T-Rex Invasion at Jurassic Planet

Our gates are closed for the day, but it seems someone managed to find his/her way into Jurassic Planet…

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Have you visited Jurassic Planet?
What were your thought on it?

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Metrolink Commuters…Surprise!

Commuters boarding Metrolink were surprised this morning when Sky Shivers, his farm crew and a few of our lovely petting zoo animals paid a visit to Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles.

Riders were pleasantly surprised by our furry chickens, lambs, baby goats and calves.

A special thank you to Metrolink for allowing us to share some of the joy of our Fair with their commuters and to Sky Shivers for joining us on this adventure!

To learn more about Metrolink’s month-long Fair program click here. Hope everyone takes advantage of Metrolink’s weekend round-trip route from Union Station to the LA County Fair.

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Plaza de las Americas

Plaza de las Americas is by far one of my favorite places to visit when I come to the LA County Fair. Despite what the weather may be, our guests always seem to be up for music, dancing, and shopping.

If you don’t believe me, I dare you to come over to the Fair and see what I am talking about! I bet you won’t be able to resist the music and the URGE to dance.

From the time the Fair opens to the time the Fair closes, there is always some kind of music playing on this side of the grounds. Although it varies, on any give day you could find a live mariachi, trio, or folklorico dancers. All of our artists have a specific genre and enjoy introducing their art to new people.

Speaking of new people, here at the LA County Fair we love diversity, which is why we have representatives from various Latin American countries such as: Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, and many more!

Although their menu consists of more than 20 delicious dishes, I usually stick to flame broiled chicken, rice, and beans. If you just ate, then get yourself a raspado (shaved ice) and maintain yourself hydrated.

One final thought…if you are here in the evening, then stop by Grinding Gears for some amazing music and fun! #DARETOFAIR

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Jurassic Planet

In case you haven’t heard, WE HAVE DINOSAURS at the LA County Fair…and we are LOVING the love we’re getting from our Fairgoers. Here is a sneak peak into Jurassic Planet.

Jurassic Planet, the Fair’s new outdoor prehistoric attraction, goes back 65 million years and is home to nearly 40 life-size animatronic dinosaurs. Are they domesticated or do they still rage with the fury of the largest inhabitants on earth trying to survive? I guess Fairguests will have to find out for themselves.

Discover how these giants from the past made the Fair their new home. Learn the idiosyncrasies of these extra, extra large reptiles. Fascinating facts are part of the experience; you’ll learn more than you ever thought possible about dinosaurs, like the fact that their closest living relatives are birds.

Outside the gates of Jurassic Planet is an interactive play park where adults and children can dig for fossils, visit the touch table and talk to a real-life paleontologist.

This attraction has a $5 admission fee. Open all day and perfect for all ages.

Have you visited Jurassic Planet? What did you think of it?
Let us know in the comment section.  

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Sky High

Up in the air…is it a bird?  A plane?

No, it’s the Sky Ride here at the LA County Fair.  Hop aboard for only 8 tickets, purchasable from a plethora of booths that sell carnival tickets.  Up to three people may ride at a time, so whole families can take part!  You must be a certain height to ride, but children under the limit may be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

UP you’ll soar, over the crowded fair streets, where a cool breeze blows and the entire festive place is laid out at your feet.  The ride goes from Blue Gate to Green Gate, or vice versa, for a quicker trip around the fair.

To your left, the carnival.

To your right, lanes full of vendors.  Everywhere is the smell of wonderful food, drifting up to you as you float by.

Come fly with us, even if only for a little while. Remember, only ONE week left of the 2015 LA County Fair.

Have any pictures from your own experience at the Sky Ride?  Show us on social media using #LACFNaturalHigh. We’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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Plaza de las Americas

As you enter through Blue gate, you are greeted by the sounds of horns and accordions….

