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Chaldeans Set Sights For San Diego County Fair
By David Najor :: Thursday, June 12, 2008 :: 65026 Views :: Living & Lifestyle, Sports, Art, and Entertainment

California, USA  – “I am very excited and my entire family is ready,” says Nick Siman, San Diego County Fair’s self proclaimed biggest fan.   Over a million residents will be joining Siman as “the greatest indoor-outdoor show on Earth” opens their doors.

The San Diego County Fair opens Saturday, a 21-day extravaganza that costs nearly $140 million to put together. The 360-acre fairground was a disaster-relief center for horses and people evacuated during the October 2007 wildfires.


San Diego County Fair
: Summer of Sports. Includes sports-related exhibits and activities, talks by professional and Olympic athletes, and more.

When: Saturday-July 6, closed June 16 and 23. Gates open 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.

Admission: Adults, $12; seniors 62 and older, $6; children 6 to 12, $6; children 5 and younger, free.

On-site parking: Cars and motorcycles, $9; recreational vehicles, $15; preferred parking, $15 (no motor homes).

Off-site parking: Free, with shuttles to the fairgrounds.

Daily at Horsepark Equestrian Center, Via de la Valle at El Camino Real, east of Interstate 5.

Weekends and July 4 at MiraCosta College in Cardiff, Interstate 5 and Manchester Avenue and Torrey Pines High School, Del Mar Heights Road.

Public transit: Hourly buses to and from Escondido Transit Center. A shuttle between the Solana Beach Train Station and the fair leaves every 25 minutes. Transit information, (760) 966-6500 or www.gonctd.com

Information: www.sdfair.com

 In a few short days, Chaldeans by the thousands will join the millions of other guest and flock to the sports themed fair.  Pop stars, celebrities, and professional athletes will be freely mingling with the crowd, signing autographs, and performing.  An estimated 1,600 entertainment acts will let the good times roll on nine stages.

The folks at the 22nd District Agricultural Association, a state agency that operates the fairgrounds, have spared no expense to make the 2008 fair as varied and lively as last year's. The agency is paying over a $250,000 alone for pop star Fergie to perform for no longer than 90 minutes. 


 Olympic and professional athletes will be on hand daily for live radio interviews and audience question-and-answer sessions. Shawne Merriman of the Chargers and former Padre and Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn are among the 200 athletes who will be available to meet and greet.

While sports will be taking center stage as the theme, Chaldean fairgoers will also have the opportunity to sample a potpourri of county fair fare, such as tasting beer made by 200 craft brewers or deep-fried Snickers bars. A smattering of food vendors interviewed this week say they are holding the line on prices for such fair favorites as fried zucchini, corn dogs and fish tacos.

A number of Chaldean favorite foods will also be available as Kabob Grill and House of Hummus showcase their gourmet fair food favorites.  For fair-going families can bring their own food and leave their coolers for safekeeping at the Visitor Services

The fair is also a participatory event, where 24,000 children exhibit school-related projects or enter their livestock in shows. Thousands more adults enter contests. Among this year's competitions are best tailgate party recipe, best homegrown fruit and vegetable, and the most creative use of Malt-O-Meal cereal.

The fair is offering numerous ways for families on a budget to cut their costs. office. Fairgoers can also avoid the congestion as well as the $9 parking fee ($15 for recreational vehicles) by using one of four remote lots and taking a shuttle to the fairgrounds.

 The sports-themed entertainment will take place at a 20,000-square-foot exhibit hall near the Pat O'Brien Gate off Jimmy Durante Boulevard.  The hall has been decked out with sports memorabilia including a display of Olympic medals and Sports Illustrated magazine covers featuring athletes with a San Diego connection.  Interactive exhibits include life-size photo cutouts of sports heroes, a putting green, punching bags and basketball hoops.  Nearly every sport from table tennis to roller derby will be represented.

St. Joseph, MI USA

St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church
2442 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Tel: (248) 528-3676
Fax: (248) 524-1957

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Constructing Pastor:
Rev. Sarhad Y. Jammo

Current Pastor:
Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Ayad Hanna

 Current Pastor: Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Msgr. Zouhair Toma (Kejbou) was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1947.  He was ordained a priest in Baghdad, Iraq in 1968, and accepted his first assignment to serve the community of Baquba.  The Monsignor’s leadership skills and organizational talents along with his mastery of theology were immediately evident.  He later assisted Sts. Peter and Paul in Al-Salehia, and St. George in New Baghdad.

In August, 1978 Monsignor Toma was called to serve the growing community of persecuted Chaldeans finding refuge in Australia.   Being the fist Chaldean priest to arrive in Australia he quickly established a parish for the Chaldeans in Sydney to serve their social and spiritual needs.  The parish was named after St. Thomas the Apostle and built a rectory. 

In 1989, for his incredible work he was granted the title of Monsignor, Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand.  Continuing his passionate work to serve the Chaldean community the Monsignor moved the Parish Center to a more accessible location and built a large church campus featuring a modern community center, residence quarters, and administrative offices in 1995. 

In 2003, Monsignor Toma added a magnificent church to replace the previous one in order to serve the fast growing community and also opened two other centers.  The first was Our Lady Guardian of Plants in Melbourne, and the second was Mar Addai the Apostle in Auckland, New Zealand.  Mar Addai in New Zealand included two very large churches along with rectories and community centers.  Overseeing the Patriarchal Vicariate for 28 years, he managed to inspire six more priests to help minister to the fast growing Chaldean community. 

In August 2006, Monsignor chose to assist the St. Thomas the Apostle Diocese in the U.S. as more Catholic churches were being built in America and address the growing need.  On October 2006, Monsignor was incardinated and appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Troy.