Take the Last Train to Pomona and I’ll Meet You at the Station

Hey Fair Fans, if you don’t want to bother with driving and parking at the Fair, how about the train? Metrolink is offering service every day of the Fair. Here is some info straight from the Metrolink Web site:

Metrolink is your easy way to get to the 2008 L.A. County Fair in Pomona.

The L.A. County Fair will open its gates on Friday, Sept. 5, and continue through Sunday, Sept. 28. San Bernardino Line trains will make special stops at Fairplex beginning Friday, Sept. 5. Trains will stop at the fair every day, except on Mondays and Tuesdays, when the fair is closed.

Metrolink riders, just show your valid Metrolink Round-Trip, 10-Trip Ticket or Monthly Pass at any Fair ticket booth and you’ll receive a coupon good for admission discounts and special Midway ride and food offers. To find out what offers your Metrolink ticket can unlock for you at the Fair, visit http://www.lacountyfair.com/2008/index.asp.

Visit www.metrolinktrains.com for train schedules.

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Party Time – Premiere Party That Is

So, L.A. County Fair fans, we are seven days out!! Wow, the summer went by fast. Although school is back in session, around here it’s still summer to us and we think you need a little Fair-cation. Before the fun of 18 days of the Fair begins, we hold a little shindig the night before we call the Premiere Party.

Each year on the night before opening day, the Fair holds a snappy gala that benefits the Fairplex Education Foundation, one of four non-profit foundations at Fairplex. The party is held in the Flower & Garden Pavilion, which this year is themed “Escape to Hawaii – An Enchanted Island Experience” – complete with an erupting volcano! There are fancy drinks with little umbrellas and lots of delectable edibles. Honorees of this year’s Premiere Party are Ann and Stephen Morgan. The Morgans are big supporters of the Fair. Dr. Morgan is a past chairman of the Los Angeles County Fair Association and is also the president of the University of La Verne.

Tickets can be purchased online here. Tickets are $125, a major portion of which is tax deductible. The party gets underway at 6 p.m. Thursday. Aloha!

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Yes, We Said Free Gas

Have you seen our new billboards for this year’s L.A. County Fair? They are getting quite a bit of play out there in the blogosphere. We’ve been mentioned in adrants.com, LAist.com and LATimesblogs. Woo hoo.

Take a look for yourself:

These are just two of 10 billboards promoting the Fair. And isn’t that a Hot Dog on a Stick I see in McCain’s hand?! The Fair-ey Blogster holds no political affiliations, but is it OK to vote for someone because of the food on a stick they eat? (I think Hillary would’ve been a deep-fried White Castles slammer).

Free Gas is my favorite. It’s fun to have a chuckle at such puerile humor once in awhile. So, yeah, we’re promoting free gas. Free pies (cow, that is)  and mother’s (goats) milk, too. Poor cows. They are always the butt of jokes and ridiculed in the reports of some government official who fannies about with his research, trying to toot his own horn.

Actually, it is true that cows produce 75 percent of the total methane produced by all animals, according to a report by CNN. It’s not their fault. They don’t intentionally pass wind just to hot house their neighbor. They have FOUR stomachs! They can’t help it! Being one of the largest beef producers in the world, scientists from Argentina are attempting to measure the true output from a single cow so they can figure out what to do with all that bovinus flatulus. Read on.

So, as you drive along the highways and byways, look for our billboards. Then come back here and tell me which one you like best.


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Don’t Whine…Wine!

OK, L.A. County Fair fans, just 10 days. It’s almost here. And as you are planning your day at the Fair, for those of you 21 and older, why not add in a wine education class at the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Marketplace? There are also spirits and extra virgin olive oil classes.

Our wine education program is just that – extremely educational and extremely fun. Wine experts (many of whom serve as judges for the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition held in May) from around the globe conduct classes on some very interesting topics like wine and cheese pairing, and wine and chocolate. Other classes include California Cabernets, Wines of Chile, Varietals of Southern Italy, Tequila 101 and Yo Ho Ho – the Lowdown on Rum. The classes are $17 per wine/spirits class, and $8 for extra virgin olive oil classes. Samples are part of the class! You can register for classes online. Check out our Web page.

