L.A. County Fair Wants You – Job Fair Today

The Fair is hosting a job fair today. We are looking to fill approximately 500 seasonal positions for our annual end of summer event. A second job fair will be held Monday, Aug. 6. The Fair runs Aug. 31-Sept. 30, closed Mondays (except Labor Day) and Tuesdays.

Hours for both job fairs are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Fairplex Expo Hall 6. Parking is at Gate 1. The Fair has open positions in janitorial, maintenance, parking, carnival, admissions and Zoom In, Fairplex’s in-house photo company. Most positions require applicants to be 18 years of age and older.

For more information on the job fairs, call (909) 865-4308 or (909) 865-4309. See job listings at lacountyfairjobs.com.

If you need season employment, come on over!

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Hot Summer Nights: Concert Lineup Announced

You’ve been waiting patiently – so here it is: the 2012 L.A. County Fair End of Summer Concert Series. Most tickets go on sale Sunday. 

The lineup:
• Friday, Aug. 31 – The Wanted & This is She
• Saturday, Sept. 1 – Carly Rae Jepsen & special guest Shane Harper
• Sunday, Sept. 2 – Grand Funk Railroad & Burton Cummings
• Monday, Sept. 3 – Karmin, Cobra Starship & This is She
• Thursday, Sept. 6 – Monster Truck Madness
• Friday, Sept. 7 – The B-52s & special guest Berlin featuring Teri Nunn
• Saturday, Sept. 8 – Styx
• Sunday, Sept. 9 – TBA
• Thursday, Sept. 13 – George Benson & special guest TBA (tickets on sale July 25)
• Friday, Sept. 14– Tower of Power & very special guest Average White Band
• Saturday, Sept. 15 – Bridgit Mendler  & Cher Lloyd
• Sunday, Sept. 16 – MARIACHI USA® Fiesta
• Thursday, Sept. 20 – Boyz II Men, special guest TBA & En Vogue (tickets on sale Aug. 17)
• Friday, Sept. 21 – WAR
• Saturday, Sept. 22 – Old School Soul Jam featuring Rose Royce, Heatwave, Lenny Williams & Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King
• Sunday, Sept. 23 – Pistol Annies
• Thursday, Sept. 27 – Demolition Derby, presented by Jeffrey Scott® Fine Magnetics
• Friday, Sept. 28 – The Charlie Daniels Band, 38 Special & special guest Outlaws
• Saturday, Sept. 29 – ASA World Championships of Freestyle Motocross
• Sunday, Sept. 30 – TBA

As you can see, four major performers will be announced in the next few weeks. Keep checking lacountyfair.com/concerts for updates.

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 on grounds at the ticket kiosk at 3 p.m. concert days, first come first served. Concert tickets do not include Fair admission. Everyone wishing a ticket must be present. Tickets may be purchased at the Fairplex credentials office, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, www.lacountyfair.com/concerts, at Ticketmaster locations and www.ticketmaster.com. The Fairplex credentials office will be open Sunday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., then open weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

There are quite a few I am very excited to see. So, see you, too, at the End of Summer Concert Series.

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L.A. County Fair: Perfect Staycation that won’t Break the Bank

Welcome Stephanie Sanders, our summer intern, who’s blogging today:

The Los Angeles area is inundated with staycation possibilities; how are you supposed to choose? Well it’s quite simple really: come to the L.A.  County Fair. If I could just leave that statement above sitting by its lonesome and still get you to come to the Fair, I totally would! However, many of you may be looking for some type of validation for my attempt to brainwash you (just kidding) into coming to the largest county fair in the world. For the most apprehensive blog reader, here’s my response to the challenge.

It’s economical. Let’s be honest: we’re all trying to get the most bang for our buck. There’s nothing wrong with that. During the week, a family of four (2 adults, 2 children aged 6-12) can gain admission to the Fair for – wait for it – $38! And this is without the tons of promotions that we have going on nearly every day! 

But there’s more. For this $38 you are not just entering the Fair. You’re gaining access to myriad attractions, games, adventures and memories. You can go see one of our headliners at the End of the Summer Concert Series presented by Toyota, scream your head off on one of our terrifyingly fun rides or try your hand at a tantalizing carnival game (You can do it!).

This wouldn’t be a staycation without a little relaxation would it? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Are you the outdoorsy type? Grizzly Falls in Wilderness Ridge features a waterfall and beautiful scenery where our adorable bears enjoy some playtime. How about a beachgoer? Stingray Island brings the beauty of marine life to mainland. Complete with a boardwalk, an 8’ waterfall and 17,000 gallons of water, could an island paradise be any more beautiful?

Perhaps you’re a world traveler. Look no further! The beloved Mojo returns this year and she’s taking us on an African safari trip that won’t be forgotten! Zebras, monkeys, serpents and exotic birds are all a part of this exotic adventure.

Release your inner anglophile as you meander around a garden that rivals that of Buckingham Palace in our Flower & Garden Pavilion. Experience British flora first hand and take in the beautiful colors that make this attraction the memorable (and relaxing, of course) experience that it is.

Whew. I feel like I could go on forever! I hope you now see why the L.A. County Fair is the place to be this fall. Help us celebrate our 90th year of fun! The Fair is in town from August 31-September 30. See you there!

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What is the Ultimate Fair Food?

Deep-fried, on a stick, smothered in chocolate or bathed in bacon. One of these, or all of these, probably have something to do with your favorite Fair food. With so many options, how can one choose?

You know my fave – Hot Dog on a Stick. The ones you can get at the mall just aren’t the same as the those battered, golden sticks of heaven you get here at the Fair. It must be the ambiance.

Our southern friends in Texas had their say recently in a story in DFW.com, a Dallas-Forth Worth-based web site that spotlights everything happening in the area, including the State Fair of Texas. The story asked what’s the most popular festival/fair food. Some mentioned treats like funnel cake but the overwhelming majority was for Giant Turkey Legs! The respondents had some good reasons for choosing turkey legs – easy to eat while walking and you can feed two for the price of one.

So, what says you? What’s the best Fair food? Send me your answers in the comment section. And, if you can answer this question, you have a chance to win a vintage L.A. County Fair Nice Legs turkey T-shirt: what vegetable did Chicken Charlie mesh with a meat product to come up with one of the most popular fair foods on a stick?

 Send your answer to hernandez@fairplex.com. Good luck!

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