2016 Culinary Competition Winners

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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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2016 DIY Blue Ribbon Winners

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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The LA County Fair Gives Back

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.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest Fair news, giveaways and so much more.

#DaretoFair

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#DareToFair Photo Round-Up: The Last Week

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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America’s Kids & The Land of Frogs, Princesses and Knights: The Whimsical Side of the Fair

Dare to imagine in Expo Hall 5! Enter the Land of Frogs, Princesses & Knights, where the adventures are non-stop, from the brave and daring acts of the Knight School, to the fun and fancy antics of Wonderland.

Also in Expo Hall 5 is America’s Kids. This world is full of nostalgia, enchantment and wonder for guests of all ages. Children will see some of their favorite stories come to life while parents will get a tad nostalgic seeing some of their classics up close and personal.

Earlier this year we took you behind-the-scenes of this exhibit. Thousands of local children submitted creative projects to be displayed during the Fair.

When we last checked in, all the entries were spread on long tables, shelves and various storage spaces. Fast forward to September and our hard-working team has given out ribbons, awards and hung every submission out for our guests to see.

Play games, dress up, and open your imagination at one of our most creative exhibits at the Fair!

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Art + Water + LA County Fair = One Fun Experience

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!

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Tick-Tock…Fair is Coming to an End + GIVEAWAY [CONTEST CLOSED]

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.

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Sheep, Cows & Pigs, Oh My! #farmatthefair

Did you know it’s the last week at the fair? If you haven’t checked out the animals in the farm, you are missing out. Here are some fun things to check out while you are here at the fair with our furry friends.

FUN FACTS: 

  • Did you know this is the largest farm in California? Home to about 160 animals?
  • When a baby chicken is born, it takes about 3 weeks for them to be fully grown.
  • Did you know baby cows, sheep, chicks and more being born every day here at the fair?
  • Once a baby sheep is born it can walk after only a couple of hours.

 Are you ready to check out the Big Red Barn? 

Here, you can see where all the magic happens. Ever wanted to milk a goat? Stop by the Goat Milking Demo in the Big Red Barn, be careful don’t get it in your eye!

The ultimate dream for every child is the Petting Zoo. They may get a little messy, but will have tons of fun feeding all their favorite animals.

Learn all about farm animals at Max’s Country Farm Show. They will surprise you with backyard animals like a possum and wow you with this beautiful owl. The best part is you get to take photos with all the animals. #daretofair

There is more than you can imagine at the Farm this year, don’t forget there are only a few days left. Make sure you visit lacountyfair.com for tickets, special offers and to see more of what we have to offer this year!

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#DareToFair Photo Round-Up: Week 3

It seems hard to believe, but we are wrapping up our third week at the Fair! Here are some of our favorites that you shared with us this week:

#DareToFair Photo Round-Up: Week 3

1. This Instagram capturing a Fair romance 

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Photo Cred: @liz.in.wonderland

2. This Fair friendship 

Photo Cred: @imgracekaufman

3. This colorful Fair food spread 

Photo Cred: @anika_malone

4. This carnival sunset 

Photo Cred: @lauryn_can_too

5. This awesome photo of Loop doing his rope tricks on The Farm 

Photo Cred: @derekendo

These are just some of our top picks from what we’ve seen so far! For a chance to get featured on our Fair blog and other social channels, make sure you use #DareToFair and/or #lacountyfair in your photos!

For all info regarding the Fair, visit us at lacountyfair.com!

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Nothin’ Like The Great Outdoors!

While the carnival rides & games, farm animals and deep-fried food take center stage with Fair fans, America’s Great Outdoors is one of the many exhibits unique to the LA County Fair.

Here, guests can escape from the colorful chaos of the rest of the Fair and take a step into the wilderness. Meet with foresters and rangers at The Ranger Station, learn how they preserve, protect and manage our public lands, like our beautiful national parks.

Check out the native reptiles of Southern California, like our state reptile – the desert tortoise, and become familiar with our state’s native plants.

Camp Smokey is ran by none other than Smokey the Bear, who teaches our Fair guests about the importance of fire safety, with the help of his friends: Woodsy Owl, Mojave Maxine and Seymour Antelope.

Learn all about the history of the Westward Movement at our Yesterday and Today exhibit — from the native people of California, to the struggles and triumphs of the mountain men, and even meet two of America’s living legends: a wild horse and burro.

In addition to all of these, we also have a special National Parks Museum paying tribute to our National Parks Service as they celebrate their centennial birthday.

There’s so much to explore at the Fair this year, and just a few days left to do it. Visit lacountyfair.com for tickets, special offers and to see more of what we have to offer this year!

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