So long, farewell… until next year!

They say that the older you get, the faster the time flies. That seems to be the truth since the 91st L.A. County Fair is already over!

We are so glad you were able to join us for a month of deep-fried food, shopping galore, animals both exotic and farm-based and an endless array of crazy rides. We hope you enjoyed reading as much as we enjoyed writing for you.

We will be back next year, but for now visit the Fairplex blog for updates on what goes on at the Fairgrounds year-round! It might not be the Fair, but Oktoberfest, Kaboom!, Vans Warped Tour and wine competitions are the next best thing!

So long until next year everyone :)

-A Fair to Remember

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And the winner is…

Yesterday marked the end of our annual marching band competition. This year nearly 40 high school bands participated, marching in our daily parades in hopes of winning first prize: marching in the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade.

Our final marching band contestants line up

Our final three contestants were Kaiser High School, Chino High School and Cypress High School. After marching in their parades, the bands gathered in front of Millard Sheets Center for the Arts for one final performance. After playing, the judges deliberated and a winner was chosen: Cypress High School! Chino came in second place and Kaiser came in third place.

This was the biggest marching band competition in L.A. County Fair history, with a minimum of 3 bands performing in all of our daily parades throughout the Fair season. Guests and employees alike enjoyed seeing and listening to the talented groups as they marched the Fairgrounds each day.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our competition! It was a joy to  have you hear with us for the 2013 L.A. County Fair :)


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Monster Truck Madness

Last night the Grandstand got loud. Monstrously loud. Big wheels, big cars and drivers with guts and skill took over the infield last night for Monster Truck Madness. Favorites like Bounty Hunter and Iron Outlaw competed with other drivers in tests of speed and skill.

Motors revved, monster trucks popped wheelies and leaped across dirt hills and car carnage. The show ended with a massive stunt: one monster truck did a back flip and landed perfectly on all fours. A M A Z I N G.

It was definitely a show to remember and our audience seemed to agree!

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Fair Food Friday: Eating Competition

Yesterday we mentioned our Fair Food Frenzy, which happened this afternoon! 16 participants competed to see who could chow down a 1 1/2 pound Krispy Kreme cheeseburger the fastest (the equivalent of a sugar-loaded 4×4 from In n’ Out).

We had a wide variety of contestants but all of them had one thing in common: They could eat. And eat a lot. We have to give them kudos for not running away when they saw the size of these burgers.

It was fun to see everyone attacking these ginormous Chicken Charlie burgers. Our winners finished their dishes within minutes (maybe 3 minutes max) and it was crazy to see! Strategies included compressing the doughnuts flat, drinking a lot of water and even dousing the burgers with water for easier chewing and digestion. (Are you grossed out yet?)

We had first, second and third place winners, with 1st and 2nd place receiving a VIP Weekend at the Sheraton Fairplex hotel. A special big thank-you to the Sheraton Fairplex and McKinley’s Grille for generously donating these prizes!

I guess its just another day at the Fair… :)

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Do Fair employees actually eat Fair food?

Fair employees are at the Fair every day. They walk by the deep-fried goodies at Chicken Charlies, smell the smoke emanating from turkey legs and are exposed to Dip n’ Dots, Pink’s Hot Dogs, 10-pound buns, kettle corn, cotton candy and corn dogs on a daily basis.

You may think you’re indulging when you spend a day eating Fair food, but what about those of us who actually work on the Fairgrounds? Sure we eat our veggies, fruits, protein and complex carbs, but you can bet we like to treat ourselves to Fair food heaven every now and again too.

Don’t believe us? Here’s proof :)


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Dogs, pirates, beer… It’s Pets Ahoy

Pets Ahoy is a riotous, swashbuckling adventure with the furriest, friendliest animals at the Fair and their not-so intimidating pirate cohorts.

Located behind Mojo’s African Safari, Pets Ahoy is a pirate-themed adventure that animal lovers of all ages will enjoy. Our Barking Buccaneers show has dogs big and small doing flips, tricks and catches in the air that rival that of a certain sea lion show down the way.

Not to be outdone by the dogs, the Port Royal Pirates of Prestidigitation do their best to impress you with their magic show. Word of caution: You may find yourself gasping with laughter rather than admiration by the end of the show.

If dogs and pirates aren’t your thing, you could just cast anchor at the pirate-themed bar where you can enjoy a cool beer or a refreshing cocktail before sailing away towards your next Fair adventure.

As for us, Pets Ahoy is our preferred spot to cool down in the shade and say hello to some pretty smart dogs and some pretty hilarious pirates!