Even if you don’t take a class, visit the Wine & Spirits Marketplace for wine tasting of our competitions medal winners, beer, cheese and olive oil tasting, too. Grab a bite at the Marketplace Cafe or do some shopping at the Crushed Grape.

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Barbie™ vs. Jedi Knights – Who Wins?

OMG! Have you heard? Barbie™ – yes that Barbie™ with the trademark symbol after her name!- will be at the L.A. County Fair DAILY!!! (squeal, squeal, squeal!). The Fair-ey Blogster is a HUGE Barbie™ fan as are many of you girls young and old. This is big! The perfect woman with beautiful hair and whose feet have amazing arches for wearing high heels all day long – whether she is an astronaut, teacher, veterinarian or championship horsewoman.

Barbie™ will be meeting her fans in the Family Marketplace during Barbie™ Meet & Greets Wednesdays-Fridays: noon, 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m.; and Saturdays-Sundays: 11 a.m., 12:30, 2, 3:30, 4:30, 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m.

Barbie™ will be at the Princess Dream House. At the Dream House, visit the Pretty and Pink Beauty Parlor for some pampering fun complete with hair braiding, painted nails and face painting. You’ll be the belle of the ball in this glamorous world! Practice your culinary skills in Sprinkles Kitchen and decorate your very own cookie with frosting and candies – the possibilities are endless! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a model? In this Dream World you can play dress up with clothes from the princess runway. You can also try on various outfits reminiscent of numerous career opportunities including doctor, rock star, jet pilot, firefighter, chef, World Cup goalie – the possibilities are endless – and participate in our very own fashion show. Travel in style… where else but the L.A. County Fair can you have your picture taken in an awesome pink flowered golf cart?

I know, I know – but the Fair-ey Blogster loves girly pink stuff, what can I say? Except that I also like light sabers and that husky gravelly voice of Darth Vader. So, I’ll also be spending time with the characters from Star Wars, who will also be at the Family Marketplace for meet and greets with fans. Star Wars Meet & Greets are throughout the day on opening weekend only, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6 and 7.

And if saying hi to a wookie or a storm trooper isn’t enough for you, how about enrolling in the Jedi Lightsaber Academy? The academy runs Saturday, Sept. 6 at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 7 at noon, 2 and 4:30 p.m.

You’ll see me there – the crazy lady with the long blonde wig swooshing around a pink light saber.

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Ode to a Fair and a Girl Growing Up

My darling daughter, age 4 ¾, will be starting kindergarten in six days, 16 days before the opening of what will be my eighth Fair. Obviously when I started here, my girl wasn’t even in the planning stages. But then, a few years later, there I was, teetering around like a weebles-wobble-but-they-won’t-fall-down figurine, nearly eight months pregnant. It was 2003, two years after that indelible Sept. 11 day. In 2001, we and our guests continued with the Fair with extreme patriotism running through our veins, Pat Benatar singing a plaintive but proud “God Bless America.”

In 2003, as a mighty expectant mother, I thought I could continue to the end of the Fair. Day three, I drove out of the Fairplex parking lot, feeling a little uneasy. I called my husband and we decided I better stop at the hospital – just in case! Well, my contractions weren’t bad, they said. I was still four weeks away from my due date, but it was probably a good idea to stop working now. A wave of disappointment rolled through my body. I was so looking forward to commiserating with the expectant moms in FairView Farms. The cows, the goats, the pigs, me – all of us with swollen ankles, bloated from water retention, aching backs, dark circles under our eyes due to lack of sleep from not finding a comfortable position on the hay or posturepedic.

