Dare to Give to Natural Disaster Victims

Fairplex is devoted to raising money to help the victims of recent natural disasters. Between hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico and trembling earthquakes in Mexico, we are encouraging all of our guests to donate what they can.

Guests can donate at the gates or online when purchasing tickets. Fairplex will match the total donated amount by the end of the Fair, and 100% of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. Our CEO and President Miguel Santana stopped by the gates today to encourage donations and pass out our special “Dare to Give” pins. 

Dare to Give with us and help those affected by these terrible disasters.

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2017 High School Marching Band Competition Results

Each year a number of high school marching bands participate in our daily parades. They aren’t just performing, they’re actually competing for a cash prize which is awarded on the last Friday of the Fair.

This year’s winners are:

1st Place: Diamond Bar High School
2nd Place: Glendora High School
3rd Place: Upland High School

Each band wins between $2,500 – $10,000 in cash, which goes back towards their department. Congratulations to our winning bands and thank you to all the schools who participated this year!

The marching band competition is one of our favorite Fair traditions and we look forward to it every year.

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#DareToGive: Creating A Future For Young Adults

Meet Keianna Barnitt, a recent graduate of the Career & Technical Education Center‘s (CTEC) automotive program! Keianna has loved cars her whole life and is looking forward  to a career in the auto industry.

la county fair dare to giveShe’s our very own Rosie the Riveter, the only young woman in the CTEC auto program graduating class this year.

You can help students like Keianna pursue their passions when you support the Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC) at Fairplex. Our non-profit centers provide educational opportunities for many in our community. CTEC provides vocational courses that prepares high school students with real-world skills at no cost to the students.

We’re asking you to help us help these students! Just $1 will help create a future for young adults through career education. You can donate $1 at any of our admission booths when you come to the Fair. Dare to Give!

To learn more about the Career & Technical Education Center, and other programs of The Learning Centers at Fairplex, click here.

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Scavenger Hunt Weekend 2 Recap!

We wrapped up the last of our scavenger hunts this past weekend. We had a blast driving around LA County, from Grand Park in DTLA all the way back to our stomping grounds: Fairplex.

la county fair scavenger hunts More than 200 of you showed up for our final scavenger hunt! These are just the first few :)

It was great to meet so many fans from so many parts of Los Angeles: mid-city, Pasadena, Alhambra, Fontana, Pomona, downtown LA and many other neighborhoods.

la county fair scavenger hunts Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles

We’re all about tradition at the Fair, from blue-ribbon contests to must-eat food favorites. It looks like our annual social media scavenger hunts will be joining the ranks of other LA County Fair must-dos.

la county fair scavenger hunts Pan Pacific Park (Beverly Hills)

Our scavenger hunts are played by Fair fans of all ages. It’s a great excuse to get out of the house, explore Los Angeles and maybe even win a few Fair tickets while you’re at it. As for us, we love meeting our fans in person, and getting everyone excited to Dare to Fair!

Thank you again to everyone who played along with us over the past two weekends. We truly had a great time and we hope you did too. See you in September!

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Fair Snapshot: Mural Project Begins

We’re kicking off our 95th celebrations with the 100-year anniversary in mind. One of our centennial projects is the creation of a Fair mural on the side of the Millard Sheets Art Center!

We have partnered with professional artists and students alike to design the mural. They started work on it today, and will continue throughout this year’s Fair!

Stay tuned for updates on the mural, as well as other 100-year anniversary news.

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Dare to Care: LA County Fair Blood Drives

Our annual blood drives have started! We have partnered with City of Hope, Cedars Sinai and Children’s Hospital L.A. to host blood drives now through Sept. 16. Dates and locations listed below:

  • Aug. 15: City of Hope at Sheraton Fairplex Hotel, 1 – 7 p.m.
  • Aug. 29: Children’s Hospital in LA, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Aug. 31: Red Cross at Sheraton Fairplex Hotel, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Sept. 1: Cedars Sinai at the Fair, 2 – 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 4: Cedars Sinai at the Fair, noon – 6 p.m.
  • Sept. 5: Red Cross at Sheraton Fairplex Hotel, 2 – 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 10: Cedars Sinai at the Fair, noon – 6 p.m.
  • Sept.16: Cedars Sinai at the Fair, noon – 6 p.m.

All donors receive a ticket to the LA County Fair; donors who participate at the Fair will receive a return ticket for another day.

Thank you to our partners and everyone who donates!

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You’re Invited: LA County Fair Premiere Party

la county fair Get a sneak peek of the LA County Fair and party for a good cause! Our annual premiere party returns on Thursday, August 31.

Guests can explore the Alice in Wonderland-themed Flower & Garden Pavilion displays, enjoy delicious food and award-winning wine from the Los Angeles International Wine Competition, and roam the hills of Jurassic Planet, located just behind the building.

It’s a fun way to support our community and educational programs, as well as a rare opportunity to enjoy the Fairgrounds before we open to the public. We hope you’ll join us!

For more information regarding ticket pricing, package offers, and The Learning Centers at Fairplex, click here.

Proceeds benefit the educational programs of The Learning Centers at Fairplex.

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Dare to Care: Pink Patch Project Recognition

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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Dare To Care: American Red Cross

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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