Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

If you’ve driven anywhere in the last few days you’d know Christmas carols are being played non-stop on the radio. I love this type of music, but I wish they would hold off a bit since we still have to go through Thanksgiving.

So, before any of you start busting out your Christmas trees and other decorations, remember that the last Thursday in November is a day to enjoy with family and give thanks for all of the good in our lives.

Whether you are driving to someone’s home, hosting people or coming to our Thanksgiving dinner at McKinley’s Grille, here are three things you can do to make this Thanksgiving the best one E V E R!

1. Thanksgiving Message Board: As family or guests arrive for Thanksgiving, have them write what they are thankful for on a paper leaf and pin it up. Once everyone is finished having dinner, pass the paper leaves and read the messages. It’s great for bonding.

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2. Family Tree: Holidays are the perfect time to teach our young family members about their heritage. Have your loved ones bring baby photos and arrange them on the wall in a “family tree.” The fun starts when people start guessing who’s who.

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3. Cornucopia: Much like the turkey, cornucopias are a staple at the Thanksgiving table. Although I usually just include pumpkins and gourds in mine, many people like to add dozens of different fruits, vegetables, candy and nuts in theirs. At the end of the day, always go with whatever you think looks the best. icon smile Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

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Hope you have fun decorating this Thanksgiving! 

‘Tis The Season To Volunteer

I’ve always believed volunteering is a great way to impact the community and teach our young ones the importance of getting involved in something dear to our hearts. 

So, if you are looking for family volunteer opportunities this holiday season, see below for more information about how you and your family can get involved in our Farm at Fairplex this #NationalFamilyVolunteerDay

I don’t know about you, but I am so looking forward to getting dirty, becoming one with nature, and learning more about California agriculture this Saturday.

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Hope to see you and your family in our Farm this Saturday! icon smile Tis The Season To Volunteer

Auto Club NHRA Finals Recap

What a weekend!

We’ve been having so much fun out at the racetrack that we completely forgot tomorrow is Monday again! If we could have drag racing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we would totally do it! I mean, come on, the thrill and excitement that comes from seeing your favorite race car drivers take home the coveted prizes is priceless!

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NHRA World Champion Del Worsham

Here are some of the highlights:

- This weekend’s race marked Del Worsham’s second victory NHRA world championship title and his first in Funny Car.

- Other winners included Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock), and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

- Langdon earned his second Top Fuel win of the season, sweeping both Wallys at this track for the second time in his career.

- Krawiec closed the Pro Stock Motorcycle season with a victory and earned a second-place points finish when he defeated two-time champ Matt Smith in the final round.

- Johnson claimed his second win of the season and 26th of his career by holding off Vincent Nobile in the final round.

From everyone at Fairplex, CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners this weekend and we look forward to kicking off the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season in February!

The Circle K NHRA Winternationals are scheduled to take place Feb. 11-14 at our venue! Hope to see everyone in 87 more days! Not that we’re counting, or anything like it! icon smile Auto Club NHRA Finals Recap

For more information about NHRA and the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series visit For more information about Fairplex and the Auto Club Raceway visit

Fairplex Snapshot: The Farm

If you visited The Farm during your visit to the LA County Fair, you know how beautiful and peaceful this area of our grounds really is.

But, did you know our Farm is one of the largest urban farms in Los Angeles? Yep. Our five-acre Farm is host to dozens of specialty crops such as fruits, vegetables and herbs.

In honor of our new Farm Field Trips Program, today’s snapshot is a glimpse of our Farm:

In case you’re wondering…

This new program is actually an extension of the FairKids Field Trips Program that brings 150,000+ students to explore agriculture, animal husbandry and STEM topics during the annual LA County Fair. 

The goal of this program is to teach students about the foods they eat, their nutritional value, where they come from, how they are grown/raised, the role Mother Nature plays on our food supply, sustainable agriculture, effective use of energy and water supplies and much more.

To learn more about this new program, click HERE.

Convention for “Makers” Comes to Fairplex

Dozens of entrepreneurs, inventors and families stopped by the SoCal Maker Convention at our grounds this weekend. Everywhere you looked people were enjoying themselves – children were entertained by the drone races, parents saw how trash will soon be taken out and hobbyists were in complete awe by the battle bots. Check out this quick video:

The driving force and motivation behind this event is the emerging “Maker Movement” – a movement of amateurs, hobbyists, entrepreneurs, DIYers, students, and professionals united by nothing but the common desire to tinker, design, hack, innovate and invent.

The great thing about the Maker Movement is that it is not a movement you join. It’s a movement you’re already a part of as long as you have a fundamental curiosity about the world and the basic human impulse to create something.

With that said, start thinking and build something. You’ll be surprised by how much fun you’ll have. icon smile Convention for Makers Comes to Fairplex Hope to see you next year!

Were you able to make it out to SoCal Maker Con? If you did, tell us what you thought about the event in the comment section below. 

