It’s a great turnout. We are really pleased with the outcome and everyone looks like they are having a great time. A big draw has been the new pony rides and the pumpkin patch; everyone loves a pony ride and everyone is looking for the perfect pumpkin for this Halloween, so this is the place to come out for it.”
The pony rides were a huge draw, as was the Home Depot craft booth, which had many of the youth present wearing orange, Home Depot aprons. A massive wall stood tall on the breezy day for kids to climb, with bounce houses and more activities around every corner. The stage had everything from city officials speaking, comedians, live music and martial arts demonstrations throughout the day.
Hesperia resident Michael Gutierrez commented on the event amidst the crowds, “ I think it’s pretty cool so far, there’s a lot of people here.” He also mentioned his favorite booth of the day, which seemed to be a favorite for many, “Probably dunking the cop.”
The Spice of Life is an annual event, planned by the City of Victorville.