Sunday Funday: Hanging out with Mojo and Friends

Since LACF will be hosting some of the most BEAUTIFUL and AMAZING animals in the world for a whole month, I thought it was time to pay a visit to our friends living in Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon…and boy, I’m happy I did!

As I walked around the lagoon, I noticed families laughing, taking pictures, petting the animals and most importantly, creating long-lasting memories.

I eventually ran into Karla and Will, our animal experts, who were very gracious and allowed me to take close-up photos of the interactions between animals and guests.

Because LACF is committed to education, petting the animals was accompanied by a short description about their habitat, diet and special features.

Before coming to Mojo’s Lagoon, I thought I knew a lot about snakes, camels, zebras, alligators and monkeys, but I was wrong! Here are a few things I learned about these incredible animals:

1. Snakes smell with their tongue, and some species, such as cobras and black mambas, use venom to hunt and kill their prey. Also, some sea snakes can breath partially through their skin, allowing for longer dives underwater. You have to be very careful when you pet a snake and ensure your hand moves towards the end of the tail. Going the other way is like lifting our nails…not a good thing!

2. Dromedary Camels have humps of fat on their back where they store energy for long trips across the desert. They could be found in the arid deserts of northern Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Since living in the desert is not an easy task (mainly because of the lack of water and sand storms), camels have adapted by having bushy eyebrows and special nostrils that keep the sand out.

3. Zebras are related to horses but have never been fully domesticated. They can be found in savannas, scrublands and hilly areas. Their most distinct features are the black coats with white stripes. And, did you know every zebra has a different stripe pattern?

4. Alligators like other reptiles are cold-blooded and can weigh over 1,000 pounds. American alligators usually reside in the swamps and freshwater rivers of southeastern states such as Florida and Louisiana.

5. Capuchin Monkeys are considered as the most intelligent New World monkeys because of their large brain size. Although their lifespan varies, Capuchin monkeys can live up to 20 years in the wild.  Lastly, I have to talk about my good Spider Monkey friend, Mojo. Mojo is three years old and is such a friendly monkey who loves playing and being around someone’s neck. Some people think Mojo is a male (because of the name), but Mojo is actually a female! Don’t worry about it…I was surprised as well!

With all of this information in mind, I hope you find some time during your visit to meet Mojo and her friends. A very special thank you to Karla and Will for being so flexible and for showing me around the lagoon!

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Flip Fest Monster Mayhem & Motocross Stunt Spectacular!

The Grandstand got L O U D last night with the monster truck roars, motocross vrooms, fireworks and the cheers of the crowd. Motocross dare devils did some amazing flips, twists and jumps to the “oohs” and “ahhs” of an enthusiastic crowd:

Stunt after adrenaline-pumping stunt, the fun keeps on going! 

Bikes weren’t the only vehicles flipping in the air last night… monster trucks got in on the action too. It’s called “Flip Fest” for a reason! Returning favorite Outlaw did some fearless flips and so did some of our new drivers, including the youngest monster truck stunt driver, Rosalee Ramer.

All in all, a very fun, very action-packed night.

See what else we have planned for our End of Summer Concert Series on our website!

P.S. We want to see your LACF experiences too! Share your moments with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #discoverLACF.

 

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Opening Day Re-cap

The 2014 Fair season has begun! We opened yesterday for a full day of animals, parades, food (deep-fried and healthy alike), superheroes, Chinese lanterns and carnival rides.

We kicked things off with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly expanded Farm, with the help of three of our Pomona council members (and one very adorable lamb!)

The rest of the day was a blur of rides, shopping, shows, attractions and food for all our guests. Here’s what we saw on our own adventures:

We’ll be taking you all over the Fair this month so stay posted for giveaways, fun photos, videos and other content. We can’t wait!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for more of our adventures and show us some of your own using #discoverLACF. 

For more information on the Los Angeles County Fair, please visit www.lacf.com. 

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Behind-the-Scenes of LACF!

Our LACF hosts went behind-the-scenes of the magic that makes the Fair come to life. Visitors will discover a world of new and exciting attractions thanks to the talents of LACF’s creative team.

Kathy Wadham, director of creative programming at LACF, took Arthur and Trent on a backstage tour of all the amazing new attractions we are handcrafting for the Fair.

Visit LACF and you will experience more than just deep-fried food and carnival rides. Engage your senses of sight, touch, smell and hearing in the all-new 5D Adventures or learn about superhero powers at the Hall of Heroes.

Dance the night away and immerse yourself in the fantasy world of the new steampunk-themed nightclub, Grinding Gears.

