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Food, Rides Attract South Gate Residents to Carnival

The Azalea Festival continues this weekend with a carnival at South Gate Park.

Sizzling bacon-wrapped hotdogs, hot spicy tortas ahogadas and tummy-turning rides had residents heading to for the annual carnival. 

The carnival, which began on Thursday evening, includes rides such as the Zipper, where persons are strapped to cages and spun around, as well as classics such as the carousel, Ferris wheel and fun house. 

Despite the lure of the mechanical and adrenaline-pumping rides, the food section of the carnival was what packed 'em in. Guests enjoyed the worldly cuisine offered by diverse vendors including Korean BBQ and all sorts of Latino food.

For South Gate resident Melissa Garcia, eating some tortas ahogadas, a traditional Mexican sandwich drenched in chili sauce, was her main reason for heading to the carnival.

“You [can] only get them when [South Gate] has the street fair or the carnivals," said Garcia. “They taste really good.”

Fans of particular foods were not the only ones enjoying the various dishes. Some residents who came for other reasons, such as Eva Guzman whose children enjoy the rides, found themselves unexpectedly enjoying a treat.

“My friend bought me this," said Eva Guzman, as she referred to her platanos fritos, sweet fried plantains with sour cream and other optional add-ons.

“This is my first time trying it [with sour cream]," said Guzman. “It tastes really good.”

The carnival is set to continue until Sunday, for more information see the or visit the city Web site

Check out the photographs and their captions for more tidbits on the carnival. Then add your carnival photos here.

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Alejandro Lopez de Haro March 23, 2012 at 10:18 PM
What is your favorite ride or food ? Tell us in the comments!
Belén Estacio April 12, 2012 at 05:33 AM
empanadas
fabiana April 13, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Corn on the cob, fríed plantains!

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