Learn About Our Anatomy at OUR BODY Exhibit

Have you ever wondered where your liver was located? Or what smoker’s lung looks like? Or how your muscles perform when you run?
If your answer was yes, then you’ll be thrilled to know that these and so many other questions will be answered at the LA County Fair’s OUR BODY: The Universe Within exhibit.
This scientific and educational exhibit is comprised of over 200 specimens that have been preserved using a method known as “polymer impregnation,” or “plastination.” This process preserves tissues right down to the microscopic level.
OUR BODY goes “under the skin,” literally as well as figuratively, revealing the complexity of the human body and allowing students an up-close, three-dimensional look at their inner make-up.
As you enter the exhibit, you will have the opportunity to examine the human body as a whole. Continuing throughout the exhibit, you will journey through each of the body’s major systems allowing you to see firsthand how they function and relate to other systems.
Rather than using models of the human body, this mind-blowing exhibit uses actual human bodies to provide students and guests alike a look at what normally only doctors and scientists are allowed to see first-hand, making this a once in a lifetime experience.

The goal of OUR BODY is for guests of all ages to leave with a deeper understanding of the body’s form and function and a stronger appreciation for the uniqueness of each of our individual bodies. Contrasting examples of healthy and diseased organs and specimens are displayed throughout the exhibit with the intended hope for Fair visitors to make healthier lifestyle choices, if not already in the practice of doing so.
The specimens serve as an engaging resource that vibrantly illustrates how far mankind has come since the first anatomical sketches were drawn in the 2nd century A.D.
Educational guides providing guests with background information on the polymer impregnation process, activities to participate in before, during and after your visit, as well as important questions and answers about the exhibition will be available throughout the hall.
This fascinating, artful, and educational display is located under the Grandstand and is appropriate for all ages. Guests ages 6+ can purchase tickets online for $5. Visit www.lacountyfair.com, for more information.

Bottoms Up

Are you one of those people who loves beer?  Did you know that LACF offers beer tasting classes?
Because they do!
You can find the class in the Beer, Wine, and Spirits Marketplace, attached to the Flower and Garden Pavilion.  Classes take place at noon, and are $15 per person.  Jason Torres leads the beer tasting classes, explaining the difference between craft and micro brewed beer, and the flavorful distinctions of IPA, Pale, and Porter brews (among others).  He also introduces students to some market lingo (Such at ‘Tap takeover’), and the correct way to drink the beverage.
Paired with these tasty brews are different food catered by local companies.  Today’s delicious sliders were courtesy of Brew & Meatball Company.  One of their tasty mini burgers was made with Wagu beef, which they also serve at their restaurant.
Just remember, you must be 21 or older to take part in these amazing (and shockingly educational) classes.
Have a favorite beer or beer and food pairing?  Tell me in the comments below!


When you think of art, what’s the first thing that comes into your head?  I’m willing to bet most of you thought of a rare painting or sculpture, something you can experience through sight.  Maybe some of you considered a particular song of great beauty.
The Art of the Senses exhibit here at the LA County Fair takes the concept of art far beyond a single sense.  Here, visitors explore art in it’s many facets, and experience it with all of their senses, rather than just one.  Exhibits for sight (like comic artists and sculptors) sit next to a violin maker who then plays his beautiful works.  Follow the winding paths of the room to find different ways to experience art with your whole body.  You’ll even explore how your senses help you navigate the world around you.
This was an adventure in fun, with plenty of interactive areas for guests of all ages.  Come join us, and perhaps you’ll discover that your  favorite way to experience art……………is to smell it!

