LACF’s Shopping Wonderland + GIVEAWAY [CONTEST CLOSED]

We have a winner! Congratulations to Jennifer Hall! Jennifer loves our emoji pillows, jewelry and bed!

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Let’s be honest for a second, yeah?

I love shopping. You love shopping. We all love shopping!

So, if that’s the case, why not come to the LA County Fair and do all of your shopping in ONE place? Forget about going to multiple stores like we usually do when we’re looking for last minute gifts… we really do have everything you need!

In addition to all of the outside vendors, we also have four large shopping centers that include: Buildings 4, 6, 7 and 9. There, you will find dozens of booths to look at, things to taste, clothes to admire, and jewelry to try on. We like to think of it as our Shopping Wonderland!

Earlier this week, we walked through our shopping buildings to see what kinds of products were available to you, and boy were we surprised at all of the options. During our walk, we saw a lot of C R A Z Y  F A B U L O U S things, but we decided to focus on clothing, accessories, household items and toys – you know, the top 4 products that you, our Fair guests, have asked to see in our buildings year after year.

Since we know most of you enjoy picnics, jewelry and buying things for your homes, we decided to partner with American Home Remodeling, Correas Wholesale and PicnicPal to bring you one very special LACF giveaway:

LACF Shopping Wonderland Giveaway

4 Any-Day Admission Tickets
12 Single RCSFun carnival rides
1 LACF Swag Basket, provided by Correas Wholesale
1 PicnicPal - Food Protective Tent
1 Brand New Shower Head System, provided by American Home Remodeling

To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favorite products at our Shopping Wonderland! The winner will be announced Friday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. PST.

Here is what we saw during our walk through the buildings:):

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Last Chance to #discoverLACF

With only one day left to visit LACF, I decided it was time to go on the grounds and talk to some guests about their top four things to do while at the Fair— also known as LACF’s Fantastic Four. Ready to have some fun? I hope so, because we are about to go over some of fair-comers’ all-time favorite things to enjoy.

4. The Farm: Our farm was recently expanded to 5 acres, which means we have a lot more things for you to enjoy! In addition to petting over 150 animals and learning how ice cream and butter are made, you could cheer pigs as they race to the finish line, learn about Zonkeys and Zorses, or catch a live birth. I’m not lying about the live births…just watch this!

3. Flower & Garden Pavilion: Can you think of anything at LACF that smells better than our Flower & Garden Pavilion? Didn’t think so. This year’s flowers and plants are absolutely breathtaking and unique. See for yourself.

2. Shopping: LACF is home to the largest shopping place in the West, hosting more than 1,000 booth spaces and offering tens of thousands of items. No wonder more than 75 percent of Fair attendees come to shop while at LACF. From everyday home appliances to automobiles and spas, we have it all.

1. Luminasia and Mojo’s Lagoon: This brand new and unique Chinese lantern exhibit features thousands of lights in an extraordinary display of engineering and larger than life characters. As you walk through the exhibit you will see dragons, pagodas, coral reefs, a replica of the Statue of Liberty, and so much more! If you need something to do before Luminasia opens its doors at 6 p.m., you could very well stop by Mojo’s Wild and Crazy Lagoon. Some of the exotic animals you will see include but are not limited to crocodiles, camels, zebras, hedgehogs, monkeys and snakes. Definitely worth the time and seeing your child smile.

Remember to use #discoverLACF when you stop by the Fair in the next few hours or tomorrow. Happy last two days!

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Last week of Fair… are you ready?

We officially have 5 days left of the Fair. It seems like only yesterday that we were welcoming in the sea lions and setting up Pencils 2 Pixels and yet somehow, we have reached the last week at the speed of light.

In case you haven’t had a chance to check out everything, here are the top five attractions that we recommend…

1. New exhibits: Although we are steeped in tradition, there are a few exhibits that only make their way to the Fair once–simply because we believe guests should be exposed to a wide variety of experiences. Last year we had Genius and Rock of Ages, which was all about American innovation and the history of music respectively. This year our Pencils 2 Pixels exhibit, Beneath the Sea: An Underwater Adventure and Star Trek: The Exhibition are the once-in-a-lifetime must-dos.

