We have seen a number of familiar faces visit the Fair over the years. We found this lovely photo in our archives and had to share it for Throwback Thursday! President Reagan and his beautiful wife Nancy came to visit the Fair in the 1960s. Today also happens to be Ronald Reagan’s birthday!by
With the Super Bowl coming up this Sunday, the Budweiser Clydesdales come to mind. Did you see the heartwarming ad last year, telling the love story between a horse and his breeder? In case you forgot or didn’t see, here is the clip:
You see the Clydesdales every year, pulling the Budweiser wagon through the daily Fair parades, and hanging out in their stables near FairView Farms during their breaks. Have you ever wondered where they started their careers?
From birth to wagon
The Budweiser Cyldesdales joined the Amherst family more than 80 years ago and are loved and cared for, before they even leave the womb. Last year ABC did a news story about the horses’ birthplace, breeding and training, inspired by the 2013 Super Bowl commercial. You can watch the full story here:
We can’t wait to have them on our grounds again and we’re excited to see them in this year’s Super Bowl commercial.
UPDATE: Budweiser released their 2014 Super Bowl Clydesdale commercial early! Watch yet another heartwarming tale unfold here:by
We posted a sneak peek photo on our Instagram account this morning. Our creative department has a giant, glowing rose nestled in a corner of their office. It’s a small piece of one of our newest attractions and we can’t wait to give you a full run-down of what this exhibition is going to look like.
For now, here is a photo of what is to come. Follow L.A. County Fair (@lacountyfair) on Instagram for more visual updates!by
It’s the SkyRide that runs through the Broadway street nowadays but back in the 1960s and 70s a monorail used to transport guests around the grounds for a birds eye view of the entire Fair. Things sure have changed… but at least the Grandstand remains the same!
Throwback Thursday: The 1960s L.A. County Fairby
JFB members collected more than 4,000 items from donators from the local area and organized all the items to be picked up by Operation USA.
Fairplex employees also donated and some even took time out of their day to help collect and sort out donated goods! In total, the Junior Fair Board was able to collect:
78 packages/boxes of gauze
119 rolls of bandages
149 boxes of band-aids
146 tubes of antibiotic cream
59 containers disinfecting wipes
498 bars of soap
288 baby bottles
118 bottles of body wash
291 tubes of toothpaste
211 containers of baby wipes
7 packages of diapers
204 bottles of shampoo
460 other miscellaneous items
The L.A. County Fair would like to thank the the Junior Fair Board and community members who willingly made the extra effort to give assistance to the people of the Philippines.
The Junior Fair Board is comprised of high school juniors and seniors who are focused on enhancing their leadership and life skills and who have a heart for community involvement. For more information, visit www.tlcfairplex.orgby
We walked you through the gnarly process of eating a Krispy Kreme double-cheeseburger. We expounded on the joys of Fair food. We even gave a shout-out to the Ramen Burger craze. But even our jaws dropped when we heard about this one.
We, the L.A. County Fair bloggers with a craving for Chicken Charlie’s latest and greatest, have to give a nod to these East Coasters for their latest invention: the deep-fried Twinkie burger. Yes. Deep-fried Twinkie burger. That’s a thing.
PYT, a burger joint in Philadelphia introduced the Deep-Fried Twinkie Burger to their menu this past weekend. The bun consists of a total of four deep-fried Twinkies with a beef and pork-belly burger sandwiched in between. The burger is covered in gooey American cheese with a few slices of bacon thrown in for good measure.
We can only gawk at our screens at this point but we wouldn’t be surprised if something akin to this makes it’s way to the Fair for next year. (No promises but hey, we brought you bacon-wrapped pickles and Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joes didn’t we?)
Make sure to visit the Fairplex Insider blog for updates on what happens on the Fairgrounds year-round! We have some great events coming upby
They say that the older you get, the faster the time flies. That seems to be the truth since the 91st L.A. County Fair is already over!
We are so glad you were able to join us for a month of deep-fried food, shopping galore, animals both exotic and farm-based and an endless array of crazy rides. We hope you enjoyed reading as much as we enjoyed writing for you.
We will be back next year, but for now visit the Fairplex blog for updates on what goes on at the Fairgrounds year-round! It might not be the Fair, but Oktoberfest, Kaboom!, Vans Warped Tour and wine competitions are the next best thing!
So long until next year everyone
-A Fair to Rememberby
Yesterday marked the end of our annual marching band competition. This year nearly 40 high school bands participated, marching in our daily parades in hopes of winning first prize: marching in the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade.
Our final three contestants were Kaiser High School, Chino High School and Cypress High School. After marching in their parades, the bands gathered in front of Millard Sheets Center for the Arts for one final performance. After playing, the judges deliberated and a winner was chosen: Cypress High School! Chino came in second place and Kaiser came in third place.
This was the biggest marching band competition in L.A. County Fair history, with a minimum of 3 bands performing in all of our daily parades throughout the Fair season. Guests and employees alike enjoyed seeing and listening to the talented groups as they marched the Fairgrounds each day.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our competition! It was a joy to have you hear with us for the 2013 L.A. County Fair
Last night the Grandstand got loud. Monstrously loud. Big wheels, big cars and drivers with guts and skill took over the infield last night for Monster Truck Madness. Favorites like Bounty Hunter and Iron Outlaw competed with other drivers in tests of speed and skill.
Motors revved, monster trucks popped wheelies and leaped across dirt hills and car carnage. The show ended with a massive stunt: one monster truck did a back flip and landed perfectly on all fours. A M A Z I N G.
It was definitely a show to remember and our audience seemed to agree!by
Yesterday we mentioned our Fair Food Frenzy, which happened this afternoon! 16 participants competed to see who could chow down a 1 1/2 pound Krispy Kreme cheeseburger the fastest (the equivalent of a sugar-loaded 4×4 from In n’ Out).
We had a wide variety of contestants but all of them had one thing in common: They could eat. And eat a lot. We have to give them kudos for not running away when they saw the size of these burgers.
It was fun to see everyone attacking these ginormous Chicken Charlie burgers. Our winners finished their dishes within minutes (maybe 3 minutes max) and it was crazy to see! Strategies included compressing the doughnuts flat, drinking a lot of water and even dousing the burgers with water for easier chewing and digestion. (Are you grossed out yet?)
We had first, second and third place winners, with 1st and 2nd place receiving a VIP Weekend at the Sheraton Fairplex hotel. A special big thank-you to the Sheraton Fairplex and McKinley’s Grille for generously donating these prizes!
I guess its just another day at the Fair…by