Hmmm, I wonder where that is…

Let’s play a little guessing game today.The Fair is a little more than a month away, so everyone has been hard at work fixing up the campus for all of our visitors.

The first person to guess which buildings on the Fairgrounds we took the pictures below wins a little bit of Fair swag!

Email your guesses to contests@fairplex.com, along with a mailing address.

Contest closes Monday!

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Boy oh boy – summer!

We here at the Fair sure love summer. It means that the Fair is soon (38 days!!!), the sun is shining and the grounds get beautiful!

This perfect spot, right in the fair grounds – flowers, butterflies and tables. All you need now is something to pic-a-nic on…maybe, come Fair time, you can sit here and munch on a maple bacon donut.

Or, perhaps you can nom on these strawberries from Fairview Farms.

Even the flowers look good enough to eat…

What are your favorite summer spots? How about your favorite places on the Fair grounds?

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Hats, quilts and yarn – oh my!

We’ve had an exciting couple of days here at the Village on Broadway, folks. “Take-in” is that special time of year when we receive hundreds of quilts, handmade dolls, handmade pots and more for our annual Tapestry competitions.

This year, there are over 2000 entries this year, in categories like Gourd Art, Decorative Painting, Christmas Tree decorating and Photography.  Can you believe it?!

Once received, these items are arranged and organized by type and classification by people like Edda Broderick, a tapestry Associate.

For the past seven years, she has coordinated judging efforts, spearheaded organization of the Tapestry contests and taken charge of the Knitting Lounge, which teaches Fair guests how to knit and crochet.

“It’s my passion,” Edda said with a smile as she folded and labeled blankets entered in the Textile division. “I knit, I crochet – I like all manual arts, but those are my favorites.”

Edda makes sure that her passion for creating all things fuzzy and cozy doesn’t go to waste. Not only does she teach others how to partake in the craft, but she participates in Warm Up America, an organization that makes blankets for homeless shelters in Los Angeles. Knitters can donate their creations at the Tapestry building during the Fair.

Non-knitting contestants are even invited to share their talents with those in need in the form of handmade stuffed toys for Help a Child Smile.

These cuddly little ones are going to the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s pediatric surgery unit to snuggle with kids going through a difficult time.

Who knew that blankets, dolls and needlework could make such a difference?

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Did you know that the L.A. County Fair has its very own Junior Fair Board?


It’s a leadership program for excellent juniors and seniors of partner high schools. They meet monthly, organize service initiatives, work on special community projects and serve as leaders in their neighborhoods. Each member also receives a scholarship and an opportunity to work with the Fair’s many facets.

Ever since the first board met in 2004, the JFB has worked closely with the Los Angeles County Fair Association to create a new generation of business-minded and community-conscious influencers.

Rising senior Stephanie Sanders is a member of JFB as well as our intern here in the Communications department. You’ve probably already read all about her experience at the Vans Warped Tour.

We got a chance to pull her away from work for a bit and interview her about her experience so far.

How did you hear about the JFB?
There was an application for it at my high school counselor’s office, so I gave it a try.

What do you do here at your internship?
I help out with all the technical stuff here in the office, like photos and computers. I also do lots of research for the department and do blog outreach for local events.

What else do you do with the Board?
Well, we do two major service projects – one in the fall and one in the spring. This last spring, I worked with Shoes That Fit, a charity that helps out kids in need. We had a sock drive at my school – there were a lot of socks!

What’s your favorite part about being on the Board?
Our opinions are heard. We make the Fair better with our feedback. But really, I really like helping the community. It’s really rewarding.

And of course, what are your favorite things about the Fair?
Oh, the rides, definitely. And Hot Dog on a Stick.

To learn more, support and apply for the JFB, click here.

Have a great Monday, all!

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Behind the Scenes at America’s Kids

Nancy Bates has explored the ocean, played with dragons and lived in the jungle. And this year, she’ll be playing scientist. What kind of job allows her to travel to such fanciful heights? Well, she’s been the America’s Kids coordinator for the past four years.

Combining elements of an educational exhibit space with themed and traditional competitions, America’s Kids allows students to stretch their imagination, learn a lot and show off skills and knowledge that they wouldn’t necessarily get to showcase in the classroom.

This year’s theme, Surrounded by Science, explores the mechanical, practical and scientific elements behind everyday activities like cooking. Kids then can use these concepts to inspire their creations for themed contests, such as Build Your Own Insect.