Well, girls, I said to my beloved barnyard sisters on a visit back to the Fair where my husband pushed me around in a wheelchair, think of me as you labor in front of a mesmerized crowd here in FairView Farms. I’ll keep you as my focal point back at the private suite at the people hospital. There we were – the cow, the goat, the pig and me – creatures great and small in this wondrous world, knowing that our own private universes would never be the same. Is it a coincidence that the farm is my daughter’s favorite spot at the Fair? Hhhmmm…

Here we are, nearly five years later. There is so much anticipation and excitement in the air – for my girl as she takes her first step on her educational journey, as she becomes part of a larger world outside of her mom, dad and brother, and for another Fair, a Fair that will entertain more than one million people – a girl and a Fair that I will embrace a little tighter this year. Go get ‘em Dizzy! And cheers is to a great Fair.

Memories great and small are created here at the L.A. County Fair. Come make some of your own!

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17 Days and counting…

Ok, I’ve been a little lax on the blogging lately. But we are coming down to the wire here at the L.A. County Fair. It’s T-minus 17 days. Be sure to check out the Web site for all the exciting attractions and promotions. Don’t forget to buy your End of Summer Concert Series/Adrenaline Nights tickets. There is so much happening! More later!

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There’s No Reason to Pay Full Price

Have you visited the discounts and promotions page on the L.A. County Fair Web site? Did you see all the ways to save money on tickets? So, there is absolutely no reason why you should pay full price to get into the greatest Fair in the country.

Here is a brief list of discounts:
•    Opening Day, Friday, Sept. 5 – admission just $1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Opening Day admission 5 p.m.-midnight: Ages 13+ $12, Ages 6-12 $ 7)
•    Kids Free Fridays – Kids ages 12 and under are free every Friday with paid adult admission
•    AT&T Any Day Admission Tickets – Go to any AT&T Wireless store beginning Aug. 1 to purchase admission tickets for just $10 for adults and $6 for ages 6-12.  Each AT&T Adult and Child any-day admission ticket comes with an exclusive unlimited ride carnival wristband offer (purchase required, restrictions apply). Wristbands are $35 and must be purchased before 9 p.m., good until 11 p.m. weekdays; must be purchased before 4 p.m., available for use until 7 p.m. weekends.  With purchase of the unlimited ride carnival wristband, customers will also receive a Smart Card good for any two midway carnival games (up to a $10 value). Wristbands must be purchased at a designated carnival wristband redemption kiosk.
•    College Thursdays – Celebrate Thursdays throughout the Fair. Admission is just $5 for college students with proper identification.
•    $5 after 5 – Admission after 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays is just $5. It’s a great way to spend a date night or just reinvent a weekday evening, presented by Dish Network.
•    McDonalds Wednesdays – Admission to the Fair is just $20 Wednesdays, which includes an unlimited-ride carnival wristband. Vouchers for Wednesday specials are available beginning Saturday, Aug. 30, at participating Southern California McDonald’s restaurants.
•    Ralphs Fun Pack – Wednesdays – Fridays, just $28, includes two weekday admission tickets; two five-ride carnival passes; two corn dogs & two16 oz. soft drinks (available in the carnival midway only); in-store bounce-back coupons good for Ralphs food products; Fun Pack coupons are available at participating Ralphs grocery stores, beginning Aug. 30 through Sept. 26, or while supplies last. Valued at more than $115. Presented by Ralphs.

Check out our discount page for all offers.OK people! We’re down to T-minus 21 days, nearing DEFCON 1. This is it! The 2008 L.A. County Fair will be here before you know it!!!!

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Good Vibrations

They line up at the Fair, discreetly tucked away between food stands or photo booths, not making direct eye contact with you but careful not to look away. They aren’t the big attraction but they know they are needed. It wouldn’t be the Fair without them. With their scintillating wit, they know they can’t compete with the big guys – sure everyone’s going to the carnival first for the super thrills or to the masseuse or the hydro-massage in the buildings for deep therapy. Theirs is a need that sneaks up on Fairguests – a spontaneous decision with a lasting effect.

That’s right – I’m talking about the Footsie Wootsie. Admit it – you’ve indulged once or twice. Maybe it’s turned into an addiction – it’s ok. Every time you visit the Fair you have to try it, even though it is the same sensation every time. This is one vice it’s ok to say yes to.

