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    New Pins for Fair 2017!

    May 24th, 2017

    We have brand new collector’s pins for the 2017 LA County Fair! Why is it a dragon? How do you get one of these limited-edition pins? Stay tuned… we have some awesome things heading your way in September.

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    2017 LA County Fair: The 100-Year Countdown

    April 20th, 2017

    This year marks our 95th anniversary, a.k.a. the start of our 100-year countdown! From what we’ve heard, this will be our funnest Fair yet — from giant dragons to micro pigs, and cricket tacos to Nutella funnel cake. Keep reading for a preview of what we’re making for you this year!

    This year we’re all about tradition. We’re bringing enough farm animals, blue ribbon competitions and experiences to last a lifetime. Some highlights to look forward to:

    • Blue Ribbon Contests: Blow the biggest bubblegum bubble, whip up Grandma’s famous apple pie, or show off your tamale making skills — we’re bringing back the old-school Fair contests and the blue ribbon prizes to go with em’. From the home arts competitions in the DIY Design Studio to the spur-of-the-moment contests near Yellow Gate, guests will find plenty to watch (or compete in themselves!)
    • The Magical World of Dragons, Wizards and Beasts: If you’re a Game of Thrones fan or a Harry Potter fanatic, this is the place for you. We’re building a gothic castle filled with knights, wizards, beasts and all sorts of adventures. Details to come!
    • Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA: We’re partnering with the Getty Foundation for their ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. The Millard Sheets Art Center, along with more than 60 other museums and art galleries in Southern California, will be joining this project. Fair guests will be the first to see our art gallery’s PST exhibit, which will run through January 2018.
    • All the animals: Stanley the Giraffe is back! Our pigs, sheep, horses, goats and exotic animals are back! Our dinosaurs are back! And joining our 500+ friends in our menagerie… The Little Red Barn :) We’re bringing in miniature horses, micro pigs, Dexter cows, Babydoll sheep and Pygmy goats (the ones you’ve been seeing doing yoga on Facebook).
    • Bugs: The Bug Barn takes “Dare to Fair” to the next level. Chef Cricket’s Culinary Kitchen & Bug Tasting Bar is serving up the aforementioned cricket tacos, along with bamboo worms, salted grasshoppers, chocolate beetles and other insect-filled fare. Great for protein, jury is still out on taste.
    • Fair Fare: Giant clouds of cotton candy and enormous ribs on sticks will be back, but we’re also introducing new crazes: Nutella funnel cake, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Cheese Fries and Pickle Cheese to name a few! Just what do these foods look and taste like? Check back with us in September and we’ll let you know!

    These are just a few of the things we have planned for the 2017 Fair. We haven’t even started on the new carnival rides, Flower & Garden Pavilion, or our End of Summer Concert Series.

    Check back here often during the summer — we’ll be posting updates as soon as we get them!

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    We’re on Carnival Eats!

    April 20th, 2017

    The Cooking Channel’s Carnival Eats show covers the craziest food in the world, and they’re starting their journey tonight at the LA County Fair.

    la county fair food

    Photo Cred: @carnivaleats (Instagram)

    The Carnival Eats crew visited us during the 2016 LA County Fair and — in line with our Dare to Fair theme — tasted the wildest, juciest, gooiest, strangest foods our Fair has to offer. You can watch it all on The Cooking Channel tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

    We look forward to reliving the 2016 Fair! Stay tuned to see what wild foods we have planned for the 2017 Fair…

     

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    Sign up for the DIY Design Studio Competitions!

    March 9th, 2017

    Show off your skills and feature them at the 2017 LA County Fair! Our DIY Design Studio is a celebration of all things creative in the community.

    la county fair diy Categories:

    • Arts & Crafts
    • Clothing & Textiles
    • Costumes / Cosplay
    • Jewelry
    • Needle Art
    • Pottery
    • Quilting
    • Photography
    • Help A Child Smile
    • Christmas Tree Contest

    Full rules, category descriptions and applications are available on our website at http://lacf.com/competitions. Just select the DIY tab and you’ll find everything you need.

    We can’t wait to see what creative projects are submitted this year. See you in September!

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    Fair News: 2017 Western Fairs Assocation Wins!

    January 30th, 2017

    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!

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    Dare to Care: Pink Patch Project Recognition

    January 13th, 2017

    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.

    pink patch project 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!

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    Let’s hear it for the fans!

    November 16th, 2016

    We love our Fair fans! 5-year-old Phoenix was an avid Fair-goer this year, along with his mom Katie.

    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 September :)

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    INFOGRAPHIC: Animals of the Fair (All 500+ of them!)