Welcome to Plaza de las Americas, where Latin heritage (and food) flows abundantly.  Shop keepers sell all kinds of goodies everywhere you turn.  Take the sky ride, and find a margarita bar waiting for you as soon as you exit.  Fountains gurgle, and offer a cool little spot to fight away the summer heat.

Best of all is the music stage, where the sound never stops.  You never know who you might see, like rising Latin music star, Luis Coronel, who stopped by to please ears and break hearts.

Come along on a little Latin adventure, right here at LACF.  Remember, next week is your last chance!

Do you have a favorite Latin band?  Tell me in the comments below!

 

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Arrrrgh! Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day me hearties! [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

We have our winners!
Congratulations to Mark Munoz and Christina Cabrera
for being selected as today’s blog giveaway winners!
Thank you to everyone who played! Make sure you like/follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more contests and fun Fair photos/videos.
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Ahoy mateys! Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

We hope you Arrrr having a great day with your loved ones. But, if you’re not because your’re stuck with the same old, same old, we suggest coming to Pirate Adventure at the Fair.

We have a schedule packed with fun things to see!

- First up is Street Drum Corps. This is not your ordinary three-member guy band; their sets are much more in line with a true pirate’s adventure. Their attire and music is too dope to miss. Trust us. They are conveniently located right in front of Luminasia.

- Next up is Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean. This aerial show with fightin’ pirates will have you at the edge of your seat! Don’t believe us? Watch this:

- Last but not least, let’s talk about our Shipwreck Pirates show. These pirates sure know how to keep an audience entertained and wanting more. :) Here is the schedule for these three SUPERRR shows!

P.S. If you’re feeling in the pirate spirit, add “me hearties” to the end of every sentence. You’ll fit right in! ;)

Pirate Adventure Giveaway (2 sets):
2 any-day Fair admission tickets
2 Pirate’s Dinner Adventure tickets (Location: Buena Park, CA)

To enter our contest, leave a comment on this blog post telling us where you would sail if you were a pirate. For example, if I was a pirate, I would sail to Brazil! I have to practice my Portuguese! Both of our winners will be announced Sunday, Sept. 20 on this blog at 7 p.m. 

Good luck, everyone!

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Bottoms Up

Are you one of those people who loves beer?  Did you know that LACF offers beer tasting classes?

Because they do!

You can find the class in the Beer, Wine, and Spirits Marketplace, attached to the Flower and Garden Pavilion.  Classes take place at noon, and are $15 per person.  Jason Torres leads the beer tasting classes, explaining the difference between craft and micro brewed beer, and the flavorful distinctions of IPA, Pale, and Porter brews (among others).  He also introduces students to some market lingo (Such at ‘Tap takeover’), and the correct way to drink the beverage.

Paired with these tasty brews are different food catered by local companies.  Today’s delicious sliders were courtesy of Brew & Meatball Company.  One of their tasty mini burgers was made with Wagu beef, which they also serve at their restaurant.

Just remember, you must be 21 or older to take part in these amazing (and shockingly educational) classes.

Have a favorite beer or beer and food pairing?  Tell me in the comments below!

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Daily Parades

If you haven’t seen the daily parades held at LACF, you’re not having as much fun as possible.  Every day of the fair, either at 12 or at 5 PM, there is a parade down the main thoroughfares.

In keeping with our Mardi Gras theme this year, the float riders throw bead necklaces to spectators.  Crowds line the avenues with raised hands in order to catch these flashy baubles, giving a fun souvenir to remember the experience.

These parades are held to give our guests an incredible memory, as well as to celebrate the community heroes from the surrounding cities.  These folks have been exemplary citizens in contributing to their communities, so when you see them, send up a cheer!

Party on down to LACF, and enjoy our daily parades!

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2015 End of Summer Concert Series Acts

Now that we’ve almost made it through July, our Fair-mode has really kicked into overdrive! In case you have not been keeping track of our countdown, there are only 45 days to go until LACF opens and we cannot wait for this year’s End of Summer Concert Series lineup. Keep reading to see who will be performing at our Grandstand in less than 2 months!

