The L.A. County Fair was listed as #6 in the Top 50 Fairs in North America in 2012!
The L.A. County Fair was listed as #6 in the Top 50 Fairs in North America in 2012!
It’s hard to believe it’s already been TWO months since the Fair ended. We miss the animals, the food, the rides, the loud music but most of all we miss you! Our fans, guests, blog readers/commentators. You are, after all, the reason we pull out all the stops and make the Fair happen every year
While 2013 is awhile away, our gates are still open. It might not be the carnival-tastic extravaganza the Fair was but we have some pretty cool events anyway (you know, Color Runs, NHRA finals, Oktoberfest… those kind of things). If you miss us as much as we miss you, check out the Fairplex official blog! We love to write there too
Until 2013 everyone!
-A Fair To Remember
We have a winner. Congratulations to Becky! Becky is the Thursday giveaway recipient for a full day of fun at the Fair! And for the record, she would rather be responsible for Mojo Congratulations Becky!
It’s time for another would you rather for our daily giveaway! As usual, this giveaway includes two Fair admission tickets, two ride passes, food bucks ($10 in value), a parking pass and two blog tees. Basically, we are giving you a full day at the Fair! To enter this contest all you have to do is answer the “would you rather” question in the comment box below. You never know, you just might win! So without further ado…
WOULD YOU RATHER…
Walk through the Fair with one of our boa constrictors draped on your shoulders for the day OR be responsible for Mojo the monkey while she’s let loose on the grounds?
Our new app has several useful features:
Be sure to download the app so you’ll be set for your day at the Fair!
What better way to celebrate this year’s Fair than with a glass of wine or champagne?
The Fair’s wine education program is extremely popular. Each class features a minimum of six wines and attendees receive a tasting ticket of a Gold Medal winner from the International Tasting Bar at the Wine & Spirits Marketplace that’s presented by Ralphs. Each class costs $17.
Tomorrow, Adam LaZarre, winemaker of Villa San-Juliette, presents “Unusual White Wines – The Gems You Didn’t Know About!” at 2 p.m., “Merlot – It Doesn’t Suck” at 4 p.m. and “Pinot Noir – Sex In A Bottle” at 6 p.m.
On Sunday, you’ll learn “Why Bordeaux is the Most Famous Wine in France…” presented by Paul Wagner at 2 p.m. Wagner talks about “6 Wines That Will Make You Feel Like James Bond” at 4 p.m. At 7 p.m., the “Passport Party” will be presented by Bob Smalls and Margie Jones.
When you visit the L.A. County Fair this year, you’ll notice something is a little different. Actually, a LOT of things are different! We’ve been building, moving, grading, shifting and lifting many things around the grounds to make all areas of the Fair easier for our guests to navigate. We are shaping up beautifully and I think you are going to love the results! It’s like we went to a 12-month Day Spa and came back refreshed and ready to greet our more than one million guests.
The first big change you’ll notice is the carnival has moved a bit southeast. It will be located closer to the center of the fairgrounds, in between the Flower & Garden Pavilion and the grandstand. The Grandstand Pavilion shopping area and the bbqs and spas have moved to make way for the carnival. The fabulous Ray Cammack Shows carnival will be back again for its 26th year with all the great rides, games and food you’ve come to enjoy – just in a new locale!
For all you shopaholics like me, we’ve located all the shopping in one convenient spot – the Shopping Place. This isn’t completely new. The Shopping Place has always been located in the shopping buildings. But now ALL products and vendors will be in that neighborhood, including along the thoroughfares between the buildings. There will be the Shopping Shuttle Express, presented by Jeffrey Scott Fine Magnetics, that will take shoppers from Yellow Gate and back. The Grandstand Pavilion was removed to make way for the carnival, so all vendors who were in the pavilion are now at the Shopping Place.
The Sunset Cabana is gone, replaced by Outdoor Living, were all the spas and bbqs will be located. This is located on Broadway, near the clock tower.
A Pirate’s Life has moved to behind the Shopping Place, near Red Gate. Esmeralda’s Traveling Circus, a new attraction, will be on Redwood Street. Behind the circus will be the new Gypsy Camp, near the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Red Gate entrance. The camp will be full of unusual and strange sights to behold!
See? Lots of new things in new settings. I know you will love it! Forty-four days!
The lineup for the End of Summer Concert Series was announced over the weekend. Did you get your tickets? We have a great series, brought to by our friends at Toyota. You’ve been waiting – here it is:
• Saturday, Sept. 4 – ASA World Championships of Freestyle Motocross
• Sunday, Sept. 5 – Teena Marie, Heatwave and Lenny Williams
• Monday, Sept. 6 – Lifehouse, Carolina Liar, Alana Grace
• Thursday, Sept. 9 – Monster Truck Madness
• Friday, Sept. 10 – Rick Springfield
• Saturday, Sept. 11 – Gretchen Wilson
• Sunday, Sept. 12 – Darius Rucker
• Thursday, Sept. 16 – Creedence Clearwater Revisited
• Friday, Sept. 17– Tower of Power & Average White Band
• Saturday, Sept. 18 – Selena Gomez And the Scene
• Sunday, Sept. 19 – MARIACHI USA® Fiesta
• Thursday, Sept. 23 – Boyz II Men and En Vogue
• Friday, Sept. 24 – WAR
• Saturday, Sept. 25 – 70’s Soul Jam featuring The Stylistics and Friends
• Sunday, Sept. 26 – Happy Together Tour – 25th Anniversary, with The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Grass Roots featuring Rob Grill, Micky Dolenz, The Buckinghams and Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders.
