2015 LACF Food Media Preview

Dozens of bloggers and media personnel got a sneak peek of our new food items at our LA County Fair Food Media Preview! Gourmet hot dogs, Deep-Fried Guacamole and some classics from Chicken Charlie’s and Tasti Chips were all available!

Since there was a lot of construction and preparation going on for Opening Day, a section of the Fairgrounds was blocked for our lovely media who included LA Times, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, La Nueva Voz, Claremont Courier, iHeartMedia, Los Angeles News Group, IEShineOn, Mommy Bloggers and so many more!

Here are some pictures of today’s event:

The LA County Fair is almost here again!
Which foods are you most excited to try?

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Cinnamon, Spice and Sage arrive to LACF!

During one of our daily walks to The Big Red Barn, we ran into Sky Shivers and the following baby goats! Sicne it has become a Fair tradition, Sky named our new furry friends….say hello to 2-weeks old Cinnamon and Spice…they are brother and sister.

And now, meet Sage! She may seem a few days old, but she is actually 3 weeks old! We hope these three adorable creatures become good friends!

Fair wouldn’t be the same without the newborns!
How many do you think we’ll have this year?

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Next Train Stop…the LA County Fair!

If you live a bit far and want to avoid heavy traffic, our parking fees or just stay late and have a few extra cold ones at a concert or at Grinding Gears, then consider taking the train to the LA County Fair! It’s easy, convenient and it saves quite a few headaches!

All riders have to do is purchase Metrolink’s $10 Weekend Day Pass. The train will drop you off at the Fairplex Station where a free shuttle will then take you to Yellow Gate.

In addition to the weekend pass, Metrolink users also save on single-day Fair admission tickets: $12 Adults; $6 Child; $10 Senior. You can take advantage of this online special by visiting our website and using the promo code: Metrolink.

Here’s additional information taken directly from the Metrolink website:

For the second year in a row, Metrolink is offering a late night train back to L.A. Union Station on Saturday departing at 11:15 p.m. and on Sunday departing at 10 p.m. so you can stay late and enjoy the concerts, nightclub and other mind-bending Fair entertainment.

All San Bernardino Line weekends trains will stop at the Fairplex station except for trains 351, 352 and 353 on Saturday and train 351 on Sunday.

For train schedules, click here!

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A Closer Look Into The Mardi Gras Theme

MARDI GRAS IS COMING TO LA COUNTY FAIR!

We know everyone loves a good party, so you are all cordially invited to this year’s Mardi Gras celebration at the one and only Flower & Garden Pavilion!

This morning I met with Jim Hynd, our Floral Coordinator, and he not only gave me a tour of the building, but he also taught me a lot about what Mardi Gras actually is.

Here are a few of the things I learned from Jim:

  • Mardi Gras literally means “Fat Tuesday” in French. This is very fitting since the holiday is for celebrating and eating A LOT!
  • New Orleans is known as the birthplace of Jazz. Therefore, Jazz has been embedded in the Mardi Gras theme.
  • Mardi Gras is celebrated on the days leading up to Ash Wednesday – which is the beginning of Lent.
  • New Orleans has the biggest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States.
  • During this party, people host and attend countless number of parades & balls.
  • You always need a King and Queen! Think back to when you were in high school and had to vote for a Homecoming King & Queen.
  • The “official” colors for Mardi Gras are purple, gold and green. However, many people like to add red, yellow and blue.
  • Colorful beaded necklaces are an absolute must! This is why you’ll see hundreds of these at our Flower and Garden Pavilion.
  • Last but not least, let’s talk about FOOD! During this historical celebration, King Cakes are baked and stuffed with small plastic baby figurines. Seems pretty unusual, right? Well, there is a purpose to all of the madness…those who get the slice of cake with the baby are responsible for baking/purchasing the next cake!

After seeing what we have in store for you, we hope you are just as excited as we are! We guarantee that this will be one mind bending experience!

Have you ever been to a Mardi Gras celebration?
What are you most excited to see at this year’s Fair?

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Fair Map Is Now Available for Download

When you come to the LA County Fair, how do you find out where you are or where something is located on our Fairgrounds?

If you’re like us, you probably rely a bit on our extremely colorful and ever-so helpful, LACF Map!

Well, guess what? The map that will answer most of your questions is ready to be viewed and downloaded from our LACF website.

Here are a few of the things you will see on this map:

  • Location of ATMs, restrooms, First Aide, Guest Relations, Security/Lost & Found/Police, The Learning Centers Educational Programming, Lost Children, and so much more!
  • Location of Kid’s Zone, Farm, carnival and shopping area!

Although a preview of our Fair map is available below, you can view and download a better quality map here. Trust me, it will help you TONS!

 

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First Round Of Animals Are Here!