2. Food novelties: You can buy a burger anywhere. Packages of Oreos and a bucket of chicken can be found on almost every corner grocery store. But deep-fried Oreos, double-cheeseburgers sandwiched between Krispy Kreme doughnuts and giant turkey legs are a rarity outside the Fair grounds. We’re all about special indulgences. We recommend you take advantage of it too.

3. FairView Farms: There are baby animals everywhere at the Farm. There’s also pig racing, goat milking and animal shows aplenty. FairView Farms is a long-time favorite of the Fair and it’d be a shame to miss out!

4. New carnival rides: Mach 1, Freestyle and Insanity are the three new thrillers gracing the Fairgrounds this year. You know you want to get spun around til’ you can’t stand, plunge from the highest ride at the Fair to the ground and get that adrenaline pumping! Or if carnival rides aren’t your thing you could always opt for the bungee jump…

5. Mysteries of the Amazon: Our Flower & Garden Pavilion changes themes each year but I have to say, this year’s theme is f u n. Upon entering the pavilion you immediately feel a sense of zen as waterfalls cascade, flowers and birds fill the scene and the sounds of Brazil fill the air. The Atrium continues the South American theme, featuring a sloth, tropical birds, reptiles and plants that make you feel as if you’ve been transported to the Nile, rather than the Fairgrounds.

Of course, to each their own. Everyone always has at least one “must-do” at the Fair. What are your favorite activities at the Fair?

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A quick shopping spree at the Fair

I’m a shop-a-holic. I admit it. I have a problem. I have no intention of finding a remedy for this problem and a trip through our grounds only fueled my addiction. There are so many booths to look at, things to taste, clothes and jewelry to sample and novelties to gape at, that it’s a wonder I made it back to the blog at all!

One of my favorite places to shop is Expo Hall 4. There are rows upon rows of vendors, all vying for your attention :) Here are some of the things I saw on my shopping stroll:

I’m not the only with a shopping addiction, though. A couple of our Fair friends decided to do a little browsing themselves. They really got into the spirit of shopping and covered a lot of fun booths! I tend to gravitate towards the scarves and food demos but there is so much to see that there is something for everyone.

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Thanks For the Memories

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.

 

 

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Exploring Crafter’s Village

Cupcake of Soap

Each weekend a new festival arrives at the Fair. Opening Weekend welcomed Crafter’s Village, a marketplace of unique handmade items nestled between the bungee jump and Pets Ahoy.

Of course you’ll find the typical mish mash of clothing, accessories and sportswear, all of which are great buys but there were a few vendors that really caught my eye.

Hansel & Gretel Soap

Jezebel’s Apothecary, for example, sold lotions, soaps and other skin care items–100% natural! Her ingredients ranged from foods like coconut and flour to berries, herbs and plants. One soap called “Hansel & Gretel” was a mixture of blueberry oatmeal!

Jenny’s Gift Shop sold dream catchers and colorful homemade hammocks while Purple Pirate sold jewelry and pure incense. There were over 44 fragrances to choose from, the winner being “Pirate Rum,” smelling of tropical bliss. Dewy Flowers sold glass globes with desert gardens inside them.

The Classic Country Goat’s Milk Soap tent showcased goat’s milk in all

forms including lotions,  soaps and… cupcakes! Owner Suzanne Wilkie noticed the increasing popularity of the sweet treat and decided to swirl the soap into colorful, decorative cupcakes. One soap even combined the goat’s milk with beer! The result was a soap cake that not only smelled delicious (more like cinnamon than beer, thankfully) but extremely nutritious for the skin too.

Fairguests enjoying some painting

For those looking for a relaxing afternoon, Purple Easel had art classes set up, similar to their store. Guests bring food and drinks to the studio, then relax as an instructor helps them through a painting session. Their booth acted as a mini-version–you bring your Fair food and beer inside, escape from the heat and paint for a spell. Not bad!