• Thursday, Sept. 30 – Demolition Derby presented by Jeffrey Scott® Fine Magnetics
• Friday, Oct. 1 – Daryl Hall & John Oates
• Saturday, Oct. 2 – TBA
• Sunday, Oct. 3 – 3OH!3
Reserved seating is available from $18.50 to $25, box seats from $22.50 to $45 and stageside seating from $75 to $125. Limited general admission seating is free with Fair admission, except for Selena Gomez (general admission tix for her show are $15). Tickets may be purchased at the Fairplex credentials office, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, at Ticketmaster locations and online at www.ticketmaster.com. The Fairplex credentials office is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed between 1 and 2 p.m.).
See you in the grandstand!
Good day good sirs and ladies! How fare thee? I, the mistress Fair-ey Blogster, doth agree to indeed bring cheer through the sharing of delights regardeth A Time Long Ago...Ok, my Old English Renaissance speak is pretty plague-sore. What I am trying to say is I want to whet your appetite for this year’s Fair by previewing our America’s Kids exhibit – A Time Long Ago…The Fair brings medieval times back to the future and a fantastic time will be had by all, be you knave or knight, damsel or dragon.
A big Huzzah is bestowed upon Mistress Nancy Bates and her excellent well staff who are creating what is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages (meaning you, too, mom and dad). Fairplex building 10 is being transformed into a lavish castle and village, complete with a forest right in the middle. By completion, it will have taken Nancy and crew three month to paint, nail and reconstruct this medieval majesty. Nancy, a most excellent seamstress by profession, even designed and sewed the 30 period costumes you will see staff wearing during the Fair.
Inside the building, one section will be the village, with peasants, games and archery. The other side will be nobility, with a king, queen and wizard (who will join in the Fair’s daily parades) and the town with a library and the medieval kitchen where some interesting cooking (using no modern appliances) will take place.
The forest, which will inhabit the middle of the building, will be an interesting place, as it is the magical spot where myths and legends and fairy tales were born. There will be tons of activities involving fairies, unicorns, trolls and there will even be real dragons!
Kids can enroll in Knight School. We’ll have costumes to try on, so even you can be king or queen for a day. It’s going to be amazing, so don’t miss A Time Long Ago…presented by King Taco. Keep coming back to the blog as we post the “transformation” photos of how one building turns into a complete village of the Middle Ages!
Now, off with you!
Dairy foods of all kinds from milk and cream to frozen desserts will compete in the Fair’s 2010 International Dairy Competition.
About 45 dairy processing companies competed at the 2009 L.A. County Fair in the main divisions: Fluid Milk and Cream, Cultured Liquid Products, Sour Cream, Yogurt, Butter, Cheese (including goat’s milk cheeses, sheep and mixed milk cheeses) and Frozen Dairy Dessert. Division class details and entry instructions are available at www.lacountyfair.com.
Entry forms must be mailed back with $50 per item entry fees, postmarked no later than July 16 to L.A. County Fair, Attn: Dairy Products, P.O. Box 2250, Pomona, CA 91769.
Samples for judging must be delivered to the Dairy Products Department located at Avalon Restaurant, across from the Grandstand. Enter at Gate 1 on McKinley Avenue. Deliveries must be made between Wednesday, July 28, and Thursday, July 29, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Samples may also be delivered on July 30 by appointment only.
Contest samples may also be mailed to L.A. County Fair, Attn: Dairy Products, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768. Shipments must be packed in a proper container with an adequate amount of proper refrigerant (dry ice for ice cream and ice or “blue ice” for all others) to insure samples are received at the proper temperature.
Holy cow! Does the counter on the L.A. County Fair website really say 70 days until the Fair?! Yes, it does. That’s only 1,680 hours away (actually, about 1,677). And have we got a show in store for you! We are so excited about the new attractions, Fair favorites (Hot Dog on a Stick! I haven’t had one since last year’s Fair), the carnival and especially our new layout! Our grounds have received an extreme makeover and we can’t wait for you to see it.
All the elements you love about the Fair will still be here. We moved the carnival closer to the center of the Fair and shifted all the shopping to a centralized location in the buildings and the adjoining tree-lined streets. Yellow gate (the one closest to the carnival) will move in a little closer and a special shuttle will jet (well, if you can “jet” at 5 mph) shopping-crazed guests to the shopping area. Basically, we are just moving things in a bit for easier navigation for our guests.
On the attractions side we have knights and castles in America’s Kids, a whole new Pirate show in A Pirate’s Life, dinosaurs are roaming the Fair once more in Jurassic Planet (but this time they are ANGRY and they want out!) and Western Days and Rodeo Nights in FairView Farms.
The End of Summer Concert Series will rock your socks off. Acts will be announced July 12.
There are a ton of discounts, we have a wonderfully priced season pass. Drop by and see me, the Fair-ey Blogster. Whatever you do, do not miss the 2010 L.A. County Fair!! It is totally Pure.Fun.