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From dachshunds, tarantulas and strawberries to wiener dog races, a vinyl swap meet and a royal wedding, the weekend is jampacked with. A Southern California tradition since , the Pomona Swap Meet was originally intended to be a place for car nuts to buy and sell parts. The Mercantile Flea Market is the place to score rare vintage finds and array of antiques and collectibles from all over Southern California.
This place is the original social media. We get 20, to 25, people in one parking lot in one day. No one else does that. On one side of the massive outdoor Fairplex, vendors — more than 1, of them on an average day — are set up along rows that run toward the center of the swap meet, where two directions of traffic run perpendicular to the vendor rows.
Some idle to their display space, some just cruise for the sake of cruising.
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Throughout the day, there is no shortage of metal on this main strip, rolling along at 5 mph, slow enough for spectators to get a long look. Polo shirts mingle with leather vests, tattooed arms extend a handshake toward Rolex-wrapped wrists. Classic American cars are by and large the majority turnout, but there are plenty of Volkswagens, Porsches, and classic Japanese cars as well.
The attendees are a mixed bag, too. Polo shirts mingle with leather vests, tattooed arms extend a handshake towards Rolex-wrapped wrists, and Camaro owners even laugh easily with Mustang enthusiasts. It has a booth it operates at each Pomona Swap Meet, and well before lunch time a long line of hungry showgoers waits for specialties that include the Trump Dog. But the vendors are what the majority is here to see.
Most have their booths setup by 5 a. Yes, even in the Internet Age and even in Southern California, people still flock to buy parts — some old and rusty, some new and shiny — with cold hard cash in hand.
Eric Froemke of The Truck Shop has been coming here to sell parts since and still finds it a critical part of his business, part of which is online these days.
In one space, freshly chromed bumpers for what seems like nearly every Chevrolet produced between and are wrapped in protective brown paper like oversized deli counter items, ready to be taken home.
Next door is someone selling mostly motorcycle parts, along with some vintage-looking signs. At another space, scale-model cars are everywhere, some assembled, some in plastic kit form. You can even wear pajamas. Saturday, May 19; 6 - 9 p. Lechon, or roasted pig, is regular fare at Philippine festivities, especially during the Christmas season. Silverado Park — W. Check out the exhibition highlighting Long Beach's Filipino-American history.
Saturday, May 19 - Sunday, May 20; 10 a. Strawberry Meadows of College Park — S. Sure, you'll see the usual funnel cakes, smoothies and chocolate dipped strawberries but you'll also get to try oddball treats like nachos, tamales, pizza and popcorn — all made with the sweet, red berry.
If competition gets you revved up, enter the tart toss, berry best hat contest or strawberry shortcake-eating showdown. Saturday, May 19; 11 a. These garlic-fried spiders are a coveted treat in Cambodia, where the only fear is that they may soon vanish due to deforestation and unchecked hunting. Natural History Museum — Exposition Blvd. After you've gazed at all the exotic species, head to the Nature Gardens for bug hunts, crafts and up-close encounters with our insect friends.
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Saturday, May 19; 3 - 6 p. Sunday, May 20; 4 p. The Regent Theater — S. Get your zig-a-zig-ah looking tight at a vintage girl power pop-up boutique curated by Glitter Death.
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It's not just an urban legend. They ran out of money and the compound was never completed. For decades, several shambling, graffiti-tagged structures, a stone stairway, a huge water tank and a power station large enough to support a small town stood at the Murphy Ranch site. Atlas Obscura field agent Hadley Meares will lead a hike to the ruins. You'll also get to see recently discovered blueprints of Murphy Ranch.
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Saturday, May 19; 6 p. Live — Olympic Blvd. Stroll through the pop-up marketplace featuring 40 vendors as you listen to live music performed by local artists.
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Saturday, May 19; 7 p. The Orpheum Theatre — S.