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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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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Fair Snapshot: 2016 Marching Band Competition

It wouldn’t be Fair without our annual marching band competition! Every year, high schools compete in our parades for a chance to win a cash prize and recognition in the LA County Fair Marching Band Competition.

We wanted to take this time to congratulate our 2016 winners: 

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

It was a blast seeing all the schools come out this year and march in our parades. Thank you to everyone who joined us for this wonderful event!

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YOU’RE INVITED: TLC Premiere Party

LA County Fair 2016 Premiere Party

The Learning Centers at Fairplex is hosting their annual Premiere Party on Sept. 1, the day before Fair opens!

Join us for a beautiful evening in our Flower & Garden Pavilion, get an exclusive sneak preview of the 2016 Fair attractions and help support the educational programs at TLC. For more info, visit TLCFairplex.org. 

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LACF Community Partnerships: American Red Cross

Community partnerships are a staple of the LA County Fair. Today we had the honor of handing over an $8,065 check to the American Red Cross San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter.

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Each year the Fair hosts Week for Heroes, where a portion of all law enforcement and military personnel ticket admissions goes towards a local charity. This year we chose the American Red Cross and we are glad to have them as community partners. 

Thank you to all of our guests who contributed towards making this donation possible!

 

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Cheers to our Ambassadors!

We have said over and over how important our ambassador volunteers are to us, and that’s because it’s true! Our ambassadors, not just for Fair but all Fairplex year-round community events, are essential to our success.

Ambassadors make our guests feel welcome and genuinely love spending time with us. In honor of countless hours of dedication to Fairplex and the LA County Fair, we host a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, as our small way of thanking them for all that they do.

This year the theme was Mardi Gras, in line with our Flower & Garden Pavilion attraction at this year’s Fair.

We had tables bedecked with colorful beads and feathers, cake towers and giant masks lining the walls, and our community team on deck to welcome ambassadors to the party.

We had a blast and look forward to future volunteer events in 2016!

To learn more about our Fairplex Ambassadors program visit fairplex.com

Thank you to everyone who dedicated time and energy to our community programs this year. We appreciate you! 

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FairKids Field Trip Program Evolves

We are proud to announce that the FairKids Field Trip Program that brings 150,000+ students to explore agriculture, animal husbandry and STEM topics during the annual LA County Fair is now a year-round program!

Yesterday, fifteen students from the Walnut Valley Unified School District were the first group of students to take advantage of this new program. Once at the Fairgrounds, students crunched leaves and tested the pH levels of various soils as they learned how different types of plants and produce grow. 

By being part of this program, students will learn about the foods they eat, their nutritional value, where they come from, how they are grown/raised, the role Mother Nature plays on our food supply, sustainable agriculture, effective use of energy and water supplies and much more. This program is great for teachers interested in offering their students a hands-on approach.  

We hope teachers in our surrounding communities take full advantage of the Fair’s newly expanded farm operations.

For more information, please call (909) 865-4638 or email tuyen@fairplex.com. You can also visit www.tlcfairplex.org.

See more photos of all the fun on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lacountyfair.

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Why Giving Back Matters To Us

At its core, the Fair is all about community. Without it, we wouldn’t be LACF.

Thanks to the efforts of our volunteers, staff members, and guests, we were able to provide food, school supplies, learning experiences and so much more, to families throughout Los Angeles County.

Check out the infographic below for a full break down of our community efforts this year, and thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s giving back efforts! We truly could not do it without you!

la county fair community benefits

We have had an amazing Fair experience and we hope you feel the same! Thank you to all our readers for checking in with us and sharing in our adventures. Don’t forget to share your photos with us on social media using #LACFNaturalHigh! You guys rock :)

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High School Marching Band Parade Competition Finals

After three intense weeks, the LA County Fair’s annual High School Marching Band Parade winners were announced this evening for the Open Class, Class A and Class B competition groups.

The competition featured some of the brightest and most talented marching bands from around Southern California as they battled for a grand cash prize of $10,000. Second place took home $5,000 and third place, $2,500.

Prizes were distributed like this:

Open Class (Any size, puts band in the running for the Grand Prizes):

1st place: The Riverside Kingsmen

2nd place: Chino High School 77th Cavalry

3rd place: Diamond Bar High School Thundering Herd

Congratulations to all of our winners! We had a great time listening to your bands perform and we can’t wait to see what you come up with next year! 

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