Farm Animals in the HOUSE…

Hello, Fair Lovers!

We hope you are having a FABULOUS Sunday! If you haven’t checked out the Fair, we hope you come soon – there’s lots to see and lots to do, especially at the Big Red Barn. Check out some of our follower’s’ posts with our furry friends:

We’re always looking to feature our guests’ pictures, so tag us on all of your posts AND don’t forget to use #DARETOFAIR.

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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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Sheep, Cows & Pigs, Oh My! #farmatthefair

Did you know it’s the last week at the fair? If you haven’t checked out the animals in the farm, you are missing out. Here are some fun things to check out while you are here at the fair with our furry friends.

FUN FACTS: 

  • Did you know this is the largest farm in California? Home to about 160 animals?
  • When a baby chicken is born, it takes about 3 weeks for them to be fully grown.
  • Did you know baby cows, sheep, chicks and more being born every day here at the fair?
  • Once a baby sheep is born it can walk after only a couple of hours.

 Are you ready to check out the Big Red Barn? 

Here, you can see where all the magic happens. Ever wanted to milk a goat? Stop by the Goat Milking Demo in the Big Red Barn, be careful don’t get it in your eye!

The ultimate dream for every child is the Petting Zoo. They may get a little messy, but will have tons of fun feeding all their favorite animals.

Learn all about farm animals at Max’s Country Farm Show. They will surprise you with backyard animals like a possum and wow you with this beautiful owl. The best part is you get to take photos with all the animals. #daretofair

There is more than you can imagine at the Farm this year, don’t forget there are only a few days left. Make sure you visit lacountyfair.com for tickets, special offers and to see more of what we have to offer this year!

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Nothin’ Like The Great Outdoors!

While the carnival rides & games, farm animals and deep-fried food take center stage with Fair fans, America’s Great Outdoors is one of the many exhibits unique to the LA County Fair.

Here, guests can escape from the colorful chaos of the rest of the Fair and take a step into the wilderness. Meet with foresters and rangers at The Ranger Station, learn how they preserve, protect and manage our public lands, like our beautiful national parks.

Check out the native reptiles of Southern California, like our state reptile – the desert tortoise, and become familiar with our state’s native plants.

Camp Smokey is ran by none other than Smokey the Bear, who teaches our Fair guests about the importance of fire safety, with the help of his friends: Woodsy Owl, Mojave Maxine and Seymour Antelope.

Learn all about the history of the Westward Movement at our Yesterday and Today exhibit — from the native people of California, to the struggles and triumphs of the mountain men, and even meet two of America’s living legends: a wild horse and burro.

In addition to all of these, we also have a special National Parks Museum paying tribute to our National Parks Service as they celebrate their centennial birthday.

There’s so much to explore at the Fair this year, and just a few days left to do it. Visit lacountyfair.com for tickets, special offers and to see more of what we have to offer this year!

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Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon + GIVEAWAY [CONTEST CLOSED]

If you’ve been following us on social media, you know that Stanley the Giraffe is one of our newest friends to join us here at the Fair. He, along with the rest of his friends, has made Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon one of our favorite exhibits!

mojos Upon entering from the carnival side, guests will immediately be drawn to Fiona’s Jungle Perch where a colorful mix of macaws, parrots and cockatoos happily reside, chattering with each other and our guests. 

Their neighbors at Lemur Lair are always fun to visit. These Madagascar natives always seem relaxed and calm, no matter how noisy their feathered neighbors get.

Of course, the real attraction is just beyond, in The Grasslands. Here, guests will find themselves face to face with Stanley and our zebras, Barcode and Stripes. Did you know you can feed Stanley?

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And Mojo the Capuchin Monkey rules over all from her post on Monkey Island, where she spends all day swinging from ropes, hanging from the top of her house and giving shows every day of the Fair.

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Carla and Mojo at Mojo's Sweet 16 last year (2015)

Keep walking and you’ll encounter the scaly, slithery and slimy at Spike’s Reptile Territory, and any number of spiders, centipedes and other insects at Iggy’s Insect Encounter.

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Mojo's crew is always happy to answer questions!

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And last, but certainly not least, is the Enchanted Village where guests can see a Capybara, Coatimundi, Hairy Armadillo, Binturong, African Crested Porcupine, hedgehogs and a wallaby!

We  recommend checking Mojo’s Lagoon out twice: once before and after sunset.

You can see the animals best during the day, but at night, our whole exhibit comes to life as our nocturnal creatures become more active, Zor the Firedancer performs, and our Lagoon lights up with color.

And now it’s time for a Mojo’s Lagoon Giveaway!

