MonthAugust 2009

Fred Flintstone Would Love This

ribsJust heard we’ve added Dino Ribs to the Fair Food menu. Of course, the minute I heard, I thought of that Bedrock carhop ploppin’ a slab of ginormous ribs on the side of the Flintstones car. Yabba dabba yummy!
The L.A. County Fair Dino (pronounced Dy-no) Ribs are big, juicy beef ribs, with one rib being over a foot long. Wow! that could feed Fred, Wilma, porkribsPebbles and Dino (pronounced Deeno). Oh yeah, and their sabertoothed cat, too.
This all fits in perfectly with our Jurassic Planet exhibit! We are taking the Fair back in time with prehistoric-sized fun and food.

T-minus 5 Days!!!!!!

Do you realize we are down to the last five days before the start of the L.A. County Fair?! Hope you don’t have any plans for Labor Day as we are opening Labor Day weekend – the first time ever! Beginning Saturday, you will have 23 opportunities to visit us.
Here is what you have to look forward to:
* Hot Dog on a Stick
* End of Summer Concert Series – Our popular live entertainment series begins with Al Green and in between we have Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Leann Rimes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Beach Boys, Gap Band, Pat Benatar, action sports, Monster Trucks, Donna Summer – oh, so much fun.
*Jurassic Planet – Dinos come to life at the Fair.
*The best carnival around.
*Award-winning wines, spirits and beer at the Wine & Spirits Marketplace.
*Shopping, shopping shopping.
*Food, food, food – everything from the Meat Lover’s Ice Cream Cone to the Zucchini Weenie to Dino Ribs, everything on a stick, deep-fried, dipped in chocolate, international flavors…ah!
And so much more. This year we are synonymous with value – we have so many discounts and promotions, you don’t ever have to pay full price to get into the Fair!!
We’re so excited! Can’t wait to see you. Meet ya at the Clocktower. Or at Hot Dog on a Stick. Or at Tasty Chips. Or in front of the muttaburrasaurus. Or at Gateway to Africa. Or on the Zipper!!!!!!


Become a Wine Expert, Take a Class

The schedule of the Wine & Spirit Marketplace’s wine education classes is lacountyfairwinemarketplacewinnerlineupnow up on our Web page for you to peruse and register for a seat. The Fair’s wine education program, run in conjunction with the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, is extremely popular – and worth the effort to get to one. Some of the top names in the wine, spirits and olive oil industries lead the classes. And besides learning a lot, you’ll have a fun time.
To whet your appetite we have: Wines of Santa Barbara County with Wes lacountyfairwinemarketplacecrowdHagen, winemaker for Clos Pepe; Wine, Cheese & Chocolate (yum!) with Mark Newman; Wines of Spain with Adam LaZarre, winemaker of Villa San-Juliette, formerly of Hahn Estates; Spirits 101; and Bottle or Box – A Whole New World of Wine.
Each class features a minimum of six wines and each participant will receive a tasting ticket for a taste of a Gold Medal winner from the International Tasting Bar. The cost is $17 per class.
Besides wine, we have Chef Henry Gonzalez of Spaggi’s Restaurant who will be out on four occasions to conduct a cooking class.
Wine education classes are held every day of the Fair. Check the Web site for a schedule.

Last Few Days to Buy Pre-sale Tix

ferris-wheel-dayWe’re in the home stretch, my friends. The L.A. County Fair opens a week from Saturday, and the next four days are the last days to purchase pre-sale admission online for $10 for adults, $6 for kids.
So hurry! Don’t wait until the prices go up on Sept. 1. Where else can you see a muttaburasaurus (one of the animatronic dinos in Jurassic Planet), eat everything on a stick (convenient and less messy), hear classic rock like Lynyrd Skynyrd and shop til you drop (literally!). BUY YOUR TICKETS TO THE FAIR NOW!
By the way, we have a ton of other discounts and promotions. Check out our Web page for more.

I'm Feeling Blue…Dodger Blue

dodgersHey L.A., the Fair is turning Blue on Thursday, Sept. 17 – Dodger Blue! That’s right, we are celebrating SoCal’s favorite team all day long – and we’re even having some special guests! Wear Dodger Blue on the 17th and receive half-off admission (you must print a coupon from Greeting fans and signing autographs will be Mr. Dodger himself, Tommy Lasorda;  Tommy Davis; Maury Wills; and the legendary Dodger infield of Ron “the Penguin” stevegarvey1Cey, Bill Russell and Steve Garvey. Talk about a grand slam!

