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!
Whew! It’s hard to believe Opening Weekend is almost over… It’s been exciting and tons of fun! In case you weren’t able to make it out, we put together a brief video of some of the highlights. Check it out:
Song: Glad You Came – The Wanted
Carly Rae Jepsen is coming to the Fair tonight featuring guest Shane Harper!
In anticipation of her performance, we’ve pulled some of the best parodies of her hit single “Call Me Maybe” and put them here. Enjoy!
Harvard Baseball Team 2012
USA Olympics Swimming Team
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For more information on Carly’s performance tonight and the rest of our End of Summer Concert Series lineup visit the main page, www.lacountyfair.com
You’ve been waiting patiently – so here it is: the 2012 L.A. County Fair End of Summer Concert Series. Most tickets go on sale Sunday.
• Friday, Aug. 31 – The Wanted & This is She
• Saturday, Sept. 1 – Carly Rae Jepsen & special guest Shane Harper
• Sunday, Sept. 2 – Grand Funk Railroad & Burton Cummings
• Monday, Sept. 3 – Karmin, Cobra Starship & This is She
• Thursday, Sept. 6 – Monster Truck Madness
• Friday, Sept. 7 – The B-52s & special guest Berlin featuring Teri Nunn
• Saturday, Sept. 8 – Styx
• Sunday, Sept. 9 – TBA
• Thursday, Sept. 13 – George Benson & special guest TBA (tickets on sale July 25)
• Friday, Sept. 14– Tower of Power & very special guest Average White Band
• Saturday, Sept. 15 – Bridgit Mendler & Cher Lloyd
• Sunday, Sept. 16 – MARIACHI USA® Fiesta
• Thursday, Sept. 20 – Boyz II Men, special guest TBA & En Vogue (tickets on sale Aug. 17)
• Friday, Sept. 21 – WAR
• Saturday, Sept. 22 – Old School Soul Jam featuring Rose Royce, Heatwave, Lenny Williams & Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King
• Sunday, Sept. 23 – Pistol Annies
• Thursday, Sept. 27 – Demolition Derby, presented by Jeffrey Scott® Fine Magnetics
• Friday, Sept. 28 – The Charlie Daniels Band, 38 Special & special guest Outlaws
• Saturday, Sept. 29 – ASA World Championships of Freestyle Motocross
• Sunday, Sept. 30 – TBA
As you can see, four major performers will be announced in the next few weeks. Keep checking lacountyfair.com/concerts for updates.
Reserved seating is available from $18.50 to $25 for grandstand seats, side box seats from $22.50 to $45, center box seats from $25 to $55 and stageside seating from $75 to $125. Limited general admission seating is free with Fair admission and is available on grounds at the ticket kiosk at 3 p.m. concert days, first come first served. Concert tickets do not include Fair admission. Everyone wishing a ticket must be present. Tickets may be purchased at the Fairplex credentials office, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, www.lacountyfair.com/concerts, at Ticketmaster locations and www.ticketmaster.com. The Fairplex credentials office will be open Sunday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., then open weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
There are quite a few I am very excited to see. So, see you, too, at the End of Summer Concert Series.
Welcome Stephanie Sanders, our summer intern, who’s blogging today:
The Los Angeles area is inundated with staycation possibilities; how are you supposed to choose? Well it’s quite simple really: come to the L.A. County Fair. If I could just leave that statement above sitting by its lonesome and still get you to come to the Fair, I totally would! However, many of you may be looking for some type of validation for my attempt to brainwash you (just kidding) into coming to the largest county fair in the world. For the most apprehensive blog reader, here’s my response to the challenge.
It’s economical. Let’s be honest: we’re all trying to get the most bang for our buck. There’s nothing wrong with that. During the week, a family of four (2 adults, 2 children aged 6-12) can gain admission to the Fair for – wait for it – $38! And this is without the tons of promotions that we have going on nearly every day!
But there’s more. For this $38 you are not just entering the Fair. You’re gaining access to myriad attractions, games, adventures and memories. You can go see one of our headliners at the End of the Summer Concert Series presented by Toyota, scream your head off on one of our terrifyingly fun rides or try your hand at a tantalizing carnival game (You can do it!).
This wouldn’t be a staycation without a little relaxation would it? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Are you the outdoorsy type? Grizzly Falls in Wilderness Ridge features a waterfall and beautiful scenery where our adorable bears enjoy some playtime. How about a beachgoer? Stingray Island brings the beauty of marine life to mainland. Complete with a boardwalk, an 8’ waterfall and 17,000 gallons of water, could an island paradise be any more beautiful?
