You Know You Want a Blue Ribbon

Sure, the Fair is still six months away but it’s not too early to be thinking of entering your best cookie or salsa recipe or your best photograph into one of our fun & exciting contests and competitions. Entries are open for all categories in Culinary Styles, Tapestry and America’s Kids. You look great in blue (ribbon, that is), so what are you waiting for?

Culinary Styles features preserved foods, baked goods and several specialty categories like cheesecake recipe, all-American pie, BBQ, cupcakes and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Every year the judges have a blast tasting all the goodies, and Fairguests love seeing who runs away with a first place. Deadlines for entry are:

  • Preserved foods – June 25
  • Baked goods and other featured contests - Aug. 2
  • Tablescaping – July 19 (hurry, this one fills up fast!)

Tapestry, which includes jewelry, arts & crafts, needle art and photography, has a June 25 deadline.

America’s Kids is themed A Living Library of Fun (part 2) – a continuation of last year’s fun adventure where books came to life. Competitions include magic shoes (turn an ordinary pair of shoes into something spectacular), build a model hot air balloon, creative cakes, build a scarecrow, crafts, writing and so much more. Deadline for America’s Kids competitions is June 27.

Details, including rules & regulations and entry forms, for all the contests and competitions can be found at

Ok, ready, set – cook and create!


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WINNER! Daily Giveaway #2: Iron Man

We have our second winner! Congratulations to Arturo Serna!!! We hope you enjoy your day at the Fair.

He correctly answered that the Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Thor are the superheroes featured in The Avengers. Many of you also gave a shout-out to Nick Fury and we agree that he definitely deserves a special mention!

Thank you again to everyone who participated. Check back here later today for our third daily giveaway–and yes, it’s still the complete prize pack of tickets, ride passes, food bucks and blog tees :)

Check back soon!


It’s Day 2 of our Daily Giveaway! Just like yesterday, we are giving away two Fair passes, two ride passes, food bucks and two Hot Blog On A Stick tees to one lucky winner.

Iron Man visited the Fair today, in full costume! Iron Man a.k.a. Tony Stark is, in his own words, a “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist” (The Avengers, 2012). Not to mention a super cool, high-flying, heavy-lifting, brave superhero! He was kind enough to spend some time taking pictures with fans today:

Iron Man and some excited fans

After saying hi to Iron Man I decided this next contest should definitely be an Avengers based one. So here’s the question:

Can you name all the superheroes featured in this year’s blockbuster smash, The Avengers?

Name them all in the comment box and we will select our next winner (at random) tomorrow! The contest is open until 11:59 p.m. (PST) TONIGHT and the winner will be selected tomorrow afternoon!

Best of luck!

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Radio Disney Visits the Fair!

Bridgit Mendler and Cher Lloyd are performing tonight as part of the End of Summer Concert Series, but the party started earlier this afternoon with Radio Disney.

Next Big Thing, Season 5 artists Jack Skuller and twins Chloe & Halle sang for fans this afternoon at the Coca-Cola Stage. Check out pictures from their performances below:


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Get Your Entries in for America’s Kids

OK all you 18 years and younger artists, crafters, bakers, inventors and creators: you have less than two weeks to get your entry forms in for the L.A. County Fair’s America’s Kids’ competitions. Hurry now! We’re using snail mail and all entries must be postmarked on or before June 28. You know you want to win a blue ribbon!

If you haven’t decided what to enter, visit the competitions page at and check out the list of all the contests and competitions featured in America’s Kids. Only entry forms need to be in on or by June 28. Entry drop-off is July 21 for most contests. Some entries, like cakes for the creative cake competition, need to be dropped off the day of the respective contest so make sure you carefully read the rules for each contest you enter.

