When life's a lemon - go to the festival!

UPLAND; these are sour times, but for the city thats a good thing

Lemons - in the form of lemonade, lemon meringue and lemonheads - descended upon historic downtown this weekend, giving residents a good reason to get out and pucker up.

The annual Lemon Festival, now in its 10th year, concludes today on the streets near Ninth Street and Second Avenue. In addition to all things lemon, there are carnival rides, retail vendors and Upland's version of "American Idol," which has aspiring singers exercising their pipes with glee.

"For little cities like Upland, this is great," said Sylvia Wahbe, a resident for 13 years. "We see a lot of our neighbors here. I like the close-knit feel."

Wahbe was pulling her nephew, Tello, 2, along in a red Radio Flyer wagon after watching a round of piglet races. She said the festival feels like 10 percent of the Los Angeles County Fair in neighboring Pomona - less people, less pushing, more parking.

As she spoke, Wahbe's cup of shaved ice transformed into a pool of food coloring.

The Festivial was as much a celebration of lemons as it was a welcome bash for the start of summer. Saturday's temperatures hovered around 90 degrees, making shady sidewalks a commodity. The scent of kettle corn wafted through the streets but it was the ice-cream and shaved-ice vendors that got everyone's attention.

Organizers expected the three-day festival to bring 70,000 people downtown. The arts-and-crafts booths, beer-and-wine garden and the popular pie-eating contest garnered a big crowd. But it's the Upland Idol contest that got people really revved up.



We've gone to the lemon festival in Upland every year for the last few years.  This year the weather was perfect and we had a good time.

We forgot to bring the camera or I would have posted some pictures.. 

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