MonthFebruary 2009

Everything's Coming Up Roses with the Fair's Band Competition

marching-bandHey all you Marching Bands out there! Have you heard the great news? The L.A. County Fair has partnered with the Tournament of Roses parade association to offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The winner of the Fair’s Marching Band competition will get the opportunity to play in the 2011 Tournament of Roses parade! That’s right – the winner will get to strut their stuff down Colorado Boulevard in all their glory for the world to see. Pretty cool, isn’t it?
The honor stems from a five-year pact forged between the Los Angeles County Fair Association and the Tournament of Roses Association. This year’s winner will march in the Tournament of Roses Parade Jan. 1, 2011, allowing for the preparation time necessary for the world’s best known parade.
What’s unique about this new partnership is that the Fairs competition is the only high school band event in which the winner gets a berth in the Tournament of Roses Parade. How cool is that?
Bands will still compete for the competition’s top prizes of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 for first through third places respectively. But how can you beat a trip to the Rose Parade? That’s like a marching band Grammy! The L.A. County Fair High School Marching Band Parade Competition kicks off the band competition season. The Fair’s distinguished contest draws the top marching bands from throughout Southern California. In its current incarnation, bands march in festive parades held daily during the Fair. The Fair’s expanded 2009 dates, Sept. 5 through Oct. 4, will allow foroses1r more bands than ever to compete, with spots available for 40 participants. Schools may contact the Fair’s entertainment department, (909) 865-4506, for more information.
For 120 years, the Tournament of Roses Parade has featured majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands. It is one of the staples of America’s New Year’s holiday. Approximately 40 million Americans watch the Rose Parade on television, as well as millions of international viewers in more than 200 territories around the world. In addition, the Rose Parade is broadcast live by nine networks: ABC, NBC, HGTV, Tribune, Univision, Telemundo, Travel Channel, Discovery HD Theater, Sky Link TV.
Kinda’ makes you want to strap on a tuba, doesn’t it?

A Day Full of Learning Cleverly Disguised as Fun®

Hey teachers and parents! I am sure many of you have attended the L.A. County Fair before and have enjoyed all the shopping and Fair food. Maybe you even brought your children and let them enjoy the carnival rides and see all the live animals. Did you know that we have a free field trip program that is in progress throughout the run of the Fair that allows students to come to the Fair and have a one-of-a-kind learning experience as well? The field trip is called The FairKids Discovery Club Field Trip Program.
It’s a free field trip for preschool through 8th grade students to attend the L.A. County Fair. The field trip is designed with Southern California teachers in mind; grade level and subject-specific, they fit easily into existing curriculum maps, and comply with California State Department of Education Curriculum Content Standards.
The 2008 L.A. County Fair had approximately 103,000 students, teachers and chaperones enrolled in field trips to the Fair. FairView Farms is one of the favorite exhibits among the field trip participants.  Last year, several students and teachers witnessed an animal being born. Seeing real animals is very exciting to students who never get to see them in their city life. Teachers continuously tell us that their students enjoy visiting the Milking Parlor, learning where milk comes from and enjoying free milk afterward.
We are currently working on information to send out to all teachers,  principals and parents at more than 7,000 local public, private and home schools. We are being “greener” this year by sending our information electronically and only using “snail mail” where absolutely necessary.   We encourage online registration as well.  Information about the FairKids Discovery Club Field Trip Program and registration/reservations will be on our Web site at beginning mid-March. Curriculum information will go up in June.
If your students or children have not participated in this program we encourage you to get them involved. If they have come before then you already know that this program is exceptional. Please join us again this year. Spread the word and encourage other schools to come join in on the fun. It is a truly unique learning experience because it happens in a truly special 543-acre ‘classroom.’

Have Your Fun Raiser at the Fair

fair-swingDid you know that your organization could have a fund-raising event at the L.A. County Fair? The Fair’s Group Ticket Sales program offers an easy and simple way for your organization to earn cash! Every adult ticket you sell will raise $1 toward your fund raising efforts while providing friends and family with the best discounted ticket rate available. How fun would that be?! We like to spread the joy here the Fair!

If your interested in adding to your day at the Fair, try a Fun horse-racingPack that includes Fairplex Park. Your group can enjoy a Day at the Races at Fairplex Park and raise money by setting your own price on this package. You can purchase tickets starting at $25, and then determine the best price for your group. It’s a perfect choice for groups of 10 to 300. Your group will enjoy a private, shaded outdoor setting, great food, a full-service bar and convenient wagering services.

See, we’re always thinking of ways to serve you, our guests, at the Fair. And if you haven’t heard, we have an exciting visit planned for you and your guests. Dinosaurs, dogs and cows, oh my! Also fashion design, home improvement and decorating (how to make a headboard!), cooking and wine! The L.A. County Fair – where the ordinary becomes extraordinary!
For more information on fund raisers, contact our group sales department at (909) 865-4050.