Date Night at the Fair + Giveaway! [Contest Closed]

We have a winner for our Date Night at the Fair giveaway. Congratulations to Gina Gonzalez! Gina’s idea of a perfect date at the Fair includes great food, good music and carnival rides, all with her boyfriend by her side. Luckily, we have plenty of food, music and rides for her and her special someone to enjoy.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our contest! We will have a few more giveaways on Facebook, Twitter and here of course, so stay tuned. Thank you for playing and continue to #discoverLACF. 

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Nothing says “Date Night” like a gorgeous sunset, a ride on the Ferris wheel and a walk through the Fair. Whether you’re sixteen or sixty, on your first date or your 30th wedding anniversary, the Fair is a perfect getaway for every love story:

Romance is around every corner of  the Fair, whether you’re spending the evening dancing the night away at the Grinding Gears dance party, walking through the beautiful Luminasia exhibition, riding over the Fair on the Sky Ride or saying hello to our cute animals.

If you couldn’t tell by our Fair-y Tale Weddings alone, we’re big proponents on romance at the Fair, which is why we want to give you and your special someone a date night here at LACF!

LACF Date Night Giveaway

*2 LACF admission tickets
*2 carnival ride wristbands
*2 5D theater tickets
*1 parking pass

BONUS: For a chance to win a double-date prize package, mention us on your Facebook or Twitter accounts (@lacountyfair) using #LACFDateNight

To enter, share your idea of the perfect Fair date in the comments section below! Winner chosen Sunday at 6 p.m. PST. Good luck!

 

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World of Wonders: An Unforgettable Show at LACF

In case you haven’t realized this yet, here at LACF we have many exhibits and shows for you to discover and that will blow your mind away! One of these is World of Wonders located on The Farm Road. 

This 30-minute show features more than 75 oddities and is presented in a family manner with humor, special effects, and costumes. It is the perfect place to take your children and introduce them to a new form of entertainment. Along the way, please make sure you also indulge in all the fun…you deserve it!

In addition to 13 live acts, you will also be able to see a Viking Giant, a two-headed princess, Neandro the Sasquatch man, and so much more!

Here’s a video of some of the things you’ll see when you stop by World of Wonders. We are only showing you a few things because we would hate to spoil the party…we want you to see things LIVE!

You can catch these heart-stopping acts all day long, every day! The cost of admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

For more information, please visit www.lacf.com.

Also, please don’t forget to share your World of Wonders pictures with us on social media using #discoverLACF.

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Darius & Clevette’s Fair-y Tale Wedding

Wedding bells rang at the Fair last Sunday as we celebrated our first Fair-y Tale Wedding on top of Picnic Hill! Some of you might remember the Fair-y Tale Wedding contest we had earlier this year when we selected four couples to exchange vows right here at the Fair.

Darius & Clevette were the first couple to say “I do.” You can read the story of how they met here. The couple brought a little East Coast love to the Fair as they traveled all the way from Maryland for this special occasion.

We handpicked special venues within the Fairgrounds for each couple and themed each wedding based off their location. Darius & Clevette’s wedding theme was inspired by Picnic Hill. 

For those who aren’t familiar with the Fairgrounds, Picnic Hill is a beautiful grassy area that sits right behind the Timber Mountain Slide and overlooks all of Broadway, the carnival and the Home & Garden sections.

Our creative team took the picnic theme to heart and created a wedding that transported guests from the flurry of the city and into a land reminiscent of carefree summer afternoons at the park.

It was a joy to watch this very sweet couple exchange vows and celebrate with their closest family and friends. We wish them happy blessings as they step into this next chapter of their lives!

A special thank you to Wisteria Grove for donating such beautiful floral arrangements and to Some Crust Bakery for providing the wedding cake and baked goods!

