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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:

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    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

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    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!

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    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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    Dare To Care: American Red Cross

    October 17th, 2016

    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.

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    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!

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    2016 DIY Blue Ribbon Winners

    October 11th, 2016

    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:

    Art

    Ceramics
    April Zermeno
    Claudia Cook
    Douglas de Wet
    Dr. Robert Krause
    Joan Simonelli
    John Schuessler
    Judith Gale
    Louise Trevino
    Lupe Lutz
    Nadya Selix
    Takuji Yamamoto

    Decorative Painting
    Anne Heyne (senior)
    Ashley Hurst/Robb (novice)
    Ashlee Wyatt
    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)

    Dolls
    Emily Do
    Jacque Rabieaux

    Hand Painted China
    Donna Wigert
    Ji Shim
    Karen Taylor
    Mary Wallace

    Mosaics
    Daniel Kelley
    Ginger Platt
    Jeanne Varney
    Patricia Burns

    Polymer Clay
    Brittany Olivieri
    Ginger Platt

    Stained Glass
    Mark Nelson
    Patricia Burns
    Peter Williams
    Sandra Guizado
    Sharon Grossman

    Textiles
    Joyce Robinson

    Wood
    Debbie Mead
    Earl Scott
    Francisco Rodriguez
    Jim Umbarger

    Crafts

    Christmas Tree Decorating
    Ashley Hurst/Robb
    Marjorie Brown

    Other Crafts
    Alice Aguilar
    Amber Espy
    Ash Martin
    Ashley Hurst/Robb
    Christa Waydo
    Debra Doyle
    Diane Munsten
    Donna Lee-Watson
    Ginger Platt
    Jerry Damon
    Kathi Edstrom
    Leona Axe
    Leslie Olson
    Lugene Haynes
    Lynne Wolfson
    Marjorie Martinez
    Pranee Bettencourt
    Richard Barrientos
    Tracy Ramirez
    Vern Clayton

    Pumpkin Decorating Contest
    Ashley Hurst/Robb
    Ginger Platt

    Rubber Stamping
    Bronwyn Velazquez
    Gayle Ness
    Josie Garcia
    Nikki Turnour
    Suzanne Cook

    Scrapbooking
    Bronwyn Velazquez
    Donna-Lee Watson
    Kelene Nix
    Lakesha Robinson
    Linda Pulido
    Suzanne Cook

    Fashion

    Clothing
    Debra Barrell
    Lori Oseguera
    Rita Blue-Storck 

    Costumer Guild West Authentic Costume
    Darrell McIntyre
    Lori Oseguera

    Crocheted Clothing
    Carole Hamburger
    Cecilia Gomez
    Colette Vahle
    Esther Rodriguez
    Jacque Rabideaux
    Kathy Kloman
    Margie Ramirez
    Maria Luisa Romero
    Mollie Avila
    Natalie Welts
    Patricia Staley
    Tamara Dixon

    Embellished Clothing & Accessories
    Cyrene Massouris

    Felting
    Linda Firenze
    Michele Ruley
    Nan O’Donnell
    Tawney Osejo

    Hand Knitted Clothing
    Debbie Mead
    Ella Taylor
    Ginny Mateen
    Karen Frazer
    Lori Wat
    Madison St. John
    Mary Beth Kelso
    Nelda Ferrell
    Susie Umbarger
    Tamara Dixon
    Vicki Miller
    Virginia Van Osdel

    Handmade Purses
    Joyce Robinson
    Kim Garlow

    Pet Attire
    Joanne Oliva

    Wearable Art
    Patty D’Amore

    Wedding Attire and Accessories
    Debra Barrell
    Lori Oseguera

    Jewelry

    Beadwork
    Diane Musten
    Ginger Platt
    Joyce Robinson
    Linda Treadway-Dillmon
    Maria Escobar
    Nikki Mueller
    Sharron Neyer

    Gourd Art
    Debra Doyle
    Olive Moore

    Jewelry (General)
    John Kumpe
    Joyce Robinson
    Lynne Christianson
    Vicky Jenkins

    Photography

    Photography
    Alice Michele Dwinell
    Ann Daush
    Casandra Estrada
    Frank D’Amore
    Genessi Torres
    Gilbert Piron
    Isamura Cuellar
    James Dyer
    Janet Thomasser
    Jillian Matzner
    John Yeski
    Jonathan Choi
    Michelle McCartney
    Paul Gutierrez
    Ron Penrose
    Savannah Ramirez
    Shirley DeBraal
    Shirley Goodwin
    Stevie Stevonovich
    Tammy Reynolds Wilson
    Tracy Ramirez
    Ty Foster
    Virginia Violette
    Welma Fu

