Today we continued our holiday tradition of dropping off poinsettias and our company greeting card to all our neighbors.
The Souper Bowl is one of our favorite end-of-year fundraisers!
Our Career & Technical Education (CTEC) students have made beautiful, unique ceramic bowls, which our guests can purchase for $15 each. Once bowls have been selected, guests can fill them up with delicious hot soup, while chatting with fellow donors and meeting the students themselves.
This year, for an extra $5, guests also learned how to make ceramic bowls in small sessions led by students. Not a bad way to start the season off!
Some things never change, and the Harvest Festival Arts & Crafts Show are one of them. As you walk towards the entrance you’re greeted by a very merry Santa on stilts, singing holiday hits and welcoming you to the show.
Upon entering, guests are greeted by carolers and vendors selling everything from clothes to Christmas decorations, all handmade.
Shoppers take their time, looking at the many booths, chatting with artisans and purchasing gifts for themselves and their loved ones. There’s even a children’s section, where little ones can take their turn at arts & crafts.
After a couple hours of shopping, guests could choose from a number of hearty options from the food court before heading home.
We loved hosting the Harvest Festival. For us, this event signifies the start of our own holiday season, which we’ll be covering over the next couple weeks here on the blog
The Harvest Festival has arrived at Fairplex!
We love the holiday music, festive lights, tasty food and seeing the creativity of all the vendors. Ornaments, jewelry, decorations, photography, clothing, home decor… the list goes on, and each item is handmade by talented artisans. We would choose the Harvest Festival over the chaos and generic gifts from the mall any day.
The Harvest Festival is open all weekend.Visit harvestfestival.com for hours, ticket pricing and more.
We recently had the pleasure of donating one of our Fair giant teddy bears to pro hockey team Ontario Reign for their annual Teddy Bear Toss!
The Teddy Bear Toss invites hockey spectators to toss new teddy bears and other stuffed animals onto the ice. These toys are then collected and donated to local charities. It’s a fun way to support those in the community.
Check out the video for more info!
Happy December! Things are looking merry and bright here at Fairplex and we’re ready to celebrate the end of 2016 with some of our favorite traditional events. Check it out:
Harvest Festival (Dec. 2-4): Our month starts off with the Original Harvest Festival Arts & Crafts Show! This is the place to shop for handmade gifts.
We love the atmosphere of cheery holiday music, glowing lights, tasty treats and row upon row of artisan items. For more information, visit harvestfestival.com.
Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Dec. 4): Our last Pomona Swap Meet of 2016 is this Sunday! Shop thousands of car parts & accessories, enjoy the sight of hundreds of classic cars, and hang out with fellow car enthusiasts. More info available at pomonaswapmeet.com.
Holiday Half Marathon (Dec. 10-11): December wouldn’t be December without the Holiday Half Marathon! The fun starts on Saturday, Dec.10 with the health & fitness expo, Holiday 5K and the Kids 1K Penguin Waddle.
Runners can also register during this time. The actual half marathon is on Sunday, with runners starting their race at Fairplex. For registration information, schedule of events and more, visit runholidayhalf.com.
Giant LA Winter RV Show: We end 2016 with the return of the Giant LA Winter RV Show. Roadtrippers can shop the latest in travel fun and speak with experts on various products and services. More info at fairplex.com.
Other Events: Other events include the Hot Tub Swim Spa Show (Dec. 2-4), the NHRA Museum’s Twilight Cruise, and Darbar E Khalsa. Hours, parking and additional information is available on our events calendar at Fairplex.com.
We met him this morning at our employee townhall, and he officially steps into his new role at the beginning of the new year.
We’re excited to begin 2017 under his leadership and look forward to the future of Fairplex under his guidance.
Please see the press release below to learn more about our new leader:
POMONA, Ca. (Nov. 30, 2016) – Miguel A. Santana, City Administrative Officer for the City of Los Angeles, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles County Fair Association (LACFA), the private nonprofit Association that manages the 487-acre Fairplex in Pomona.
LACFA Board Chair Dr. Michael Ortiz hailed Santana’s appointment as a “game changer” for the Association, coming after an extensive executive search and as the nonprofit begins the countdown to the Fair’s 100th anniversary in 2022.
“We are gratified to have found someone with Miguel’s vision, management expertise and history of dedicated public service,” said Ortiz. “During his 24-year career in county and city government, Miguel has tackled some of the region’s most intractable problems with amazing results.”
Santana said he sees his selection as an opportunity to guide the future development and management of one of the largest public assets in L.A. County.
“This is 500 acres of pure potential,” said Santana, 47. “My hope is that by forging even closer ties with nearby communities, local educational institutions and county, federal, state and local public officials, we will transform the mission of Fairplex into a lifestyle – one that creates a 21st century sustainable community and economic engine grounded in its agricultural roots, from the micro-sourcing of our food and craftsmanship to culinary entrepreneurship.”
Dubbed “LA’s Mr. Fix-it” by Los Angeles Magazine, Santana spent 16 years in county government, where he rose to become a Deputy Chief Executive Officer overseeing several social service agencies whose annual budgets exceeded $9 billion a year. He was recruited to the city in 2009 by former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and as City Administrative Officer helped successfully restore the City’s finances.
Santana, who reports both to the Mayor and the 15-member City Council, was reappointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2013. Since then, Santana worked to strengthen the City’s bond rating and developed a comprehensive strategy, in coordination with the county, to address the region’s homeless crisis.
Santana comes to LACFA after developing the effort that won overwhelming voter approval for Proposition HHH, a $1.2 billion bond issue to build housing for the city’s homeless population, one of the largest in the nation.
Santana said leading LACFA is “a return back to the county family.”
Santana’s selection comes at an important time in the relationship between LACFA and the county, its landlord, as recent audits have suggested an evaluation of the Association’s lease agreement. Santana, who has a 20-year working relationship with First District Supervisor Hilda Solis and long-term ties countywide, is looking forward to hitting the reset button on LACFA’s nearly 80-year partnership with the County, bringing a renewed sense of trust, mutual respect and shared vision.
Santana earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and earned his B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Studies from Whittier College.
He also serves on the boards of the United Way of Los Angeles, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Discovery Cube Los Angeles and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes.
Today is #GivingTuesday, a global movement focused on giving back.
This awesome day connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world to celebrate and encourage giving .
Dozen of countries and hundreds of non-profits and charities benefit from the generosity of people around the globe and we are honored to be able to take part in this wonderful day!
The Learning Centers at Fairplex, our non-proft organization, provides educational opportunities for everyone, from toddlers to high school students to adults. It is thanks to our generous donors that we are able to continue to impact lives and build our programs each year.
If you would like to join the movement and support The Learning Centers at Fairplex, please visit click here! Share why you support using #TLCGivingTuesday across social media.
Thank you for your support! To learn more about The Learning Centers, please visit tlcfairplex.org.
We had a pretty eventful Thanksgiving weekend on The Farm at Fairplex! Meet our newest friends, two Turkin chicks, who decided to enter the world on Friday, November 25.