Patti LaBelle & Chaka Khan
Friday, Sept. 4

Patti LaBelle
Beautiful, simply does not describe the incomparable force known to the world as Patti LaBelle. As time continues to evolve, the soulful songbird’s name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance and class.  Belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets have created the unique platform of versatility that Ms. Patti is known and revered for.

Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan is known as one of the best soul music singers/songwriters around with the rare ability to delve into any genre of music from funk, R&B, pop, rock, jazz, gospel, hip-hop and classical. She has won 10 Grammys and countless other awards.

Charlie Wilson
Saturday, Sept. 5

Nine-time Grammy nominee. Showman extraordinaire. Hit-making singer/songwriter whose second act is trumping his legendary first run. Not many contemporary artists can lay claim to such superlatives. Charlie Wilson can.

Alejandra Guzman & guest Ana Victoria
Sunday, Sept. 6

Alejandra Guzman
Her hit single “Eternamente Bella” went to No. 1 in Mexico and other Latin countries and is considered a classic by many Spanish rock fans. She also boasts a No. 1 album Indeleble with the hit single “Volverte a Amar.” Enjoy Alejandra’s music and showmanship.

Ana Victoria
Ana Victoria’s new album AV has enchanted all of her fans and new audience with a new sultry and sensual sound. Her first single called “Yo No Lloro Por Llorar” has been 3 months in the pop top 10 charts of Mexico and the record sold out as soon as it came out forcing a new set of records printed

Skillet & for King & Country
Monday, Sept. 7

Skillet
Skillet’s fans, The Panheads celebrated the group’s album Awake, certified platinum in 2012, for selling more than a million albums in the U.S. Their album Risefollowed with its spiritual and social message of hope.

for King & Country
Two-time 2015 Grammy award-winning Australian brother duo Joel and Luke Smallbone, watched their latest single, “Shoulders” break the Top 10 on Christian radio.

Kool & The Gang, The Ohio Players, Rose Royce
Friday, Sept. 11

Kool & The Gang
Kool & The Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like “Celebration”, ”Cherish, Jungle Boogie”, ”Summer Madness” and ”Open Sesame”, they’re earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits, and 31 gold and platinum albums.

The Ohio Players
With their slinky, horn-powered grooves, impeccable musicianship, and eye-popping album covers, the Ohio Players are among the top funk bands of the mid-’70s.

Rose Royce
The legendary hits recorded during Rose Royce’s 29-year recording career are still currently playing on radio stations all over the world including “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” “Do Your Dance,” “I’m in Love,” “I Wanna Get Next to You” and “Wishing on a Star” just to name a few. The fans keep coming to see the dazzling concerts of Rose Royce and its multitude of talent and charisma.

ZZ Top and special guest Blackberry Smoke
Saturday, Sept. 12

ZZ Top
The only rock & roll group that’s out there with its original members still aboard after three decades (an anniversary celebrated on 1999′s XXX), ZZ Top plays music that is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful, and 100-percent American in derivation.

Blackberry Smoke
Blackberry Smoke’s amalgamation of hearty Southern rock, alt-country and deep soul is equally suited for roadhouses or arenas.

Justin Moore with Kellie Pickler & Colt Ford
Sunday, Sept. 13

Justin Moore
The 2014 ACM New Artist of the Year Justin Moore added second consecutive No. 1 debuts to his list of accolades with Off The Beaten Path featuring his current single “This Kinda Town” and has produced Justin’s fourth and fifth Gold-certified No. 1 hits, “Point at You” and “Lettin’ The Night Roll.”

Kellie Pickler
“I love country music,” Kellie says, “and I love the stories behind the song. I love being on my bus. Like the song ‘Little Bit Gypsy’ says, I’m a traveling circus. I love being in that little house on the highway somewhere.” And tonight, that’s the LA County Fair.

