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Are you a home brewer? Do you want to spend a day brewing with the Karl Strauss Brewing Team and have your beer tasted by thousands of fans?

Karl Strauss is participating in the 2011 American Homebrewers Association National Homebrewers Conference being held in San Diego, June 16-18. Each year, one of the conference highlights is the Pro-Am competition where a local brewery partners with a homebrewer to recreate a homebrew recipe on a professional scale.

The contest is open to any beer style and is free to enter. Karl Strauss will choose a Grand Prize winner to brew the Pro Am beer, along with first, second and third prize winners.

Entries are due in person by 5 p.m. on March 28, and the grand prize winner will be announced no later than Friday, April 1.

Visit karlstrauss.com for more information.

The 2010 San Diego County Fair took nearly half of the first-place awards at the Western Fairs Association Convention and Trade Show held Jan. 16-19 in Reno.

The fair received 21 first-place awards among the 54 categories for marketing, exhibits and operations, and placed second, third or honorable mention in 20 additional categories.

The San Diego County Fair competes in the "Mega Fair" category, for fairs with attendance of more than 500,000 -- San Diego's 2010 attendance was more than 1.3 million.

The 2011 fair theme is devoted to cars, "Race to the Fair," will run for 22 days starting Friday, June 10 through Monday, July 4.

As home of the famous 'Top Gun' house, Oceanside will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the 1986 movie over Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30. The celebration will include a special outdoor screening of Top Gun at the beach amphitheater, celebrity volleyball tournament and other activities, including food booths.

"Following the movie's release, Oceanside became well-known for the 'Top Gun' house, an historic coastal bungalow that was used as the home of Charlie, the character played by McGillis," said Leslee Gaul, CEO of Visit Oceanside. "Many visitors seek out the house during their vacations and enjoy having their photos taken in front of it."

The house is located on a site that has long been approved for a new four-star resort. Due to the community's affection and attachment to the bungalow, the resort's current developer has plans to restore the home and incorporate it into the new resort, possible as a coffee shop. Plans for the new resort will be on display during the weekend festivities.

Kansas City Barbeque, which is located in downtown San Diego and was the site of the movie's famous "Great Balls of Fire" piano scene, also will take part in the weekend event.


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