Food Competitions Come to a Close

From the first weekend of the Fair we have had non-stop food competitions, from the Ghirardelli chocolate creations to cupcake mixtures, from grilled cheese recipes to BBQ cook-offs, the list goes on and on. Sadly, the fun had to end this afternoon but we had some fun with pizza and salad!

Peggy Linberg from Upland took first in the pizza category with her four-cheese arugula and pine nuts recipe while Montebello resident Joanne Magno took second prize with her sausage and pepper mixture. Lauren Jarvis placed third with his smoked salmon, dill and goat cheese pizza.

The salad competition was a unique blend of flavors from every entry. The three categories were pasta, vegetarian and meat salads. Peggy placed first in the vegetarian category with her Mediterranean quinoa salad, served in a lettuce bowl. First place in the pasta category went to Lauren Jarvis for his beautiful oriental pasta salad and George Rametta placed first in the meat category for his rasberry asada steak salad, mixed with avocado and feta cheese.

All in all, the final food competition was the perfect end to the Fair, mixing the sinfully cheesy pizzas with the refreshing flavors of salad. Personally, my favorite competition to watch was the Ghirardelli one. You just can’t beat the sweet scent of chocolate! Each event featured an incredibly large pool of talent and creativity, however. I wonder what next year will bring…

 

 

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We Can’t Get Enuf – Another Extra Hour

We love you so much, and we don’t want to see you go! Yes, today is our last day but we want to continue the party for a little while longer – we are, again, staying open an extra hour today. The Fair will close at 11 p.m. tonight.

As I said yesterday, that’s one more hour for another deep-fried goodie. If you haven’t visited the animals in Mojo’s African Safari, take a look. Get that last minute Christmas shopping done. Take one last ride on the Ferris wheel.

Thanks for everything this year. It’s been fun. But it’s not over yet!

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Last Day of Fair!

Happy Sunday! It’s hard to believe that Fair season is over after today. There’s so much to see, do and eat that time just flies by. If you have a free afternoon and evening we’d love to have you stop by and help us finish this 90th year of fun in style!

It’s the perfect day to check off the last items from your Fair bucket list and get ready for the holiday madness that’s fast approaching. LAist compiled their top 10 things to check out before the Fair closes. Did your favorites make the cut?

You can read their article here.

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Getting Artsy at the Fair

One place we haven’t had a chance to visit on the blog is the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts! This is a very important aspect of the Fair and celebrates the talents of the local artists and the creativity of our Fair guests.

A colorful welcome into the center.

This year’s theme, “Art & Fair: A 90 Year Celebration” features the stories behind the history of the Fair, from its beginnings as a marketing tool to sell California land, to the educational forum for the agricultural industry and finally the fast rides and exhibits the Fair is known for today. Some of my favorite exhibits included “California’s Second Gold Rush: A Citrus Bonanza” which highlights the agricultural aspect of the Fair’s history and “Famous Displays of the Past.”

Guests enjoying historic exhibits

However, my favorite aspect of the entire center are the demonstrating artists found throughout the building. Local artists are able to set up shop and do what they love to do while guests look on. The variety of art is wonderful, from oil paintings to intricate wood carvings, brightly colored pointillism to colorful sand art, and jewelry and clothing design to watercolor works.

Pointillism

Lucien van Oosten, for example, specializes in stipple, silverpoint and pointillism art. When I visited him yesterday he was working on a beautiful pointillism piece. Pointillism is the technique of creating images where small, distinct dots of color applied in patterns to form an image. A Glendora local, Lucien turns his artwork into art cards.

Other artists displayed beautiful landscapes using acrylic, oil and watercolor paints, some showing pictures of the Fair and others depicting everything from forests in autumn to streams to waterfalls.

After enjoying the art of others, Fairguests have the opportunity to create art themselves. Artists of all ages are invited to visit the Art Workshop and add to the mosaic that can be seen along the wall. Workshops are also available for students to apply their own expression through a variety of artistic mediums.

For more information on the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts click here.

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Asian culture comes to the Fair

Asian culture has made waves in the U.S. lately. It’s no secret that Korean star PSY’s Gangnam Style music video has not only gone viral, but is the most “liked” video in YouTube history. It’s hard to go anywhere without hearing the catchy tune nowadays.

Riding off this culture phenomenon, Japanese, Chinese and Korean traditions all converged here at the Fair this weekend for an upbeat festival. There were all sorts of interesting things to see (and taste!) From “stinky” tofu–and it really did smell–to warm, crunchy egg rolls to a variety of flavored boba smoothies, it was an adventure from start to finish.

