Fair News: 2017 Western Fairs Assocation Wins!

We had the pleasure of attending the Western Fairs Association convention this year, where fairs from all over California and beyond get together to network, learn, and celebrate the work various fairs have done in 2016.

This year we had the honor of taking home 11 Achievement Awards for the 2016 LA County Fair, covering everything from marketing to community. Thank you to WFA for the recognition!

We had a blast networking with other Fair folk, speaking and meeting with vendors and entertainers, and seeing all the creativity and hard work our friends have done. What a blast!

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Let’s hear it for the fans!

We love our Fair fans! 5-year-old Phoenix was an avid Fair-goer this year, along with his mom Katie.

Phoenix, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, couldn’t believe the Fair was closed after September.

After several weeks of asking his mom to go to the Fair, Katie did an awesome thing: she called us up and asked if there was anything we could do.

While we couldn’t bring the Fair back, our PR coordinator, Sharon did the next best thing: she set up a visit for Katie and Phoenix to check out our now-empty Fairgrounds.

Sharon walked the little family around, pointing out where the rides, animals and attractions used to be (and will return to in September 2017), and even gave Phoenix a little Stanley the Giraffe stuffed animal!

Phoenix enjoyed this behind-the-scenes tour, and we loved getting to know these two wonderful Fair guests. Thank you Katie for taking the time to share your story with us, and to both you and Phoenix for being such great Fair fans!

See you all in September :)

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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:

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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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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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INFOGRAPHIC: Fair Food 2016

There is one thing our team has in common, and that is our love of food. Every year we look forward to trying the newest, craziest Fair foods out there, and many of you are the same way!

This year, Fair fans consumed two fields of corn, 6,000 deep-fried bacon s’mores and 1,000 lbs (yes, POUNDS) of butter. Take a look at our infographic to see what else you ate this year:

What was your favorite Fair food experience this year? Tell us in the comments below! For more information about the LA County Fair, visit lacountyfair.com.

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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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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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