 

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Sunday Funday Shopping

Amongst the flurry of activity going on at the Fair today, Plaza de las Americas has come to life with the Festival Latinoamericano de Arte y Folklore. The festival is going on from today (Sept. 2) until tomorrow and it’s jam packed with talented musicians, fun shopping booths and other activities. The Plaza de las Americas stage brings talent from all over South  America including Belize and Guatemala. With acts changing every 20 minutes or so there was plenty of singing and dancing to go around.

Plaza de las Americas Stage

Plaza de las Americas Stage

I especially loved looking at all the booths–so many colorful blankets, unique jewelry and festive pieces! Guitars, home decor and other items were also on display.

Earrings made with coffee beans.

This crafty little ornament caught my attention. The owls are adorable.

There were tons of other fun things to look at. Of course, it didn’t hurt that King Taco was right around the corner or that the tantalizing smells coming from the Chuck Wagon filled the air too!

 

 

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Opening Weekend Shout-Out: Crafter’s Village

The Fair is almost upon us! Soon the grounds will be filled with guests enjoying the carnival rides, food competitions, concerts and a wonderful mixture of fun! Today we want to give our readers an inside look at Crafter’s Village.

Located just across from Pets Ahoy, Crafter’s Village is a colorful combination of clothing, household items, jewelry and decor. Guests will find themselves surrounded by wares made by the most skillful of hands. Everything in Crafter’s Village is handmade, from quilts to clothing to goat’s milk soap, and the creativity level is on high.

Many vendors sell their wares on Etsy, the online marketplace for all things handmade and original. The Village is a great way to get a first-hand look at their online goods. Crafter’s Village will have foodie t-shirts, metal art, steam punk jewelry, aprons, corsets, pillowcase dresses and many more fun items.

For all our crafty, artsy and innovative guests, this is a good place to get inspired, find one-of-a-kind pieces and make memories at the Fair.

For more information on Crafter’s Village and the rest of our attractions, visit www.lacountyfair.com

Happy exploring!

 

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East Meets West at the Asian Festival

Our last weekend at the Fair is also our last cultural festival. We welcome this mini Asian marketplace to our grounds this weekend. There will be great shopping (imagine if you could bring the amazing shops of Little Tokyo, China Town and Korea Town together in one place) and some fantastic entertainment. Food vendors will also offer authentic Asian cuisine.

At the Coca-Cola Stage, check out DJ Icy Ice along with Toquon tha MC and the beat boxer Musical Mammal who will wow crowds as they MC some of So Cal’s up-and-coming artists featuring America’s Best Dance Crew winner We Are Heroes and ABDC finalists Instant Noodles and Fanny Pak. American Idol finalist Andrew Garcia will sing a set before his record is released later this year. This is all happening Saturday, Oc. 1. Here’s the schedule:

1:00 – DJ Icy Ice
1:15 – We Are Heroes
1:30 – DJ Icy Ice
1:45 – Fanny Pak
2:00 – DJ Icy Ice
2:15 – Instant Noodles
2:30 – DJ Icy Ice
2:45 – Andrew Garcia
3:30 – DJ Icy Ice
3:45 – We Are Heroes
4:00 – DJ Icy Ice
4:15 – Fanny Pak
4:30 – DJ Icy Ice
4:45 – Instant Noodles

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Shop ’Til You Drop

“We’ve got everything want all under one roof!” It sounds like a cheesy commercial, but it’s actually true at the Fair. Well, maybe not under a roof, but definitely within our 543 acres. In the market for a new car? Got ‘em! Looking for clothes, handbags, hats and other accessories? All right here. Want to see the latest “As Seen On TV” products up close and demonstrated? We’ve got that too. From home goods to hand massages, shammies to spas– you’ll find what you are looking for at the Fair. Plus, you can do it all while taking a break to catch a show (Chinese Circus of Beijing in Building 4, anyone?) or nosh on some savory fair food. It’s really a shopper’s paradise.

Find new ways to everyday things... like grate cheese and other foods!

After all that grating, why not whip up something special in new cookwear?

Watch spray paint art made before your eyes.

Load up all your purchases in your new car!

I'm sure all this shopping has made you tired, so why not try out a new bed?

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