 

 

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A Look Into Luminasia

Every night at 6 p.m. sharp, our newest attraction Luminasia opens its gates and invites you to discover a colorful world of larger-than-life lanterns replicating everything from the Leaning Tower of Pisa to slithering snakes and floating lotus blossoms.

Join our hosts as they explore Luminasia for the very first time:

Luminasia is tucked between the high-action Pirate Adventure and the tranquil Flower & Garden Pavilion. Guests will find themselves walking through beautiful worlds including “Wonders of the World,” “Garden Earth,” “Chinese Myths & Legends” and “I Love L.A.”

Share your own amazing Luminasia adventures with us on social media using #Luminasia and #discoverLACF.

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Farm animals on Metrolink

This morning commuters got jolted out of the mundane when our resident cowboy Sky Shivers and a few of the LACF farm animals paid a visit to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.

 Young Metrolink passengers pet one of LACF’s Japanese silky chickens 

Several of our Japanese silky chickens, a French rabbit and lambs made the journey from Union Station to the Fair using Metrolink’s route from Union Station all the way to Fairplex station, just like our guests do during the weekend.

Commuters boarding Metrolink along the route were certainly in for a surprise when they rode into work this morning!

We want to give a special thank you to Sky and his farm crew for taking the time to bring the animals out this morning and to Metrolink for not only allowing our furry and feathery friends ride their trains, but for providing round-trip transportation to and from the Fair all month long.

Not a bad way to kick off a Wednesday morning!

For more information about the Metrolink route to the Fair, visit http://lacf.com.

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5 Ways to Keep Cool at LACF

Septembers in Southern California are usually hot and sometimes heading to the Los Angeles County Fair in these weather conditions can seem a little daunting. But never fear, we know how to stay cool at LACF, in more ways than one!

Keep Cool at LACF

Keep reading for tips on how to beat the heat at LACF! 

1. Air-Conditioned Halls
Save the outdoor attractions for later in the day and spend the afternoon browsing our shopping halls, playing in Hall of Heroes, getting creative at the DIY Design Studio and learning at Beneath the Sea and America’s Kids. Stroll through the art exhibits at Mid-Century Modern (Millard Sheets Gallery) or hang out with the sea lions over at Sea Lion Splash.

2. Icy cold treats
Frozen yogurt, Dr. Bob’s ice cream, spaghetti ice cream, Dip n’ Dots, smoothies, shave ice… there are dozens of inexpensive, refreshing treats around every corner of the Fair. Use our website’s Food Finder to find exactly what it is you’re craving.

3. Evening visits
Evenings are the perfect time to visit LACF. Luminasia lights up, Grinding Gears opens its doors, our End of Summer Concert Series acts perform and, best of all, the sun sets and the weather cools down. Most of our attractions are open until closing so you still have plenty of time to see/eat/experience everything you want to. (Bonus: We offer $5 after 5 p.m. admission Wednesdays and Thursdays!)

Top of the Park well drinks are $4 every day, 3 – 5 p.m.

4. Happy Hour
For the 21+ crowd, an icy margarita or an ice cold beer is the perfect match to bright
blue skies and the September sun. We recommend taking advantage of our Top of the Park happy hour every day from 3 – 5 p.m. for $4 domestic beers and well drinks, plus 1/2 off appetizers! Check out our other happy hour specials on beer, margaritas and fountain drinks here: http://bit.ly/1tYvWDb 

5. Swim and Sleep
We now offer Red Carpet Arrival day suites at the Sheraton Fairplex hotel. Spend a few hours at the Fair, then take a nap in the privacy and comfort of your own hotel suite or take a dive in the Sheraton pool to cool down! For more information on our Red Carpet Arrival package click here.

What are your favorites ways to keep cool at the Fair? Tell us in the comments below! 

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R2-D2 Visits LACF

LACF attracts guests from all across the country, and apparently also as far as the Dagobah system. On this sunny Saturday afternoon, R2-D2 caused a stir among adults AND children after stopping by the Hall of Heroes.

