Fairplex CEO santana 300x297 ANNOUNCEMENT: New CEO & President of LACFA We’re pleased to welcome Miguel A.Santana as the next president and CEO of the Los Angeles County Fair Association!

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.

#GivingTuesday at Fairplex

Fairplex TLC givingtuesday 300x300 #GivingTuesday at FairplexToday 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

Farm Fall Harvest

Our crops change with the seasons, and our Farm fall harvest is looking bright and colorful!

Fairplex Farm apples Farm Fall Harvest

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Our Anna apples are ready to be picked and enjoyed by our guests and employees.

Fairplex Farm persimmons Farm Fall Harvest

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We also have persimmons! We’re currently using the traditional Japanese method of drying these, which will take about 3-4 weeks to complete.

Fairplex Farm olives Farm Fall Harvest

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Our olives have been flourishing since October. We’ll be curing these throughout the fall season in fifty gallon barrels.

Things are always changing at The Farm at Fairplex. Stay tuned for updates in the near future! (P.S. Follow The Farm on Instagram and Facebook for more photos of life on The Farm!

Weekend Recap: 2016 Auto Club Finals

2016 NHRA Auto Club Finals

The 52nd annual NHRA Auto Club Finals ended in a cloud of adrenaline, breaking records and first-time achievements! Here’s how it went down:

Funny Car Championship
Funny Car vet Ron Capps has tried (and came very close) to taking the championship title before, but this was the year he actually did it:

Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship
Jerry Savoie took the world championship title in Pro Stock Motorcycle. This was Savoie’s first world championship ever, beating out former championship winners Edie Krawiec and Andrew Hines. Watch his breathtaking win below: 

Pro Stock Championships
Jason Line took the Pro Stock championship this year. This marked Line’s third win, his first two from the 2006 and 2011 finals. Watch Jason Line’s strong finish below:

Top Fuel Championship
Antron Brown took the Top Fuel championship for the second year in a row, the first to do so since Tony Schumacher in 2008/2009.

After the excitement of the weekend, the raceway goes quiet once more, but will come back to life in February for the NHRA Winternationals, the start to another season, and another story.

For more information on the NHRA Mello Yello Dragracing Series, or the Auto Club Raceway, visit or

Take a look at the NHRA Auto Club Finals through the years. 

Fairplex Snapshot: Auto Club NHRA Finals

It’s here! The 52nd Auto Club NHRA Finals are here, loud and proud.

Things kicked off today with sportsman racing. Pros start tomorrow. We’ll be covering all the highlights and results here, Facebook and Twitter. It’ll be a pretty exciting weekend!

(P.S. Want to watch the drags but can’t attend? Check out NHRA All Access for free today and tomorrow! Sign up here:

Learn something new at the Millard Sheets Art Center!

We are huge proponents of learning here at Fairplex, and nowhere is that more apparent than at the Millard Sheets Art Center. Take a look at what we have going on right now and join us for 2017 programs in just two months!

Fairplex MSAC learningopportunities Learn something new at the Millard Sheets Art Center!

CTEC Art Classes: We are nearing the end of our fall semester of our ceramics classes at the Career & Technical Education Center. We’ll be back in 2017 with more learning opportunities for local high school students.

Reed Fine Art Program: In addition to the above programs, we also provide advanced art courses in painting and drawing to students committed to an entire year of study. This no-cost, scholarship program allows art students to explore their creativity through weekly instruction, open studio, guided practice and other skills needed in the art world. We’re wrapping up our fall session and will continue next year in the spring. 

Studio Arts: Our Studio Arts classes are open to artists of all ages. We offer a total of four 9-week sessions per year. Again, we are wrapping up our fall courses, but are excited to introduce more opportunities in 2017!

In addition to the programs above, we also host family workshops, art shows, special classes, and wine & paint events throughout the year. Check back for learning opportunities in 2017!

For more information on the Millard Sheets Art Center, visit