A big round of applause to everyone who attended the 2010 L.A. County Fair! It was a huge success with 1.37 million guests – up from last year. We had a ton of fun with Mojo the monkey, the giant dinosaurs, the food, the shopping and all the animals in FairView Farms. Our Body: The Universe Within was an amazing success! And we said good-bye to the Giant Slide.
All the totals aren’t in yet but here are a few general Fair tidbits:
130,000 – Souvenir Bottles
2,000 pounds Deep Fried Frog Legs
8,000-Deep Fried Avocado
12,000-Deep Fried Twinkies
40,000-Deep Fried Oreos
68,000 -Hot Dog on a Stick
82,567 – cups of Lemonade
Wow! Hope you enjoyed it all!
We’ll see you back next year – Sept. 3 – Oct. 2.
Last year at the Fair, a little black and auburn rat terrier/corgi mix puppy sat in the pet adoption area of Bark Park looking longingly at the talented dogs performing death-defying dog tricks at the Extreme Canines Stunt Dog Show across the lawn. This year, he is doing some of those tricks himself.
Zip, as he is lovingly known as now, was adopted at last year’s Fair by the operator of Extreme Canines. He has been in training the last eight months and performs regularly in the shows.
“He does the triathlon race for the red team,” said trainer Trish. “He is the rookie dog who challenges the veteran dog.”
Zip’s trainer, Brian, has been slowly teaching Zip. Brian and Trish had kept their eyes on Zip at last year’s Fair, thinking he would be a perfect extreme dog. “He loved his toys,” said Brian. “We look for dogs who are obsessive/compulsive with their toys.”
Zip has been a welcome addition, buddy-ing up to the seven other dogs in the show. He is known as the big kisser for his affection toward his pals.
Zoomin’ Zippy – he never relaxes, according to Brian – is expected to be in the Frisbee portion of the show next year.
Congratulations to Zip for finding his forever home and a big thanks to the Extreme Canine Stunt Dog Show for seeing the potential in that little pup.
Knitting and crocheting fans donated more than 1,000 blocks to this year’s “Warm Up America” project at the Fair. For more than a decade, thousands of 7”x 9” knitted or crocheted blocks have been collected by Fair volunteers to assemble into beautiful afghans and distributed to homeless shelters all over Los Angeles and Orange County.
Sixteen blocks were assembled into each individual afghan, to create more than 60 blankets. Volunteers, including the three pictured here – Yolanda Mahler of Los Angeles, Edda Broderick of Claremont and Janice Ogata of La Crescenta – who worked in the Knitting Lounge located in Tapestry on the project.
Yolanda Mahler of Los Angeles, Edda Broderick of Claremont and Janice Ogata of La Crescenta volunteered for the "Warm Up America" project at the Fair.
Volunteers also taught crocheting and knitting to Fairguests who stopped by the Lounge – an inviting, homey, living room of creativity. In fact, said Broderick, not only afghans have been “built” at the Fair, but so do friendships that continue year-round.