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Fair's International Dairy Competition Entry Forms due July 16

dairy3Dairy 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
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.


blue_gate_resizedThe number of cans donated Sept. 18 for Ralphs Food Drive Friday. Bring five cans of Ralphs brand canned goods Friday, Sept. 25 and/or Friday Oct. 2 and get one FREE Fair admission for that date. Donations go to Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

Friday, Sept. 11 is a Day for Heroes!

american_flag_resizedCalling all active and retired military personnel, firefightersand other emergency service workers. Bring your identification to the Fair tomorrow, Sept. 11. Admission is just $1 each for you and one guest. All $1 admissions will be donated to USA Cares, which provides housing assistance, quality of life programs and combat injury support to U.S. service men and women. Official ribbon cutting by Steve Wilkos, a national spokesman for USA Cares, is at approximately 11:55 a.m. at Blue Gate Air Frame Stage.

So, you want to wear a hat…

kentucky-derby-picks-colts-contenders-oddsThis Saturday will be my first ever Kentucky Derby Party so I have been doing a little research. I realize that this makes me somewhat of a “nerd” to most, but I’d like to think of it as necessary preparation… it’s not every day that I get to wear a dress and hat, so I wanted to ensure that I was doing everything properly.

I have to say that my research has yielded some fascinating information! I would like to share with you what I found to be most helpful.

How to wear your Kentucky Derby Hat:derbyhat

  • Placed down on the head, with just one finger’s width over the eyebrow to the hat’s brim.
  • Pull the hat down onto the head, so that the crown is touching the top of the head.
  • Tilt your hat slightly to one side.
  • Just the hat and the face should be the focal point.

Now I have to say that I am VERY grateful for the above tips. Having never worn anything more than a baseball cap before, I had no idea that there was so much involved! See?? And you all thought I was being nerdy! Ha!

The Kentucky Derby is more than just magnificent horses, calculated wagering, and delectable mint juleps; it is also a true day of fashion! The best part is that you don’t have to head out to Churchill Downs just to be part of the fun. You can stay right here in sunny California and join us for a spectacular Kentucky Derby Party – tilted hat and all!

Ice Cream… Anyone??

I love food – I can’t help it! When I’m eating I think about how soft_serve_icecreamdelicious it is and when I am not eating I am planning my next meal.

I have to say that working on this year’s L.A. County Fair is not helping much. All of this food talk just makes me hungrier. Whenever someone mentions the Fair all I can think about is vanilla soft serve with caramel and sprinkles. I know it’s a little lame considering all of the other fried goodies we have to choose from, but I’ll take soft serve any day of the week – sometimes twice! What can I say – I love Dairy!

Needless to say with my love for Dairy comes one of my favorite competitions of the year – the Los Angeles International Dairy Competition! Last year was my first competition and I have never seen so much ice cream, cheese, milk, butter, yogurt, or sour cream outside of a grocery store! I have to say – it was a magnificent sight! It’s only April and I can’t wait for this year’s competition and it’s in August!

I’m not an official judge or anything – especially since I have never met an ice cream I didn’t like, but just taking part in the competition is gallons of fun. The best part is that the winners of the competition will be on display in FairView Farms for all to see… just follow Daisy to the pink and brown aisle!

It's Almost May…

hatsIt’s almost May and I have to say that I’m getting excited! The Fair is right around the corner, the Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition, and the Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competitions are coming up VERY quickly, and on May 2nd we are having a Kentucky Derby Party!!!
Yup… I said PARTY and everyone is invited. I know what you’re thinking….. what a fun place to work, and you would be correct. The fun will begin at 7am for you die-hard fans, and for those of you who will still be in bed at 7am (like me) it will still be exciting at around 10am… I promise!
We will be celebrating in true Churchill Downs fashion with mint juleps, big crazy hats, and the loudest cheering possible! While most of my Fairplex friends are excited about the race, I admit that I am most excited about the hats!!! We are even having a hat contest and you can sign up that day! I work here so I can’t participate in the contest… but I will still be wearing the most outrageous hat that my creative mind can come up with.
Join me at Fairplex Satellite Wagering – It’s going to be a great party so bring on the horses and the hats!

Yes, We Said Free Gas

Have you seen our new billboards for this year’s L.A. County Fair? They are getting quite a bit of play out there in the blogosphere. We’ve been mentioned in adrants.com, LAist.com and LATimesblogs. Woo hoo.

Take a look for yourself:

These are just two of 10 billboards promoting the Fair. And isn’t that a Hot Dog on a Stick I see in McCain’s hand?! The Fair-ey Blogster holds no political affiliations, but is it OK to vote for someone because of the food on a stick they eat? (I think Hillary would’ve been a deep-fried White Castles slammer).

Free Gas is my favorite. It’s fun to have a chuckle at such puerile humor once in awhile. So, yeah, we’re promoting free gas. Free pies (cow, that is)  and mother’s (goats) milk, too. Poor cows. They are always the butt of jokes and ridiculed in the reports of some government official who fannies about with his research, trying to toot his own horn.

Actually, it is true that cows produce 75 percent of the total methane produced by all animals, according to a report by CNN. It’s not their fault. They don’t intentionally pass wind just to hot house their neighbor. They have FOUR stomachs! They can’t help it! Being one of the largest beef producers in the world, scientists from Argentina are attempting to measure the true output from a single cow so they can figure out what to do with all that bovinus flatulus. Read on.

So, as you drive along the highways and byways, look for our billboards. Then come back here and tell me which one you like best.