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Fair Food Frenzy Contest!

What’s a Fair without a food-eating competition? Since Chicken Charlie debuted the Krispy Kreme cheeseburger this year, we thought it would be fun to have a little food eating competition among our Fairguests. That includes you.

We, the L.A. County Fair, challenge you to the Fair Food Frenzy competition to see who can eat a Krispy Kreme cheeseburger the fastest. Two glazed doughnuts. 2 slices of cheese. 2 burger patties. 1 winner.

If you win, not only will you have the title of the 2013 Fair Food Master, you will receive a VIP Weekend for 2 at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel. This includes a Club Level Suite, VIP welcome amenities, access to Club Level Lounge, breakfast for two and event appetizers in the club and a Farm-to-Table Dinner for two at McKinley’s Restaurant.

Challenge accepted, Fair fans?

To enter, email your name, age, phone number and hometown to Entrants must be age 18 or over and must be present at the Fair competition. The Fair Food Frenzy will be held on Fairgrounds at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27.

Fair contestants will have VIP parking and free entrance to the Fair.

Best of luck!

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Last week of Fair… are you ready?

We officially have 5 days left of the Fair. It seems like only yesterday that we were welcoming in the sea lions and setting up Pencils 2 Pixels and yet somehow, we have reached the last week at the speed of light.

In case you haven’t had a chance to check out everything, here are the top five attractions that we recommend…

1. New exhibits: Although we are steeped in tradition, there are a few exhibits that only make their way to the Fair once–simply because we believe guests should be exposed to a wide variety of experiences. Last year we had Genius and Rock of Ages, which was all about American innovation and the history of music respectively. This year our Pencils 2 Pixels exhibit, Beneath the Sea: An Underwater Adventure and Star Trek: The Exhibition are the once-in-a-lifetime must-dos.

2. Food novelties: You can buy a burger anywhere. Packages of Oreos and a bucket of chicken can be found on almost every corner grocery store. But deep-fried Oreos, double-cheeseburgers sandwiched between Krispy Kreme doughnuts and giant turkey legs are a rarity outside the Fair grounds. We’re all about special indulgences. We recommend you take advantage of it too.

3. FairView Farms: There are baby animals everywhere at the Farm. There’s also pig racing, goat milking and animal shows aplenty. FairView Farms is a long-time favorite of the Fair and it’d be a shame to miss out!

4. New carnival rides: Mach 1, Freestyle and Insanity are the three new thrillers gracing the Fairgrounds this year. You know you want to get spun around til’ you can’t stand, plunge from the highest ride at the Fair to the ground and get that adrenaline pumping! Or if carnival rides aren’t your thing you could always opt for the bungee jump…

5. Mysteries of the Amazon: Our Flower & Garden Pavilion changes themes each year but I have to say, this year’s theme is f u n. Upon entering the pavilion you immediately feel a sense of zen as waterfalls cascade, flowers and birds fill the scene and the sounds of Brazil fill the air. The Atrium continues the South American theme, featuring a sloth, tropical birds, reptiles and plants that make you feel as if you’ve been transported to the Nile, rather than the Fairgrounds.

Of course, to each their own. Everyone always has at least one “must-do” at the Fair. What are your favorite activities at the Fair?

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WINNER: Beneath the Sea Giveaway

We have a winner for our Beneath the Sea giveaway! Congratulations to Oliver for being the lucky winner. Oliver says he would rather swim with sharks.

“I’d take my chances with the shark. One mouth trying to eat me vs 10 tentacles grabbing and still trying to eat me!”

A wise choice in our opinion. Better to deal with rows of teeth than tentacles and a creepy beak! Oliver will receive 4 Fair admission tickets, 4 Hot Blog On A Stick tees and 1 Fair parking pass.

Thank you to everyone who participated! It seemed pretty even on your preferences of sharks and squids. Personally, I would say neither and choose an afternoon with a couple of dolphins instead :)

Stay tuned! We have a few more giveaways left…


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Calves at the Fair!

We had a very exciting morning here at FairView Farms. One of our lovely cows gave birth to TWINS, born an hour apart from each other! We arrived on the scene around 11:30 a.m. so they were still slightly slimy and a little dazed and confused, but they were already trying to stand up and wobble around in the hay. Resident cowboy Sky Shivers said birthing twins is very rare so we’re lucky we were able to see it.

One boy. One girl. Two bundles of cute fun :) If you’re visiting the Fair make sure you stop by the Big Red Barn and say hello to our newest Fair friends!

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