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- Golf – putting green and mini-golf
- Hockey – target shooting a real puck on a real net
- Soccer – penalty kick into a Gooaal!
- Basketball – full-size hoops and a bank of “pizza hoops”
- Football – throwing passes through automobile tires
- Baseball – pitching cage and whiffle ball home run derby diamond
The LA County Fair has always been a proud community partner. In fact, we actively look for ways to serve the needs of our communities. This is why we are proud to announce that thanks to the efforts of our volunteers, staff members and guests, we were able to accomplish the following during the 2016 LA County Fair:
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the numbers above and who believes in our mission to enrich lives by entertaining and educating the diverse community while creating unique and memorable experiences. See you all in 2017 for another great LA County Fair.
What happens when art, the LA County Fair and water come together? Simple. A breathtaking art exhibition surrounding water is created for guests to enjoy as they visit this year’s Fair.
The Millard Sheets Art Center’s 2016 exhibition The Art Classis: Oasis addresses water as seen through the eyes of Los Angeles artists. The interest in this topic stems from the fact that over the last decade California has seen a severe decrease in rainfall that has led to consequences throughout the state. Since the Los Angeles region, which is comprised of mountains, rivers, ocean shores, farms, cities, and suburbs has had its own unique reaction to the rise and fall of the water levels, The Art Classic: Oasis focuses on how these areas are affected and beautified by the world’s most precious resource – water.
The Art exhibition, a longstanding tradition at the Fair, is perfect for all ages, especially kids, so head to the LA County Fair and learn more about water, the land we live in and how you can have a role in keeping our communities beautiful and healthy.
Fair closes tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 25, so come check out The Art Classic -
it’s your last chance!
By now I’m sure many of you have already visited the Fair at least once, but for those of you who haven’t taken the time to #DARETOFAIR, continue reading as I go over the top 5 things to do at the 2016 LA County Fair.
1) Indulge – We love food and know you do too! With such concoctions as deep-fried hot sauce, chicken IN waffles (served on a stick), spaghetti ice cream, guacamole balls – battered and fried, bacon-wrapped everything and the belly-buster Krispy Kreme triple cheeseburger, take the day off and eat. Don’t fight it. The Fair only comes around once a year.
2) Roar! – The LA County Fair takes you back 65 million years with life-sized dinosaurs roaming the hillside behind the Flower & Garden Pavilion. Jurassic Planet features 35 animatronic creatures from the mighty T-Rex to the lovable Maiasaura, so realistic you’ll truly think you’ve stepped back in time. Everyone becomes amateur paleontologists with a dino dig pit and fossil hunting. A real paleontologist is on hand to answer any and all questions. A nominal admission fee required for ages 6 and older.
3) OUR BODY: The Universe Within – Go under the skin of human anatomy – literally! – with this fascinating, educational exhibit of 200 uniquely preserved human specimens offering a vibrant, 3D view of our bodies usually reserved just for doctors.
4) The Igloo – Chill-out in our Arctic Village with Polar Ice Rink* and Penguin Sled Run* made with real ice and snow! Shop the Arctic Promenade for cool products and come back after 6pm for an all-ages dance party featuring DJ Cool and periodic snow storms. *. A nominal admission fee required for ages 6 and older.
5) The Farm – One of the favorite attractions at the LA County Fair, The Farm features a five-acre organic urban garden and the Big Red Barn, home to familiar and not-so-familiar barnyard critters. Children (and adults) love hanging out with our sheep, pigs, goats, chickens and cows.
LA County Fair Giveaway
**WE HAVE OUR WINNER**
Congratulations to ARMANDO for being selected as our winner! Armando says his kids would like to see all the animals, while he and his wife would enjoy trying all the Fair food before our season comes to an end.
Thank you to everyone for playing!
What would you like to see before the Fair goes away?
Comment below for your chance to win a family 4-pack of admission tickets, carnival ride passes, and a #DARETOFAIR swag bag!
Winners are selected randomly and will be announced Friday, Sept. 23 at 2 pm PDT.
One way to relax at the Fair is to participate in our wine education program. Top chefs and wine experts share their knowledge with Fairgoers, providing wine, crackers and cheese for all – as long as you are 21+.
Last week, Sharron McCarthy joined us at the Wine, Beer & Spirits Marketplace for a class in which she shared her best tips for successful hospitality, hosting parties and of course, the best Chilean wine.
Sharron’s “Charming Chile” class served six different wines (made in different parts of Chile), as well as four delicious cheeses.
Natura Sauvignon Blanc
- Color: Transparent yellow
- Taste: Citrus and herb notes reappear on the palate. A fresh, bright and pleasing wine with nicely balanced acidity and good persistence
- 100% Sauvignon Blanc
- Pairs well with ceviche, sushi, smoked ham, goat cheese and salads
Signos De Origen La Vinilla
- Color: Golden yellow
- Taste: Lush and full on the palate with tropical fruit flavors and pleasing acidity
- 68% Chardonnay, 13% Roussanne, 12% Viognier, 7% Marsanne
Signos De Origen Syrah 2012
- Color: Deep purplish-red
- Taste: Beautiful fruit and voluptuous texture complememted by well-balanced acidity and overall tremendous structure.
- 97% Syrah, 3% Viognier
Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Serie Ribera
- Color: Deep Red
- Taste: Well structured, with concentrated flavors of red fruit and sweet tannins.
- 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Carmenere
- Pairs well with beef and pork dishes, and ripe cheeses.
