CHULA VISTA (CNS) - The 15th annual Lemon Festival is set for Sunday in downtown Chula Vista, celebrating the South Bay city's heritage as the one-time "Lemon Capital of the World."
The event, along Third Avenue between E and G streets, usually attracts around 40,000 people.
Festivities will include live entertainment on three stages, eating contests, crafts and a "Fantasy Hair Contest" at a local salon.
The region became a major area for growing citrus after the completion of the Sweetwater Dam in 1888, and a railroad was built to transport the produce, according to the city, which is celebrating its centennial this year.
As many as eight packing plants were in operation at the time.
Over four years beginning in 1913, growers suffered from a severe freeze and a drought that ended with severe flooding in 1916. The agriculture lands were eventually overtaken by post-World War II residential development.
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Police searched for a suspected car thief who fled into a canyon in Linda Vista on Sunday afternoon.
Two San Diego police officers were shot and wounded in a standoff at a College Area condominium that left the suspect dead late Saturday night.
A motorcyclist smashed his bike into the rear of a sheriff's patrol car, as the deputy made a left turn, and was killed in Encinitas Sunday.
Warm weather is expected to return to San Diego this week peaking around the mid-week point. Temps should cool again by next weekend.
Hundreds of statewide faith leaders will march Saturday afternoon to the Otay Mesa Detention Center, where they will protest immigration policies that separated more than 2,300 children from their parents.
A 325-acre blaze burning at Camp Pendleton Saturday was described as a ``training fire'' by a base official.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped today for the 16th consecutive day, decreasing nine-tenths of a cent to $3.697.
A crash on an Oceanside freeway Saturday morning left two cars on their roofs and sent one person to a hospital, a fire official