Beneath the Sea + Giveaway [CONTEST CLOSED]

We have a winner!
Congratulations to Dominick for being selected as today’s blog giveaway winner.
Thank you to everyone who played! Make sure you like/follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more contests and fun Fair photos/videos. ____________________________________________________________

What better way to cool off in this crazy heat than a little dip in the ocean?  Beneath the Sea is the traveling show with sea lions, rays, sharks, and even a mermaid!  Found near Red Gate, behind Thunder Alley, this is a world of adventure.
Watch sea lions cavort and play in the several daily shows that go on, courtesy of trainers Xania and Jimmy.  According to Xania, the show is actually a sea lion rescue that focuses on entertaining crowds while the performers educate you a little bit about the difference between seals and sea lions, and the importance of recycling. One lovely show girl is a South American sea lion that enjoys hamming for the camera and performing for big crowds!
Pet a real live Atlantic ray, and talk a little bit with their handler, Joe, about the care and keeping of these wonderful creatures.  For the last few years, Joe and his family have brought fair guests the wonders of these little critters, which you can touch and view up close.  This show is a rescue, too.  Joe rescues the rays from shrimping boats in the Gulf of Mexico, tours them for eight to nine months, and then releases them back into the wild!
Gaze in awe at the sharks, swimming in their tanks, and take a picture or two with the resident mermaid!  She’s available for pictures after her educational show in a wonderfully cool misty grotto.
Now, for a fun Blog Giveaway!

Beneath the Sea Giveaway
Four any-day admission tickets
Two RCS ride wristbands
1 Parking Pass

To enter our contest, tell me at least ONE of the sea lions’ names from the show. Winner will be announced Monday on this blog at 5 p.m. Best of Luck!
What are you waiting for?  Swim, don’t walk, on down and join us Beneath the Sea.

Popnology: Tech-nically Fabulous

Popnology, the LA County Fair’s newest exhibit, is drawing crowds on only it’s second day.  Whether it’s the Oculus Virtual Reality experience (“That’s had a steady line all day!” says volunteer Danielle), the interactive musical instruments including drums, guitar and piano or the controllable robots; Visitors can’t seem to get enough.

Over the sounds of a bustling crowd, you can hear the refrains of the Star Wars theme and other well known science fiction music.  Also available for viewing are the bike from Tron: Legacy, the Batmobile from the Schumacher films and even the De’Lorean from Back to the Future.  (Doc let us borrow it on the condition we won’t change anything in the past.  Darn!)
What are you waiting for?  Come see (and play) for yourself!

Perception of Beauty and Perfection

A profile series on the artists and individuals of The Art Classic, one of this year’s exhibitions at the LA County Fair – September 4-27, 2015
the art classic“I don’t see the world through the same lens as everybody else” – Jana Cruder
Jana Cruder is a fine-art photographer who is originally from Greensburg, PA – a small rural town outside of Pittsburgh. Since she spent all of her life in the East, coming to the West was very different and eye-opening. When she visited the Southwest on a photo trip, the lighting intrigued her. I guess you could say that she fell in love with our side of the country because after graduating, she moved to Los Angeles, where she has resided for over 10 years now.
Her creative process starts with a general idea of what she is trying to convey, and then she finds a location that will help her convey this idea.  In her series “What Lies Beneath,” Cruder is commenting on “the endless QUESTING young women in our culture do after the perfect ‘KEN.’” She is urging the viewer to think about where we get the idea of beauty from in culture, and how the Barbie doll can influence what we see as beautiful.
In her other photo series, “Great Expectations,” Cruder calls to attention to what happens when Barbie finds her perfect Ken. This series comments on the “great expectations” of young women to have a perfect husband, a home, and kids forming the ideal family unit. In the series the photos show that these great expectations are sometimes too much, and the ideals of a family unit are changing.
Jana selects her models very carefully. “I seek them out. Some are from agencies others are people I’ve met out and about… the look and feel of the models in my imagery is very important to the concept I’m talking about.”
Jana Cruder’s work will be featured in the Millard Sheets Art Center’s upcoming exhibition The Art Classic.
Please join us this year at the LA County Fair to view Jana’s work and the other artists profiled in this series from the Los Angeles Art Association who were selected for this year’s exhibition.

Transgenic Animals – The Art Classic

By Guest Blogger, Patrick Bollinger
A profile series on the artists and individuals of The Art Classic, one of this year’s exhibitions at the LA County Fair – September 4-27, 2015
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“Manipulation. Biotech, cloning, Dolly. Creating our pets. New species, unique breeds. Intensified features and traits.” –Josh Levine from his artist statement.

