We have selected a winner for our Opening Day Giveaway! Congratulations to Sherry from Antelope Valley for being chosen.
Thank you to everyone who participated and left a comment. We will make a list of all of your blog post suggestions and cover as many topics as we possibly can. Keep checking Hot Blog On A Stick for more opportunities to win!
Well. Here we are. It’s officially the start of the 2013 L.A. County Fair and we are back! We will bring all the behind-the-scenes photos, stories, contests and giveaways for this year’s Fair. We are beyond excited to get this year’s edition of Hot Blog On A Stick up and running and thought we would celebrate with an Opening Day Giveaway!
To celebrating the start of Fair, we are giving away a prize pack consisting of:
- Two any-day tickets to the Fair
- Two RCS carnival ride passes
- Two Hot Blog On A Stick tees
To enter, just leave a comment in the box below and tell us what you want us to blog about this year. Contest closes at midnight. We will announce the winner tomorrow morning, August 31, 2013.
Things are definitely busy here on the grounds. Media came early this morning to film some of the best parts of the Fair (sea lions, farm animals and animation aplenty) and vendors are already frying up tasty dishes. We’re pumped to have you all join us today.
Here are some ways you can be ready for Fair time, just like we are ready for you!
1. Download the (free) L.A. County Fair Mobile App for your phone and check out our list of entertainment and attractions for the day. You can save a lot of time with a glance at the app. It is available for download in the iTunes app store and through Google.
2. Purchase your tickets online! You can purchase tickets online via www.lacountyfair.com (just click the button at the top).
3. Bring the essentials: Cameras, smartphones, sunscreen and plenty of water are a necessity at the Fair. You want to capture all those memorable moments, stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun.
What are you looking forward to this year at the Fair? Tell us in the comment section and we will be sure to blog about it!
We have our winners for the 2013 Fair Food Giveaway! The Fair Food Giveaway winners are …
Jessica and Samantha!
Jessica’s favorite memory of the Fair was her first visit: “The year I moved from the Midwest to Los Angeles, I was homesick. I loved LA, but I missed some aspects of home. My husband surprised me with a trip to the fair, since I always had fond memories of the county fairs back home. He had never been to a county fair, so we did it up right-funnel cakes, corn dogs, beer, rides, games, etc. It cheered me up, and became a tradition for us. Now, I’d never leave LA for anywhere else, and one of the reasons is it has a little bit of everything and everywhere!”
Samantha’s favorite Fair memory is of the Giant Slide: “My favorite memory from the LA County Fair is definitely when I first went on the Giant Yellow slide, I remember being a young girl and climbing what seemed to be a mountain of stairs all the way up to the top where you can see all of the gorgeous lights and colors of the fair, where you can hear the echos of all the laughter and music from around, and where you can smell a blend of the most wild and incredibly tasty foods they offer every single year. Once it was my turn everyone lined up on their potato sacks and we anxiously pushed off and away down that curvy and very fast slide! Every time we would hit a bump we would continue to gain speed, all I (and what seemed to be everyone) could do was laugh uncontrallably and scream as everyone’s stomach dropped after each bump! I love how it always turns into this unpredictable race and now at 25, I still make it a point to ride the slide each year.”
Each winner will receive two passes to the exclusive L.A. County Fair Food Preview Day. Congratulations Jessica and Samantha!
Thank you to everyone who shared their special memories of the Fair. It was wonderful to read them all — from families who have been attending the Fair for generations to those who met their spouses at the Fair and are now taking their own families, from memories of food and rides to exhibits and concerts, it has been a pleasure hearing about everyone’s experiences.
Keep checking our blog for chances to win free Fair tickets, Fair merchandise and other fun things!
Brazil has arrived at the Fair.
A sneak peek into the Flower & Garden Pavilion
The theme for the Flower & Garden Pavilion this year is Mysteries of the Amazon. All signs of London have been stripped away. Rose gardens and tea cups have been replaced with the lush greenery and colorful animals of Brazil.
I ran into Jim Hynd, our Floral Coordinator and he gave me the 411 on what’s planned for the Flower & Garden Pavilion at this year’s Fair.
- The national flower of Brazil is the orchid. Dozens of orchids will be scattered throughout the exhibit as well as beautifully sculpted versions of the flower.
- More than 60 varieties of plants will be featured. Although none of our plants are grown in Brazil, many of them originated from there.
- As a salute to Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a special section will feature the Brazilian version of the holiday — Dia de Finados. Brazilians go to cemeteries where they’ve buried loved ones and take flowers, light candles and pray for the souls of those who have departed. Our own display will consist of 12 foam skulls decorated in all natural materials, similar to the detailed sculptures made for the rose parade. The skull symbolizes birth and is an important symbol of this holiday.
- Each skull is made of a specific material, displayed in various textures, colors and size. Jim showed me the “skulls” made from corn and from cones:
Skull made entirely of cones
Skull made out of corn materials
- Other elements include Carnival in Real, Rio de Janeiro, water features and a special tribute to the music of Brazil. A portrait of Carmen Miranda will be featured …
- All of the music in the pavilion will be various versions of the song Brazil. There will be 50 different versions of the song playing, from artists like Frank Sinatra and many instrumental versions. “It’s such a catchy tune,” Jim said. “It will make guests want to dance on the spot.”
We can’t wait to see the final product! A special thank-you to Jim for showing me around and teaching me a bit about the culture of Brazil! Have you ever visited Brazil? What are you most excited to see at the Fair?
Let us know in the comment section below!