L.A. Weekender: Last weekend of Oktoberfest!

Things are about to get colorful at Fairplex this weekend with The Color Run 5k! Not to mention it’s the last weekend of our Oktoberfest so you know things are going to be memorable around here. Keep reading the L.A. Weekender for our suggested weekend activities in Los Angeles County:

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Oktoberfest at Fairplex (Oct. 24-26): It’s the last weekend of Oktoberfest at Fairplex! Fill up your steins, load up on bratwurst (or King Taco) and enjoy an evening of oom-pah-pah music, dancing, games and good times. Or, if Sunday Funday is more your style, roll in between 12 – 6 p.m., watch NFL games and enjoy an afternoon with your family and friends! For more information, visit http://oktoberfestatfairplex.com.

The Color Run 5K (Oct. 25): The Color Run returns to Fairplex this Saturday. Run, skip, dance or walk your way through this fun run race course, and be prepared to get splashed with color along the way! The party continues at the Finish Festival with music, dancing and other fun activities. Registration is still open at http://thecolorrun.com.

34th Annual Children’s Halloween Parade (Oct. 25): The city of La Verne is hosting its annual Children’s Halloween Parade this Saturday, not too far from Fairplex! Children can show off their Halloween costumes as they parade around the CVS Shopping Center, collecting treats from merchants along the way. The fun begins at 10 a.m. For more information, visit the City of La Verne website.

Steam Carnival (Oct. 25-26): The Los Angeles STEAM Carnival debuts this weekend at CRAFTED at the Port of L.A. this weekend. This high-energy event features tech-infused game attractions, science demos, musical robots, circus acrobats and aerialists and artisinal carnival food. Plenty to discover, experience and Instagram! For more information visit http://steamcarnival.com.

Brewery ArtWalk (Oct. 25-26): The Brewery ArtWalk is a twice annual open studio weekend at the worlds largest art complex. With over 100 participating residentartists, you will have the opportunity to see new works, discover new favorites, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the artists’ studios. Admission and parking are free. Open 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, visit http://breweryartwalk.com.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a calendar of weekend events throughout Los Angeles County, from the heart of downtown to the beach cities to the IE. Additional information about all listings can be found at the event’s official website. If you have suggestions for an event, leave a comment in the box below or email us at tanji@fairplex.com

Fairplex Ambassadors at LACF

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We’ve said it before and we will gladly say it again: Fair volunteers are a vital part of LACF’s core. Behind the Fair exhibits and learning experiences are hundreds of volunteers, selflessly giving their time and energy to the FairKids Field Trip program and Fair visitors. One such volunteer? Julie Crocetti.

Joining the Fairplex Ambassador Program 

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“I first started volunteering about four years ago,” Julie said. “I came to the Fair to buy tickets for a show and saw the Administration building. I decided to walk in and ask about volunteering for the Fair.”

Julie has been a part of our family ever since.

“[Volunteering] gets under your skin, then into the bloodstream and soon you’ll want to keep doing more of it,” she said.

Why volunteer? 

Volunteering allows Julie to enjoy one of her life passions: teaching. Prior to retiring, she worked as a hospice director and enjoyed teaching her employees best practices. After she left her job she found herself asking the question: “now what?”

“That’s when I connected with Fairplex,” she said. “I needed fun and purpose in my life. Volunteering with the Fair fills that need.”

Julie now gets to use her passion for teaching at LACF. She enjoys sharing “hidden” Fair facts with FairKids students, especially information about the Flower & Garden Pavilion, and the wild animals in the Atrium.

Julie comes to LACF each year with the mentality of giving guests their best Fair experience possible. Her favorite part of the Fair Ambassador program? The LACF family. “It’s like a homecoming [every year.] It’s a family. The staff is great too. Everyone is a joy to work with.”

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FairKids Field Trip Program 

“Every day at the Fair is an adventure.” 

Volunteering has its fair share of challenges, but Julie loves what she does.

“It’s a worthwhile program to give your time to. We wouldn’t be here year after year if it wasn’t. Every day at the Fair is an adventure, and every year is different and new.”

Not only does Julie bring learning experiences to life for students and teachers, she mentors new volunteers too, and makes sure the whole team gets along. She goes above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to being a Fair Ambassador. But that’s not how she sees it.

If you told her she was an amazing volunteer, she would shrug her shoulders, smile and say, “I’m just doing what I came here to do: help out.”

To learn more about becoming a Fairplex Ambassador for LACF and our year-round events, visit our Fairplex Volunteer Hub.

Blog post originally posted on Los Angeles County Fair’s Hot Blog On A Stick 

Throwback Thursday: LACF in the 1930s

Throwback to the 1930s, when the Los Angeles County Fair was just getting its footing at Fairplex! At the time this photo was taken, the Fair was only 10-years-old or so. It’s crazy to think how much things have changed over the years. If you were to take a photo from the same angle, you wouldn’t be able to see Picnic Hill for all the trees and plants that have grown in that area!