Josh Levine (aka Copyright 1972) is a multi-media artist that is originally from Miami. He attended art school in Chicago, then moved to Los Angeles.

He is interested in the blending of biology and technology. Technology has allowed us to cross breed animals to create non-natural new animal species.  An example of this in real life would be in house pets. Humans have cross bred dog species to make new dogs with desired traits such as friendliness, size and beauty.
In his sculptures he is expanding on the idea of cross breeding to create striking animal hybrids. Some of these hybrids resemble the original animals enough where you can guess the animal species that are being combined.

Some times the hybrid creature is so unique that the original animals that it was based on are not easily identifiable.
When asked whether these non-natural creations made from technology are good or bad for the world, he says neither. “Technology is inherently neutral. What we do with it is the issue.” It’s not the technology that is good or bad, it is what we humans

decide to use it for. Technological advancements with Nuclear energy have shown us that it can be a cheap and renewable energy source, or a super destructive bomb. The potential for this technology to be good or bad resides in what we decide to use it for.

Kids generally enjoy these pieces because of their flourishing imaginations. There are many similarities between these figures and fictional animal like characters from cartoons. “If kids had the financial decision to buy my art, I would be a rich person.”
Josh Levine’s work will be featured in the Millard Sheets Art Center’s upcoming exhibition The Art Classic.
Please join us this year at the LA County Fair to view Josh’s work and the other artists profiled in this series from the Los Angeles Art Association who were selected for this year’s exhibition.

Visual Confusion – The Art Classic

By Guest Blogger, Patrick Bollinger
A profile series on the artists and individuals of The Art Classic, one of this year’s exhibitions at the LA County Fair – September 4-27, 2015
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“I do a lot of commercial work, and over the years I have accumulated tons of line drawings. I take these line drawings, scan them into my computer, then mess with them and twist them all up.” – Tanner Goldbeck

Tanner Goldbeck is a contemporary artist from Los Angeles whose style originates from comic book art, but has now progressed to fine art. Tanner went to comic school in New Jersey. Once he graduated, he got a job with the skateboard company Powell Peralta and moved to Santa Barbara. While there he drew skulls and monster designs for skateboard decks and T-shirts. After a while he decided to move to LA and become a fine artist. In LA he has multiple freelance jobs for which he makes line drawings. He then scans these drawings to his computer, where he distorts the images, then uses it in his large-scale paintings.  “I can layer them in Photoshop and duplicate them, and I start making these weird abstracts.”

“I’m starting to go in the direction now where I slowly move away from recognizable images and go to completely abstract art.”

His newest project is drawing faces. This project started out with him drawing the faces of people he saw in a coffee shop on paper coffee cups. He then realized coffee cups were hard to preserve so he moved to drawing them on other mediums like paper, canvas and even vinyl records.

“Sometimes they are realistic, sometimes they are not. It depends on what mood I’m in that day.”

Tanner Goldbeck’s work will be featured in the Millard Sheets Art Center’s upcoming exhibition The Art Classic.
Please join us this year at the LA County Fair to view Tanner’s work and the other artists profiled in this series from the Los Angeles Art Association who were selected for this year’s exhibition.

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.

If it looks like a stingray but moves like a crab…

Stingray Island is loaded with creatures of the sea–stingrays (of course), eels, a lion fish, sharks and the Horseshoe Crab.
This little guy–well, he’s not so little–looks like his neighbor stingrays but he’s actually a crab!

Is it a stingray or a crab?
Is it a stingray or a crab?

At first glance he appears to be a member of the sand ray family but if you lift him onto his back you’ll see that he’s actually a crab! Horseshoe Crabs can be identified by their hard, disc-shaped shells and their large eyes. When you flip him over, you can see that although his shell resembles a stingray, his underside says otherwise.
They have five pairs of legs they use for walking, swimming and feeding. You can see him crawling along the bottom of the stingray pool, searching for food!