Cheers to our Ambassadors!

We have said over and over how important our ambassador volunteers are to us, and that’s because it’s true! Our ambassadors, not just for Fair but all Fairplex year-round community events, are essential to our success.

Ambassadors make our guests feel welcome and genuinely love spending time with us. In honor of countless hours of dedication to Fairplex and the LA County Fair, we host a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, as our small way of thanking them for all that they do.

This year the theme was Mardi Gras, in line with our Flower & Garden Pavilion attraction at this year’s Fair.

We had tables bedecked with colorful beads and feathers, cake towers and giant masks lining the walls, and our community team on deck to welcome ambassadors to the party.

We had a blast and look forward to future volunteer events in 2016!

To learn more about our Fairplex Ambassadors program visit fairplex.com

Thank you to everyone who dedicated time and energy to our community programs this year. We appreciate you! 

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FairKids Field Trip Program Evolves

We are proud to announce that the FairKids Field Trip Program that brings 150,000+ students to explore agriculture, animal husbandry and STEM topics during the annual LA County Fair is now a year-round program!

Yesterday, fifteen students from the Walnut Valley Unified School District were the first group of students to take advantage of this new program. Once at the Fairgrounds, students crunched leaves and tested the pH levels of various soils as they learned how different types of plants and produce grow. 

By being part of this program, students will learn about the foods they eat, their nutritional value, where they come from, how they are grown/raised, the role Mother Nature plays on our food supply, sustainable agriculture, effective use of energy and water supplies and much more. This program is great for teachers interested in offering their students a hands-on approach.  

We hope teachers in our surrounding communities take full advantage of the Fair’s newly expanded farm operations.

For more information, please call (909) 865-4638 or email tuyen@fairplex.com. You can also visit www.tlcfairplex.org.

See more photos of all the fun on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lacountyfair.

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The Engines Roar

Can you hear that rumble?

It’s coming from Thunder Alley, sponsored by the NHRA Motorsports Museum, and back by popular demand!

If you love anything fuel injected, engine exposed, or are just into gorgeous classic style cars, why are you still reading this?  Owners and former racers bring their babies for you to see and marvel at.

Have a seat in the helicopter on display at the Air Force Flight Museum, and gawk or gaze in wonder at the other machinery and flying marvels they’ve brought for you to see.  Don’t worry….nothing is armed!

Marvel at the dragsters, both the ones for adults, and those made for children!  I have to admit, the thought that 10-year-olds are going up to 85 miles per hour makes me wonder what I’ve been doing with my life!

Other exhibits include military vehicles, Drag safaris, trucks, and even boats!

Remember, Thunder Alley drives off into the sunset on our last day, September 27th.  Speed (not really!) on down before they’re gone!!

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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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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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Sense-ational

When you think of art, what’s the first thing that comes into your head?  I’m willing to bet most of you thought of a rare painting or sculpture, something you can experience through sight.  Maybe some of you considered a particular song of great beauty.

The Art of the Senses exhibit here at the LA County Fair takes the concept of art far beyond a single sense.  Here, visitors explore art in it’s many facets, and experience it with all of their senses, rather than just one.  Exhibits for sight (like comic artists and sculptors) sit next to a violin maker who then plays his beautiful works.  Follow the winding paths of the room to find different ways to experience art with your whole body.  You’ll even explore how your senses help you navigate the world around you.

This was an adventure in fun, with plenty of interactive areas for guests of all ages.  Come join us, and perhaps you’ll discover that your  favorite way to experience art……………is to smell it!

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Cupcake Crazy

Sooo good!

September 12th was the annual fair Cupcake Contest, and wow, did all the entries look delicious.  Contestants submitted their recipes in July, all of which were homemade with ingredients you can find at your local stores (Them’s the rules!).  On the big day, each contestant brought six delectable offerings for this year’s judges.

Regina Young, Marissa Ceja, Carlos Velesqez, and Laurie Brandler were our four distinguished experts for today’s event.  All four were beyond pleased to take part, and were full of smiles throughout the event.

Participants were graded on four different aspects, of varying importance:

  • Overall Taste                        40%
  • Originality/Creativity             30%
  • Appearance/Presentation     20%
  • Ease of preparation              10%

After sampling from each of the 11 contestants, the judges picked three outstanding examples of this culinary delight.

In 3rd place, with her light and fluffy Lemon Blueberry with Lemon Buttercream cupcake, is April Burton!

2nd place goes to Pepper Parker, with her scrumptious Banana Pudding cupcakes.

The coveted 1st place is awarded to Monine Zerby, for her Boozy Caramel Apple cupcake.  Need I say more?  All participants then began a cupcake trading bonanza, and who could blame them, with all of the entries looking so mouth watering?

If you think you have what it takes to be top baker here at the fair, check in online for next year’s entry forms.  Who knows, it could be you taking home that colorful Rosette with your cupcake supreme~!

 

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Beneath the Sea + Giveaway [CONTEST CLOSED]

We have a winner!
Congratulations to Dominick for being selected as today’s blog giveaway winner.
Thank you to everyone who played! Make sure you like/follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more contests and fun Fair photos/videos. ____________________________________________________________

What better way to cool off in this crazy heat than a little dip in the ocean?  Beneath the Sea is the traveling show with sea lions, rays, sharks, and even a mermaid!  Found near Red Gate, behind Thunder Alley, this is a world of adventure.

Watch sea lions cavort and play in the several daily shows that go on, courtesy of trainers Xania and Jimmy.  According to Xania, the show is actually a sea lion rescue that focuses on entertaining crowds while the performers educate you a little bit about the difference between seals and sea lions, and the importance of recycling. One lovely show girl is a South American sea lion that enjoys hamming for the camera and performing for big crowds!

Pet a real live Atlantic ray, and talk a little bit with their handler, Joe, about the care and keeping of these wonderful creatures.  For the last few years, Joe and his family have brought fair guests the wonders of these little critters, which you can touch and view up close.  This show is a rescue, too.  Joe rescues the rays from shrimping boats in the Gulf of Mexico, tours them for eight to nine months, and then releases them back into the wild!

Gaze in awe at the sharks, swimming in their tanks, and take a picture or two with the resident mermaid!  She’s available for pictures after her educational show in a wonderfully cool misty grotto.

Now, for a fun Blog Giveaway!

Beneath the Sea Giveaway
Four any-day admission tickets
Two RCS ride wristbands
1 Parking Pass

To enter our contest, tell me at least ONE of the sea lions’ names from the show. Winner will be announced Monday on this blog at 5 p.m. Best of Luck!

What are you waiting for?  Swim, don’t walk, on down and join us Beneath the Sea.

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