5 Cool Places to Visit Off Route 66

The Mother Road is full of fun and adventure for the entire family! The history of Route 66 is a nostalgic road trip of iconic highway attractions, neon signs, Wigwam motels and all the kitsch that makes up the vanishing American roadside.

This year’s fair theme Get Your Kicks…at the La County Fair will take all of our visitors on a tour down the Mother Road!

Route 66 has cultural significance to the West Coast and the history of the United States. It was originally used by those who migrated west during the dust bowl in the 1930s and during the Great Depression. The trip begins in Chicago, Illinois and takes you through Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and ends at the famous Santa Monica pier in California.

Earlier this year, our President & CEO Miguel Santana took a trip down the #MotherRoad! He shared with us his favorite places to visit off the Route!

If you are thinking of taking the trip this year, here are some of his favorite stops! His trip took 6 days but you can take up to two weeks if you have more time.

  1. Illinois: You don’t want to miss the historic markers of the beginning of your journey. Get your camera ready to capture the Route 66 Begin sign! We also paid a visit to Wrigley Field and took a tour to learn more about this historic place!
  2. After traveling through Missouri and Oklahoma we arrived in Galena, Kansas here you will find the iconic Kan-O-Tex Gas Station! This gas station is what inspired the character Tow Mater in the Disney movie Cars.
  3. Head on over to Texas and stop at the world-famous Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo.  It has become a ritual site for those who travel the Mother Road. If you want to leave your mark at this stop make sure and BYOSP (Bring your own spray paint)!
  4. The fun continues in the Land of Enchantment: New Mexico. New Mexico is a mecca for iconic churches and cathedrals; you can find a full listing here. Make sure you visit Saint Joseph’s Church in Pueblo of Laguna.
  5. Once you are in California you will pass through Yermo and there you can visit Calico Ghost Town. Learn all about this old west mining town that has been around since 1881 and the spooky legends that surround it.

We hope this inspires you to plan your own trip across the Mother Road! Make sure and save the date to attend the LA County Fair from August 31st to September 23rd where we will take you on a fun journey from Chicago to Santa Monica with plenty of #selfie spots along the way!

Visit our website to learn more and get your tickets today!

It’s back… Get Your Kicks for $66!

Back by popular demand… our $66 season pass special has returned for a limited time!
From May 7 – 24, you can purchase an LA County Fair season pass package perfect for the whole family:
4 season passes*
4 souvenir lanyards
1 FastLane Opening Weekend parking pass **
1 exclusive collector’s box
Excited yet? It gets better: This limited-time season pass package is only $66. That’s right. $66 gives you four season passes, an opening weekend parking pass and a multitude of 2018 LA County Fair souvenirs!
The offer is available May 7-24, 2018 at lacountyfair.com. We have a limited number of these packages for sale, for a limited time so make sure you buy yours soon!

Flat Stanley Hits Route 66

Who remembers taking Flat Stanley on adventures in elementary school? In the spirit of our “Get Your Kicks” theme, one of our team members took him for a trip down Route 66! Here are some of his adventures:

The Round Barn in Arcadia, OK
The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, TX
Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX
The Route 66 Auto Museum in Santa Rosa, NM
Blue Whale of Catoosa in Catoosa, OK

Behind-the-Scenes: Route 66 Construction Has Begun!

Last month we announced the 2018 LA County Fair theme: Get Your Kicks! We’re celebrating all things Route 66 this year, from our attractions to food pricing (more on that later!)
Our team is already hard at work getting ready for September… check out this awesome entrance to one of our many Route 66-themed attractions:
la county fair get your kicksWhat lies beyond the gate? What parts of Route 66 can be found within? Stay tuned!
Tickets are on sale now for the 2018 LA County Fair! Click here to buy.

Happy National Oreo Day!

la county fair oreos Happy National Oreo Day from the LA County Fair team! Definitely craving Chicken Charlie’s classic deep-fried Oreos right about now… is it September yet?

Get Your Kicks… at the LA County Fair!

Hey LA County Fair fans! We have some pretty big announcements for you about this year’s Fair. Keep reading to see what’s in store for this year:

“Won’t you get hip to this timely tip…”

FAIR THEME
We have a brand new theme for the 2018 LA County Fair: “Get Your Kicks”
We’re celebrating the iconic Route 66 at this year’s Fair, taking you to a time when neon signs, highway motels and Americana pervaded the good ol’ USA.
We’re going all out: every Fair exhibit will feature a Route 66 theme, celebrating the landmarks, pop culture and simplicity that the Mother Road is known for.
(P.S. Did you know that the LA County Fairgrounds are located just a few miles from Route 66? You might know it better as Foothill Boulevard!)
FAIR DATES: September 1 – 23, 2018

SEASON PASS SPECIAL
As all our die-hard Fair fans know, we have a limited-time season pass offer every year, prior to the Fair’s opening. This year is no exception — except we’re bringing you the best deal ever:
2018 LA County Fair Season Pass Offer
From Feb. 15 – 25, you can purchase an LA County Fair season pass package perfect for the whole family:
4 season passes*
4 souvenir lanyards
1 FastLane Opening Weekend parking pass **
1 exclusive collector’s box
Excited yet? It gets better: This limited-time season pass package is only $66. That’s right. $66 gives you four season passes, an opening weekend parking pass and a multitude of 2018 LA County Fair souvenirs!
The offer is available Feb. 15-25, 2018 at lacountyfair.com. We have a limited number of these packages for sale, for a limited time so make sure you buy yours soon!

Our 95th Anniversary!

On October 17, 1922 the first ever LA County Fair opened and ran for five days. 95 years later and we’re still going strong, celebrating our community, agriculture and the food, entertainment and culture of Southern California.
Only five years left until we hit the big 1-0-0!

Fair Snapshot: Would You Rather at America's Kids

If you stopped by the America’s Kids exhibit this year, you might have participated in our “Would You Rather” game. Our team told us that quite a few of you were wondering which choices won. Here are the results!

WOULD YOU RATHER:
Posses the power of flight or invisibility?
Winner: Invisibility

Be a member of the Knights of the Round Table or Robin Hood’s Merry Men?
Winner: Knights of the Round Table

Find a handful of magic beans or a pouch of pixie dust?
Winner: Pixie Dust

Be given the task of destroying Sauron’s One Ring or Voldemort’s Seven Horcruxes?
Winner: Horcruxes

Cuddle up with Winnie the Pooh or the Velveteen Rabbit?
Winner: Winnie the Pooh

Live in a Gingerbread House or a Fairy Tree House?
Winner: Fairy Tree House

Dare to Get Engaged: A Fair Proposal

The Fair is more than corn dogs, funnel cakes and baby animals! It is about spending time with your loved ones… and for fair goers Marissa and Christian, getting engaged.
We were so excited to be part of this special day and to capture it on camera. What better place to propose than on the top of a Ferris wheel over looking the Fair lights?



Congratulations to this happy couple! We’re glad you chose to get engaged at the Fair.

Dare to Give to Natural Disaster Victims

Fairplex is devoted to raising money to help the victims of recent natural disasters. Between hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico and trembling earthquakes in Mexico, we are encouraging all of our guests to donate what they can.
Guests can donate at the gates or online when purchasing tickets. Fairplex will match the total donated amount by the end of the Fair, and 100% of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. Our CEO and President Miguel Santana stopped by the gates today to encourage donations and pass out our special “Dare to Give” pins. 




Dare to Give with us and help those affected by these terrible disasters.