    Quilting 

    Free Form Knitting or Crocheting
    April Sweet
    Carole Hamburger
    Christine Gonzalez
    Susie Umbarger

    Free Motion Machine Embroidery
    Judy Phillips
    Virginia Rodriguez

    Group Quilts
    Carolyn Bradley
    Joyce Robinson
    Leslie Burghardt
    Susan Buck 

    Hand Quilting
    Chika Yamamoto
    Deborah Hamilton
    Geraldine Mohr
    Juanita Byerly
    Sharon Jergens
    Wendy Duncan

    Long Arm Quilting
    Gloria Flores
    Janine Miller
    Maria Rodriguez
    Pat Johnson
    Susan Vite
    Wendy Costello

    Machine Quilting
    Barbara Hennessy
    Barbara Wells-Roberts
    Chika Yamamoto
    Diane Wilkins
    Dorene Wilkins
    Jan Huber
    Judy Phillips
    Melinda Stenger
    Melody Lutz
    Patti McCormick
    Victoria Peyton 

    Quilted Articles
    Adelina Portillo
    Gigi Volkoff
    Jackie Bauder
    Melody Lutz
    Susan Buck

    Quilt Block Challenge
    Donna Owens
    Jackie Bauder
    Michelle Case

    Quilts & Quilted Items
    Diane Nielson
    Dorene Mittwer
    Elizabeth Muir
    Joyce Robinson
    Juanita Byerly
    Yolanda Barrozo

    Sewing

    Brazilian Embroidery
    Beatrice Garcia
    Dorothy Rucker

    Crocheted Afghans and Articles
    Catherine Anders
    Cecelia Furukawa
    Colette Vahle
    Esther Rodriguez
    Irene Clark
    Kathy Kloman
    Linda Treadway-Dillmon
    Mary Gray
    Patty Vredenburg
    Pauline Martinez
    Shirley Garcia
    Sue Coggins
    Susan Holdren
    Tamara Dixon
    Victoria Peyton

    Counted Cross Stitch
    Anne Vogel
    James Birdwell
    Jennifer Newkirk
    Kandace Nunn
    Katherine Braker
    Marlane Kroner
    Nancy Godfrey
    Patrick Barnes
    Pauline Yawitz
    Teri Wilkinson
    Tony Mendoza
    Valerie Reece

    Free Form Knitting or Crocheting
    April Sweet
    Carole Hamburger
    Christine Gonzalez

    Hand Embroidery
    Audrey Morris
    James Birdwell
    Lillian Hu
    Marlane Kromer
    Mona Sumioka

    Hand Knitted Afghans and Articles
    Debbie Jensen
    Esther Fairris
    Ginny Mateen
    Hatsumi Nomura
    Pauline Yawitz
    Susie Umbarger

    Hand Spinning
    Annie To
    Debbie Mead
    Nan O’Donnell

    Hand Spun Finished Article
    Ginny Mateen

    Hooked
    Darlene Kincaid
    Doris Thompson
    Sarah Maloof

    Lace
    Colette Vahle
    Lilli Witczak
    Mollie Avila
    P. Melanie Vliet
    Stephanie Kleinerman
    Valerie Reece

    Needlepoint & Petit Point
    Betty Ortiz
    Christina Kelleher
    Dolores Osborne
    Joyce Cohen
    Kim Griffin
    Margo Schenstrom
    Marlane Kroner
    Pauline Yawitz
    Susan Fitzsimons
    Terry Traver
    Virginia Van Osdel

    Toys

    Toys
    Brenda Hines
    Caroline Gonzales
    Katherine Dodd

    Other

    Help A Child Smile
    Donnice Brown
    Krystina Kyle

    Punched
    Jane Artinian

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    INFOGRAPHIC: Fair Food 2016

    October 6th, 2016

    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.

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    #DareToFair Photo Round-Up: The Last Week

    September 25th, 2016

    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 

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    Photo Credit: @estephansky

    2. This gorgeous shot of the carnival 

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    Photo Cred: @caitlyn.kve

    3. This mouth-watering view of Street Corn In A Cup 

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    Photo Credit: @la_foody

    4.  This selfie with a goat 

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    Photo Credit: @lalalindsey.814

    5. This super intense photo of our emu 

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    Photo Credit: @alex8oa

    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.

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