As I walked around and asked people what they thought of R2-D2 being here, people were completely speechless and emotional about this blast from the past. Childhood memories rushed to their minds and some even shed a few tears. Talk about creating a life-time memory at LACF!

Jeff Peters was here with his wife and three children and could not help shedding a few tears of joy when I asked him what this meant for him and his family. He talked about watching the films with his father and trying to mimic R2-D2’s sounds.

“I fell in love with R2-D2 from the first time I watched Star Wars…he always knew what to do…he was and continues to be amazing,” said Peters.

In case you have never heard of R2-D2, here are three things you MUST know about this unique robot.

1. He is one of the most loved characters in the trilogy, Star Wars.

2. He is specialized in ship and computer maintenance.

3. Was inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame in 2003.

Did you see R2-D2 today? Tell us in the comments below or share with us on social media using #R2D2visitsLACF. We look forward to seeing your best poses!

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Food at The Farm

One of our favorite parts of the Fair this year is the newly expanded Farm, one of the largest urban farms in the county! It’s the perfect place to rest after cheering on the pig races or saying hello to the cows, sheep and chickens at the Big Red Barn.

Rows upon rows of organic vegetables, fruits and herbs are grown in this space and a nice breeze is always blowing, but the best treat, by far, are the wood-grilled flat breads that are served here.

Every morning our food & beverage teams pick fresh ingredients from the Farm and bake fresh flat breads in our Farm oven.

After the flat breads are done baking, our team puts together a delicious mixture of farm-fresh herbs, vegetables and fruit to create healthy, refreshing wraps. Toppings include tomatoes, arugula, caprese, basil, sausage and bacon.

If you’ve already eaten lunch, we recommend trying the dessert wrap, which combines strawberries, agave nectar and other toppings to satisfy your sweet tooth.

So far we have personally tried The Caprese and the Fennel Sausage wraps and both are a win in our book. Healthy, filling and most importantly, delicious!

Share your food discoveries with us on social media using #discoverLACF. 

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Dance the Night Away at Grinding Gears

Forget movie night and get your groove on by visiting LACF’s brand new dance party at Grinding Gears!

Grinding Gears is open every evening and is filled with music, dancing, aerial acrobatics and a whole lot of fun! How could you possibly say no to that? Here is a preview of what you could expect to see when you come in:

If you enjoyed what you saw (I’m sure you did) and are worried about the kids, don’t sweat it… you could bring them and experience the state-of-the-art lighting, AMAZING sound and industrial Steampunk décor filled with airships, cogs and rivets. On top of this, you could also enjoy refreshing drinks as The Steam Punkers perform the top hits from today’s biggest music stars such as Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and Ariana Grande.

Make sure to stick around and enjoy iFlip’s ultimate performance where they complete their heart-stopping acrobatic flips, jumps and high-energy stunts on the 40-foot power track.

Talk about having fun as a family! Grinding Gears is open every evening from 6 p.m. to closing!

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Thirsty Thursday: Discover craft beers at LACF

If you consider yourself a “beer snob” then LACF is the place for you. We offer a number of tasty brews for your choosing including the new addition of our craft beer tasting classes. 

Located at the Wine, Spirits and Beer Pavilion, our beer tasting classes are offered every weekend of the Fair with five samplings of different beers. Each weekend features a different topic, from food and beer pairings to cooking with beer. Not a bad way to spend an hour or two at the Fair!

Returning to the Fair this year is our popular iPourIt system. This station allows patrons to sample a number of craft beers by the ounce (or more, if you like what you find!)

Whether you’re an IPA drinker or a lager fan, there’s something for even the pickiest of beer drinkers. Watch the video below for an idea of how it works:

Sometimes there is no better way to beat the heat than to indulge in a delicious drink and take in the sights of the Fair. Do you have a favorite beer? Or a favorite treat at the Fair? Tell us in the comments below or share with us on social media using #discoverLACF. 

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