“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.”- Forest Gump
Isn’t it though? Sometimes, when we least expect it, life gives us something a little better than what we hoped for. This weekend of May 18, 2019, we experienced just that. Considering that rain was prognosticated for pretty much the entire weekend, something that will keep many indoors (including us), we had a pretty good time.
After making up our minds to not be couch potatoes and decided to get out and search for a car show in Hanford, Ca, we set out but were fairly disappointed to find only two cars parked at the event we originally planned to attend. Nearly making up our minds to head back home, my wife and I decided that we were going to drive to a nearby city called Visalia, Ca. Our destination was its downtown to “just walk and get to know the place.” But were we in for a surprise.
About a block away from Main Street, we began seeing many people crossing the street- large groups of 10+ people using the crosswalks. My first thought was simply that their downtown was just very active on weekends. But no, as we made our way and were preparing to turn, we seen that it was blocked off due to a massive car show! This car show was huge, spanning about four to five blocks and there was a little bit of everything- lowriders, offroad vehicles, racing vehicles, and even music! It was a car lovers dream. The car show, called the “Downtown Visalia Car Show” is a charitable event hosted by the Visalia Breakfast Lions Club. But if cars weren’t enough, we also found murals on garbage enclosures, on walls, and even on fire hydrants.
The Urban Art Project
The murals found throughout Tulare County are part of an urban art project being carried out by several muralists within the Urbanist Collective group. Much of their art involves the community. From walls, to trash enclosures, to fire hydrants- the Urbanist Collective group is showing us that with the right perspective, anything can be transformed into a work of art.
If you’re ever in the Visalia area, stop by their downtown, you won’t be disappointed.
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