On October 17, 1922 the first ever LA County Fair opened and ran for five days. 95 years later and we’re still going strong, celebrating our community, agriculture and the food, entertainment and culture of Southern California.by
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.by
Earlier today we were honored with the presence of World War II veteran Fernando A. Torres and his wife Gail Torres. The two love the Fair and have attended every year since 1966, which is where they had their first date.
Here are some pictures that were captured from this very special day & parade:
Fernando and Gail have one son and one daughter, and three grandchildren who love coming to the Fair.
Fernando, Thank you for your service to this country and CONGRATULATIONS on your 51st Fair.by
The 2017 LA County Fair is officially open! We kicked things off with our traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, held at the brand new Le Grande Ferris Wheel XL.
From left to right: Pomona City council members Robert Torres and Ginna Escobar, Mayor of Pomona Tim Sandoval, Los Angeles County Fair Association Chairman of the Board J. Michael Ortiz and Fairplex CEO & president Miguel Santana
The new Ferris wheel has 36 air-conditioned pods. Employees, guests and Fair officials alike all took a spin.
After the ride, we went to the Millard Sheets Art Center patio (now a venue called Mi POCO LA) for the rest of our opening ceremonies.
We’re just a couple hours away from our Opening Day parade, and then it’s time to explore the rest of the Fairgrounds, once the weather cools down. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, stay in the shade, and take advantage of our air-conditioned shopping halls and indoor exhibits.
The carnival and outdoor attractions can wait until the sun goes down
Stay tuned for more Fair fun! We’re just getting started…by
We’re celebrating our 95th anniversary this year. Ninety. Five. Years. Our world has changed drastically in that time. Can you imagine your great-grandfather taking a selfie and uploading it to Instagram? (Nope.)
But while technology and trends have changed over the years, some things have remained the same: the LA County Fair, for instance.
Sure now we may have crazier Fair food, dragons that walk the Fairgrounds, and rides that defy gravity, but at the end of the day, we’re still an old-school Fair.
This year we want to invite you to go back in time with us, to a world of blue ribbon contests and black & white photos. Let the nostalgia flow! Here are some ways you can Dare to Fair, old school style:
10 Ways to Dare to Fair (Old School Style)
Complete one (or more!) of these dares, take a pic and post to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #LACountyFairDare in the caption and you could win a fun Fair prize! Winners announced throughout the Fair so keep those notifications on
For more information on the LA County Fair, including ticket prices, special offers and more, visit lacountyfair.com.by
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.by
The LA County Fair is less than a month away and we SO excited! Check out our 2017 commercial to see what we have planned for this year:
Get ready to Dare to Fair, old-school style with classic Fair fun: blue ribbon competitions, selfies with barn animals, a spin on the Ferris Wheel, food on sticks (hot dogs, ribs, corn, you name it, it’s probably served on a stick) and more.
We’ll see you in September! Only a few weeks to go.
Song: “Ready to Go” by Ozomatli
Ozomatli is an LA-native band playing Latin, hip hop and rock music.by