LACF Sneak Peek: Hall of Heroes

One of the exhibits we’re most excited about this year is the new Hall of Heroes exhibition!

“Autobots, roll out!” 

You’ll discover what your own superhero strengths are (powers of the mind, body, technology etc.), walk through the history of real-life heroes and come face-to-face with some of your favorite superheroes. Those are just a few of the things we have in store for Hall of Heroes and the rest of LACF. Check back on the blog as we get closer to Opening Day for updates!

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A sneak peek of the new DIY Design Studio

LACF is adding a new component to the do-it-yourself (DIY) and culinary competitions this year with the brand-new DIY Design Studio.

Upon entering, guests feel as if they have stepped into the virtual world of Pinterest, surrounded by DIY workshops and entries submitted by other Fairgoers. Our creative team is busy putting it all together and took us on a quick tour of the soon-to-be studio. After seeing it for ourselves, we can vouch that this will be every crafter’s paradise.

LACF DIY Design Studio Halloween Corner With Halloween just a few months after the Fair ends, guests can see DIY witch’s brews, pumpkins, trick o’ treat bags and other fun Halloween home decor ideas.

Down another hall are Christmas trees and fun holiday displays. Live workshops will be held in the studio including lessons in jewelry making, quilting, knitting and tablescaping.

Pops of orange, blue, green, fuchsia and other bright hues set the tone for the studio. Inspiration can be gleaned from every corner, from workroom accessory ideas to color schemes and practical decor for your laundry room.

DIY Design Studio Laundry Corner

“We don’t make anything you can’t make yourself,” Kathy Wadham, director of creative programming said. “You can be creative without spending money, and that’s what we want to show you here.”

We can’t wait to see the completed project come Fair time!

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Fair-y Tale Wedding Theme Preview – Darius & Clevette

 

It’s not often that we see East Coasters visit LACF, but that’s exactly what Darius and Clevette want for their Fair-y Tale Wedding!

Although Darius has never been to the Fair before, Clevette shares fond childhood memories with us. They are excited to bring their families from both coasts to LACF for their wedding day.

Darius and Clevette have been dating for seven years and they are excited to exchange vows in less than two months! Keep reading to see what we have planned for their wedding.

Picnic Hill: Darius & Clevette

Los Angeles County Fair wedding

Our creative team envisioned a fun woodland wedding for Darius & Clevette, in the Picnic Hill venue space. Staying true to its namesake, the venue will be transformed into a mishmash of checkered cloth designs, wildflowers and picnic basket party favors. 

Los Angeles County Fair Weddings

The Picnic Hill wedding theme includes soft, warm colors that are perfect for the oncoming autumn months, savory and sugary treats, picnic basket goodies and comfy, woodsy details that are perfect for their intimate ceremony.

Picnic Hill overlooks the carnival, shopping vendors, Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon and the Sky Ride as it goes down Broadway. Typically Picnic Hill is used for company picnics and as a nice respite from the heat of the day.

Our Creative team will be transforming this quiet, grassy area into a romantic, picnic-themed wedding for Darius & Clevette. We can’t wait to see the final product!

Stay tuned to see how Paul & Amy’s wedding plans are coming along and for the down low on what new attractions are coming to LACF this year.

For more information about the Los Angeles County Fair visit www.lacf.com.

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Behind-the-Scenes: DIY Design Studio Entries

Each year hundreds of LACF guests submit their do-it-yourself (DIY) creations to be displayed for our 1.5 million visitors. Entries include a colorful mixture of jewelry, paintings, photography, quilts, knitting and sewing creations, home decor items and seasonal arts & crafts.

We stopped by the brand new DIY Design Studio (formerly Tapestry) to see what treasures will be at LACF this year. Watch the video to see how it all works:

Coming up later this week: a tour of the new workshops and exhibits within the DIY Design Studio. Our creative team has done an excellent job with the new attraction!

For more information on the DIY Design Studio visit www.lacf.com.

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Fair-y Tale Wedding Theme Preview – Alvaro & Jessica

Meet Alvaro & Jessica, one of the couples getting married at LACF this year!

This couple’s Fair-y Tale Wedding takes place at The Farm. Their wedding will take place on the last weekend of the Fair, exactly nine years after their very first date!

For Alvaro and Jessica we chose a  at rustic theme, incorporating soft pastels, lace, and other elements to bring a romantic, outdoorsy wedding to life.

The Farm: Alvaro & Jessica

The light colors are a perfect fit for a balmy September morning wedding at The Farm.

The cake table and refreshment table will be surrounded by flowers and mason jars.

Lace-covered tables made out of crates and barrels, drinks served in mason jars and cupcakes served on top of teacups are just some of the ideas circling in our creative department for this theme. We can’t wait to celebrate with Alvaro and Jessica! Stay tuned for updates on their wedding and for other Fair-y Tale sneak peeks!

For more information on LACF attractions and events, visit www.lacf.com.