Mojo’s Lagoon Giveaway

**WE HAVE A WINNER**

Congratulations to Denise Gonzalez for being selected as our winner! Denise would like to take her son to see all the colorful birds at Fiona’s Perch. Thank you to everyone who played! We will be having another giveaway soon :)

Enter to win a family four-pack of tickets, ride passes and a Dare To Fair Swag Bag below! All you need to do is leave a comment, telling us what animal you most want to see at Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon this Year.

Winner announced tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 15) at 12 p.m. PDT. All winners are selected randomly and will be notified via comment & email.

Good luck!

For more information on the 2016 LA County Fair, visit lacountyfair.com.

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Dare To Fair! Opening Weekend Recap Video

This weekend felt like perfection: the sunny light weather, the animals, the rides, the food, the crowds… Fair is here and we couldn’t be happier.

We really embraced the #DareToFair spirit with everything we experienced. Check it out!

We open again on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and we hope you’ll join us for another weekend of Fair! Visit lacountyfair.com for info on tickets, promotions and more.

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Visiting Mojo

We stopped by Mojo (our beloved Capuchin monkey)’s year-round home this week to say hi to her and her trainer Karla. We were also able to visit with some of our animal friends from the Lagoon and the Big Red Barn. Check it out!

We can’t wait to welcome all our old friends back to the Fair in September. It’s coming up fast…

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Got Milk?

When I came in to work this morning, everything was great and peachy. However, after a few minutes in the vicinity, my stomach was tied up in knots and I felt the need to go back to my house and just sleep! The strangest feeling ever – and I had no idea why!

Today seemed like a typical Sunday…I clocked in, said hello to everyone I came across, turned on my computer and checked my email. Normal enough, right?

Well, it wasn’t until one of my coworkers reminded me of my goat-milking session with Stella (goat) that my blood rushed to my hands and feet and I almost fell off my seat!

You see, I love Farm animals, but I’ve always preferred to give them their space and let them carry on with their business.

Since I was worried about hurting the goat, I arrived to an hour earlier to talk to Sarah, the Goat Handler!

Here are a few things I learned from Sarah’s class:

  • A female goat (aka Doe) produces milk for their babies. Once the babies have been weaned, the mothers need to be milked 1-2 times per day in order to continue producing their milk for the next 10 months of the year.
  • The amount of milk produced depends on the size of the goat.
  • Temperature of the milk is typically above 100°F – which is body temperature.
  • Diet is high in protein — alfalfa hay should be available 24/7. This is what helps their regularity.
  • Diet also includes occasional grain mixture (aka goat candy), that includes barley, grains and sunflower seeds.
  • Sunflower seeds help produce sweeter tasting milk because of the additional fatty oils.
  • Takes about 5-8 minutes to do an average milking.
  • Goat milk is stored in mason jars in the freezer. Best if used within 30 days.
  • Goat milk can be used to make ice cream and goat cheese too.

***BONUS: Always be gentle when you’re milking a goat and NEVER pull on their teats!

It’s true what people say…Sunday is the best day to try something new. :-)  If you ever decide to milk a goat or a cow (same process), there is no better place than the LA County Fair!

Have you ever milked a goat (or a cow)?
Tell me about your experience in the comment section below. 

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Beneath the Sea + Giveaway [CONTEST CLOSED]

We have a winner!
Congratulations to Dominick for being selected as today’s blog giveaway winner.
Thank you to everyone who played! Make sure you like/follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more contests and fun Fair photos/videos. ____________________________________________________________

What better way to cool off in this crazy heat than a little dip in the ocean?  Beneath the Sea is the traveling show with sea lions, rays, sharks, and even a mermaid!  Found near Red Gate, behind Thunder Alley, this is a world of adventure.

Watch sea lions cavort and play in the several daily shows that go on, courtesy of trainers Xania and Jimmy.  According to Xania, the show is actually a sea lion rescue that focuses on entertaining crowds while the performers educate you a little bit about the difference between seals and sea lions, and the importance of recycling. One lovely show girl is a South American sea lion that enjoys hamming for the camera and performing for big crowds!

Pet a real live Atlantic ray, and talk a little bit with their handler, Joe, about the care and keeping of these wonderful creatures.  For the last few years, Joe and his family have brought fair guests the wonders of these little critters, which you can touch and view up close.  This show is a rescue, too.  Joe rescues the rays from shrimping boats in the Gulf of Mexico, tours them for eight to nine months, and then releases them back into the wild!

Gaze in awe at the sharks, swimming in their tanks, and take a picture or two with the resident mermaid!  She’s available for pictures after her educational show in a wonderfully cool misty grotto.

Now, for a fun Blog Giveaway!

Beneath the Sea Giveaway
Four any-day admission tickets
Two RCS ride wristbands
1 Parking Pass

To enter our contest, tell me at least ONE of the sea lions’ names from the show. Winner will be announced Monday on this blog at 5 p.m. Best of Luck!

What are you waiting for?  Swim, don’t walk, on down and join us Beneath the Sea.

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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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