You know Fair is a few days away when Sky Shivers, our resident cowboy and Livestock Superintendent, arrives to our grounds with the first round of Fair animals.

In this particular case, these goooats were the first ones to arrive! We have no idea how they beat the pigs, sheep and cows! Now that I think about it, the cows probably just stopped somewhere along the way to take a break and eat some grass. But not to worry, Sky said they will all be here in the next couple of days! We are so excited to welcome our friends to LACF!

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The Countdown Begins…9 More Days!

With only 9 days to go until Opening Day, there is no denying it…things are definitely busy here on the grounds.

From crack of dawn to the break of day, there is always someone working on something that will make your experience more memorable – whether it may be painting some signs, installing lighting, bringing in the Farm animals or taking pictures of what is happening on our grounds, our staff is working at a nearly 24/7 pace now.

Speaking of pictures, here are a few taken during my afternoon walk. Hope you enjoy them!


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Cheers to our Wine, Beer & Spirits Education Classes!

Fair lovers, get ready because the schedule of our wine, beer & spirits education classes is now up on our LACF website for you to check out and get excited about!

LACF’s Wine, Beer & Spirits Education Program is very popular among Fair guests and worth the effort to get to one since they are really fun and also very informative!

Think of it this way…when you come to one of these classes, you’ll not only meet some of the top names in the wine, beer, spirits and olive oil industries (they lead the classes), but you’ll also get to hang out and meet other Fair guests at our beautiful Wine, Beer, Food & Spirits Marketplace, which happens to be a climate-controlled area! Oh and did we forget to mention the fact that you’ll probably feel a bit tipsy after the class? Don’t fight the inevitable, just go with the flow and relax!

To give you an idea of how diverse our marketplace really is, here are just a few of the classes we will be offering at LACF this year: Wines of the Central Coast with Adam LaZarre; Bonjour – Wines of France, with Chris Braun; Historical Wines of Northern Italy with Andrea Torelli-Lesky; Bubbles From All Over The World with Michael Jordan, Master Sommelier; and American Whiskey & Bourbon, with Ryan Steely.

Each Wine Class features six wines and four cheeses. Additionally, each participant will receive a tasting ticket for a taste of a Gold Medal winner from the International Tasting Bar.

Each Craft Beer Class features 5 beers and each Spirits Class features 4 samples of spirits.

The cost to participate is $20 for each wine class and $15 for each of the beer and spirits classes.

Our wine education classes are held every day of the Fair, so stop with the excuses and check out the website for a complete schedule.

TWO Free Labor Day Weekend admission tickets to the first 4 readers who comment below the full name of one of our speakers – The speakers named above DO NOT count!

Which classes are you planning on taking this year?

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2015 LACF Scavenger Hunt – #LACFScavengerHunt

Yes, you heard correctly! Our Scavenger Hunts are back, and boy are we excited to be giving away dozens of prices! Play with us August 22-23 and 29-30 to get your FREE LACF goodies.

How LACF Scavenger Hunt works:
Someone from our Marketing/Communications team will come to work on the weekend, pick up one of our Fair vehicles and drive out to different locations throughout Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riveriside or Orange County with Fair admission tickets, concert tickets, carnival ride passes, lunch bags, Hot Blog On A Stick t-shirts and so much more! Sounds like a good deal, right? Well, it is! However, just know that it will require you to pay close attention to all of our clues and instructions if you want to win.

Speaking of clues and instructions, it is crucial for you to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter so you don’t miss any of the photo clues we post at the different locations.

Clues will be revealed every hour, on the hour beginning at 10 a.m. each day of the scavenger hunt. Only two (2) LACF scavenger hunt locations will be active per day: one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Things you need to do:
1. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. If you don’t do this, you’ll miss out on great prizes. We will be using #LACFScavengerHunt, so keep that in mind when you are following us on our adventures.

2. Get moving! Every clue is equally important in this game because it will lead you closer to the prize destination.

What's inside these bags? Play with us for your chance to win really cool LACF prizes!

3. Find our LACF representative and collect your prize!
***Prizes will be give out on a first come, first serve basis. We will post a “secret” password on the final clue that you’ll need to know to prove you’ve been playing.

4. Take lots of pictures at the different locations and share them with us on social media using #LACFScavengerHunt!

Full LACF Scavenger Hunt Terms & Conditions are here.

We’re coming your way…
Are you ready to have some fun and win some prizes?

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LACF in 40 Seconds

With so much construction going on this week, we did a walk-through of LACF to see what pre-Fair activities were happening. We stopped by our DIY Design Studio, the Flower & Garden Pavilion (this year’s theme is Mardi Gras), Luminasia and the Millard Sheets Art Center! Check out what our camera captured!

Our grounds will soon be transformed into what the 2015 LACF will be, so stay tuned for more Fair updates!

LACF is right around the corner!
What will be the FIRST thing you will do while at LACF?

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