Perhaps you’re a world traveler. Look no further! The beloved Mojo returns this year and she’s taking us on an African safari trip that won’t be forgotten! Zebras, monkeys, serpents and exotic birds are all a part of this exotic adventure.
Release your inner anglophile as you meander around a garden that rivals that of Buckingham Palace in our Flower & Garden Pavilion. Experience British flora first hand and take in the beautiful colors that make this attraction the memorable (and relaxing, of course) experience that it is.
Whew. I feel like I could go on forever! I hope you now see why the L.A. County Fair is the place to be this fall. Help us celebrate our 90th year of fun! The Fair is in town from August 31-September 30. See you there!
This weekend, our stages are packed with some really great acts! Plus, many are free with Fair admission. Check out these entertaining items this weekend at the Fair:
A Little On The Side
What sets A Little On The Side apart from the average bar band? Their broad repertoire of music not widely covered by others including music from such famous artists as Grover Washington Jr., Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire, Kool & The Gang, Rick James and Marvin Gaye.
Feel the rhythm and blues Friday, September 23 on the Coca Cola Stage at 7, 8:30, 10 & 11:30 p.m.
GRANDSTAND CONCERTS: END OF SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
We’ve got quite a lineup this weekend. As always you can buy tickets or try for free general admission tickets once you arrive at the Fair. Tickets are distributed at 3 p.m. by the rose garden and everyone in your party must be present to get a ticket.
Friday, September 23: Tower of Power and AVERAGE WHITE BAND
Melding jazz, funk, rock and soul in a way no other group ever has, the 10-piece Tower of Power is, as a recent Hollywood Reporter review called them, “tighter than a clenched fist.” Renowned for the hits, “Pick up the Pieces” and “Cut the Cake,” Average White Band has been performing sold-out shows around the world for the last 30 years.
Saturday, September 24: Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs
Five-time Grammy winner and former member of the Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald brings his blue-eyed soul and a string of hits to the End of Summer Concert Series. As a member of the Doobie Brothers he had hits like “Minute by Minute” and “What a Fool Believes.” With his smash album Silk Degrees, Boz Scaggs became an international sensation, crossing the rock, jazz and R&B genres. He has been playing since the early ‘70s and he and his band hit the road again in 2011 performing the best known songs of his career—hits like “Lido Shuffle,” “Lowdown” and many more.
REO Speedwagon has gone onstage and in the studio and done the work, year after year—dozens of albums, hundreds of concerts, infinite radio spins, performing hits like “Keep on Loving You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling.” It’s always been for the band, the legacy and a focus on the future. Fans can witness the connection and experience the music that fuels it. Styx hits include the immortalized “Come Sail Away,” “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Fooling Yourself.” The group with Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips has performed more live since ’99 than all of the previous years of its career combined, including two Super Bowl appearances, two more studio albums and no end in sight.
HARVEST OF PRAISE GOSPEL FESTIVAL
The praises will go up and the blessings will come down during the Harvest of Praise Gospel Festival as national and regional gospel recording artists from the World Famous House of Blues Sunday Gospel Brunch present soul-stirring, house-rocking, roof-raisin’, soul-saving gospel at its very best! Check it out Saturday, Sept. 24 at The Coca-Cola Stage, 5 p.m.-midnight.
FAMILY TALENT SHOW
You could witness the next Partridge Family singing a song or father-son magic act. You never know what’s going to happen in this show, but it’s sure to be entertaining. See the families compete for glory Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2:00 p.m. in America’s Kids, Building 10.
Gates open Friday at 12 p.m. and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Post time is 1 p.m. More info at http://www.lacountyfair.com/fp/horseracing.
Here’s a photo essay by me on my some of my favorite things a the Fair. What are yours? Tell us and you could win some Fair swag!
iCarly’s Miranda Cosgrove, OneRepublic, Salt-N-Pepa, Earth, Wind & Fire and Michael McDonald are among the top entertainers headlining the L.A. County Fair‘s End of Summer Concert Series. Tickets for the EOSCS go on sale Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Fairplex credentials office (open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday), ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster locations.