Check out what some of the booths had to offer in the photos below:

Oh, and in case you were curious, here’s the video, Gangnam Style:

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Last Weekend – Stay a Little Later

Well, it’s the last weekend of the 2012 Fair. It’s been great, but we still have 2 days to blow this puppy out of the water with the best food, carnival and attractions. As an added bonus so you can get that last deep-fried red velvet funnel cake in or one last spin on Disk-O, the Fair will stay open until 1 a.m. today. Buildings will close at 11 p.m. but the rest of the Fair will have that extra rockin’ hour. 

So, get out here and enjoy before you regret missing all this fun!

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WINNER!! FINAL Daily Giveaway!

We have our final winner for this season’s daily giveaway! Congratulations to… Michelle Orosco! Our last prize pack of two Fair tickets, two ride passes, food bucks and blog tees will be given to you to enjoy these last two days of Fair.

Thank you again to EVERYONE who participated. We wish we had enough giveaway prizes for all of you. It has been a blast hearing from you and we do love all of your comments :) Keep checking the blog for the flurry of activity we have going on this weekend!

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There are only TWO days of Fair left after this! This is our final daily giveaway of the season and we want to make sure you have a blast when you get here. As usual, this prize pack includes two Fair admission tickets, two ride passes, food bucks ($10 in value), a parking pass and two blog tees.

All you need to do is tell us (and this is a question we have asked here before…)

What is the official name of our blog?

We will announce the winner by tomorrow morning so if you want to enjoy the last weekend of Fair, this is the perfect time to do it :) Go, go, go!

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Fair Food Friday: A Deep-Fried Finale

Deep-fried Oreos

No Fair season would be complete without a blog post dedicated to all things deep-fried! You won’t find this much food craziness anywhere outside the Fair and certainly not in any restaurants. It’s no secret that Chicken Charlie is the King of all things deep-fried. He has it down to an art form AND a science. Think about it, how do you deep-fry ice cream, keep a warm, battered exterior and a frozen treat on the inside? He does it.

Deep-fried Dodger Dog

One of our newer items at the Fair are the deep-fried Dodger dogs. This L.A. team made a huge comeback this year, surprising fans and haters alike with a pretty good season! They were even #1 in the National League for awhile! Fans of all ages will remember with fondness stepping into the stadium and cheering on the boys in blue while munching on Dodger Dogs. Thank to Chicken Charlie, new memories can be made at the Fair, bringing a piece of baseball nostalgia to the grounds, deep-fried style.

Deep-fried cookie dough is next on the “must try” list. Talk about a warm, gooey mess! Looking deceptively tame in its powdered sugar cage, the cookie dough bursts forth in a taste of dough, chocolate and yes it oozes and oozes sugary deliciousness. You will definitely want to bring napkins along for this one, but the mess is worth it!

Deep-fried cookie dough. Credit to Patch

Those are just a few of the foods to try at the Fair. But the list of deep-fried novelties goes on:

  • Kool-Aid
  • Twinkies
  • Frog legs
  • Peanut butter & jelly
  • Klondike bars
  • Cereal
  • Thin Mints (yes, even Girl Scout cookies)
  • Pineapple
  • Spam

Whew! That’s one sugar-filled Fair Food Friday! We’re sad it’s our last one of the season but it has been a blast trying out all the different treats. Which ones were your favorite?

 

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Battle of the Bands 2012

Last night the Coca-Cola Stage came alive with local talent. The first annual Battle of the Bands was a huge, deafening success. Out of 32 bands, eight were selected to compete at the L.A. County Fair’s Battle of the Bands.

The prize?

Only a $1,200 cash prize and a spot at the 2013 Vans Warped Tour!

The chance to perform for the judges panel alone was an envied one. Founder of Warped Tour Kevin Lyman and Skip Page from Goldenvoice (the founders and promoters of famous music festival Coachella) selected these finalists from a handful of others and talent agent Darryl Eaton from Creative Artists Agency was a guest judge. Eaton has fostered talent such as Kelly Clarkson, Blink 182 and Enrique Iglesias.

After all eight bands finished rocking out for their adoring family, friends and fans, the winner was announced as Cogito from Claremont! The band received the cash prize as well as MULTIPLE tour dates. Second place went to Service Interruption and third place winners were Psycho Punx.

In fact, it was a happy ending for everyone. The judges were so wowed by all the bands, they decided all eight should be featured at the Vans Warped Tour dates at Fairplex!

Now that is a crazy ending for the first annual battle.

 

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Stingray Photobomb!

You’ve seen from our stingray video that the sea creatures that swim around at Stingray Island are virtually harmless. They’re so tiny too! But this big stingray decided to photobomb these three girls… big time. Check out this photo taken from Reddit:

(Reddit)

So what exactly went down here? Read more about the incident here.

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