The LA County Fair Gives Back

The LA County Fair has always been a proud community partner. In fact, we actively look for ways to serve the needs of our communities. This is why we are proud to announce that thanks to the efforts of our volunteers, staff members and guests, we were able to accomplish the following during the 2016 LA County Fair: 

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the numbers above and who believes in our mission to enrich lives by entertaining and educating the diverse community while creating unique and memorable experiences. See you all in 2017 for another great LA County Fair.

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America’s Kids & The Land of Frogs, Princesses and Knights: The Whimsical Side of the Fair

Dare to imagine in Expo Hall 5! Enter the Land of Frogs, Princesses & Knights, where the adventures are non-stop, from the brave and daring acts of the Knight School, to the fun and fancy antics of Wonderland.

Also in Expo Hall 5 is America’s Kids. This world is full of nostalgia, enchantment and wonder for guests of all ages. Children will see some of their favorite stories come to life while parents will get a tad nostalgic seeing some of their classics up close and personal.

Earlier this year we took you behind-the-scenes of this exhibit. Thousands of local children submitted creative projects to be displayed during the Fair.

When we last checked in, all the entries were spread on long tables, shelves and various storage spaces. Fast forward to September and our hard-working team has given out ribbons, awards and hung every submission out for our guests to see.

Play games, dress up, and open your imagination at one of our most creative exhibits at the Fair!

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Art + Water + LA County Fair = One Fun Experience

What happens when art, the LA County Fair and water come together? Simple. A breathtaking art exhibition surrounding water is created for guests to enjoy as they visit this year’s Fair.

The Millard Sheets Art Center’s 2016 exhibition The Art Classis: Oasis addresses water as seen through the eyes of Los Angeles artists. The interest in this topic stems from the fact that over the last decade California has seen a severe decrease in rainfall that has led to consequences throughout the state. Since the Los Angeles region, which is comprised of mountains, rivers, ocean shores, farms, cities, and suburbs has had its own unique reaction to the rise and fall of the water levels, The Art Classic: Oasis focuses on how these areas are affected and beautified by the world’s most precious resource – water.

The Art exhibition, a longstanding tradition at the Fair, is perfect for all ages, especially kids, so head to the LA County Fair and learn more about water, the land we live in and how you can have a role in keeping our communities beautiful and healthy.

Fair closes tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 25, so come check out The Art Classic -
it’s your last chance!

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All Aboard at the LA County Fair!

We pride ourselves on our diverse exhibits — from agriculture to sports, and dinosaurs to giraffes, we have something for everyone, including train enthusiasts.

What started as a small exhibit at the LA County Fair in 1924 has transformed into a large permanent exhibit at Fairplex. The Fairplex Garden Railroad, now open both day and night at the Fair, depicts various landscapes, from the mountains to the seaside, and even Pomona itself. Take a look: 

While our miniature trains are busily running near the shopping halls, our much larger historic steam engines are proudly displayed on the other side of the Fair, at our RailGiants Train Museum.

Guests young and old are invited to climb and explore the many steam engines here, while our docents are available to answer any questions and share the history of these beautiful vehicles.

All aboard!

For more information on the Fairplex Garden Railroad, visit fgrr.org. For more information on the RailGiants Train Museum, visit railgiants.org.

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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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Cheers to our Wine Education Classes on this #ThirstyThursday

One way to relax at the Fair is to participate in our wine education program. Top chefs and wine experts share their knowledge with Fairgoers, providing wine, crackers and cheese for all – as long as you are 21+.

Last week, Sharron McCarthy joined us at the Wine, Beer & Spirits Marketplace for a class in which she shared her best tips for successful hospitality, hosting parties and of course, the best Chilean wine.

Sharron’s “Charming Chile” class served six different wines (made in different parts of Chile), as well as four delicious cheeses.

The Wines
Natura Sauvignon Blanc
- Color: Transparent yellow
- Taste: Citrus and herb notes reappear on the palate. A fresh, bright and pleasing wine with nicely balanced acidity and good persistence
- 100% Sauvignon Blanc
- Pairs well with ceviche, sushi, smoked ham, goat cheese and salads

Signos De Origen La Vinilla
- Color: Golden yellow
- Taste: Lush and full on the palate with tropical fruit flavors and pleasing acidity
- 68% Chardonnay, 13% Roussanne, 12% Viognier, 7% Marsanne

Signos De Origen Syrah 2012
- Color: Deep purplish-red
- Taste: Beautiful fruit and voluptuous texture complememted by well-balanced acidity and overall tremendous structure.
- 97% Syrah, 3% Viognier

Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Serie Ribera
- Color: Deep Red
- Taste: Well structured, with concentrated flavors of red fruit and sweet tannins.
- 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Carmenere
- Pairs well with beef and pork dishes, and ripe cheeses.

Concha y Toro Marqués de Casa Concha
- Color: Dark ruby red
- Taste: Concentrated flavors are revealed in firm tannins with a soft, silky texture and a lingering finish
- 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Syrah, 1% Petit Verdot
- Pairs well with red meats, cheeses, and hearty pasta dishes.