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L.A. Weekender: Technology, Films, Fair and Farmers Market

SoCal MakerCon (Nov. 7): SoCal Maker Con celebrates innovation, inventive minds and creativity in Southern California. We’ll have robot wars, drone demonstrations and some of the top entrepreneurial minds in the region. This one-day event is perfect for families! For more information, visit

AFI Festival (Nov 6-12): The 29th annual AFI Festival will be happening in Hollywood now through November 12. Come see future box office hits as well as niche, indie gems. Each day, a mix of films, lectures and special discussions will be offered at a variety of venues, including Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Chinese 6 and the Egyptian Theatre. The complete schedule of events is listed online, but highlights include centerpiece galas; special screenings; as well as a world cinema, short films, breakthrough films and a competition for first- and second-time filmmakers. More information HERE

Jackalope Art & Craft Fair (Nov 7-8): This fair features over 200 artists, crafters, and designers, who have been hand selected by a group of jury members. Shoppers can expect to find trendsetting indie goods including original fashion and jewelry design, ceramics and paper goods, innovative home decor and housewares, art and photography, plus much more. More information HERE.

Claremont Farmers & Artisans Market (Ongoing): Every Sunday come to Claremont’s Farmers and Artisans Market. Come hang out with local farmers selling some of the best fruit and vegetables in the area! Admission is free and runs from 8 am to 1 pm. Visit for more information.

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

Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)

Greetings, fellow Fairplex Insider readers!

I hope everyone enjoyed the sugar intake this Halloween weekend. If you have kids, remember that for every candy they get, you get TWO! icon smile Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)

Here is what’s going down at Fairplex this month:

3973 1makercon Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)SoCal Maker Con (Nov. 7): SoCal Maker Con celebrates innovation, inventive minds and creativity in Southern California. Robot wars, drone demonstrations and all kinds of really interesting inventions will be at Fairplex this Saturday, including sessions with some of the top entrepreneurial minds in the region. You cannot miss this one-day event! For more information, visit

4006 1NHRAFinals Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)NHRA Finals (Nov 12-15): Put your ear muffs on because things are about to get really loud in Pomona! The season concludes where it began with an event traditionally laced with drama. The historic racetrack typically enjoys seasonably cool ­temperatures that translate into perfect racing conditions and a spectacular, no-holds-barred battle for the prestigious NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships. Tickets available at

3975 1TwilightCruise Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)Prolong Twilight Cruise (Nov 19): Enjoy hundreds of hot rods, classic cars and vintage race cars on display at Fairplex. Admission to Prolong Twilight Cruise is FREE and admission to the historic Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is $5 from 5 p.m. until closing on cruise nights. Click HERE for more information.

4024 1EverybodysBirdMart Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)Everybody’s Birdmart (Nov 29): Everyone’s favorite bird show is back on Sunday, March 22. So, be sure to not make plans for the weekend that do not include shopping for birds of all shapes, breeds and sizes along with cages, seed, feeders, vitamins, toys, perches, vitamins and much more! Adult admission is $9, children aged 11 or younger can explore for free! For more information visit:

Other events happening at Fairplex in November include: Bushiroad USA (Nov 7-8), Garden Railroad at Fairplex (Nov 8), ITEX Holiday Barter Fair (Nov 8), and RailGiants Train Museum (Nov 14-15).

Which events are you coming out to this November?

It’s Time To Register For The 2016 CTEC Spring Semester

The schedule of the Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) 2016 Spring Semester is now available for students to peruse and register for as seat.

The spring semester is scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 4 with courses in restaurant management, urban farming, fashion design, water technology and the automotive industry.

Here is the full schedule of classes:

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…and here is the application: CTEC Student Application Spring 2016

We hope students take advantage of this great opportunity and decide to join us for some of our classes. As someone who was part of the CTEC program, I can tell you that the classes offered here at Fairplex are worth it and really fun! icon smile Its Time To Register For The 2016 CTEC Spring Semester

For more information about The Learning Centers at Fairplex programs,
please visit

Fairplex Snapshot: HalloFest Employee Luncheon

Halloween is easily one of the best holidays to celebrate at work. Not only do people bring dishes upon dishes of food and candy, but we all get a chance to come to work dressed up in some pretty scary, creative and creative costumes.

Earlier today dozens of us walked up to Picnic Hill for our annual HalloFest Employee Luncheon. We had some delicious bratwurst, potato salad and root beer floats for dessert.

Although many of us were hesitant about dressing up, as soon as we saw the “Halloween Costume Contest Prizes” section on the invitation, you better believe we were all over our costumes. icon smile Fairplex Snapshot: HalloFest Employee Luncheon

Check out some of the costumes from today’s luncheon…

Costumes included: Crazy Cat Lady, Queen of Hearts, Bruce Jenner and Bat Girl! 

Fairplex: The NEW Science & Geek Hub!

On Nov. 7, science geeks, robot lovers, families and HS/college nerds will come together at Fairplex for this year’s SoCal Maker Convention!

We’re super excited about this event because how many times do we get to celebrate innovation, inventive minds and creativity in our home – Southern California?!? icon smile Fairplex: The NEW Science & Geek Hub! You will see anything from robot wars to drone demonstrations and 3D printing to storm troopers. We’ll even have sessions with some of the top entrepreneurial minds in the region. 

Here are eight great reasons why you should join us…

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For a $10 discount on regular, student and VIP admission, visit and use promo code: FAIRPLEX2015.

What are you most looking forward to doing at SoCal Maker Con?