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Fairplex Snapshot: Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon

Only slight traces of LACF remains on campus, including this fun archway that led guests into Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon. All traces of our favorite animals are long gone (until next year!) but it’s fun to walk around reminisce about the Fair:

Halloween DIY Ideas from Fairplex

Halloween is less than two weeks away and we are in full celebratory mode! Our Creative department knows how to make things look festive without the cheese factor and we wanted to share some of our fun DIY Halloween projects with you today:

Halloween Facades 

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Our Creative department made this display entirely by hand for our DIY Design Studio during LACF. If you have a fence in your front or backyard, it’s easy to put up fun Halloween signs, perfect for a photo backdrop during parties. For a little extra variety, our team used a witch’s hat for the “A” in Halloween and a pumpkin for the “O.”

DIY Halloween Prep 1024x768 Halloween DIY Ideas from Fairplex Our team used a blend of giant sunflowers, festive fabric garlands and other Halloween paraphernalia (a plastic skeleton, crows, a broomstick) to create a welcoming, “spooky” facade:

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Halloween Garlands 

You can make your own Halloween fabric garland in minutes by ripping old fabrics into long strips and stringing them on a rope to create an autumn-inspired canopy of color:

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Steam Punk Pumpkins
Do something different with your pumpkins this year. Metallic pumpkins are available at many craft stores as well as the gears and gadgets you’ll need to get that steam punk look.

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Our Creative department knows how to create “something out of nothing,” with items you can find at Michaels, a garage sale or even your own attic. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your home into a Halloween haunt!

Do you have any favorite DIY Halloween projects? Share with us in the comments section below! 

Oktoberfest 2014 Final Giveaway [Contest closed]

This weekend is your last chance to party like a Bavarian rockstar at Fairplex! We are sad to see this year’s festivities end, but we plan to close out in style. If last year’s final weekend is any indication, we imagine it will look something like this:

We want you to party with us which is why we are having one last Oktoberfest giveaway! Enter to win 2 Oktoberfest admission tickets + a stein full of Oktoberfest swag by leaving a comment telling us why you want to come check out Oktoberfest at Fairplex.

Winner selected at random and announced Wednesday at 3 p.m. PST. Good luck!

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We have a winner! Congratulations to Heather for being randomly selected! Heather wants to attend Oktoberfest because “it’s always fun to try new beers in a fun environment.” We agree!

Thank you to everyone for playing. We love seeing your enthusiasm for our event and we hope to see you here for our last weekend. Prost to all!

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Three festivals, one campus

It was another rockin’ weekend at Fairplex!

We had not one, not two, but three festivals happening at Fairplex, all at the same time. We stopped by on Saturday to see how things were going:

ramen 225x300 Fairplex Weekend Recap: Three festivals, one campus We started the day off at the Ramen Yokocho Festival. Inside Expo Hall 4 we found a beautiful car show, the Doraemon art exhibit and folks chowing down on bowls of Ramen (of course.) All the Ramen vendors were situated outside and the entire walkway was full of the delicious scent of noodle broth.

Of course we had to try some for ourselves.

Next up: Moon Block Party. This festival brought music fans of all ages together for a full one-day festival that included rock bands like The Black Lips and Band of Skulls to our infield. There were art displays, clothing and jewelry vendors and food trucks too. Spoon closed out the night with style to an adoring crowd.

Last but not least, we stopped by our own Oktoberfest. Weekend #2 was even more lively (if that’s possible) than last week. If you weren’t doing the Chicken Dance with The Rheinlanders inside then you were probably rocking out to Led Zepagain in the courtyard.

It was fun to see such diverse events at Fairplex this weekend. From the artsy folks at Moon Block Party to the families enjoying themselves at the Ramen Festival to the partygoers at Oktoberfest, it seemed like everyone had a great time.

The fun doesn’t slow down for us any time soon — We have our final Oktoberfest celebration (Oct. 24-26) and The Color Run (Oct. 25) coming up, and then it’s time to celebrate Halloween in the form of the HARD Day of the Dead EDM festival (Nov. 1 – 2.)

Thank you for coming out and joining us this weekend! We hope to see your faces again soon!

L.A. Weekender: Beer, music and ramen at Fairplex

TGIF! We couldn’t be more excited for the weekend, considering all the fun that’s happening on our campus over the next three days. Keep reading for a special Fairplex edition of the L.A. Weekender!

Oktoberfest at Fairplex (Oct 17-19): Oktoberfest weekend two starts tonight at 6 p.m. Join us for beer, brats and live music. The Rheinlanders Oom-Pah-Pah band will be leading guests in games and dancing inside the Festhalle while tribute bands Black Eyed Tease (Friday), Led Zepagain (Saturday) and Rumors (Sunday) entertain the masses in the courtyard. Get the party started at www.oktoberfestatfairplex.com!

Moon Block Party (Oct 18): For the first time ever, the Moon Block Party music festival will be blasting off at Fairplex. Come hear bands like Spoon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Band of Skulls, eat, drink and enjoy this one-day art experience! For more information, visit www.moonblockparty.org.

