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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
Today we had the pleasure of donating $12,625 to the American Red Cross, San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter! The ARC was the recipient of proceeds from our Week For Heroes.
The American Red Cross and LA County Fair teams pose for the presenting of the check (October 17, 2016)
Our Week For Heroes honors military and law enforcement with special admission, a portion of which goes to ARC for general relief services. It was an honor to partner with them, alongside our Week for Heroes guests this year at the Fair.
In addition to this partnership, as also worked with ARC for blood drives throughout the Fair. A total of 1,765 pints were collected during these Fair drives.
Neither of these donation partnerships would have been possible without you — our guests. We would like to take this time to thank not only the American Red Cross for being our partner again this year, but all our Week For Heroes guests and Fair blood donors.
Dare to care!by
Despite the many changes the LA County Fair has seen over the years, some traditions remain tried and true, like our community domestic arts competitions.
Every year we receive hundreds of submissions in the categories of ceramics, interior design, quilting, embroidery, scrapbooking, embroidery, photography and a number of other skills.
All these wonderful entries are on display in our DIY Design Studio, underneath the Grandstand. Thank you to everyone who participated this year — this is truly a community effort and we enjoy seeing your entries every year.
A few of you have been asking to see the names of all the Blue Ribbon (1st Place) winners, and we thought, what better place to do this than on our Fair blog! So without further ado, your 2016 DIY Design Competition Winners:
Douglas de Wet
Dr. Robert Krause
Anne Heyne (senior)
Ashley Hurst/Robb (novice)
Carole Young (senior)
Debra Doyle (senior)
Donald Martin Jr. (novice)
Elizabeth Butterfield (novice)
Emma Green (senior)
Ginger Platt (novice)
John Kume (senior)
Marjorie Martinez (senior)
Marzetta Alexander (novice)
Ray Fry (senior)
Savannah Ramirez (senior)
Sharon Bray (senior)
Taylor Kowalczyk (novice/senior)
Terri Mullin (senior)
Tina Armijo (novice)
Tom Oliver (senior)
Hand Painted China
Christmas Tree Decorating
Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Costumer Guild West Authentic Costume
Maria Luisa Romero
Embellished Clothing & Accessories
Hand Knitted Clothing
Madison St. John
Mary Beth Kelso
Virginia Van Osdel
Wedding Attire and Accessories
Alice Michele Dwinell
Tammy Reynolds Wilson
Free Form Knitting or Crocheting
Free Motion Machine Embroidery
Long Arm Quilting
Quilt Block Challenge
Quilts & Quilted Items
Crocheted Afghans and Articles
Counted Cross Stitch
Free Form Knitting or Crocheting
Hand Knitted Afghans and Articles
Hand Spun Finished Article
P. Melanie Vliet
Needlepoint & Petit Point
Virginia Van Osdel
Help A Child Smile
There is one thing our team has in common, and that is our love of food. Every year we look forward to trying the newest, craziest Fair foods out there, and many of you are the same way!
This year, Fair fans consumed two fields of corn, 6,000 deep-fried bacon s’mores and 1,000 lbs (yes, POUNDS) of butter. Take a look at our infographic to see what else you ate this year:
What was your favorite Fair food experience this year? Tell us in the comments below! For more information about the LA County Fair, visit lacountyfair.com.by
And just like that, we’re on our last day of the 2016 LA County Fair! Between visiting Stanley, exploring Jurassic Planet, and going into food comas on a daily basis, it’s no wonder time flew by. Here is our final photo round-up from your wonderful posts!
#DareToFair Photo Round-Up: The Last Week
1. This cool view of the Fair
2. This gorgeous shot of the carnival
3. This mouth-watering view of Street Corn In A Cup
4. This selfie with a goat
5. This super intense photo of our emu
And these are just a few of the amazing pics we saw on social media this year! Thank you everyone for sharing your experiences and memories with us. We had a blast embarking on this Dare To Fair journey with all of you
We’re open until 10 p.m. tonight! Get your final Fair fix before we close for the year. For more info, visit lacountyfair.com.by