Join the excitement and share your new discoveries using #discoverLACF!

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Flower & Garden Pavilion: A Glimpse of China

Do you like the smell of flowers? Are you looking for a place to become one with nature? If so, the Flower & Garden Pavilion will give you all of this and so much more! All you have to do is stop by this magical place when you visit LACF.

The theme for the Flower & Garden Pavilion this year is A Glimpse of China, and it is so fitting as we are looking to expose our guests to new information about this culture in a new and interesting way.

If you have visited this facility in the past, then you know this is one of the most popular stops, and by far one of the most beautiful and aromatic areas at the Fair.

Rest assured that the drastic transformation from last year’s pavilion to this year’s pavilion will awe you. One thing you will notice right away is that this year’s colors are more vibrant than ever before.

After walking around the facility for a few minutes, I ran into our Floral Coordinator, Jim Hynd, who told me everything there is to know about the countless varieties of flowers and plants. Here are just a few things he shared with me:

1. Since this year’s theme is A Glimpse of China, guests can expect to see a very creative and colorful side of the Chinese culture. The plan is for guests to discover new things about this unique culture.

2. This is the Year of the Horse according to the Chinese zodiac, so we are featuring the Tang Horse. As soon as guests walk into the facility, they will be greeted by two of these historical and majestic horses.

3. Artists from different backgrounds were recruited to create the beautiful murals, graphics and paintings that are spread across the building.

4. A beautiful collection of flowers and plants from a variety of environments will be featured. If you think coming one time is enough, think again. Jim said that the fresh cut flowers are changed every week. So, stopping by week after week is a must.

5. This is not only a great place to keep cool, but also a great place to take a picture in front of a beautiful waterfall.  Trust us, it’s a great place for children to explore and feed their curiosity.

Whether you have been to the Flower & Garden Pavilion in the past or not, you will love what you will see and smell. The breathtaking landscape of flowers, waterfall, and cultural exhibits will transport you to a magical place. So, in the spirit of flowers being love’s truest language, please join us in celebrating the Chinese culture.

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Our Top 7 Fair Hacks

Going to the Los Angeles County Fair can feel like something of a mission, especially when you take into account the kids, the crowds and the endless amount of activities to choose from. Here are our top “Fair hacks” to help you save time, save money and enjoy a great day at LACF:

Los Angeles County Fair Hacks

1. Use the online map: Our interactive LACF map is available on our website and lists all of our big attractions for the year. You can plan out what you want to do and see where everything is located before you even get to the Fair.

2. Buy tickets online: Skip the long lines when you purchase tickets online or through one of our partners. We have some amazing special offers this year including discounts on admission and ride wristbands.

3. Use MetrolinkDid you know Metrolink has a train stop that drops passengers off right at LACF? You can board the train and get dropped off at the Fairgrounds AND receive discounted Fair tickets when you purchase online. This year, Metrolink is extending operating hours until 12:20 a.m. on the weekends, just for the Fair! You can view full details on their website.

4. Arrive late: It might seem counter-intuitive to not be at the Fair right when the gates open, but it’s actually better to get here later in the day when it starts to cool down. Many of our new attractions are only open in the evenings (Luminasia, Zor, Grinding Gears nightclub) and you don’t want to wear the family down before LACF really comes to life!

5. Use shortcuts: Avoid the crowds and cut across the infield to get from the Farm to the carnival! New this year, you can avoid the crowds on Broadway and go directly from the carnival using our new Farm Road. You can shop, eat and say hello to the Budweiser Clydesdales too!

Sea Lion Splash 

6. Stay cool: It’s no secret that LACF can get pretty warm but we have plenty of ways to cool down. Spend some time shopping in our air-conditioned expo halls, watch the Sea Lions Splash show at Beneath the Sea, indulge in Dr. Bob’s Ice Cream and find one of our shaded areas to rest, refresh and people watch. You’ll be ready to hit the next show/ride/attraction in no time. (P.S. Did you know we have a Sparkletts water station that gives out free water? Find them near the Grandstand.)

7. Save money with the LACF season pass: 1.5 visits to the Fair and the season pass pays for itself! If you plan on attending the Fair more than once this season we highly recommend buying the season pass for unlimited access to the Fair during operating hours. Our season parking pass works the same way! There’s too much to discover in just one day.

BONUS: Stay at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and receive free admission for all registered adults, plus a delicious breakfast buffet and free self-parking! If you’re looking for a fun staycation or are visiting us from out of town, we highly recommend this option. Click here to view Sheraton Stay n Play packages.

We hope you have an enjoyable visit with us at the Fair. Only a few days until we open and we cannot wait!