America’s Kids’ theme is A Living Library of Fun so most of the contests have a book or character  theme. Here are some of the ones I think sound cool:

  • Mystical, Magical Wizard Wands or Hats – inspired by Harry Potter of course, you get to decorate your own hat or wand. My hat, the one I wear when I’m blogging, has little Crookshanks all around the brim. You know, cuz I love cats.
  • Build a Tree House – if you are a fan of Jack and Annie and the Magic Tree House series, well, you’ve got this one.
  • Mythical Creature Creation – make a model of your favorite mythical creature. Yes, even a gnome. Although gnomes creep me out. My biggest fear is seeing that travel site gnome at the edge of my desk or outside my front door. Holy cow.
  • Family Recycled Robots – this one is for the whole family. Watched it live at last year’s Fair. Was great fun and the creativity rocked. Make a robot out of all-things recycled.
  • Family Talent Show – C’mon. A family sing of “Do-Re-Mi”? Or go fun retro and so something from the Jackson 5. Saw two sisters sing “Popular” from Wicked. Suuuuperb.

These are just a handful of the contests. So, hurry! Time’s running out. June 28!

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Let the chips fall where they may – they’ll come up winners if they’re chocolate!

Marina Castle, First Place, Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies

These certainly weren’t your grandmother’s Hershey-variety chocolate chip cookies. Competitors in the Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookie & Brownie competition held Sept. 18 used plenty of exotic ingredients in their winning recipes.

Take for example, First-Place winner Marina Castle’s Decadence Chocolate Chip Cookies. The North Hollywood resident and Culinary Styles competitor since 1985 added mocha cappuccino mix, instant chocolate pudding mix, chopped malted milk balls to up the decadence quotient 10-fold.

Second-Place winner Monine Zerby of West Covina added dried pineapple and chopped roasted, salted macadamia nuts to her aptly named Tropical Chip Cookies.

Cathy Hagerty-Clemens of Fullerton placed Third with Mouth-Warming Chocolate Chip Cookies that got their heat from a ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Instant coffee granules and bittersweet chocolate chips added distinct flavors.

Cathy Hagerty-Clemens, First Place, Brownies

Hagerty-Clemens added another win – First Place for her Dark Chocolate Caramel Cashew Brownie – a recipe that included 40 caramels and chopped cashews for the topping.

Castle won another ribbon, Second Place, for her Raspberry-Almond Brownie Cups that were served a la cupcakes in wrappers.

Caramel starred again in Kelly Hagerty-Clemens’ Sweet Chloe’s Favorite Ooie Gooie Caramel Pecan Brownies that earned the Lake Havasu City, Ariz., resident Third Place.

Winners of the Brownie competition at the 2010 L.A. County Fair were, from left, Cathy Hagerty-Clemens of Fullerton, first place; Marina Castle of North Hollywood, second place, and Kelly Hagerty-Clemens of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., third place.

Winners of the Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookie competition at the 2010 L.A. County Fair were, from left, Marina Castle of North Hollywood, first place; Monine Zerby of West Covina, second place, and Cathy Hagerty-Clemens of Fullerton, third place.

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Yum! The 2010 All American Pie Contest – heaven in a pie pan

I don’t know about you, but I’ll take pie over cake any time, and covering the All American Pie contest earlier this week was pure mouth-watering heaven.

The contest was intense as judges lingered over each entry, taking just one more bite (two or three – wouldn’t you?) to make sure they picked the right winners. And they lingered, then lingered some more. The entries were that good!

Finally the ribbons were awarded and proud winners were photographed by friends and family (who could finally enjoy slices of their own).

Here they are:

2010 All American Pie - Custard Winners

BEST CUSTARD PIE (from left):
1) Jessica Kubel of Monrovia, Key Lime Pie
2) Emily Coffman of Moreno Valley, Roasted Acorn Squash and Apple Pie
3) Norma Barajas of Pasadena, Key Lime Pie

2010 All American Pie -- Cream Winners

BEST CREAM PIE (from left):
1) Peggy Linberg of Upland, Strawberry Cream Pie with a Triple Berry Layer
2) Marina Castle of North Hollywood,
Seven Layer Dulce de Leche-Peanut Butter Mousse Toffee Cream Pie;
3) Dawn-Michele Anaya of Whittier, Key Lime Pie.