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More End of Summer Concert Series acts announced today

Our End of Summer Concert Series lineup keeps on growing! Whether it’s classic rock, alternative, R&B, hip-hop, pop or country you crave, we have it all. Tickets go on sale today for the following:

David Nail & Easton Corbin feat. special guest Jamie Lynn Spears (Sept. 1) 

David Nail Easton Corbin

David Nail
From his No. 1 single “Let It Rain” to “Whatever She’s Got,” and “I’m a Fire” which just sums it all up. David Nail will bring it all during his first appearance at the Los Angeles County Fair. A big welcome to the Grammy-nominated artist.

Easton Corbin
Easton Corbin is the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1 – “A Little More County Than That” and “Roll With It.” He was named 2010 Top New Country Artist by Billboard and we’re loving that he’s at the LACF.

Jamie Lynn Spears
Her official music debut comes in the form of country ballad “How Could I Want More.” Jamie Lynn has appeared on television shows Crossroads and Nickelodeon’s All That and most notably starring as the title character of Zoey 101.

Third Day MercyMe

Third Day & MercyMe (Sept. 10) 

Third Day
Third Day’s latest album, Miracle, is a testament to the power of music. Faith, passion and rock ‘n roll swagger coalesce on the band’s 12th album, a simmering brew of potent rock anthems infused with life-affirming lyrics.

MercyMe
MercyMe is an American contemporary Christian band. Their first album Almost Therepropelled them into the mainstream spotlight with smash hit “I Can Only Imagine.” The album went on to sell more than 2 million records in only three years and earned the band an American Music Award nomination.

R5 (Sept. 13) 

In 2014 R5 rocketed onto the Billboard Top 200, debuting at No. 24 and hitting No. 2 on the iTunes Pop chart with debut album Louder. 

They’ve rapidly emerged as an exciting new voice in the world of pop rock.

Jason Derulo LACFJason Derulo (Sept. 24) 

With 30 million singles sold worldwide, more than 1 billion views on YouTube; five Top 5 U.S. radio singles in the Top 40 format; cumulative U.S.radio audience of more than 12.5 billion; 17 million social media fans and followers; and his latest hit “Wiggle.” Think you know Jason Derulo?

LL Cool JLL Cool J feat. DJ Z-trip with special guest Salt-N-Pepa

LL Cool J
LL Cool J fell in love with hip-hop music when he was 9 and is regarded as one of the most successful rap artists of all time. He always wears a hat and wears one of his pant legs roll up and LL Cool J stands for “Ladies Love Cool James.”  He also has a successful acting career,

DJ Z-Trip
Appearing with LL Cool J and considered one of the best live performance DJs in history by both fans and peers. Fans voted him “America”s Best DJ” in 2009, beating out more than 100 other DJ’s.

Salt-N-Pepa
They were the first all-female rap crew and amassed a string of hits including “Push It,” “Shake Your Thang,”” Shoop,” and “Whatta Man” and Grammy winner “None of Your Business.” You’ll have a great time at this concert, enjoy.

Needless to say, it’s going to be a fun concert season at LACF! View the rest of our lineup and purchase tickets on Ticketmaster. Fair admission is included with all concert ticket purchases.

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Fair-y Tale Wedding Theme Preview – Fran & Darryl

Our Fair-y Tale couples have been selected and the wedding planning has begun! In this first part of our wedding series we will give you a sneak-peek at the themes and décor for each wedding.

The LACF Creative team is busy designing the themes for each couple’s big day, based on their event venue inside the Fairgrounds. Our team has designed mood boards representing the theme/décor ideas for each wedding. Each theme is unique to the couple and the venue they are getting married at.

Keep reading to get a preview of Fran & Darryl’s special day:

The Champagne Court: Fran & Darryl 

Fairy Tale Wedding Hotel Theme

Fran & Darryl are saying “I do” in the Champagne Court at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel, located right next to the Fairgrounds. The expansive lawn space is the perfect canvas for a citrus-themed wedding.

The Creative team is infusing bright orange, lemon yellow and sage hues into the floral arrangements, wedding cake, altar and other elements. Brightly colored lemon sweets, a lemonade stand photo booth and elegant table arrangements are just some of the fun ideas brewing in our minds.

The citrus theme was inspired from LACF’s agricultural roots. The scents and color scheme creates a fresh, summery atmosphere for the morning ceremony and is a fun contrast to the deep-fried traditional Fair foods we are known for. Lemons and oranges are still grown on the Fairgrounds and will be picked fresh to be used as part of the wedding décor!

Each couple’s wedding is designed by LACF event specialists. Everything you see at the Fair, from the unique settings in our new Grinding Gears nightclub to the colorful, whimsical backdrops of the DIY Design Studio are built by the skilled hands of our in-house Creative team and that same talent is being poured into our weddings!

Stay tuned for updates on Fran & Darryl’s wedding planning and for sneak-peeks from our other couples’ wedding plans.

For more information on LACF attractions and events, visit www.lacf.com.

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Meet our Fair-y Tale Wedding Couples!