Personally, I think this is the epitome of modern mechanical technology. A shaped seat comfortably fits derrieres of most size. The foot rest tilts front and back. Plop that 25 cents in – voila! Super-speed vibrating action sets some serious relaxation into those Fair-walking weary tootsies. Move your foot to and fro, get that arch in there for some good pulsation. Sure it sounds like someone is holding a jack hammer to your ear, but what’s a little auditory discomfort when your dogs are getting some much needed R&R.

Some say it is an acquired taste – but once you try “The Ultimate Foot Massage,” it’s hard to give it up.
Make sure you keep a pocket full of quarters when you come to the Fair. And stay off the pink one – that’s mine!

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Shop ‘til You Drop…Literally

We’ve reached the appropriate time in this blog when I get to speak to you about an element of the Fair that is extremely personal to me; a subject with which I spend many wistful summer afternoons, mulling, dreaming. A topic so close to my heart that the mere mention of it brings flutters of unceasing joy! That’s right – I’m talking about shopping. Despite my husband’s loving ribbing, I did not receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in shopping (it was actually a Bachelor of Fine Arts in boutique browsing. I’m currently working on my Master’s in cracka’ lackin’ shoes). I have a nose for all that is good in the consumer world – be it clothes, shoes, power tools, dishes that won’t break, gourmet dips and toilets whose tanks serve as aquariums. All that and more can be found at the L.A. County Fair.

Ladies (and gentlemen, too), when I tell you to save up, bring the checkbook or clear the credit card in time for the Fair, I mean it! With more than 2,000 vendors, the Fair is the largest marketplace this side of the Mississippi. The great thing about the Fair is that you will find items that you can’t find anywhere else or at a stale mall (I’m sorry mall, I’ll love you again after Fair).

This item is new and I am so buying one – Pak Chest® Brand’s Fridge Xone™ Coolers. The only cooler big enough and tough enough for legendary Chicago Bears lineman William “Refrigerator” Perry. The patented technology allows you to have three distinct types of food storage which include: an iced storage area, for icy cold beverages; a separate patented refrigerated pocket™, to keep your sandwiches cool and dry (I love this feature – no more soggy sandwiches), and an extra large capacity dry storage pocket for chips, paper plates, etc. Super insulated with Silver Tech™ insulation and constructed with leak and crush proof polyethylene plastic along with mildew and tear resistant fabrics, this attractive cooler is built to last. The cooler’s lid has a padded top that is strong enough to sit on and the swing open lid design provides for easy access to the coolers contents without having to remove items from the top, making it ideal for use as a tray table.

Also this year: dude, hogs are back! We don’t mean the snortin’ variety – we mean the two-wheeled legendary Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Drive to the Fair in a Yugo, go home in a sleek, chrome-gleaming, revving chick magnet! Ah – visions of Joe Namath in “C.C. and Company”! Yeah, yeah, I know! Great football player, lousy actor. Alright people! Work with me here! The only Harley rider I know is my brother, and I can’t give you a romantic yet wild image of him, can I? Come to think of it, I’m not even sure Joe Willie was riding a Harley – hmmm. At least he had Ann-Margret riding on the back. Anyway – the Fair will have Harleys!

Here are some more items: the topless sandal, Bulldog Beds – beautiful beds for dogs, Snap on flip flops – Flip flops with detachable characters, Cohiba Cigars, Geo Mio – clothing made from bamboo and Da Costa Fashion’s purses and wallets made from fruits, nuts and leaves.

Here is one I’m going to leave to your imagination – Fetch This – doggy couture by Playboy. Whatever, but I will not allow my dog to walk out of my house looking like Paw-mela Anderson or Paw-ris Hilton.

Going Green will have tons of organic items and green products. Family Marketplace and Pirate’s Life will be stocked with great gear for the kiddies. Don’t forget the salsa and smoothie makers, amazing pots and pans, jewelry and bendable ladders. There is so much! As an ardent shopper, I’ve left my mark in previous years, from Birkenstocks to a cute, cute incredibly soft stuffed dog backpack to a Yamaha piano.

What will I bring home this year? Oh, hubby dear, where’s the checkbook?

What will you bring home from the 2008 Fair?

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