Colt Ford
Colt Ford, is an American rapper, musician, and songwriter. He has charted six times on the Hot Country Songs charts, and co-wrote “Dirt Road Anthem,” a song on his 2008 album Ride Through the Country, which Jason Aldean later covered on his album My Kinda Party.

Bell Biv DeVoe with Tony Toni Tone & Ginuwine
Thursday, Sept. 17

Bell Biv DeVoe
BBD has sold over 20 million albums worldwide and have won the hearts of millions of fans globally. They most recently were bestowed (along with Ralph, Bobby & Johnny) with the 2013 Soul Train Music Awards Lifetime Achievement honor. BBD’s extraordinary accomplishments have set them apart from their peers and have cemented them as pioneering icons in their own right.

Tony! Toni! Toné!
A soul and funk tradition, the group released their fourth album, House of Music, in the fall of 1996.

Ginuwine
Ginuwine has released a number of multi-platinum and platinum-selling albums and singles, becoming one of R&B’s top artists during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Lynyrd Skynyrd & special guest The Outlaws
Friday, Sept. 18

Lynyrd Skynyrd
With a catalog of more than 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having over two million downloaded ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remain a cultural icon that appeals to all generations.

The Outlaws
For The Outlaws, it was always about the music. After 40 years, the Southern rock legends remain one of the most influential and best-loved bands of the genre. Bring on “There Goes Another Love Song,” “Green Grass & High Tides,” “Knoxville Girl” and “Freeborn Man.”

Train
Saturday, Sept. 19

The GRAMMY winning band are known for delivering memorable songs that capture the listener’s imagination. Train has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, 30 million tracks worldwide, with numerous platinum/gold citations on their mantle, including three Grammy Awards and two Billboard Music Awards.

Paquita la del Barrio with Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
Sunday, Sept. 20

Paquita la del Barrio
In her songs she takes a stance against sexist male cultures, which has made her popular especially with female audiences. She is known for her common song themes of women empowerment; her signature phrase, with which she often playfully teases male spectators in her shows, is “¿Me estás oyendo, inútil?” (“Are you listening, good-for-nothing?”). Many of Paquita’s albums and songs are jukebox staples in Mexican clubs and cantinas, including her first hit “Taco Placeros” and “Rata de dos patas.”

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
Perhaps the greatest tribute to Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles – the first of female mariachi in the U.S. – is that now there actually are other all-female mariachi groups.

The Beach Boys
Thursday, Sept. 24

The Beach Boys continue to have fun, fun, fun, with no end in sight. They create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut more than 50 years and tens of millions of albums ago.

WAR with Tierra & Malo
Friday, Sept. 25

WAR
Multi-platinum-selling WAR, the original street band, has been sharing its timeless music and message of brotherhood and harmony for more than four decades to millions across the globe.  Their hits include “The World Is A Ghetto,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends,”  “The Cisco Kid,” “Low Rider,” and many more.

Tierra
Tierra, the band named “Best R&B Vocal Group” by four leading magazines including Billboard, started their career in East Los Angeles with a blend of rock, pop, jazz, R&B and salsa. The result was a Latin R&B rhythm which produced classics like “Together”, “Gonna Find Her”, “Memories” and “Zoot Suit Boogie”.

Malo
San Francisco-based Latin band that fused several genres and peaked in 1972 with the number 18 pop hit “Suavecito.”

Jake Owen & Parmalee
Saturday, Sept. 26

Jake Owen
His Barefoot Blue Jean Night – debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top County Albums chart and delivered four consecutive No. 1 singles: the double platinum title track, the platinum “Alone With You,” and the gold-certified “The One That Got Away” and “Anywhere With You” – Jake is riding high. He released his fourth album Days of Gold.

Parmalee
Parmalee’s country rock sound has its roots in the bluegrass, traditional country, southern rock and blues covers the guys grew up hearing their families play. Tonight the grandstand will feel like Carolina.

 Who are you most excited to see?

To purchase tickets to our End of Summer Concert Series visit Ticketmaster.
***Fair admission is included with all concert ticket purchases.

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