MonthOctober 2012

Thanks For the Memories

And so we end another Fair….and a great one it was! Thank you all for coming to our party. We enjoyed having you. What a way to celebrate our 90th anniversary! Here are some take-aways from this year:

  • 1,473,371 guests – and you were one of them! It was our fourth biggest Fair ever.
  • Food & shopping continued to be the two biggest reasons for coming to the Fair.
  • Guest satisfaction was the highest ever
  • Guests donated more than 110,000 cans of non-perishable food to Helping Hands, Caring Hearts Ministry, Foothill Family Shelter, Caring for the Hills, Inland Valley Hope Partners and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank in exchange for free admission
  • In honor of 9/11, the Fair donated more than $9,300 in proceeds from the Weekend for Heroes promotion to the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation
  • City of Hope, Cedars-Sinai, American Red Cross, Huntington Hospital and Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital held blood drives resulting in 734 pints of blood donated
  • Guests donated more than 16,000 books, 13,000 school supplies, 300 shoes and 2,400 pairs of socks to local charities in exchange for free admission
  • More than 140,000 students and teachers experienced the Fair educational exhibits through the FairKids Field Trip program at no charge
  • The Fair honored 17 communities and 31 community heroes on their dedicated days
  • Local universities also benefitted from special promotions and dedicated days with more than 10,000 discount redemptions

You helped make all this happen -so thanks again. Thanks, too, for reading Hot Blog on a Stick. We had a ton of fun giving away tickets and T-shirts. Keep reading us and pencil in the Fair for next year, Aug. 30-Sept. 29.

The party continues…

We are in full Fall mode and more than looking forward to crisp autumn evenings, hot chocolate, football and the holiday season. For those of you who are suffering from PFDS (Post-Fair Depression Syndrome) don’t fear! The rides may be down, the exhibits packed away and the deep-fried food devoured, but there are still plenty of happenings going on at Fairplex!
Just a few as we close up 2012…
1. SoCal College Fair: Brought to you by The Learning Centers at Fairplex, this event is a great way to jump start you (or your child’s) college career. Come talk to dozens of colleges, learn about the admissions process, enjoy food, beverages and games and get an idea of what to expect next year.
2. Oktoberfest: We’re putting a little rock n’ roll flavor to this traditional German celebration with “Rock”tober fest. Come out to the fairgrounds for some games, beer, German food, oom-pah-pah music AND a fantastic cover band each weekend! DSB, Queen Nation and Sounds of Santana will be taking turns rocking out on stage.
3. Neighborhood Halloween Party: Bring the kids out for a fun night of hanging out in the pumpkin patch, face painting, games and prizes, crafts, food and of course, lots of candy! Stop by on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. for this fun, free event.