Here is the lineup:
• Saturday, Sept. 3 – The Ohio Players, Rose Royce & Lakeside
• Sunday, Sept. 4 – Gloria Trevi
• Monday, Sept. 5 – The Beach Boys, Pablo Cruise
• Thursday, Sept. 8 – Monster Truck Madness
• Friday, Sept. 9 – En Vogue, Salt-N-Pepa, The Emotions
• Saturday, Sept. 10 – OneRepublic
• Sunday, Sept. 11 – Xtreme Muzik The Tour starring Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson with special guest Cowboy Troy
• Thursday, Sept. 15 – TBA
• Friday, Sept. 16– WAR
• Saturday, Sept. 17 – Miranda Cosgrove
• Sunday, Sept. 18 – MARIACHI USA® Fiesta
• Thursday, Sept. 22 – Doobie Brothers
• Friday, Sept. 23 – Tower of Power, Average White Band
• Saturday, Sept. 24 – Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs
• Sunday, Sept. 25 – REO Speedwagon & Styx
• Thursday, Sept. 29 – Demolition Derby, presented by Jeffrey Scott® Fine Magnetics
• Friday, Sept. 30 – LeAnn Rimes with special guests Kellie Pickler & Gloriana
• Saturday, Oct. 1 – ASA World Championships of Freestyle Motocross
• Sunday, Oct. 2 – Earth, Wind & Fire
Here is the pricing scoop: reserved seating is available from $18.50 to $25 for grandstand seats, side box seats from $22.50 to $45, center box seats from $25 to $55 and stageside seating from $75 to $125. Limited general admission seating is free with Fair admission and is available at the ticket kiosk located on Rose Lane at 3 p.m. concert days, first come first served. Everyone wishing a ticket must be present. Concert tickets do not include Fair admission. Once again, the Fairplex credentials office will be open Sunday, July 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., then open weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
OK, who are you excited to see? Send me a comment and let me know. It’s a great lineup. But, dang, now I can’t get “Mr. Roboto” out of my head!
In order for you Fair fiends (hey, Gaga has Little Monsters, the Fair-ey Blogster has Fair Fiends) to get an idea of how we transform our 543-acre grounds into the world’s largest county fair, I’m going to share some transformation photos with you. While the conceptualizing and planning of each Fair begins a year or two or three in advance, the physical metamorphosis is a process that begins in earnest right about now – two months out. Since we have other shows going on at Fairplex up until close to the Fair’s opening, there is limited time to get our construction groove on. Sure, our team does what they can throughout the year to get ready for Fair. But, now, it’s Crazy Time! Take a look at the before:
The center of the grounds. In 66 days, this area will be filled with the thrills and adrenaline of Ray Cammack Shows’ great carnival. Right now it’s an empty space, although last Saturday it was used for FUN Decanted, the great wine, beer, spirits and food truck festival we had. The carnival area was moved closer into the heart of the fairgrounds last year. All shopping was moved to the Shopping Place, which guests really enjoyed – all shopping in one location. This year we’ll have 50 new vendors and more than 100 new products, including the Blizzie, which turns any drink into a slushy!
To your right here is the facade of the Wine & Spirits Marketplace. Looks pretty cool, huh? WSM houses the Fair’s wine education program, including tastings of our award-winning wine, beer and extra virgin olive oil and classes with some of the best wine experts in the world. It’s a great place to hang out for a bit, with gourmet food and Dr. Bob’s Ice Cream available inside.
Wilderness Ridge will allow our guests to explore the Great Outdoors. Here you’ll find lumberjack shows, Grizzly Falls and the new Welde’s Big Bear Expedition with live bears!
Looking north on Broadway. The Grandstand awaits horse racing and the End of Summer Concert Series. Outdoor Living will be on the left of Broadway with all the amenities for making your backyard great (spas, bbqs). The Sky Ride will take visitors on a leisurely romp up and down Broadway and Palm.
There is still much work to do. Return for some more “before” photos as the excitment builds (literally!) to Opening Day. Then visit the Fair Sept. 3-Oct. 2 and take your own “after” pix.
If you are a fan of the L.A. County Fair’s End of Summer Concert Series, then you better sign up now for the EOSCS Club. Members get advance notification of the lineup and first crack at tickets. Membership is only $15 (and you get an EOSCS T-shirt).
New this year, the Club will be announcing dates and ticket sales by genre. Roll out will go accordingly:
Classic Rock: June 20
Motorsports: June 22
Country: June 24
Pop: June 27
R & B: June 29
Latin: June 30
All Shows: July 7
If you’ve been, you know we have a great time during our concerts. Last year, Bad Company was amazing! So was Selena Gomez and The Scene. If you’ve never been to one of our concerts, make this year the year to go. I can’t tell you who will be here just yet, but I can tell you you’ll be mighty excited!
Fair dates are Sept. 3 – Oct. 2. As always, we plan for you to have Pure. Fun.