Coyam
- Color: Intense violet-red
- Taste: Beautifully balanced and full on the palate, good structure with osft, round tannins. Elegant expressions of fruit delicately interwoven with oak, mineral, and toffee.
- 41% Syrah, 29% Carmenere, 20% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Mourvedre, 1% Petit Verdot
- Pairs well with roasted red meats, strong cheeses, and pasta with spicy sauces. Also marries well with dried fruits.

All six wines had unique traits. Sharron had Fairguests see for themselves through scent, color and of course, taste. If you would like a chance to learn more about wine, cheese and olive oil, be sure to stop by!

You can get the full schedule and list of speakers here.

 

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Learn About Our Anatomy at OUR BODY Exhibit

Have you ever wondered where your liver was located? Or what smoker’s lung looks like? Or how your muscles perform when you run?

If your answer was yes, then you’ll be thrilled to know that these and so many other questions will be answered at the LA County Fair’s OUR BODY: The Universe Within exhibit.

This scientific and educational exhibit is comprised of over 200 specimens that have been preserved using a method known as “polymer impregnation,” or “plastination.” This process preserves tissues right down to the microscopic level.

OUR BODY goes “under the skin,” literally as well as figuratively, revealing the complexity of the human body and allowing students an up-close, three-dimensional look at their inner make-up.

As you enter the exhibit, you will have the opportunity to examine the human body as a whole. Continuing throughout the exhibit, you will journey through each of the body’s major systems allowing you to see firsthand how they function and relate to other systems.

Rather than using models of the human body, this mind-blowing exhibit uses actual human bodies to provide students and guests alike a look at what normally only doctors and scientists are allowed to see first-hand, making this a once in a lifetime experience.

The goal of OUR BODY is for guests of all ages to leave with a deeper understanding of the body’s form and function and a stronger appreciation for the uniqueness of each of our individual bodies. Contrasting examples of healthy and diseased organs and specimens are displayed throughout the exhibit with the intended hope for Fair visitors to make healthier lifestyle choices, if not already in the practice of doing so.

The specimens serve as an engaging resource that vibrantly illustrates how far mankind has come since the first anatomical sketches were drawn in the 2nd century A.D.

Educational guides providing guests with background information on the polymer impregnation process, activities to participate in before, during and after your visit, as well as important questions and answers about the exhibition will be available throughout the hall.

This fascinating, artful, and educational display is located under the Grandstand and is appropriate for all ages. Guests ages 6+ can purchase tickets online for $5. Visit www.lacountyfair.com, for more information.

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FairKids Field Trip Program Evolves

We are proud to announce that the FairKids Field Trip Program that brings 150,000+ students to explore agriculture, animal husbandry and STEM topics during the annual LA County Fair is now a year-round program!

Yesterday, fifteen students from the Walnut Valley Unified School District were the first group of students to take advantage of this new program. Once at the Fairgrounds, students crunched leaves and tested the pH levels of various soils as they learned how different types of plants and produce grow. 

By being part of this program, students will learn about the foods they eat, their nutritional value, where they come from, how they are grown/raised, the role Mother Nature plays on our food supply, sustainable agriculture, effective use of energy and water supplies and much more. This program is great for teachers interested in offering their students a hands-on approach.  

We hope teachers in our surrounding communities take full advantage of the Fair’s newly expanded farm operations.

For more information, please call (909) 865-4638 or email tuyen@fairplex.com. You can also visit www.tlcfairplex.org.

See more photos of all the fun on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lacountyfair.

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Why Giving Back Matters To Us

At its core, the Fair is all about community. Without it, we wouldn’t be LACF.

Thanks to the efforts of our volunteers, staff members, and guests, we were able to provide food, school supplies, learning experiences and so much more, to families throughout Los Angeles County.

Check out the infographic below for a full break down of our community efforts this year, and thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s giving back efforts! We truly could not do it without you!

la county fair community benefits

We have had an amazing Fair experience and we hope you feel the same! Thank you to all our readers for checking in with us and sharing in our adventures. Don’t forget to share your photos with us on social media using #LACFNaturalHigh! You guys rock :)

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The Engines Roar

Can you hear that rumble?

It’s coming from Thunder Alley, sponsored by the NHRA Motorsports Museum, and back by popular demand!

If you love anything fuel injected, engine exposed, or are just into gorgeous classic style cars, why are you still reading this?  Owners and former racers bring their babies for you to see and marvel at.

Have a seat in the helicopter on display at the Air Force Flight Museum, and gawk or gaze in wonder at the other machinery and flying marvels they’ve brought for you to see.  Don’t worry….nothing is armed!

Marvel at the dragsters, both the ones for adults, and those made for children!  I have to admit, the thought that 10-year-olds are going up to 85 miles per hour makes me wonder what I’ve been doing with my life!

Other exhibits include military vehicles, Drag safaris, trucks, and even boats!

Remember, Thunder Alley drives off into the sunset on our last day, September 27th.  Speed (not really!) on down before they’re gone!!

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