    November 4th, 2016

    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:

    fair animals la county

    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 Fair :)

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    2016 Culinary Competition Winners

    October 26th, 2016

    diy studio culinary

    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
    Avis Brame
    Christine Cleland-Jankay
    Peggy Linberg

    Almost Homemade Contest
    Heather Moloian
    Peggy Linberg

    Baking Powder or Quick Bread
    Angela McDonald
    April Burton
    Christine Gatson-Michalak
    Cindy Seffer
    Claudia Cook
    Cynthia Clarke
    Deborah Pettit
    Heather Moloian
    Lisa Moody
    Margaret Wysocki
    Pauline Bereuter
    Robin Glaser
    Robin Ralls
    Sharlene Landau

    BBQ Contest
    Chris Estlow
    Chuck Lauria
    Jason Ward
    Scott Cushman

    Best BBQ Sauce Contest
    Ben Diaz

    Big Baking Recipe Contest
    Heather Moloian

    Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookie & Brownie
    GiGi DAmore
    Krystle Sanchez

    Butters
    Beverly Hicks
    Francine Rippy
    Loretta Srpinger

    Cakes, Other Than Layer
    Barbara Swecker
    Bibiana Escobar
    Cindy Seffer
    Deborah Robles
    Denise Thomas
    Ellen Sopkin
    Heather Moloian
    Kathy Krueger
    Mary Lou Lopez
    Nicole Osby
    Pauline Bereuter
    Samantha Wielandt

    Cheesecake Recipe Contest
    Monine Zerby
    Tami Lykens

    Chili Cook-off
    Rusty Millar

    Christmas Cookies
    Roy Siegel

    Cookies
    Cara Graf
    Christine Gatson-Michalak
    Cindy Seffer
    Cynthia Clarke
    Deborah Pettit
    Dena Dissmeyer
    Diane Senyak
    Francis Padilla
    Gary Hatt
    Geri Siegel
    Heather Moloian
    Helen Pavlov
    James Hendricks
    Mary Standage
    Sharlene Landau
    Vicki Miller

    Confections
    Denise Winslow
    Diane Senyak
    Gary Hatt
    Michele Wallsten
    Nancy Miller
    Robin Ralls

    Conserves
    Darrell Fluman
    Dena Dissmeyer
    Francine Rippy
    Kathleen Reynolds
    RoseAnn Wheeler

    Cupcake Baking Contest
    Deborah Pettit

    Dried Fruits, Meats or Vegetables
    Desiree Hickam
    Francine Rippy
    Gary Hatt

    Edible Art
    Ginger Platt

    Everything Bacon
    April Burton
    Jodi Taffel

    Fruit & Vegetable Pickles
    Abigail Olivas
    Francine Rippy
    John Coulter

    Giant Decorated Cookie
    Kimberly Noseworthy

    Gingerbread Decorating Contest
    Elizabeth Butterfield

    Gold Medal Flour
    Gigi DAmore

    Great Pumpkin Recipe Contest
    Andrea Kristian
    Heather Moloian
    Helen Pavlov
    Jennifer Nieto

    Holiday Favorite
    Heather Molian
    Marilyn Cruz

    Jams
    Adriana Madrigal-Munoz
    Deborah Pettit
    Dena Dissmeyer
    Francine Rippy
    Gary Hatt
    Jessica Standage
    Kim Conley
    Leo Grefsrud
    Loretta Springer
    Marcille Christian
    Sonja Michaels
    William Lenaburg

    Jelly
    Beverly Hicks
    Brian Cole
    Deborah Pettit
    Francine Rippy
    Leo Grefsrud
    Marcille Christian
    Rossiter Alice

    Juices
    Desiree Hickam
    Francine Rippy

    Kitchen Cordials
    Deborah Pettit
    Kathleen Reynolds

    LACF Chef Championship #1
    Israel Valenzuela

    LACF Chef Championship #2
    Louise Jurgens

    Layer Cakes
    Deborah Pettit
    Deborah Robles
    Mary Louise Ardito
    Samantha Wielandt
    Sonja Michaels
    Tami Lykens

    Marmalades
    Deborah Pettit
    Desiree Hickam
    Rossiter Alice

    Perfect Guacamole and Salsa Dip Contest
    Marilyn Cruz
    Mondo Hernandez

    Preserves
    Francine Rippy
    Janet Barakat
    Loretta Springer
    Paul’s Signature

    Preserved Foods
    Dena Dissmeyer
    Francine Rippy
    Jamie Taylor
    Sonja Michaels

    Preserved Vegetables
    Desiree Hickam
    Francine Rippy

    Relishes
    Abigail Olivas
    Cecelia Small
    Francine Rippy
    Heidi Cox
    Mara Schwartz Kuge

    Sauces
    Francine Rippy
    Pamela Kling-Trier
    RoseAnn Wheeler

    Special Collections
    Abigail Olivas
    Francine Rippy

    Specialty Breads
    Barbara Swecker

    Sugar Art
    Kathleen Reynolds
    Stella Garcia
    Veronica Longhi

    Tablescaping
    Sa Winfield

    Taco Contest
    April Burton
    Peggy Linberg

    Tamale Contest
    Marilyn Cruz

    Vinegar
    Francine Rippy

    Yeast Bread
    Bob Thomas
    Christine Gatson-Michalak
    Gary Hatt
    Heather Moloian
    Pauline Bereuter
    Richard McGinley

     

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    The 2017 LA County Fair Dates are…

    October 25th, 2016

    Our official dates for the 2017 LA County Fair are September 1 – 24, 2017!

    la county fair 2017 dates

    We will open on Labor Day Weekend, as is tradition. See you next year! The Fair will return before you know it :)

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