Pomona Kids Dig What’s Growing at FairView Farms

Did you know carrots aren’t just orange? They can be black (actually deep purple), pink, and white. And mint can come in all kinds of flavors, including chocolate mint. Imagine, a candy bar in a leaf … delish!

That’s just what about 50 kids from Pomona Hope, a local non-profit community organization, learned when they visited FarmView Farms’ garden at Fairplex on Tuesday afternoon. 

FairView Farms not only spotlights agriculture, but will feature Western Days & Rodeo Nights with all kinds of fast-paced action at this year’s L.A. County Fair, Sept. 4-Oct. 3. 

Emily Peine, director of programs at Pomona Hope Community Center, organized the field trip. Pomona Hope has its own community garden in which the children help out, all under the supervision of lead gardener Drew Rushlow, who helped set up the visit. 

Don DeLano, Fairplex landscape supervisor, led a tour through the garden for the children and their teen and adult leaders. The group saw an amazing variety of fruits and vegetables growing on the 1/4-acre farm – lots of lettuces, herbs (thyme, dill, tarragon, chives, and more), radishes, peppers, chili peppers, eggplant, tomatoes (of all colors and sizes), squash, peaches, olives, and so much more. 

Many of those vegetables became ingredients for the al fresco dinner the group enjoyed after the tour. David Tieg, head chef at McKinley’s Grill at the Fairplex Sheraton, regularly harvests seasonal fruits and vegetables from the garden to offer the freshest ingredients on his diverse restaurant menu. 

Garden guests enjoyed grilled eggplant, squash and tomatoes; a green salad packed with just-harvested veggies and a tomato salad using several varieties of the red fruit; carnitas; hand-made corn tortillas grilled on the spot; refried beans and rice; all topped off by a peach crisp dessert using juicy fruits right off of trees in the FairView Farms orchard. 

Not only were little tummies full of delicious fresh foods by the end of the evening, young minds were full of ideas for their own gardens.

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

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No GPS Needed to Navigate Our Fair

When you visit the L.A. County Fair this year, you’ll notice something is a little different. Actually, a LOT of things are different! We’ve been building, moving, grading, shifting and lifting many things around the grounds to make all areas of the Fair easier for our guests to navigate. We are shaping up beautifully and I think you are going to love the results! It’s like we went to a 12-month Day Spa and came back refreshed and ready to greet our more than one million guests.

The first big change you’ll notice is the carnival has moved a bit southeast. It will be located closer to the center of the fairgrounds, in between the Flower & Garden Pavilion and the grandstand. The Grandstand Pavilion shopping area and the bbqs and spas have moved to make way for the carnival. The fabulous Ray Cammack Shows carnival will be back again for its 26th year with all the great rides, games and food you’ve come to enjoy – just in a new locale!

For all you shopaholics like me, we’ve located all the shopping in one convenient spot – the Shopping Place. This isn’t completely new. The Shopping Place has always been located in the shopping buildings. But now ALL products and vendors will be in that neighborhood, including along the thoroughfares between the buildings. There will be the Shopping Shuttle Express, presented by Jeffrey Scott Fine Magnetics, that will take shoppers from Yellow Gate and back. The Grandstand Pavilion was removed to make way for the carnival, so all vendors who were in the pavilion are now at the Shopping Place.

The Sunset Cabana is gone, replaced by Outdoor Living, were all the spas and bbqs will be located. This is located on Broadway, near the clock tower.

A Pirate’s Life has moved to behind the Shopping Place, near Red Gate. Esmeralda’s Traveling Circus, a new attraction, will be on Redwood Street. Behind the circus will be the new Gypsy Camp, near the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Red Gate entrance. The camp will be full of unusual and strange sights to behold!

See? Lots of new things in new settings. I know you will love it! Forty-four days!

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Arts, Industrial Revolution Explored at Sheets Gallery

Part art gallery, part history museum, the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts again puts art in an historical perspective with the 2010 L.A. County Fair exhibit From the Industrial Age to the Computer Age . . . Three Centuries of Artistic Innovation.

The Industrial Revolution changed not only how the world worked in agriculture, manufacturing and transport, but also affected everyday life and the arts.

You’ll feel like you’re visiting the Smithsonian as this exhibit transports you through time from the early 1700s to the 20th Century. Working models of landmark technologies – the steam engine, the printing press, photography, and more – show how new materials, such as stainless steel, titanium, plastics, synthetic fibers, and acrylics revolutionized art and expression. There’s also going to be a 1/2-scale model of the Wright Brothers bi-plane (with a 25-foot wingspan!) that ushered in the era of flight.

“We’re looking at the art of invention and what the new methods and products of the Industrial Revolution did to change the lives of artists and ways to create art,” said Tony Sheets, curator of the MSCAF.

Fairguests will enjoy art-making up close as 40 artists-in-residence use many of those once-revolutionary materials for demonstrations in glasswork, weaving, printmaking, painting, ceramics and sculpture every day. Kids can express themselves artistically in the craft room set aside each year with the materials and assistance necessary for young and old to explore their imaginations.

Get more details about From the Industrial Age to the Computer Age . . . Three Centuries of Artistic Innovation at lacountyfair.com.

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Give Blood, Get a Ticket to the Fair

The L.A. County Fair wants your blood, literally! We are partnering with the American Red Cross to hold our third annual Fair Blood Drive. All donors receive a free ticket to the Fair! Save a life, celebrate at the Fair. It’s a win-win situation for all!

The first of two blood drives will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20 at the Sheraton Fairplex hotel, 601 W. McKinley Ave, in Pomona, right on the grounds of the Fair. To make an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code fairmckinley. Donors will also receive a coupon for a free treat at Cold Stone Creamery and two complimentary VIP tickets to the Laugh Factory.

