Throwback Thursday: A Timeless Experience

Things have changed quite a bit since the opening of the LA County Fair, back in 1922. We have seen changes in technology, we have seen memes, music, and the world as a whole evolve. 

But despite all the trends and tech changes, one thing remains constant: people. People coming to the LA County Fair and petting a farm animal for the first time, coming face-to-face with a giant Clydesdale for the first time, learning something new.

We are celebrating our 95th anniversary this year, and for the 95th time, our Fair will bring a sense of wonder and discovery to our guests. Whether you grew up in the 1930s or the 2000s, there’s just something timeless about entering a giant barn and being greeted by the baa of a sheep, and the moo of a cow. 

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

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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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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Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon + GIVEAWAY [CONTEST CLOSED]

If you’ve been following us on social media, you know that Stanley the Giraffe is one of our newest friends to join us here at the Fair. He, along with the rest of his friends, has made Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon one of our favorite exhibits!

mojos Upon entering from the carnival side, guests will immediately be drawn to Fiona’s Jungle Perch where a colorful mix of macaws, parrots and cockatoos happily reside, chattering with each other and our guests. 

Their neighbors at Lemur Lair are always fun to visit. These Madagascar natives always seem relaxed and calm, no matter how noisy their feathered neighbors get.

Of course, the real attraction is just beyond, in The Grasslands. Here, guests will find themselves face to face with Stanley and our zebras, Barcode and Stripes. Did you know you can feed Stanley?

stanley the giraffe

And Mojo the Capuchin Monkey rules over all from her post on Monkey Island, where she spends all day swinging from ropes, hanging from the top of her house and giving shows every day of the Fair.

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Carla and Mojo at Mojo's Sweet 16 last year (2015)

Keep walking and you’ll encounter the scaly, slithery and slimy at Spike’s Reptile Territory, and any number of spiders, centipedes and other insects at Iggy’s Insect Encounter.

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Mojo's crew is always happy to answer questions!

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And last, but certainly not least, is the Enchanted Village where guests can see a Capybara, Coatimundi, Hairy Armadillo, Binturong, African Crested Porcupine, hedgehogs and a wallaby!

We  recommend checking Mojo’s Lagoon out twice: once before and after sunset.

You can see the animals best during the day, but at night, our whole exhibit comes to life as our nocturnal creatures become more active, Zor the Firedancer performs, and our Lagoon lights up with color.

And now it’s time for a Mojo’s Lagoon Giveaway!

Mojo’s Lagoon Giveaway

**WE HAVE A WINNER**

Congratulations to Denise Gonzalez for being selected as our winner! Denise would like to take her son to see all the colorful birds at Fiona’s Perch. Thank you to everyone who played! We will be having another giveaway soon :)

Enter to win a family four-pack of tickets, ride passes and a Dare To Fair Swag Bag below! All you need to do is leave a comment, telling us what animal you most want to see at Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon this Year.

Winner announced tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 15) at 12 p.m. PDT. All winners are selected randomly and will be notified via comment & email.

Good luck!

For more information on the 2016 LA County Fair, visit lacountyfair.com.

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#DareToFair Photo Round Up: Week 2

Week 3 of the Fair has just started, but we couldn’t let Week 2 go by without giving kudos to some of our favorite social media photos! Here are some of our favorites that you took last week:

#DareToFair Photo Round-Up Opening Weekend

1. This photo of Stanley checking this cut-out of himself out. 

stanley the giraffe

Photo Cred: @itsloraining

2. This awesome photo of Zor, our fire performer at Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon. 

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Photo Cred: kdominiqueg

3. This adorable (and brave) little one taking a ride on a T-rex in Jurassic Planet. 

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Photo Credit: @lilliongirl

4. This beautiful blend of purple & pink carnival lights. 

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Photo Cred: @ninamasuda

5. This young guest rocking a Dare To Fair cape. 

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Photo Cred: @pat_tie_e

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 #DareToFairand/or #lacountyfair in your photos!

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

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Metrolink Commuters…Surprise!

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!

To learn more about Metrolink’s month-long Fair program click here. Hope everyone takes advantage of Metrolink’s weekend round-trip route from Union Station to the LA County Fair.

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Dare To Fair! Opening Weekend Recap Video

This weekend felt like perfection: the sunny light weather, the animals, the rides, the food, the crowds… Fair is here and we couldn’t be happier.

We really embraced the #DareToFair spirit with everything we experienced. Check it out!

We open again on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and we hope you’ll join us for another weekend of Fair! Visit lacountyfair.com for info on tickets, promotions and more.

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#DareToFair Photo Round-Up: Opening Weekend

The first few days of Fair have flown by in the blink of an eye! We love seeing all of your experiences on social media and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites for you today:

#LACFNaturalHigh Photo Round-Up Opening Weekend

#1. This colorful view of the Fair from the top of one of our giant slides: 

Photo Cred: @hotrod_rod

#2. This awesome selfie with Stanley the Giraffe:

Photo Cred: @leelojewelry

#3. This beautiful shot of our Flower & Garden Pavilion, capturing our Watercolors theme:

Photo Cred: @clara32

#4. This awesome shot of Jurassic Planet: 

Photo Cred: @thelwizza

#5. This mouth-watering photo of a banana split! 

Photo Cred: @fabsprieto

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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