Watercolors at the Flower & Garden Pavilion

The Flower & Garden Pavilion is one of my favorite exhibits at the Fair. Each year the Pavilion has a different theme and this year’s choice is one of the prettiest we have seen: Watercolors.

Upon entering, guests are greeted by a swirl of lights, as streams of colored ribbon dance from the ceilings. Every year the masterminds behind the Pavilion create beautiful pieces made of flowers, seeds and other plant life, depicting scenery in line with the theme.

The watercolors theme is apparent in the giant cascading waterfall and the giant lily pads in the pond. Dozens and dozens of brightly colored roses take up the center platform, and vibrant paintings, flowers and foliage decorate the panels on the sides.

Classical music softly plays to add to the calm, flowing atmosphere, making this my go-to location when the carnival, deep-fried food and crowds seem too chaotic for me.

Check it out the next time you’re here!

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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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#DareToFair Photo Round-Up: Opening Weekend

The first few days of Fair have flown by in the blink of an eye! We love seeing all of your experiences on social media and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites for you today:

#LACFNaturalHigh Photo Round-Up Opening Weekend

#1. This colorful view of the Fair from the top of one of our giant slides: 

Photo Cred: @hotrod_rod

#2. This awesome selfie with Stanley the Giraffe:

Photo Cred: @leelojewelry

#3. This beautiful shot of our Flower & Garden Pavilion, capturing our Watercolors theme:

Photo Cred: @clara32

#4. This awesome shot of Jurassic Planet: 

Photo Cred: @thelwizza

#5. This mouth-watering photo of a banana split! 

Photo Cred: @fabsprieto

These are just some of our top picks from what we’ve seen so far! For a chance to get featured on our Fair blog and other social channels, make sure you use #DareToFair and/or #lacountyfair in your photos!

For all info regarding the Fair, visit us at lacountyfair.com!

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YOU’RE INVITED: TLC Premiere Party

LA County Fair 2016 Premiere Party

The Learning Centers at Fairplex is hosting their annual Premiere Party on Sept. 1, the day before Fair opens!

Join us for a beautiful evening in our Flower & Garden Pavilion, get an exclusive sneak preview of the 2016 Fair attractions and help support the educational programs at TLC. For more info, visit TLCFairplex.org. 

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Mardi Gras at LACF!

LA County Fair Mardi Gras

We took you behind-the-scenes of Mardi Gras at our Flower & Garden Pavilion, and now it’s time to reveal the finished product! Take a look at our very own Bourbon Street…

You’re greeted by an array of giant, glittering Mardi Gras masks, surrounded by equally colorful roses and carnations, as you walk up the path to the Pavilion.

Mardi Gras LA County Fair

Once inside, the sounds of old time jazz and brass bands fill the air as your eyes are greeted by a dazzling display of flora & fauna, and enough decor to have you believing you’ve been transported straight to the French Corridor.

First to catch your eye are the King & Queen of Mardi Gras, holding court as they oversee their kingdom of orchids, roses and carnations.

Two proud peacocks show off their jeweled feathers atop their pedestals. Turn around and you’ll see a waterfall cascading in hues of purple and green, staying true to the traditional Mardi Gras colors.

If you look to the right or the left of the waterfall, you’ll see displays paying homage to jazz greats, like Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis.

Other beautiful displays are tucked into grottos lining the sides of the Pavilion. A New Orleans cafe (by the way, you can buy beignets at the Fair!), a beautiful display of King Cakes (Sir Blogsalot gave the low-down on how those work here), and bejeweled frames, flower pots and masks.

LA County Fair Mardi Gras

We haven’t even looked outside yet, but we heard rumors that the Atrium has transformed into a bayou of animals, plants and reptiles galore. Stay tuned for when we hit that one!

Have you checked out the Flower & Garden Pavilion this year? What did you think? Tell us in the comments below! 

 

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A Closer Look Into The Mardi Gras Theme

MARDI GRAS IS COMING TO LA COUNTY FAIR!

We know everyone loves a good party, so you are all cordially invited to this year’s Mardi Gras celebration at the one and only Flower & Garden Pavilion!

This morning I met with Jim Hynd, our Floral Coordinator, and he not only gave me a tour of the building, but he also taught me a lot about what Mardi Gras actually is.