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.

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Bad Company Joins the Fair Concert Series

All right now! Bad Company has joined the End of Summer Concert Series at the L.A. County Fair, set to perform on Saturday, Oct. 2. Bad Company tickets will go on sale to EOSCS members on July 22 and to the general public on July 25.

The classic rock English band is known for its hits “Rock and Roll Fantasy” and “Ready For Love” and a ton more! Paul Rodgers has been named as one of the finest voices in rock and roll and a great songwriting talent. He has even branched out and has been the featured lead singer with Queen bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor.

This is sure to be a big night at the Grandstand, so get your tickets soon. I will definitely see you there!

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Spend a Day at the Races with Friends

How about spending a fun, action-packed day at the horse races with an intimate group of friends? The L.A. County Fair’s Day at the Races offers packages for groups as small as 10 people to come out and enjoy the races, dine on a delicious buffet lunch and get a group shot in the winner’s circle.

You don’t have to have a large group to enjoy this special day at the Fair and racetrack (although we can accommodate groups up to 300 people, so if you have a big family or want to treat your employees, we can handle that, too!).

Contact our Advance Sales department at (909) 865-4094 to book your day. Want to impress your future in-laws? Maybe you just want an afternoon with your buddies or gal pals. Celebrate a bachelor party or even a baby shower! A Day at the Races is a unique opportunity to celebrate any occasion. Prices start at $35.

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Follow Us to the Fair

Have you seen one of the wrapped Fair vehicles driving down the street? We have several Toyota vehicles, the official vehicle of the L.A. County Fair, wrapped in colorful Fair decor.

You’ll see more of them as we get closer to the Fair and as our street team hit more community events. Stop and say “Hi” and grab some Fair freebies.

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Got Your Concert Tickets Yet?

eoscsThe lineup for the End of Summer Concert Series was announced over the weekend. Did you get your tickets? We have a great series, brought to by our friends at Toyota. You’ve been waiting – here it is:
• Saturday, Sept. 4 – ASA World Championships of Freestyle Motocross
• Sunday, Sept. 5 – Teena Marie, Heatwave and Lenny Williams
• Monday, Sept. 6 – Lifehouse, Carolina Liar, Alana Grace
• Thursday, Sept. 9 – Monster Truck Madnessselena-gomez
• Friday, Sept. 10 – Rick Springfield
• Saturday, Sept. 11 – Gretchen Wilson
• Sunday, Sept. 12 – Darius Rucker
• Thursday, Sept. 16 – Creedence Clearwater Revisited
• Friday, Sept. 17– Tower of Power & Average White Band
• Saturday, Sept. 18 – Selena Gomez And the Scene
• Sunday, Sept. 19 – MARIACHI USA® Fiesta
• Thursday, Sept. 23 – Boyz II Men and En Vogue
• Friday, Sept. 24 – WAR
• Saturday, Sept. 25 – 70’s Soul Jam featuring The Stylistics and Friends
• Sunday, Sept. 26 – Happy Together Tour – 25th Anniversary, with The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Grass Roots featuring Rob Grill, Micky Dolenz, The Buckinghams and Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders.
• Thursday, Sept. 30 – Demolition Derby presented by Jeffrey Scott® Fine Magnetics
• Friday, Oct. 1 – Daryl Hall & John Oatesrick-springfield
• Saturday, Oct. 2 – TBA
• Sunday, Oct. 3 – 3OH!3  

Reserved seating is available from $18.50 to $25, box seats from $22.50 to $45 and stageside seating from $75 to $125. Limited general admission seating is free with Fair admission, except for Selena Gomez (general admission tix for her show are $15). Tickets may be purchased at the Fairplex credentials office, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, at Ticketmaster locations and online at www.ticketmaster.com. The Fairplex credentials office is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  (closed between 1 and 2 p.m.).

See you in the grandstand!

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Going Back to the Time of Knights, Damsels and Castles

akGood day good sirs and ladies! How fare thee? I, the mistress Fair-ey Blogster, doth agree to indeed bring cheer through the sharing of delights regardeth A Time Long Ago...Ok, my Old English Renaissance speak is pretty plague-sore. What I am trying to say is I want to whet your appetite for this year’s Fair by previewing our America’s Kids exhibit – A Time Long Ago…The Fair brings medieval times back to the future and a fantastic time will be had by all, be you knave or knight, damsel or dragon.

A big Huzzah is bestowed upon Mistress Nancy Bates and her excellent well staff who are creating what is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages (meaning arthuryou, too, mom and dad). Fairplex building 10 is being transformed into a lavish castle and village, complete with a forest right in the middle. By completion, it will have taken Nancy and crew three month to paint, nail and reconstruct this medieval majesty. Nancy, a most excellent seamstress by profession, even designed and sewed the 30 period costumes you will see staff wearing during the Fair.

Inside the building, one section will be the village, with peasants, games and archery. The other side will be nobility, with a king, queen and wizard (who will join in the Fair’s daily parades) and the town with a library and the medieval kitchen where some interesting cooking (using no modern appliances) will take place.

The forest, which will inhabit the middle of the building, will be an interesting place, as it is the magical spot where myths and legends and fairy tales were born. There will be tons of activities involving fairies, unicorns, trolls and there will even be real dragons!

Kids can enroll in Knight School. We’ll have costumes to try on, so even you can be king or queen for a day. It’s going to be amazing, so don’t miss A Time Long Ago…presented by King Taco. Keep coming back to the blog as we post the “transformation” photos of how one building turns into a complete village of the Middle Ages!

Now, off with you!

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