Fans attending the Dodger game on Sept. 4 will receive a voucher good for two free Fair admissions on Sept. 17. If you don’t have a voucher, then you can go to and get the half-off admission coupon. Home run!
Some of my fondest childhood memories are of watching the Freeway Series, the pre-season games between the Dodgers and the California Angels – matching Tommy Lasorda’s managerial skills against Jim Fregosi ‘s (the Fairey Blogster’s personal fave) prowess. I met him once at a western wear store in La Habra – made my teen heart flutter. What ever happened to him?
I digress. So, all you L.A. fans, see you here on Sept. 17!

Bring in Canned Food, Get into the Fair for Free

privateselectionsServing the community is great, and doing so out of the kindness of one’s heart is the best way to do it. And, sometimes, if a special treat comes with the effort, that’s nice, too! The L.A. County Fair and Ralphs grocery store are teaming up to give — and give back.
Ralphs Food Drive Fridays are hitting the Fair this year. Guests who bring five Ralphs private label canned products to the Fair will get in free! Use your Oprah voice – “FAAAAREEEEEEEEE!” (Oprah always turns one-syllable words into two). The food will be donated to Feeding America, formerly Second Harvest Food Bank.
What a win-win situation! Start saving your Ralphs private label cans! You can visit the Fair, for free, at least four times!

50 and Fabulous!

barbieBarbie™, that icon of fashion and fun, turned 50 this year and she is taking the whole year to celebrate. She’ll be sharing some of that birthday love with L.A. County Fair guests opening weekend, Sept. 5 – 7.

You can actually meet her live and in person on Saturday at 2, 3 4 and 5 p.m. and on Sunday and Monday at 11 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 3, 4 and 5 p.m. – all three days at the Princess Dreamhouse in the Family Marketplace. Did you know here full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts? She was named after her creator Ruth Handler’s daughter. Barbie’s lookin’ pretty darn good for 50!

Don’t forget, if you come out on Labor Day weekend to see Barbie and all the other fun stuff at the Fair, admission is only $1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Soft drinks are only $1 from 1 to 4 p.m. and carnival rides are just $1 from 4 to 7 p.m. Woo hoo, a true dollar day at the Fair! With all the money you save, you can buy a Barbie dream car.

Yaks, Donkeys and Goats, Oh My!

gidgetthedonkeyOne of my favorite spots at the Fair, probably my most favorite spot, is FairView Farms and the Big Red Barn®. There is something serene about communing with the cows, goats and all the other critters that inhabit the farm. During the Fair we have our resident cowboy Sky Shivers who comes from his home in Oklahoma to care for the farm. He spends everyday at the farm, educating visitors about animals (like Gidget, left, the miniature Sicilian donkey) and agriculture, and the parts they play in life around the globe. He is a well of knowledge. Hang around the farm and you will learn some things you never knew before.
This year Sky has several new exhibits and attractions in the farm:

According to Sky the goal of FairView Farms is to educate people about the reality of the animal world. That includes interesting facts like, in some cultures, every part of the hog “except the squeal” is used for food. That makes the hog the perfect animal, said Sky, because it is 100 percent consummable.  Another fact: 96 percent of a car is made from animal by-products.
What can you expect to see in FairView Farms this year? The nursery is being expanded and will include such unusual critters as a baby water buffalo, baby yaks and baby miniature donkeys – all along with their moms. The entertainment barn will have goat milking. You can milk a goat then move over to the goat barn and see an expert make butter, cottage cheese and ice cream using the goat milk! See, we are very self-sustaining here at the Fair – nothing goes to waste!
There will be a miniature pony exhibit, expanded pig races and Amegiantdonkeyrican Mammoth donkeys (pictured right). The donkeys were first brought to the United States as a gift from the King of Spain for George Washington. Washington let the Colonists use and breed the donkeys and, voila, the American Mammoth donkey was born. These donkeys tend to be about 14 hands high (one hand=4 inches) but can go up to 16 hands high.
So, stop by FairView Farms. It’s edu-tainment at its best!

