Urban Farming: Meet the Animals

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you know we have slowly but surely brought in animals to live with us on our newly expanded Farm! Take a look at how our residents are doing:

Rabbits
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We house a number of these furry little friends (and have witnessed them giving birth to several litters!) They have taken up residence in our old barns, building burrows for themselves and enjoying fresh produce from our crops.

Chickens 

TheFarm chickens 168x300 Urban Farming: Meet the Animals Back in March we brought in several incubators and hatched a number of healthy chicks.

They have grown quite a bit since then, and have also moved into one of the old barns. Our little biddies are busy eating, clucking and now hatching eggs in our makeshift coop.

It’s pretty fun to watch them go about their daily routines, feeding, sleeping and nesting each week. It’s hard to believe they were just tiny little chicks a few months ago!

 

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We recently built a pond to help with our hydroponics system, and have welcomed a few turtles as well! They’re quite content eating the lettuce we provide them, along with small insects, while swimming and sunning themselves as they please. Eventually we plan to bring in some fish. Ducks are welcome to swim and splash as they please!

Nala the Cat (& others!)
While we are focusing on raising rabbits, chickens and pond life, we like to care for other animals in need too. Our most recent rescues include little Nala, an adorable kitten who was left on our doorstep last month, and a set of mallard ducklings. Once the ducklings are strong and healthy, we’ll release them back into the wild where they belong.

We’ll have more updates for you in the near future! Something new happens almost every week on our urban farm…

Fairplex Snapshot: BuildABeast Experience 2016

While the rest of Fairplex is fairly quiet today, the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center is alive with high energy, big talent and tons of fun.

The Build A Beast Experience has taken over, complete with classes, workshops and performances all centered around one thing: DANCE. We stopped by this morning to see how things were going and saw a class led by So You Think You Can Dance alum Twitch. Check it out:

For more info on the BuildABeast Experience, visit immabeast.co. If you’re interested in booking other events with us, please visit fairplexevents.com or sheratonfairplex.com. We would be happy to speak with you!

5 Reasons Event Planners Choose Fairplex

Fairplex is best known for producing the annual LA County Fair, but we’re fully operational year-round! We host a number of diverse events with some vendors returning several times each year. This is why:

5 Reasons Event Planners Choose Fairplex

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Our five-acre Farm is one of our newest additions at Fairplex 

1. Flexible Space: LA is getting more cramped by the minute. At Fairplex your guests will feel like they can actually breathe (and not stress about parking tickets.) Our 487-acre campus has more than enough space for your event, whether it’s an intimate dinner party for 10 or a festival for 10,000. Seriously, we have the space. It’s your call on how you want to use it. Which leads us to…

2. Diverse Venue: Expo halls, a five-acre Farm, outdoor pavilions, a grassy infield, barns, an art gallery, restaurants, a hotel — our venue can be customized to fit whatever you need. We have hosted fun runs, festivals, trade shows, athletic and technological competitions, conferences, dances, weddings and more.

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3. Food: There’s catering. And then there’s Sheraton Fairplex catering. Our chefs have access to an entire Farm full of fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs right here on grounds, and the quality of food reflects that.

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4. Filming Location: Our grounds have been used for commercials, music videos, television shows and a number of films that have hit the big-screen. We also have a full-service on-site rental company ready to go at a moment’s notice. Bonus: We’re within the thirty-mile zone.

5. Service: We are more than just a venue. We pride ourselves on our customer service. From sales to marketing, and event production to public relations, our entire staff is ready to accommodate you and help you create the event you want.

If you’re interested in choosing Fairplex for your next event, check out FairplexEvents.com. Our team is happy to answer any questions you have!

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Glow sticks and trains

While Fair continues to be our main focus from now into September, we’re always happy to host events in the summer.

Saturday night we happily welcomed back the Night Nation Run. Thousands of runners dressed in their brightest attire took over the infield and surrounding areas as they danced their way through the 5K course.

We ended things with drinks, food and a fun music set in the infield. Glow sticks, endorphins and music are always a good way to close out a Saturday night!

Sunday was a quieter, but no less fun affair, as the Fairplex Garden Railroad opened its gates for their monthly public run. There are several new areas being built at the miniature railroad which will be fully revealed during the 2016 LA County Fair. Stay tuned!

