The small world of garden railroads is a hobby the whole family can enjoy. Everything you need is at this show, including tools, parts, clinics and authentic railroad items, along with dioramas and displays. You’ll meet some nice garden railroad enthusiasts who will be happy to help you get started. The Fairplex Garden Railroad operates during the show. Saturday, Oct. 31-Sunday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission $10; age 16 and under are free.
Hi folks. Sparky the dog here. It’s time for the So Cal version of “Best In Show”–you know, that movie about show dogs and their uh . . . interesting owners? We’re all back in town, trained and fluffed and eager to compete for treats and trophies in the All-Breed Dog Show, Friday, Oct. 30-Sunday, Nov. 1, Grandstand pavilion and grounds. It’s free, too!
AMA/Gene Romero Grand National Flat Track Championship is ON for Saturday, Oct. 24 in the Grandstand infield. This is the deciding race for AMA Champion and it’s the first time in 10 years that AMA’s Pro Grand National Twin Flat Track Series has come to So Cal. Buy tickets online, at local Harley dealerships or the Fairplex box office on the 24th. Gates open and practice starts at 3:30 p.m.; first race at 6:30 p.m. Admission $10-$40; ages 5 and under free.
The newly released movie, Whip It, has put a well-deserved spotlight on the fast-action sport of roller derby. Saturday, Oct. 24, the Los Angeles FireBirds will take on Mizz Georgia Hase’s Brooklyn RedDevils in banked track roller derby up-close and live in Fairplex 10 at 8 p.m.
This is some crazy kind of fun. “What makes ‘Whip It’ a blast is the action in the rink,” said Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times. Even mild-mannered Alex Cohen, host of KPCC’s “All Things Considered” becomes “Axles of Evil” roller-derby girl by night. She is a champion of the sport, which began in Depression-era America, and was tapped to teach “Whip It” stars the basics.
Saturday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m.
Ticket hotline: (800) 838-3006 or
Order tickets online [Tip: buy tickets in advance. General admission is half price; VIP is $5 off]
After the Fair . . .
The wild animals go back to their homes in Africa, Barbie goes home to Ken, the kiddie carnival rides come down, the beer and food stands close and Fairview Farms becomes . . . Nightmare at Scareview Farms, a haunted Halloween house of terror. Zombies stalk you. Pirates of the Dead Seas wait to drag you into their hellish eternity in Davey Jones’ locker. The “cold ones” wait for you in The Vampire Vault. If you get lost, just follow the screams of terror! Be afraid, people. Be very afraid.
Nightmare at Scareview Farms
Open three weekends:
Oct. 16-18; 23-25 & 30-31
Admission: $19.99 per person
The dust has barely settled in the Big Red Barn. The last semi-trailer has rolled through the gates with its Fair cargo on board while busy Fairplex events staff start the preparations for the next great Fairplex year-round event.
Barretts California Cup Yearling Sale starts things off the day after the Fair closes. Monday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m. at Barretts Equine Limited, Gate 12, White Ave. Get the full catalog, plus video and photos, online.
Twilight Cruisers are back for their Wednesday night confab on Oct. 7, 4 – 8 p.m. in the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum parking lot. Stop by for a beer and a dog and meet a really nice group of car fans.
Big things happen Friday, Oct. 9 – Sunday, Oct. 11 when the 10th Annual Fall Off Road Expo returns.
Family Package $20
Park at Gate 9 (White Ave.) or Gate 3 (McKinley Ave.)