Give Blood, Get a Free Ticket to the Fair!

bloodyblooddrop1How can you be a lifesaving hero and have fun at the L.A. County Fair? Give blood at the Fair’s and the American Red Cross’ Blood Drive, Monday, Sept. 21, at the Sheraton Fairplex. You give us a pint, we give you a free weekday ticket to the Fair. Awesome! That young-Elvis-look-alike vampire on True Blood doesn’t even do that! But Buddy the Blood Drop will!
All it takes is about 20 minutes for the actual process. The Blood Drive is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Sheraton Fairplex is at 601 W. McKinley Ave. in Pomona. To schedule an appointment, visit The sponsor code is Fairplex.
Great! Give blood and receive a whole day of attractions, entertainment, shopping and food in return! Gooooooo Donors!

Can You Say One Month?

albertgoatYep, that’s correct. One month from tomorrow (ok, 32 days – sheesh!), the illustrious gates of the L.A. County Fair will open to guests of all ages. We have a great program planned for 2009 but what’s the main reason to come to the Fair? A Fair-cation at an affordable price! We have such amazing deals, you should NOT have to pay full price to get in. We will not squeeze you dry.
That’s right. I said it. Do NOT pay full price! Take a look, and then take ACTION, to scoop up one of these great deals:
• Labor Day Weekend treats: Besides the $1 admission from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., all 22-ounce soft drinks are just $1 at all food and beverage stands from 1 to 4 p.m.; carnival rides, games and select food items are just $1 from 4 to 7 p.m.
• Super-Saver Season Pass: If you plan on coming to the Fair more than twice, this is the deal of the year! For just $24.95, guests ages 6 and older can purchase a Season Pass, good everyday of the Fair. Show pass to a Fair parking attendant and receive a free parking upgrade, a $5 value, good weekdays. All customers who purchase a season pass will receive a RCS Carnival Coupon Book with valuable ride, game and food and beverage discounts for the carnival. The Pass is a $420 value.
• AT&T Any Day Admission Tickets: Come to any AT&T store to purchase admission tickets for just $10 for adults and $6 for ages 6-12.  Customers must print tickets online, at Fair admission kiosks or at any Fair ticket booth. Each AT&T adult and child any-day admission ticket comes with an exclusive unlimited ride carnival wristband offer (purchase required, restrictions apply). Wristbands are $35 and must be purchased before 9 p.m., good until 11 p.m. weekdays; must be purchased before 4 p.m., available for use until 7 p.m. weekends.  With purchase of the unlimited ride carnival wristband, customers will also receive a voucher good for any two midway carnival games (up to a $10 value). Wristbands must be purchased at a carnival ticket booth. Presented by AT&T.
• McDonald’s Wednesdays:  Admission to the Fair is just $20 Wednemcdlogosdays, which includes an unlimited ride carnival wristband. Vouchers for Wednesday specials are available beginning Saturday, Aug. 30, at participating Southern California McDonald’s restaurants. Presented by McDonald’s.
• Online Pre-Sale Admission Tickets through Aug. 31: Purchase any-day admission tickets online for just $10.
• Online Carnival Pre-sale Offer through Sept. 14: Receive 10 percent more carnival ride tickets when purchased online. Carnival rides average 3-9 ride tickets.
• Ralphs Fun Pack: Wednesday –Friday,  just $28,  includes two  weekday admission tickets, two five-ride carnival passes, two corn dogs or hot dogs and two  16 oz. soft drinks (available in the carnival midway only), in-store bounce-back coupons good for Ralphs food products. Fun Pack coupons are available at participating Ralphs grocery stores, beginning Aug. 30 through Oct. 2, or while supplies last.  Presented by Ralphs.
• Seniors: Seniors ages 60 and older are admitted for $14 weekends, $9 weekdays and just $6 Wednesdays, Senior Days. Groups of 20 seniors or more receive $5 admission and can take advantage of a Senior Club Discount Card with $1 off Fair admission Wednesdays, Senior Days. RCS offers free rides on Ferris wheels in the carnival and at the Clock Tower, Wednesdays for ages 60+.  Now that’s a sweet deal!
Lots and lots of sweet deals. There is no reason why I should not see you here on one (or more!) of the 23 days of the Fair.
Check out our Web site for more deals!