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Saturday, 10/3/2015 - Once a year, the seaside town of Carpinteria’s normally peaceful streets turn into a midway of fun during the annual California Avocado Festival. Celebrating its 29th year, the festival is devoted to good eating and family fun. Drawing more than 65,000 avocado enthusiasts, the festival offers an ongoing schedule of events including four live music and entertainment stages, the Avocado Expo tent offering an educational slant on the avocado industry, the largest avocado contest, best guacamole recipe contest, and more than a hundred arts and crafts, commercial and food vendors. And to add to the fun that day, you’ll travel to the festival by way of Amtrak. You’ll be transferred via motorcoach to Union Station in the morning and climb aboard the Pacific Surfliner for the journey north. After pulling out from the station in downtown Los Angeles you’ll eventually join the sparkling Pacific Ocean and travel alongside its stretches of long, white, sandy beaches. Farmhouses flit by on one side, while the Channel Islands loom in the distance offshore. A short two hours later, you’ll disembark from the train and become immersed in the festivities of the 29th Annual Avocado Festival. Later in the afternoon, your motorcoach and driver will be waiting to return you to your original departure point.