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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Fair Food Friday: The Final Round-Up

We hit you Opening Weekend with a deep-fried extravaganza (which we’re still recovering from, by the way). On Week Two, we went gourmet with a meal at Maria’s Italian Kitchen and visit to Terri’s Berries. And last Friday, we dove into a full on sugar coma when we sampled anything and everything sweet at LACF.

Now that we’ve had a little bit of everything, we’re ready to reveal our top three FAVORITE dishes we’ve tried this year.

Fair Food Friday: The Final Round-Up

1. The Gelato Churro Sandwich

Three words: cinnamon, vanilla and sprinkles. Need we say more? We’re crossing our fingers that these delicious treats will make their way back to us next year.

2. Tasti Chips

 A Fair classic and must-eat on our list. Tasti Chips are by far one of our favorite things to munch on, whether it’s matched with jalapenos, cheese, or plain. So much yum.

3. Thai Food 

Believe it or not, one of our go-to dinners is the Thai food stand, specifically their garlic chicken, pad thai and veggie combo. It’s filling, delicious, and a nice break from our usual deep-fried Oreos and Chick On A Stick fare.

What were your favorite Fair foods this year? Tell us in the comments below!

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Fair Snapshot: Carousel at Night

As much as I love the three new carnival rides, the Ferris Wheel and the Kiddie Carnival, I needed to close out the last Wednesday of the 2015 Fair season with something special.

This is precisely why I decided to end the night at our beloved Carousel.

Enjoy the picture I took as I waited for my turn to get on my all-time favorite amusement park / Fairground ride! :)

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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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Clay Play

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Did you know that you can take a pottery class here at LACF? Wander down Redwood street, where Thunder Alley is roaring.  To the right, behind the Millard Sheets Art Center, you’ll find it.  Tucked away behind a little courtyard … Continue reading

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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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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