We have brand new collector’s pins for the 2017 LA County Fair! Why is it a dragon? How do you get one of these limited-edition pins? Stay tuned… we have some awesome things heading your way in September.by
This year marks our 95th anniversary, a.k.a. the start of our 100-year countdown! From what we’ve heard, this will be our funnest Fair yet — from giant dragons to micro pigs, and cricket tacos to Nutella funnel cake. Keep reading for a preview of what we’re making for you this year!
- Blue Ribbon Contests: Blow the biggest bubblegum bubble, whip up Grandma’s famous apple pie, or show off your tamale making skills — we’re bringing back the old-school Fair contests and the blue ribbon prizes to go with em’. From the home arts competitions in the DIY Design Studio to the spur-of-the-moment contests near Yellow Gate, guests will find plenty to watch (or compete in themselves!)
- The Magical World of Dragons, Wizards and Beasts: If you’re a Game of Thrones fan or a Harry Potter fanatic, this is the place for you. We’re building a gothic castle filled with knights, wizards, beasts and all sorts of adventures. Details to come!
- Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA: We’re partnering with the Getty Foundation for their ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. The Millard Sheets Art Center, along with more than 60 other museums and art galleries in Southern California, will be joining this project. Fair guests will be the first to see our art gallery’s PST exhibit, which will run through January 2018.
- All the animals: Stanley the Giraffe is back! Our pigs, sheep, horses, goats and exotic animals are back! Our dinosaurs are back! And joining our 500+ friends in our menagerie… The Little Red Barn We’re bringing in miniature horses, micro pigs, Dexter cows, Babydoll sheep and Pygmy goats (the ones you’ve been seeing doing yoga on Facebook).
- Bugs: The Bug Barn takes “Dare to Fair” to the next level. Chef Cricket’s Culinary Kitchen & Bug Tasting Bar is serving up the aforementioned cricket tacos, along with bamboo worms, salted grasshoppers, chocolate beetles and other insect-filled fare. Great for protein, jury is still out on taste.
- Fair Fare: Giant clouds of cotton candy and enormous ribs on sticks will be back, but we’re also introducing new crazes: Nutella funnel cake, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Cheese Fries and Pickle Cheese to name a few! Just what do these foods look and taste like? Check back with us in September and we’ll let you know!
These are just a few of the things we have planned for the 2017 Fair. We haven’t even started on the new carnival rides, Flower & Garden Pavilion, or our End of Summer Concert Series.
Check back here often during the summer — we’ll be posting updates as soon as we get them!by
The Carnival Eats crew visited us during the 2016 LA County Fair and — in line with our Dare to Fair theme — tasted the wildest, juciest, gooiest, strangest foods our Fair has to offer. You can watch it all on The Cooking Channel tonight at 8 p.m. ET.
We look forward to reliving the 2016 Fair! Stay tuned to see what wild foods we have planned for the 2017 Fair…
Show off your skills and feature them at the 2017 LA County Fair! Our DIY Design Studio is a celebration of all things creative in the community.
- Arts & Crafts
- Clothing & Textiles
- Costumes / Cosplay
- Needle Art
- Help A Child Smile
- Christmas Tree Contest
Full rules, category descriptions and applications are available on our website at http://lacf.com/competitions. Just select the DIY tab and you’ll find everything you need.
We can’t wait to see what creative projects are submitted this year. See you in September!by
We had the pleasure of attending the Western Fairs Association convention this year, where fairs from all over California and beyond get together to network, learn, and celebrate the work various fairs have done in 2016.
This year we had the honor of taking home 11 Achievement Awards for the 2016 LA County Fair, covering everything from marketing to community. Thank you to WFA for the recognition!
We had a blast networking with other Fair folk, speaking and meeting with vendors and entertainers, and seeing all the creativity and hard work our friends have done. What a blast!by
During the 2016 LA County Fair we had the privilege of partnering with the Irwindale Police Department for a very special project.
The Pink Patch Project is a fundraiser dedicated to breast cancer awareness and directly benefits the City of Hope. Although Breast Cancer Awareness Month is officially in October, the Irwindale PD got a head start on the campaign at the LA County Fair.
Each day of the Fair officers sat at a Pink Patch Project booth, sporting vibrant pink uniform patches and promoting the campaign to Fair guests. The pink patches stimulated conversation with the community about the importance of early cancer detection and the on-going fight against the disease.
Officers spent their time at the Fair educating guests and employees alike on breast cancer awareness, as well as selling pink patches, t-shirts and other items to support the City of Hope in their breast cancer research and treatments.
Last week we were invited to attend the Irwindale City Council meeting where we were presented with a plaque recognizing us for our support of the Pink Patch Project.
Thank you to the LA County Police Chiefs’ Association for letting us be a part of such a great project!by
Phoenix, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, couldn’t believe the Fair was closed after September.
After several weeks of asking his mom to go to the Fair, Katie did an awesome thing: she called us up and asked if there was anything we could do.
While we couldn’t bring the Fair back, our PR coordinator, Sharon did the next best thing: she set up a visit for Katie and Phoenix to check out our now-empty Fairgrounds.
Sharon walked the little family around, pointing out where the rides, animals and attractions used to be (and will return to in September 2017), and even gave Phoenix a little Stanley the Giraffe stuffed animal!
Phoenix enjoyed this behind-the-scenes tour, and we loved getting to know these two wonderful Fair guests. Thank you Katie for taking the time to share your story with us, and to both you and Phoenix for being such great Fair fans!
See you all in Septemberby
One of the most popular reasons guests visit the LA County Fair is the animals. But have you seem them all? There are more than 500 animals at the Fair every year, located throughout the grounds.
We break it down for you in the infographic below:
Want to know more about our Fair animals? Ask us in the comments below! We hope to see you next year at the 2017 LA County Fairby
Another essential part of our DIY Design Studio is our community culinary competitions. Every year we see the creativity of our guests come to life in the form of desserts, baked goods, BBQ sauces and more. Congratulations to this year’s winners in the below categories:
All American Pie Contest
Almost Homemade Contest
Baking Powder or Quick Bread
Best BBQ Sauce Contest
Big Baking Recipe Contest
Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookie & Brownie
Cakes, Other Than Layer
Mary Lou Lopez
Cheesecake Recipe Contest
Cupcake Baking Contest
Dried Fruits, Meats or Vegetables
Fruit & Vegetable Pickles
Giant Decorated Cookie
Gingerbread Decorating Contest
Gold Medal Flour
Great Pumpkin Recipe Contest
LACF Chef Championship #1
LACF Chef Championship #2
Mary Louise Ardito
Perfect Guacamole and Salsa Dip Contest
Mara Schwartz Kuge
Our official dates for the 2017 LA County Fair are September 1 – 24, 2017!
We will open on Labor Day Weekend, as is tradition. See you next year! The Fair will return before you know itby