Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta’s Livestock Showmanship and Auction Teaches Life-Long Lessons

Pictured are (back row, left to right) Alan Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of the Imperial Valley Expo and the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta, and Bo Shropshire, a member of the fair board, and (front row, left to right) Addyson Rubin, a local 4-H Club Ambassador, and Shanna Abatti, 4-H Club Program Director for Imperial County under the University of California Cooperative Extension. The four are pictured in one of the arenas at the fairgrounds used as part of the fair’s large animal auction. The large and small animal auctions are part of the fair’s history and highlight the hard work of area youth and the great support shown by the community.

Since Addyson Rubin was 9-years-old, this time of year has been special to her. It’s fair time, and for Addyson that has meant raising lambs to show and auction during

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McConnell Legacy Leaves Mark on Valley Agriculture

Paula McConnell Pangle, who leads the historic McConnell Ranch family trust, is photographed on an old milk wagon used by her great grandfather, Hardy McConnell, who founded the ranch 110 years ago in the Imperial Valley.

The year was 1908.

Hardy McConnell and his son Leslie were drawn by vast open lands and the great potential of the rugged, undeveloped Imperial Valley. Father and son left Temescal Canyon, near Corona, enroute to settle in the Imperial Valley, driving two teams of horses pulling wagons, hauling farm implements, chickens and leading a cow.

It took fourteen days to cross through the mountains and desert and arrive in Imperial. When they arrived, they went to work turning stretches of sand dunes into productive farmland using teams of horses and Fresno Scrapers.

It was Hardy who founded McConnell Ranch in the Imperial Valley. Today, 110 years later, the

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Dean Ponce Wants To See SDSU, Imperial Valley Grow Along With The Community

Gregorio A. Ponce, Dean of San Diego State University, Imperial Valley, is pictured on the university’s Calexico campus. Ponce, who was named interim Dean in 2015 and in March 2017 was officially named to the permanent position, has announced a new initiative to bring growth to the local institution, which has two campuses–in Calexico and Brawley.

On Thanksgiving, Dr. Gregorio A. Ponce, Dean of San Diego State University, Imperial Valley, ran an advertisement in the local newspaper thanking his Calexico elementary, middle school and high school teachers, the staff and administrators for their guidance.

He thanked all 60 of them—all by name.

He included a picture of himself in the ad as he graduated from Calexico High School in 1981—beginning a journey that would lead him to the top post of the local branch of San Diego State University.

Just as his parents, Gregorio and

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