What are some tricks you use to make your visit to the Fair more fun? Tell us in the comments below!  

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New animals at The Farm

For all animal lovers stopping by the Farm, you will be so surprised by what we have in store for you that we guarantee you will create long-lasting memories at this fun and educational experience.

There will be activities for people of all ages that include milking goats, seeing pig races, and potentially seeing a live animal birth! You name it, we have something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

As usual, our petting zoo will be a great opportunity for children and adults to pet over 150 animals. If you are feeling a little adventurous, purchase animal food and see animals race to you to be fed and pet! The smile on your child’s face will be a lasting memory you will never want to forget.

In addition to the petting zoo and our typical farm animals, this year’s Farm will introduce a new show highlighting two zebra hybrids: one zorse and one zonkey. Confused? Well, you shouldn’t be because you read correctly. You will learn more than you could possibly imagine about the historical upbringing of zorses and zonkeys. A zorse is derived from breeding a horse and a zebra together, while a zonkey is derived from a zebra and a donkey.

A Zorse (left) and a Zonkey (right)

The show will also highlight horses, mules and zebras. Many people are under the impression that there is only one type of a zebra, but that is not true. When you visit the Farm you will learn about the different breeds of zebras and their historical uses in Africa.

There will also be a new chicken show where guests will learn about the origin of these phenomenal animals, the oddness of some breeds, designer chickens, and egg production. Learning more about chickens will surely blow your mind away.

As if this was not enough, this year’s Farm will also host a new breed of sheep, known as the Royal White Sheep. This unique breed of sheep was developed in Texas and is not seen west of the Rockies, so it will be a real treat for our guests.

On top of seeing animals bred in other states, Max’s Barnyard Show will bring it back home by featuring animals seen roaming around your backyard such as chickens, rabbits, tarantulas, opossums, red foxes and California Kingsnakes.

Guests will also have the opportunity to see how ice cream, butter, and cream cheese can easily be made from milk at home. Who knows, you may decide to make your own milk-derived products after you absorb all of this new information.

And we could not possibly forget to mention the all-time Fair favorite pig races that will be held seven times a day, every day.

Ultimately, the number one goal of the LACF Farm is to entertain our guests and to remind them that agriculture is part of our daily lives! So, brace yourself to have the most fun you have ever had!

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Date Night at LACF

When it comes to love, LACF is full of romantic opportunities. Leisurely trips on the Sky Ride at night, splitting a deep-fried dessert, riding the Ferris wheel together, Luminasia… the list goes on.

Our LACF hosts Arthur, Haley, Kara and Trent talked about their favorite Fair date ideas, from rocking out at the End of Summer Concert Series to “accidentally” holding hands on carnival rides.

When you think of a date at the Los Angeles County Fair, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? There’s tons to discover this year at the Fair.

So pick up your phone, call/text/Tinder your date and take him or her to LACF! Capture your bonding moments and show us your perfect date night using #LACFDateNight.

Why settle for dinner-and-a-movie when you can create an exciting romantic experience right here at the Fair!

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The Budweiser Clydesdales are in town

You know it’s almost Fair season when the Budweiser Clydesdales move in! We stopped by the stables this morning to say hello these majestic friends of ours and they are looking well!

We also met Chip the Dalmatian, who seems to be on good terms with all the Clydesdales. We can’t wait to see them march in the parades this year.

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Introducing Grinding Gears at LACF!

New to the Los Angeles County Fair this year is the Grinding Gears dance club. Enter a world of pulsing lights, bumping music and energy that bounces off the walls. The best part? No bouncers, no admission, all ages.

Our new acts include the antics of Grinding Gears’ resident DJ: The Gizmologist and The Steam Punkers.

The Gizmologist gets everyone in the dancing mood, atop his towering DJ booth. He’ll be spinning Top 40 and EDM hits all night, every night of the Fair! And if you prefer live music, The Steam Punkers will be taking the stage to play your favorite tunes, alternating sets with the Gizmologist.

We had both acts visit the Grinding Gears hangar last week to check out their new hangout and do a fun photo shoot together. Meet your new nightlife entertainment acts:

The Gizmologist and The Steam Punkers 

Also included in the nightly entertainment at Grinding Gears is the daring iFlip troupe. These stunt artists will be doing jaw-dropping aerial acrobatics and antics all night long. Check out their promo video to see what you have to look forward to:

Whether it’s dancing, rocking out or just sitting back and enjoying the show, there’s something for everyone in Grinding Gears. Doors open at 6 p.m., the party goes until we close. Can’t wait!

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