Red, Red Wine

wine-07And white, and rose, and bubbly! Yes, the air above Fairplex will be fragrant with every varietal of wine come next week. The Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition and the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition both get under way next week. The prestigious wine judging celebrates its 70th year this year.

Nearly 100 judges from around the world will sniff, swirl and spit more than 3,000 wines to find the ones that suit and soothe their palate. The judges are winemakers, wine writers, sommeliers, food experts – the best of the best.

So, we have a great wine competition, but what does this mean for you the Fairguest? Well, it means you can try out the medal winners at the L.A. County Fair. Wine tasting (and beer and extra virgin olive oil, too) is available at the Wine & Spirits Marketplace, presented by Ralphs, throughout the run of the Fair. It’s a great opportunity to tast a variety of varietals, see what piques your palate’s interest for home enjoyment.

And, if tasting wasn’t enough, the Fair offers wine education classes. All the classes have not been finalized yet, but once they are I’ll post a link so you can see what interests you.

If you can’t wait until the Fair, you can enjoy the competition award winners at Wine & Cars Under the Stars, June 20 at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum.

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We’re Raising the Woof!

dogHey fellow lovers of four-legged, wet-nosed cuddly, cute, catch-playing, bone-loving creatures. No, not you dinosaur lovers – I’m talking to my dog friends! You know we are bringing Bark Park back to the Fair this year. For those of you who can’t wait until September for some canine shenanigans, this weekend at Fairplex is the Mission Circuit Dog Show. Thousands of dogs will mark their spot (oh heavens, we hope not literally!) from Friday to Monday in this dog competition that has become a Fairplex Memorial Day weekend tradition.

More than 160 breeds will be represented. And even if you aren’t the type to missioncircuitdogshowlogoenter your dog in a show, there is plenty on hand for the casual couch-dogtato owner. The show will feature pet adoptions, seminars, grooming tips, breed information, training tips, vendors and more.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 – 12, and ages 5 and younger are free. Check our Web site for a coupon.

So, shake the keys at the kids and take a ride on over to Fairplex this weekend. It will be doggone terrier-tastic!

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Kaboom!

fireworksMost of my favorite holidays involve food and presents; my birthday (it’s a holiday to me), Christmas, and Independence Day!

I know what you are thinking…there aren’t presents on Independence Day. Well, I am here to tell you that you are incorrect! The day is full of wonder and excitement! All day we BBQ, eat, and spend time with our families while waiting in anticipation of the night, and the spectacular firework show in the sky.

But wait! Most places these days don’t allow the cool fireworks, if they allow fireworks at all. I know, I know… it’s not like it was when I was a kid, but I have the solution!! KABOOM!

Here at Fairplex you can join us for KABOOM, our Fourth of July Celebration. After you BBQ and eat lunch, join us for an All American dinner (oh yeah!) and await the fireworks spectacular while watching Monster Truck and Big Air Freestyle Motocross.

This is not too good to be true! We only get to watch these amazing fireworks once a year so why not go big! You know what they say “go big or go home.” I can’t wait to see you there!

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Come Fly With Me

kiddiecarnival2Hey all you young ‘uns, or parents of young ‘uns, who love carnivals – wait til you see what the L.A. County Fair has in store for you! The Fair and Ray Cammack Shows, our carnival operator for the past 24 years, will have an expanded kiddie carnival, which means expanded fun! The carnival located next to the America’s Kids building, right in the heart of our grounds, is expanding to Broadway – nearly doubling the size.

The kiddie carnival is tons of fun – and there are some rides kiddiecarnivalparents can experience with their children, such as the Ferris wheel. But most of the rides and games are for the younger set. The dragon roller coaster is a favorite, and there is always a spinny type of ride, like spinning bears or strawberries – not for the Fair-ey Blogster (I’m a bit squeamish! Warning – don’t sit next to me on a roller coaster). Carnival games are fun (balloon-dart pop, knock down the milk bottles, inflate a balloon with a water gun – my fave) and there will be plenty of spots to get a bite to eat.

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