It’s hard to believe it’s already been TWO months since the Fair ended. We miss the animals, the food, the rides, the loud music but most of all we miss you! Our fans, guests, blog readers/commentators. You are, after all, the reason we pull out all the stops and make the Fair happen every year
While 2013 is awhile away, our gates are still open. It might not be the carnival-tastic extravaganza the Fair was but we have some pretty cool events anyway (you know, Color Runs, NHRA finals, Oktoberfest… those kind of things). If you miss us as much as we miss you, check out the Fairplex official blog! We love to write there too
Until 2013 everyone!
-A Fair To Remember
And so we end another Fair….and a great one it was! Thank you all for coming to our party. We enjoyed having you. What a way to celebrate our 90th anniversary! Here are some take-aways from this year:
- 1,473,371 guests – and you were one of them! It was our fourth biggest Fair ever.
- Food & shopping continued to be the two biggest reasons for coming to the Fair.
- Guest satisfaction was the highest ever
- Guests donated more than 110,000 cans of non-perishable food to Helping Hands, Caring Hearts Ministry, Foothill Family Shelter, Caring for the Hills, Inland Valley Hope Partners and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank in exchange for free admission
- In honor of 9/11, the Fair donated more than $9,300 in proceeds from the Weekend for Heroes promotion to the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation
- City of Hope, Cedars-Sinai, American Red Cross, Huntington Hospital and Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital held blood drives resulting in 734 pints of blood donated
- Guests donated more than 16,000 books, 13,000 school supplies, 300 shoes and 2,400 pairs of socks to local charities in exchange for free admission
- More than 140,000 students and teachers experienced the Fair educational exhibits through the FairKids Field Trip program at no charge
- The Fair honored 17 communities and 31 community heroes on their dedicated days
- Local universities also benefitted from special promotions and dedicated days with more than 10,000 discount redemptions
You helped make all this happen -so thanks again. Thanks, too, for reading Hot Blog on a Stick. We had a ton of fun giving away tickets and T-shirts. Keep reading us and pencil in the Fair for next year, Aug. 30-Sept. 29.
You’ve seen from our stingray video that the sea creatures that swim around at Stingray Island are virtually harmless. They’re so tiny too! But this big stingray decided to photobomb these three girls… big time. Check out this photo taken from Reddit:
So what exactly went down here? Read more about the incident here.
There weren’t any bunnies but plenty of Hugh Hefner style last night when Playboy Mansion executive chef William Bloxsom-Carter offered tips on how to entertain to a roomful of eager listeners at the Wine & Spirits Marketplace. The affable Bloxsom-Carter presented with all the elegance and charm befitting an employee of Mr. Hefner and the Mansion. Adhering to strict employee confidentiality rules, the chef did not spill any juicy Playboy secrets, much to the chagrin of us in the audience. But he did share some insight on how to host a fantastic party that all guests would enjoy.
Some of Chef Bloxsom-Carter’s suggestions:
Wine – He said learn about wine by tasting. At the Playboy Mansion, he tries to have something for everyone. At your own party, think about a 50-50 consumption rate on red and white wines. “At the end of the day, it’s all about your guests having a great experience,” he said.
The Secret to Entertaining at the Playboy Mansion – it’s all about planning, planning, planning. Even at your own party, be it small or large. Make sure you have enough ice, watch your service stations if it is a large party (keep the line flowing), anticipate your guests’ needs.
Themes – use fun themes. Chef Bloxsom-Carter shared a few menus from past Mansion parties including Halloween-, Super Bowl- and Fourth of July-themed foods. For Fourth of July the menu included hot dogs and popcorn – it doesn’t have to be complicated.
A few other good thoughts: understand your client or guest – think of what they’d like; a $10 bottle of wine can be fabulous; don’t get stuck in the kitchen.
One last tidbit – s’mores. He said s’mores have been the hottest trend in desserts for the last few months. Would you like s’more? Why, yes, I would!
Scrumptious, chocolately goodness graced the tables of Culinary Styles on Sunday as 35 contestants laid their best baked goods out for the annual Ghirardelli chocolate contest. The rules were simple: make a confection using Ghirardelli chocolate! The result was a decadent mish-mash of cookies, cakes, cupcakes, chocolate cocktails, cheesecake and even scones.
First prize when to Upland resident Peggy Linberg for her Mini-Whoopie Passion Bites. Second place was Heather Monoian from Thousand Oaks with her dreamy Silk Fantasy Cheesecake while Norco resident Nellie Hatton received third place for her amazing FOUR layer chocolate cheesecake. Congratulations to our winners!
Check out the photos of our winners and their desserts below:
The ever-popular Wiener Dog races are back this afternoon at Fairplex Park. Those lovable short-legged canines are scampering their hearts out when belly hits the dirt and they take off on the horse racing track. Here is a clip of heat 3 from this afternoon. Finals are at 4:30 p.m. today, so if you are at the Fair or coming over soon, don’t miss this dust-up. By the way, Boo took first place in this race.
Do you have 90 seconds? Check out this fun video highlighting all there is to do at the Fair crunched into a 90-second whirlwind adventure!