“I try to pick themes that aren’t necessarily covered in the school curriculum,” Nancy said. “Especially with cutbacks, kids aren’t necessarily learning about stuff that’s different.”

And even though science is a staple in elementary education, kids can explore these broad concepts in a completely unconventional way by entering all the cool contests Nancy dreams up.

Nancy is particularly excited for Elemental Fashion Fun, in which kids design outfits inspired by elements from the periodic table for Barbie dolls, as well as the Scientific Character Competition, which encourages students to sew their own famous scientists.
George Washington Carver

Here’s George Washington Carver, courtesy of Nancy

Albert Einstein And Albert Einstein…..

Marie Curie And even Marie Curie!

When asked how she comes up with these contests, Nancy smiled. “Most of them just come to me, but a lot of these ideas come from my family!”

Each contest has a creative element, and each category is judged by qualified professionals, like teachers, published authors and scientists. Nancy even inputs each entry manually into the system to be judged. This year, she expects 6,000 entries from local school children.

Every winning entry will then be on display next to the educational, hands-on exhibits.

“I’m out there using power tools and paint just as much as my staff,” Nancy beamed as she described her role.

“But mostly, I just get so excited to see what the kids bring in.”

For more information on America’s Kids, click here.

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What’s quacking so far at the L.A. County Fair?

Happy Monday, everyone! New blogger here – you can just call me “A Fair to Remember.”

I’ve only been here a few days, but I’ll be the first one to tell you that there is so much “quacking” already here on the fairgrounds, like these geese at Penelope’s Duck Pond, part of Fairview Farms.

They’re hiding in the video, but the pond is also home to some beautiful ducks and some brand new ducklings, which prefer to hang out under the shade of of some plants instead of the July sun. I certainly don’t blame them!

And to celebrate such noise, let’s have a little contest. The first person to tell me what breed these geese are will win a nifty L.A. County Fair Frisbee. Send your best guesses (and home addresses!) to contests@lacountyfair.com .

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Concert Lineup Announced – Start Dancing Crazy!

iCarly’s Miranda Cosgrove, OneRepublic, Salt-N-Pepa, Earth, Wind & Fire and Michael McDonald are among the top entertainers headlining the L.A. County Fair‘s End of Summer Concert Series. Tickets for the EOSCS go on sale Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Fairplex credentials office (open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday), ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster locations.

Here is the lineup:
• Saturday, Sept. 3 – The Ohio Players, Rose Royce & Lakeside
• Sunday, Sept. 4 – Gloria Trevi
• Monday, Sept. 5 – The Beach Boys, Pablo Cruise
• Thursday, Sept. 8 – Monster Truck Madness
• Friday, Sept. 9 – En Vogue, Salt-N-Pepa, The Emotions
• Saturday, Sept. 10 – OneRepublic
• Sunday, Sept. 11 – Xtreme Muzik The Tour starring Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson with special guest Cowboy Troy
• Thursday, Sept. 15 – TBA
• Friday, Sept. 16– WAR
• Saturday, Sept. 17 – Miranda Cosgrove
• Sunday, Sept. 18 – MARIACHI USA® Fiesta
• Thursday, Sept. 22 – Doobie Brothers
• Friday, Sept. 23 – Tower of Power, Average White Band
• Saturday, Sept. 24 – Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs
• Sunday, Sept. 25 – REO Speedwagon & Styx
• Thursday, Sept. 29 – Demolition Derby, presented by Jeffrey Scott® Fine Magnetics
• Friday, Sept. 30 – LeAnn Rimes with special guests Kellie Pickler & Gloriana
• Saturday, Oct. 1 – ASA World Championships of Freestyle Motocross
• Sunday, Oct. 2 – Earth, Wind & Fire

Here is the pricing scoop: reserved seating is available from $18.50 to $25 for grandstand seats, side box seats from $22.50 to $45, center box seats from $25 to $55 and stageside seating from $75 to $125. Limited general admission seating is free with Fair admission and is available at the ticket kiosk located on Rose Lane at 3 p.m. concert days, first come first served. Everyone wishing a ticket must be present. Concert tickets do not include Fair admission. Once again, the Fairplex credentials office will be open Sunday, July 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., then open weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

OK, who are you excited to see? Send me a comment and let me know. It’s a great lineup. But, dang, now I can’t get “Mr. Roboto” out of my head!

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