We have our LACF Fair-y Tale Wedding couples! Earlier this year dozens of couples entered our Fair-y Tale Wedding contest in hopes of being chosen to exchange vows at the Los Angeles County Fair. We picked four couples who we thought would be perfect for a Fair wedding. We can’t wait to celebrate with them at LACF!

Meet our Fair-y Tale Wedding Couples


Paul & Amy:
Paul and Amy met in college. After several years of dating, during which time Paul served four years in the military and Amy joined the Navy Reserves, Paul proposed to her.

The couple planned to wed in September 2011 but were delayed when Paul was called back to active duty in the Middle East. Upon returning last year, Paul and Amy decided to focus on obtaining their masters’ degrees and paying off their student debt before getting married.

When they heard about the possibility of a free wedding at the Fair they knew they wanted to say their vows at a place they visit every year. We are excited to watch them say “I do” at this year’s LACF!


Darius & Clevette:
Darius and Clevette met thanks to a little matchmaking help from one of Clevette’s co-workers! They began dating seven years ago.

Darius proposed to Clevette in March 2014 in the middle of her nephew’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles birthday party, in front of all her friends and family. This East Coast couple can’t wait to get married in Southern California and to introduce Darius’ side of the family to LACF for the first time.


Fran & Darryl:
Fran is a paraplegic, injured from a car accident nearly 30 years ago. Fran learned how to be completely independent, learning to drive with hand controls and adjusting to living on her own.

She met Darryl through online dating. Although Darryl is often on the road due to his job, he loves and cares for Fran immensely and the two treasure their time together.They became engaged over Christmas!

Alvaro & Jessica: Alvaro and Jessica are high school sweethearts. They have balanced financial struggles, supporting their families, school and work and although they are still paying off student loans, they are ready to get married.

Alvaro applied for the Fair-y Tale Wedding in hopes of giving Jessica the wedding she deserves. They are getting married at the Fair on September 27th, exactly nine years after they became a couple!

We will be posting updates on how the wedding planning is going and covering each wedding as it happens during the Fair. Stay posted for some fun wedding blogs and tips and tricks for making the big day perfect.

For more information on the Los Angeles County Fair, please visit www.lacf.com

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More artists announced from the End of Summer Concert Series

New acts have been announced from our End of Summer Concert Series! Only three more months until LACF opens and we can’t wait for this particular lineup. Keep reading to see who else will be rocking the Grandstand this year.

2014 End of Summer Concert Series

Neon Trees

Neon Trees

Neon Trees’ new album Pop Psychology went No. 1 on the Billboard Rock Charts. The album is an upbeat collection of sleek, modern alternative pop about finding love in the digital age with songs like “Love In the 21st Century,” “Text Me In The Morning,” “I Love You, But I Hate Your Friends,” and first single “Sleeping With A Friend.”

WAR 

WAR returns to LACF for another summer singing your favorites.

“Low Rider,” “Cisco Kid,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “The World is a Ghetto,” “Slippin into Darkness” and “Spill the Wine” ─ some of the greats from WAR to light up the night at the Los Angeles County Fair.

Pentatonix 

Pentatonix has cultivated a sound and style entirely unique and undeniably infectious.

Vocal sensations and winners of season 3 of NBC’s The Sing-Off, Pentatonix is taking instrument-free music far beyond anyone’s wildest expectations.

Jennifer Nettles: That Girl Tour 2014 with special guest Brandy Clark

Jennifer Nettles
Lead vocalist for international super duo Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles has become one of the most popular singer-songwriters in music today.

Brandy Clark
Brandy country music singer-songwriter. Her songs have been recorded by country greats like Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Billy Currington, Darius Rucker and Kacey Musgraves.

 

George Benson & Chaka Khan 

George Benson
The 10-time Grammy Award winning musician brings his masterful guitar playing along with some of his greatest hits including classics “Give Me The Night,” “Lady Love Me (One More Time),” “Turn Your Love Around,” “Love X Love,” “Never Give Up On a Good Thing” and “In Your Eyes.” Enjoy.

Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan is known as one of the best soul music singers/songwriters around, with the rare ability to delve into any genre of music from funk, R&B, pop, rock, jazz, gospel, hip-hop and classical. She has won 10 Grammys and countless other awards.

Who are you most excited to see?

View the rest of our lineup and purchase tickets on Ticketmaster. Fair admission is included with all concert ticket purchases.

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LACF Job Fair

LACF is hiring for the 2014 Los Angeles County Fair! We have 1,200 positions available including openings in admissions, credentials, concert services, events, guest relations, grounds entertainment, the creative and wine departments, accounting, Cornucopia Foods and facilities.

We are hosting our annual Job Fair this Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on the Fairgrounds in Expo Hall 6. Parking is at Gate 1 (1101 W. McKinley Ave.)

Applications must be completed online at lacountyfairjobs.com before the job fair and be prepared for face-to-face interviews the day of the job fair. Computers will be available onsite for prospective employees to apply.

For more information on the job fair, call (909) 865-4308 or (909) 865-4309. See job listings at lacountyfairjobs.com.

Hope to see you there!

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