By Giuliano Djen
In order to kickoff Cal Poly Pomona’s fall quarter, the Los Angeles County Fair held its annual CPP day on Sept. 26 at the Fairplex in Pomona.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. booths were set up near the Blue Gate entrance of the fairgrounds.
“We had departments that we felt [could be] interactive with the community or could be potentially,” said Jami Grosser, senior coordinator at the Office of Student Life and Cultural Centers.
“We try to think of areas on campus that the community can interact with, so whether it’s the young folks who would be future Broncos, people in that area that may want to check out our Brewery or Kellogg West or [people who] want to come to an athletic event.”
CPP-associated booths were set up at the fair to highlight the university’s services.
Booths included the Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch, the Alumni Association, Bronco athletic groups, PolyTransfer, the College of Agriculture, OSLCC, and Innovation Brew Works.
There were also student government leaders from the Associated Students, Inc.
“We try to highlight a range of folks and programs from the campus, so definitely some student groups,” said Grosser. “We get various departments; we like to highlight the athletes, so we have four sports teams kind of participate. We have the tractors from [the College of Ag]; they always come to participate. Sometimes, there were even horses.”
To further to the festivities of the day, various campus clubs and organizations participated in the noon parade. CPP President Soraya Coley also made an appearance in the parade.
Every year during the parade, the president leads the charge in a vehicle called ‘Bronco 1.’
“Historically, President [Emeritus Michael] Ortiz [would lead] because he was involved with the Fairplex; he was on the board. He always loved to drive Bronco 1. It [was] President Coley this year, so we didn’t know if she still wanted to participate the same way, but she totally did,” said Grosser.
Coley’s participation in the parade made her the first female president to represent CPP in the parade.
The fairgoers that were unable to drive to the fairgrounds were provided the option of riding a free shuttle service, courtesy of Parking & Transportation Services.
The free shuttle service ran from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and did not require shuttle riders to pay for on-campus parking.
“Basically there was a shuttle system that did a pick up from campus to bring folks from campus to the fair,” said Sharon Rocacorba, interim senior coordinator of student life at OSLCC.
Rocacorba volunteered to help with the free shuttle service and was witness to the large amounts of people making use of the service.
“We definitely had three [full shuttles] go during the first shift and then about two [shuttles] go the second round, and that was only within the first hour or so,” said Rocacorba.
Fifth-year hospitality student Ada Wong said she used the free shuttle service to go to the fair and volunteered as well.
“So I volunteered with ASEP, the Association of Student Event Planners here at Cal Poly Pomona, and what we did was basically [pick] up the trash,” said Wong.
CPP day at the LA County Fair is part of a long-standing tradition, and it occurs every Saturday following the beginning of fall quarter.
Giuliano Djen / The Poly Post
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