Special Olympics Athletes Celebrated at Fairplex

On Wednesday, July 22, over 300 Special Olympics athletes and their host families from Claremont, La Verne and Pomona, were welcomed to Fairplex for a beautiful celebration that included a barbecue, music, games and carousel rides!

The event began at 5 pm with athletes and officers from the Pomona and La Verne police departments carrying the Special Olympics Torch to the front of the stage where many city and state dignitaries were eager to welcome the athletes.

Countries being represented on this day included Bolivia, Curacao, Pakistan, Libya, Latvia, the Republic of Georgia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Isle of Man.

Special Olympics World Games 2015 begin July 25 and it includes over 7,000 athletes from 177 countries.

Here are just a few of the photos from this great event hosted at our grounds. Enjoy!

L.A. Weekender: 4th of July Weekend

Fourth of July weekend is upon us and that means so are the family celebrations and one of our most popular events at Fairplex! Aren’t you excited about this 3-day weekend and about everything summer has to offer? From here on out, all you have to worry about are which beaches to hit, where to eat, who to hang out with, and of course, which Fairplex events to come to! Keep reading to see what’s going on at Fairplex and L.A. this weekend:

welcomedtd 300x129 L.A. Weekender: 4th of July WeekendDiscover the Dinosaurs: Discover the Dinosaurs is a unique hands on exhibit that consists of up to 40 moving and replica museum quality dinosaurs that gives you the opportunity to actually get close and touch the dinosaurs. I know a few places that almost call security because you’ve crossed the five feet mark, but let’s not talk about that now – let’s just focus on Discover the Dinosaurs. Beyond the exhibit, additional fun activities are available for kids of all ages, which make spending the day with the dinosaurs a great experience for the entire family. There will be Dino Face painting, Mini Golf, Dinosaur Rides, Dino Theaters and Inflatables! For more information visit: http://www.discoverthedinosaurs.com/

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DTLA Paint Out: If you love art or a good crowd, then you’ll love this event! Like Paris or New York but with way fewer berets, DTLA Paint Out turns the bustling sidewalks of the Historic Core into public art studios. Bring your own supplies, pick some up at the store or just follow the group and witness art come to life all around you. Event takes place at 1 pm this Sunday, July 5. For more information click here.

For other Fairplex events click here!

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 madrigal@fairplex.com

Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Fest returns to Fairplex

Summer is finally here and so are the outdoor Festivals!

If you need a break from college, work or life, in general, then you need to come to Fairplex this Friday, June 27 for Cheers — L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival.

Tomorrow evening people from across Southern California will come to our Fairplex Farm for a celebration of the Los Angeles International Wine, Spirits and Beer Competitions. Guests will not only be able to enjoy unlimited tastings of award-winning wine, spirits and beer, but they will also be able to indulge in some of SoCal’s most popular food truck specialties.

Tickets are available online for $60 through June 26; $75 at the door. All guests must be 21 and over.

Admission ticket includes:
- Event admission & tastings of award-winning wine, spirits, beer and extra virgin olive oil
- Commemorative glass
- $10 in food truck bucks – Food trucks to be announced soon (bucks not valid at farm-fresh flatbread pizza oven)
- $35 is tax deductible and goes to support the educational programs of The Learning Centers at Fairplex
- Dance the night away with a DJ and stop by the silent auction
- Wine garden, beer tavern, spirits lounge and organic garden

Cheers is a fundraising event to benefit the educational programs of The Learning Centers at Fairplex. Through the distinctive resources of Fairplex, TLC provides a wide spectrum of innovative and enriching educational experiences that bring learning to life, benefit diverse communities and prepare participants for success.

For more information about Cheers or TLC, visit www.tlcfairplex.org.

Fairplex Snapshot: Child Development Center’s New Sign

The Fairplex Child Development Center became the proud owner of a brand new sign yesterday morning!

After a lot of planning and hard work, our center can now be easily identified as people drive up and down McKinley Ave.

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In case you are not familiar with our Fairplex CDC, we serve children from twelve weeks to kindergarten age, and our curriculum focuses on a child’s four primary developmental domains: cognitive, language, social-emotional and physical. Our staff emphasizes first-hand experiences in play, oral language, listening, books and phonemic awareness. Since the center is adjacent to the grounds of the nation’s largest county fair, children have the opportunity to have amazing hands-on educational experiences that cannot be taught in a classroom.

For more information about the Fairplex CDC, please visit http://www.tlcfairplex.org/cdc/home.

DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

In case you are debating on whether or not to come to Fairplex for the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals happening today and tomorrow, allow us to show you in videos what you’ll be missing out on…and let us be the first ones to say that it is not wise to miss this unique and fun event!