Here are a few of the things I learned from Jim:

  • Mardi Gras literally means “Fat Tuesday” in French. This is very fitting since the holiday is for celebrating and eating A LOT!
  • New Orleans is known as the birthplace of Jazz. Therefore, Jazz has been embedded in the Mardi Gras theme.
  • Mardi Gras is celebrated on the days leading up to Ash Wednesday – which is the beginning of Lent.
  • New Orleans has the biggest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States.
  • During this party, people host and attend countless number of parades & balls.
  • You always need a King and Queen! Think back to when you were in high school and had to vote for a Homecoming King & Queen.
  • The “official” colors for Mardi Gras are purple, gold and green. However, many people like to add red, yellow and blue.
  • Colorful beaded necklaces are an absolute must! This is why you’ll see hundreds of these at our Flower and Garden Pavilion.
  • Last but not least, let’s talk about FOOD! During this historical celebration, King Cakes are baked and stuffed with small plastic baby figurines. Seems pretty unusual, right? Well, there is a purpose to all of the madness…those who get the slice of cake with the baby are responsible for baking/purchasing the next cake!

After seeing what we have in store for you, we hope you are just as excited as we are! We guarantee that this will be one mind bending experience!

Have you ever been to a Mardi Gras celebration?
What are you most excited to see at this year’s Fair?

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The Countdown Begins…9 More Days!

With only 9 days to go until Opening Day, there is no denying it…things are definitely busy here on the grounds.

From crack of dawn to the break of day, there is always someone working on something that will make your experience more memorable – whether it may be painting some signs, installing lighting, bringing in the Farm animals or taking pictures of what is happening on our grounds, our staff is working at a nearly 24/7 pace now.

Speaking of pictures, here are a few taken during my afternoon walk. Hope you enjoy them!


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LACF in 40 Seconds

With so much construction going on this week, we did a walk-through of LACF to see what pre-Fair activities were happening. We stopped by our DIY Design Studio, the Flower & Garden Pavilion (this year’s theme is Mardi Gras), Luminasia and the Millard Sheets Art Center! Check out what our camera captured!

Our grounds will soon be transformed into what the 2015 LACF will be, so stay tuned for more Fair updates!

LACF is right around the corner!
What will be the FIRST thing you will do while at LACF?

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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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Flower & Garden Pavilion: A Glimpse of China

Do you like the smell of flowers? Are you looking for a place to become one with nature? If so, the Flower & Garden Pavilion will give you all of this and so much more! All you have to do is stop by this magical place when you visit LACF.

The theme for the Flower & Garden Pavilion this year is A Glimpse of China, and it is so fitting as we are looking to expose our guests to new information about this culture in a new and interesting way.

If you have visited this facility in the past, then you know this is one of the most popular stops, and by far one of the most beautiful and aromatic areas at the Fair.

Rest assured that the drastic transformation from last year’s pavilion to this year’s pavilion will awe you. One thing you will notice right away is that this year’s colors are more vibrant than ever before.

After walking around the facility for a few minutes, I ran into our Floral Coordinator, Jim Hynd, who told me everything there is to know about the countless varieties of flowers and plants. Here are just a few things he shared with me:

1. Since this year’s theme is A Glimpse of China, guests can expect to see a very creative and colorful side of the Chinese culture. The plan is for guests to discover new things about this unique culture.

2. This is the Year of the Horse according to the Chinese zodiac, so we are featuring the Tang Horse. As soon as guests walk into the facility, they will be greeted by two of these historical and majestic horses.

3. Artists from different backgrounds were recruited to create the beautiful murals, graphics and paintings that are spread across the building.

4. A beautiful collection of flowers and plants from a variety of environments will be featured. If you think coming one time is enough, think again. Jim said that the fresh cut flowers are changed every week. So, stopping by week after week is a must.

5. This is not only a great place to keep cool, but also a great place to take a picture in front of a beautiful waterfall.  Trust us, it’s a great place for children to explore and feed their curiosity.

Whether you have been to the Flower & Garden Pavilion in the past or not, you will love what you will see and smell. The breathtaking landscape of flowers, waterfall, and cultural exhibits will transport you to a magical place. So, in the spirit of flowers being love’s truest language, please join us in celebrating the Chinese culture.

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