2010 All American Pie -- Double Crust Fruit winners

1) Rebecca Mourer of La Habra, Blueberry-Raspberry Pie
2) Robin van Geest of Norco, Caramel Apple Pie
3) Avis N. Mitchell of Fontana, Avis’ Hot Apple Pie.

And there’s more food contest action to meet any appetite in Culinary Styles (you’ll find that in the Grandstand). Don’t miss these, bon appetit!

Cupcake Baking Contest: Saturday, Sept. 11, 1 p.m.
European Pastry Contest: Sunday, Sept. 12, 1 p.m.
Tamale! Tamale! Tamale!: Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1 p.m.
Enchilada Contest: Wednesday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m.
The Perfect Guacamole and Salsa Dip Contest: Wednesday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m.
Run for the Fair Contest: Thursday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Fleischmann’s Yeast Bake for the Cure Baking Contest: Friday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
Ghirardelli Chocolate Championship: Saturday, Sept. 18, 1 p.m.
Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookie & Brownie Contest: Saturday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m.
Big Baking & Recipe Contest: Sunday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
The Perfect Reception Cake: Saturday, Sept. 25, 1 p.m.
Karo Perfect Pie Contest: Saturday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.
Shelton’s Leftover Turkey Main Dish Contest: Sunday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.
Pumpkin Contest: Oct. 2, 1 p.m.
Homemade Pizza Contest: Oct. 3, 1 p.m.



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America’s Kids entry forms due July 6!

americaskids2010_0002Visitors to the 2010 America’s Kids will be transported A Long Time Ago… as they step into the exhibit presented by King Taco. They’ll explore the era when kings and queens ruled the land, knights jousted for the attention of princesses and everyone wore funny hats.


Entry forms are due Tuesday, July 6, for America’s Kids, and may be downloaded from, but must be postmarked no later than July 6 to L.A. County Fair, Attn: America’s Kids, P.O. Box 2250, Pomona, CA 91769.


Contest exhibits must be delivered between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday, July 24, to America’s Kids at Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768. Parking is available through Gate 1; proceed to America’s Kids in Fairplex building 10.


Featured competitions keep things medieval: “Stained Glass Art” created with hot glue or puff paint and paint, markers or crayons, “Decorate a Crown” where imagination and a few craft supplies combine for beautiful crown jewels, and “Castle Banner or Shield” that will decorate the walls of America’s Kids castle’s walls.


Other theme competitions include Medieval Character Competition, Sock Dragon, Fairy Fashion Fun, Build a Knight, Castle Coloring Competition, and “My Own Fairy Tale” writing competition. There will also be a kids’ A Long Time Ago… Fashion Show.


This year’s theme has also been added to many of America’s Kids traditional competitions. Division class details and entry instructions are also available at For more information, contact Nancy Bates at, or by visiting

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Preserved Foods entry forms due Tuesday, June 29, to L.A. County Fair

My mouth is just watering as I remind you that entry forms are due Tuesday, June 29, for the Preserved Foods contest of the L.A. County Fair’s Culinary Styles Competition. Forms may be downloaded from

Preserved Foods kicks off the yummy season here, with its divisions – Preserved Foods; Preserved Vegetables; Juices; Fruit & Vegetable Pickles; Relishes; Sauces; Vinegar; Jams; Jelly; Preserves; Marmalades; Butters; Conserves; Dried Fruits, Meats, or Vegetables; Kitchen Cordials; and Other Preserved Foods.

Preserved Foods entries must be delivered between 3 and 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 13, to The Village on Broadway/Tapestry at Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768. Check in through Gate 1 off of White and McKinley, and follow signs to the drop-off area.

Keep in mind other Culinary Style’s featured competition entry deadlines: Homemade Wine & Homemade Beer, July 16; Tablescaping, July 27; Baked Foods & Confections, Aug. 6.