At this event you’ll be able to interact with robots, learn more about technology and about disaster response and perhaps event meet Google’s CEO – Larry Page! Also, did we mention that this event is FREE? Hope you enjoy the videos and to see you here tomorrow for the grand finale!

Have any pictures while at the DARPA Robotics Challenge? Share them with us by commenting on this post and by using #DARPADRC, #Fairplex and #robots on all Social Media platforms!

Robots take over Fairplex

Could you imagine our grounds full of robots? If you can’t, that’s okay because in 3 days you won’t have to imagine anything – robots will be here and they will be taking over Fairplex for DARPA’s Robotics Challenge Finals.

In case you are wondering, the primary technical goal of the DRC is to develop human-supervised ground robots capable of executing complex tasks in dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environments. Those competing in the DRC have developed robots that can utilize standard tools and equipment commonly available in human environments, ranging from hand tools to vehicles. In other words, let’s just say that we could be meeting some of our future first responders.

In the next couple of days, 25 teams from around the world will set up shop on our grounds and conduct some last minute testing to make sure everything runs smoothly. Getting here was not an easy task and here is the breakdown of where our finalists are coming from: half of the teams are from the United States, five are from Japan, three from Korea, two from Germany, one China, one from Italy and one from Hong Kong.

Here are some of the robots that will be competing for the coveted $2 million grand prize.

We should also mention that DARPA plans to award $1 million to the runner-up and $500,000 to the third-place team.

This event is free and perfect for all ages, so prepare to have a blast with your family and friends! To follow the event online or for more info visit www.theroboticschallenge.org.

The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals are coming up in just three days. What are you most looking forward to at this competition?

Dogs arrive at Fairplex for Mission Circuit Dog Show

Without a doubt, dogs have, are and will always be man’s best friend!

The Mission Circuit Dog Show, presented by Purina Pro Plan, has finally returned to Fairplex for its annual Memorial Day weekend event. This four-day event runs until Monday and is expected to bring in about 8,000 dogs from over 150 different breeds.

Throughout the day, there will be food vendors and pet supply vendors. There will also be an opportunity for spectators to interact with competitors and learn about the select breeds. Judging begins each day at 9 a.m and runs until about 6:00 p.m, so come on down and join us for this exciting and free event!

For more information visit www.missioncircuit.com

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Agriculture & Nutrition Fair Comes to Fairplex

Today is the last day of the annual 48th District Schools’ Agriculture & Nutrition Fair at Fairplex, and we could not be happier to have seen hundreds of students have a great time with their families and friends while on our grounds.

This very special agricultural educational fair features thousands of individual and classroom entries from hundreds of schools in the greater Los Angeles area.

The fair brings students, families, educators and community members together to celebrate the achievements of local students (pre-K through high school) and teachers and educates the attendees about the importance of agriculture and nutrition in California.

Exhibits include art, photography, beneficial insects and worms, birdhouses, crafts, horticulture, hydroponics, mission models, paintings, posters, quilts, quilt blocks, sawhorses, scarecrows, gardens, terrariums and trout-in-the-classroom projects.

In addition to seeing all of the other exhibits, students were able to enjoy a petting zoo, our lovely garden and a Spelling Bee contest!

For more information visit www.fairplex.com or www.agfair.org.

2015 Los Angeles International Wine Competition

The Los Angeles International Wine Competition officially began this morning at our Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center.

Since its inception, the competition has maintained the highest standards of integrity and professionalism, earning USA Today’s recognition as one of the Top 5 wine competitions in the United States. Due to the competition’s popularity, this year over 3,000 wines from around the globe will be sniffed, swirled and tasted by a panel of approximately 85 international judges.

Prize-winning entries will not only be on display and available for tasting at Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival, but also at the LA County Fair. Fair warning: be prepared to have a first-class experience while at our grounds!

For more information on the Los Angeles International Wine Competition visit www.lawinecomp.com. Winners will be announced later this month.

Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator, Michael Jordan, shared with us a bit about his background and role in this competition:


Upland Lemon Festival Recap

Upland Lemon Festival 2015: The 19th annual Upland Lemon Festival was held in the city’s downtown this past weekend.

Residents of the area and lemon lovers from surrounding cities came out to enjoy all of the ‘lemony’ foods, carnival rides, games and diverse contests ranging from pie eating to dancing!

Despite the power outages, rains and incredible crowds, families and friends really enjoyed themselves and the opportunity to shop around and support local businesses. In fact, this year, the festival drew in more than 60,000 people during its three-day run, which is something to be very proud of! icon wink Upland Lemon Festival Recap

Here are some really cool pictures from this weekend’s event.

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Do you have any photos of your time at the Upland Lemon Festival? Share with us in the comments below! We would love to see them.