Fest celebrates the avocado: Organizers get up early in the morning to put together Fallbrook’s annual festival

Avocados, a Jack Russell named Snickers and Fallbrook’s Chamber of Commerce share one thing in common: Kathie Richards.

She coordinates the annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival, and every year for the past four years, she has left her home in Murrieta — and her dog, Snickers — in the wee hours of the morning to be in Fallbrook by 3 a.m. on the day of the event.

“Between 3 and 9, it’s insane, but once the festival begins (at 9 a.m.), it really calms down,” said Richards, who’s a staff member of the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce, which puts on the event.

With the support of volunteers, including 80 sheriff’s deputies, her mornings have gradually been “less hectic,” Richards said.

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