That wraps up our weekend recap. Stay updated on our upcoming events at Fairplex.com!

Urban Farming: Our new pond!

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The pond connects to our Agustin lettuce culture crop, which is being grown in DIY plant tubes. Eventually our fish pond will ensure food circulation and aeration of water from the pond skimmer back into the pond.

Our horticulturist says we only need a portion of the water flow to support the lettuce plants.

Our pond also serves as a home to turtles, fish and (most likely) ducks!

We’re very excited to introduce our latest farming structure to you during Fair time. Stay tuned for updates!

Fairplex Weekend Recap: KABOOM!

For us, the 4th of July is always exciting. It’s loud. It’s bright. It’s KABOOM!

Crowds gathered in the Grandstand to watch a number of extreme sports acts, including The Human Cannonball.

The monster truck and FMX action started at 8 p.m. As usual, all drivers and riders did a fantastic job, much to the delight of the audience.


And of course, staying true to American tradition, we ended the night with a gigantic fireworks display.

Based on the videos and photos all of you have posted on social media, it looks like everyone else had a great time too. Thank you to all our guests who ate, drank and enjoyed Independence Day with us! It’s an event we look forward to every year.

Up next… the LA County Fair! Time flies when you’re having a good time.

July at Fairplex

And just like that, July has arrived. We’re busier than ever with Fair preparations but that doesn’t mean our campus is quiet by any means! Keep reading to see what’s hitting Fairplex this month:

KABOOM July at FairplexKABOOM! 4th of July Celebration (July 4): As always, we’re kicking off the month with our 4th of July spectacular, KABOOM! Join us for monster trucks, motocross, a human cannonball and a beautiful fireworks finale. Tickets are still available at our box office and online! We’re also hosting a toiletries drive this year — bring five unused/unopened toiletries with you to the event to receive a week-day ticket to the LA County Fair! More info on Kaboom! is available at fairplex.com/kaboom.

NightNation July at FairplexNight Nation Run 5K (July 9): The Night Nation Run returns to Fairplex this month! Why suffer the hot summer heat when you can dance the night away instead? Run the 5K course (with music bumping and crowds jumping), then get the party started at the finish line with your fellow runners. Get 65% off admission when you use promo code FAIRPLEX during online registration. Click here to get started.

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Meet hundreds of top artists, piercers and vendors, enjoy live music, sign up for contests, eat, drink and more. You can even enter tattoo contests if you feel so inclined!

Full programming info available at bodyartexpo.com.

GreatTrainShow July at FairplexGreat Train Show (July 30-31): Train fans won’t want to miss this one! The Great Train Show will have hundreds of miniature trains for sale from exhibitors across the country.

There will be large operating model train displays, door prizes, giveaways and an opportunity to connect with fellow hobbyists. Make sure to take a quick look at the Fairplex Garden Railroad while you’re here! Click here for more info!

In addition to all of these events, we will also continue to host Food Truck Thursdays, the Prolong Twilight Cruise, public runs of our various train attractions and more! Visit our Events Calendar at Fairplex.com to see what else is coming down the road for us.

See you soon!

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Wine, birds and a relay

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Our annual fundraiser for The Learning Centers at Fairplex was this Saturday evening out at The Farm!

Guests took their time tasting the various wines, spirits and beers from the Los Angeles International Competitions from earlier this year.

Guests learned how to make craft cocktails from a mixologist, dined on food truck fare, both savory and sweet, and hit the dance floor once the sun went down.

Our silent auction, which also benefits The Learning Centers at Fairplex, had some great items up for bid.

All in all, we had a great time and we look forward to hosting again next year!

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Photo From: @donsproul (Twitter)

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We had the pleasure of hosting the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life this weekend as well. It is always touching to see a community come together, especially against a disease which affects so many people.

Everybody’s Bird Mart
We closed out the weekend with Everybody’s Bird Mart. Toucans, parrots, canaries, cockatoos and more set up camp in our expo halls as pet owners shopped for treats, toys, cages, vitamins and all the other bird necessities.

All in all it was another busy but fun weekend at Fairplex. Time to rest up a bit and then it’s hitting the ground running for our KABOOM! 4th of July celebration. Can’t wait!

See what else is happening at Fairplex on our Events Calendar!