We found this fantastic photo of the Fairplex Garden Railroad, taken at the 1949 LA County Fair! The garden railroad is one of our longest standing Fair exhibits, dating back to the 1930s. Today it thrives under the caring and creative hands of our volunteers. Check it out this year at the LA County Fair!
We partnered up with Inland Empire United Way for a Cards For Kids project! Our entire team made some colorful, fun cards to give to children staying long-term at local hospitals. We hope these cards will bring a little sunshine and fun into their lives when they get them.
It’s safe to say we’re in full Fair mode over here. Over the next few weeks our campus will slowly but surely transform into the Fairgrounds that 1.3 million guests trek through each year.
We have just begun set-up, but you can already tell it’s going to be an epic year:
The dinosaurs are taking their time migrating over here, but our entrance is almost built and ready to welcome guests in September.
The Big Red Barn is almost ready for our farm animals! Our petting zoo is in the process of being set up (left photo.)
If you walk a little further in, you can see where the cows, pigs, goats, sheep and other animals are going to be too.
Our team has already brought in familiar barn facades, hand-washing stations, and stages for our shows.
Sky Shivers will be driving down in a few weeks with all your Fair favorites, along with a few new friends!
One of our favorite spots, the DIY Design Studio, has made quite the transformation over the past couple months. Fair guests near and far have submitted their entries for our annual contests (jewelry, quilting, photography etc) and our team is busy putting everything up for display.
It seems like every day there’s something new that’s being built! Stay tuned here and on the official Fair blog to see what’s in store for the 2016 Fair.
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 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.
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!
Turtles 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…
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:
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
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.
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.
Many of our ingredients come straight from the crops on our urban farm
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!
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!
Our Farm team is constantly experimenting with various urban farming methods, one of the latest being aquaponics. We started work on our above-ground fish pond a couple months ago and it is now fully functioning!
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!
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.