Entry forms are also due Aug. 6 for these special contests:

• The Cheesecake Contest
• The Perfect Reception Cake
• Tamale! Tamale! Tamale!
• The Perfect Guacamole & Salsa Dip
• Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookie & Brownie
• European Pastry Contest
• All American Pie Contest
• Big Baking & Recipe Contest
• BBQ Contest
• Best BBQ Sauce Contest
• Chili Cook-Off
• Shelton’s Leftover Turkey Main Dish Contest
• Fleischmann’s Yeast Bake for the Cure Baking Contest
• Karo Perfect Pie Contest
• Ghirardelli Chocolate Championship
• Run for the Fair Contest
• Cupcake Baking Contest
• Homemade Pizza Contest
• Enchilada Contest
• Pumpkin Contest
Division class details and entry instructions are also available at For more information, call Amy Pond-Cirelli at (909) 865-4043 or at

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Hey Fair Fans! Time to Enter Our Contests!

contestHowdy hey to all my L.A. County Fair blog followers. It has been a long time - we’ve been working hard since the last day of the 2009 Fair to prepare a fantastic 2010 Fair! You definitely will not be disappointed! We have tons of new things in store – but more on that later. I am here to tell you to get your best recipe, paint your best art work and create the best scrapbook page ever – then enter it into one of the Fair’s contests and competitions. Just about every contest is now open for entries – in America’s Kids, Culinary Styles and Tapestry.

America’s Kids’ theme for 2010 is A Time Long Ago, centered on Mtiger-cakeedieval times. Contests include a Build a Knight craft and Fairy Tale writing. There are also decorate a crown and create a shield competitions. With a theme like this, there are so many ways to be creative and bold! What fun!

Tapestry has great contests in knitting, arts & crafts, clothing & textiles, jewelry, pottery and the ever-popular quilting. There is also the Men Knit, Too contest!

My personal favorite – Culinary Styles - has some great categories this year. Enchiladas, cupcakes, homemade pizza, best pumpkin recipe – oh my gosh! It’s going to be a major FoodFest! Some ol’ favorites are coming back – best cheesecake, salsa, all american pie. I love watching the judging on Culinary Styles – the contestants pace with anticipation, try to read the judges’ feelings in their facial expressions – it’s a hoot.

Deadlines are different for the competitions, so be sure to check the Web site for all the details.

So, wait are you waiting for? Sign up already!

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Read My Blog, Win a Prize

winnerAlright Hot Blog on a Stick fans – the time has come. It’s contest time. I know thousands of you are faithful readers of the Fair-ey Blogster and fans of the L.A. County Fair, and I love you all. But just a few tend to send comments. I want to hear from you! So, to encourage a more engaging correspondence online, I am startin’ up the contests! Basically it is read my Blog, win a prize! (What? No! This isn’t a bribe to get more readers! Sheesh, such pessimists. I am doing this out of the goodness of my heart. And if I happen to get more readers because some people want to win some free stuff, well, fine. Did you know Stephen King stood at a busy intersection giving away his first novel to anyone who passed by? Well, he did! J.K. Rowling did the same at Starbucks with that first Harry Potter.)

Now, of course, not everyone can win (Fair/Fairplex employees are not eligible to win but I still love you, especially you Blondie). Periodically I will pose a question or quiz here in the Blog; the first to e-mail me the correct answer at will receive a prize. And my bag of goodies is filled with fun stuff, including sweatshirts, tees, stuffed animals and eco-friendly items.

So, question No. 1: What are the names of the Fair’s four mascots and what types of animals are they?

If you know the answer, e-mail the Fair-ey Blogster at Besides the correct answer, leave your address so I can mail you your prize! I’ll post the names of the winners right here.

Today’s prize is this cool brown pull-over hoodie with the L.A County Fair design, modeled by the runway-ready Blondie:


So, hurry up! Answer the question! Keep reading my Blog for more great Fair inside info and the chance to win more spoils!

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