Ramen Yokocho Festival (Oct 18-19): The last Ramen festival of the year is this weekend at Fairplex. Expert chefs from Japan, New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles will be cooking up delicious noodle dishes for you to feast on. Slurp up your Ramen of choice and enjoy art exhibits, a car show and film screenings at your leisure! For more information, visit www.ramenyokochous.com.

Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Oct 19): The Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show will be at Fairplex this Sunday. Shop thousands of auto parts at swap meet prices and take in the sight of thousands of original and restored classic cars. For more information visit www.pomonaswapmeet.com.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a weekly calendar of weekend events throughout Los Angeles County, from the heart of downtown to the beach cities to the IE. Additional information about all listings can be found at the event’s official website. If you have suggestions for an event, leave a comment in the box below or email us at tanji@fairplex.com

3 Things To Bring To Oktoberfest + Giveaway [Contest Closed]

Everyone knows you need two things for a successful Oktoberfest: dancing and beer. Okay, mostly beer. We have a few other “must-have” items we suggest you bring with you on your journey into the land of beer and brats:

3 Oktoberfest “Must-Haves”

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1. Your game face
If you decide to join us at Oktoberfest, we hope you’re ready to party! While there’s nothing wrong with sitting back and enjoying the show from a distance, we highly recommend indulging in the Spaten Oktoberfest, Warsteiner Verum or Widmer Hefeweizen (or one of the many other lagers and ales.) Bottom line: if you’re not walking out of Oktoberfest with a giant (empty) beer stein, you’re doing it wrong. (Unless you’re the designated driver… in which case, prost to you for staying sober and driving your party crew home safely!)

2. Your lederhosen
Throw on your yodeling gear and strut yourself into Fairplex in true Oktoberfest spirit. Wear your own costume, or don one of our Viking hats when you get here. If you’re going to be doing the Chicken Dance all night, you might as well go all-out with your Oktoberfashion, right?

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3. Your appetite
As if a 32-oz. stein of beer wasn’t enough to fill you up, our enormous portions of bratwurst, burgers and chicken will definitely keep your tummy happy.

Heap on the sauerkraut, grilled veggies and German potato salad and you have yourself a meal!

Make sure you save your appetite for Oktoberfest dining. Yum. (P.S. Don’t forget to share your entire Oktoberfest experience with us using #OktoberSelfie and #OktoberfestLA!)

Oktoberfest Giveaway

We want everyone to eat, drink and be merry with us at Oktoberfest at Fairplex, which is why we are hosting a giveaway with all the above Oktoberfest “must-haves” included!  We are giving away an Oktoberfest Festive Fun Pack consisting of:

-Two Oktoberfest at Fairplex beer steins 
-Two Oktoberfest admission tickets 
-2 Alpine hats 

To enter, leave a comment answering this question: How many kegs of beer were served last year at Oktoberfest? Give us your best guess and whoever guesses closest to the correct number wins! Winner will be announced FRIDAY at 3 p.m. PST. Good luck!
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We have a winner! Congratulations to Michelle Perkins for having the closest guess! Last year we went through 775 kegs during Oktoberfest. Thank you to everyone for playing. We hope to see you at this year’s Oktoberfest and other Fairplex events!

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Opening Weekend of Oktoberfest

Fairplex campus buzzed with fun this weekend! Keep reading to see what went down:

Oktoberfest Opening Weekend 

Oktoberfest at Fairplex opened this weekend to a crowd 10,000 guests, dead set on eating, drinking and being merry. And merry they were!

Oktoberfest at Fairplex 

In the Festhalle, The Rheinlanders Oom-Pah-Pah band carried guests through an evening of the Chicken Dance, conga lines and beer chugging contests. Meanwhile, guests in the courtyard rocked out with Journey tribute band DSB, played carnival games and chowed down on German fare (and King Taco.)

An enticing array of bratwurst, hamburgers, chicken and hot dogs were served, accompanied by sauerkraut, grilled onions and grilled bell peppers for toppings. Huge pretzels and thick cut Belgian fries were the perfect pairing for all the beer being consumed…

AMA Pro Flat Track Finals 

Meanwhile, the AMA Pro Flat Track Finals were taking place at the Grandstand Saturday night. From our view at Oktoberfest, we could see clouds of dust and hear the roar of engines late into the evening.

AMA Pro Flat Track Finals 

A special congratulations to Jared Mees for claiming his second career overall Grand National Championship this past weekend! You can read the full recap of the night’s events on the AMA website.

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival 

Returning to Fairplex for the 20th year in a row, the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival welcomed crafters of all ages to three days of creative workshops, seminars and shopping of the most up-to-date sewing, crafting, quilting and needlework tools.

Other events
Other events at Fairplex this weekend included the 62nd annual California RV Show, who kicked off their nine-day run at our White Avenue lot, the Pomona Home Improvement Show and the Best of the Best Martial Arts Championship Tournament.

Just another typical busy weekend on our campus! Up next? The Ramen Yokocho Festival, Moon Block Party and Round 2 of Oktoberfest. Cheers!

Did you attend any events at Fairplex this weekend? Share your experience in the comments section below or tag us on Instagram: @fairplex.