Concha y Toro Marqués de Casa Concha
- Color: Dark ruby red
- Taste: Concentrated flavors are revealed in firm tannins with a soft, silky texture and a lingering finish
- 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Syrah, 1% Petit Verdot
- Pairs well with red meats, cheeses, and hearty pasta dishes.
- Color: Intense violet-red
- Taste: Beautifully balanced and full on the palate, good structure with osft, round tannins. Elegant expressions of fruit delicately interwoven with oak, mineral, and toffee.
- 41% Syrah, 29% Carmenere, 20% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Mourvedre, 1% Petit Verdot
- Pairs well with roasted red meats, strong cheeses, and pasta with spicy sauces. Also marries well with dried fruits.
All six wines had unique traits. Sharron had Fairguests see for themselves through scent, color and of course, taste. If you would like a chance to learn more about wine, cheese and olive oil, be sure to stop by!
You can get the full schedule and list of speakers here.
Have you ever wondered where your liver was located? Or what smoker’s lung looks like? Or how your muscles perform when you run?
If your answer was yes, then you’ll be thrilled to know that these and so many other questions will be answered at the LA County Fair’s OUR BODY: The Universe Within exhibit.
This scientific and educational exhibit is comprised of over 200 specimens that have been preserved using a method known as “polymer impregnation,” or “plastination.” This process preserves tissues right down to the microscopic level.
OUR BODY goes “under the skin,” literally as well as figuratively, revealing the complexity of the human body and allowing students an up-close, three-dimensional look at their inner make-up.
As you enter the exhibit, you will have the opportunity to examine the human body as a whole. Continuing throughout the exhibit, you will journey through each of the body’s major systems allowing you to see firsthand how they function and relate to other systems.
Rather than using models of the human body, this mind-blowing exhibit uses actual human bodies to provide students and guests alike a look at what normally only doctors and scientists are allowed to see first-hand, making this a once in a lifetime experience.
The goal of OUR BODY is for guests of all ages to leave with a deeper understanding of the body’s form and function and a stronger appreciation for the uniqueness of each of our individual bodies. Contrasting examples of healthy and diseased organs and specimens are displayed throughout the exhibit with the intended hope for Fair visitors to make healthier lifestyle choices, if not already in the practice of doing so.
The specimens serve as an engaging resource that vibrantly illustrates how far mankind has come since the first anatomical sketches were drawn in the 2nd century A.D.
Educational guides providing guests with background information on the polymer impregnation process, activities to participate in before, during and after your visit, as well as important questions and answers about the exhibition will be available throughout the hall.
This fascinating, artful, and educational display is located under the Grandstand and is appropriate for all ages. Guests ages 6+ can purchase tickets online for $5. Visit www.lacountyfair.com, for more information.
New this year to the LA County Fair is Let The Games Begin, an interactive exhibition filled with unique displays of rare memorabilia that allow guests to discover the who, how, when and where of the origins of each of the “Big Six” American Sports: Baseball, Football, Basketball, Soccer, Hockey and Golf.
The goal is to show guests the different ways that these sports have evolved, the various iconic players and their significance in our daily lives. Let The Games Begin will look at the way sports has become an integral part of our popular culture, especially as it is used in our everyday language.
Given that the 2016 Summer Olympics just ended, the exhibit will present the history of both the Ancient and Modern Olympic Games. We’ll cover how much the games have progressed – from originally having 6 sports and only allowing men to participate to currently having 30 sports and allowing women to participate. This is one area of the exhibit you will not want to miss!
To spice things up, some of the interactive activities will include:
For more information visit www.lacf.com.
Have you visited Let The Games Begin?
Tell us what you thought of it in the comment section below.
Baby, it’s cold inside! That’s right, it may be September out in the real world, but inside The Igloo, the temperature is quite chilly. Fairguests can take a break and escape to our newest attraction to skate, sled and shop all day.
The Polar Ice Rink is where guests of all ages can glide around a real 4,100-square-feet ice skating rink. For just $5, visitors can rent skates and spin around on the ice during our hour-long sessions. Don’t know how to skate? Never fear…Bobby, a seal shaped skating aide, will help you get on your feet and glide across the ice with ease.
Beginning at 6 p.m. each night, dance on ice while listening to today’s coolest hits with house Master of Music, DJ Cool.
So, lace up your skates and hit the ice, shop to your heart’s content, or just chill out in our newest magical experience for all – The Igloo.by
One of the joys of working at the Fair is hanging out at the carnival every single day that we’re open. And like many of our guests, my favorite time of the day to chill at the carnival is when the sun sets and it gets cooler. Something about feeling the cool breeze in my face as I fly around brings back lots of childhood memories.
Photo credit: @slayergirl28
Share your favorite Fair memories with us on social media using #DareToFair.by
Commuters boarding Metrolink were surprised this morning when Sky Shivers, his farm crew and a few of our lovely petting zoo animals paid a visit to Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles.
Riders were pleasantly surprised by our furry chickens, lambs, baby goats and calves.
A special thank you to Metrolink for allowing us to share some of the joy of our Fair with their commuters and to Sky Shivers for joining us on this adventure!
WOW, what a weekend!
As this Labor Day weekend comes to an end, we wanted to share with all of you one of our favorite carnival photos.
To everyone who visited the Fair this weekend, thank you for being part of this amazing journey. And, to everyone who will be joining us in the next few days, DARE TO FAIR!