Fairplex Weekender: Junk, Gold and Glitter

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! Here are some of our favorites from this past weekend:

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market


Gold & Treasure Show


VEX Robotics Championship


Quinceañera Expo

Did you visit us this weekend? Share your photos in the comments below, or tag @fairplex in your social media posts!

Fairplex Snapshot: Auto students visit Mecum Auctions

TLC CTEC mecum2 Fairplex Snapshot: Auto students visit Mecum AuctionsLast weekend auto students from The Learning Centers at Fairplex had the opportunity to visit the Mecum Auctions show taking place at Fairplex.

One of the things that make The Learning Centers at Fairplex programs unique is the amount of real-world experiences we are able to provide through our year-round events and on-campus happenings.

It was good for our auto students to step out of the workshop and take a look at a different aspect of the car industry. Special thanks to our teachers and to Mecum for working to make this happen!

Get Your Kicks… at the LA County Fair!

Hey LA County Fair fans! We have some pretty big announcements for you about this year’s Fair. Keep reading to see what’s in store for this year:

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2018 LACF RouteLogo COLOR SINCE Get Your Kicks... at the LA County Fair! We have a brand new theme for the 2018 LA County Fair: “Get Your Kicks”

We’re celebrating the iconic Route 66 at this year’s Fair, taking you to a time when neon signs, highway motels and Americana pervaded the good ol’ USA.

We’re going all out: every Fair exhibit will feature a Route 66 theme, celebrating the landmarks, pop culture and simplicity that the Mother Road is known for.

(P.S. Did you know that the LA County Fairgrounds are located just a few miles from Route 66? You might know it better as Foothill Boulevard!)

FAIR DATES: September 1 – 23, 2018

As all our die-hard Fair fans know, we have a limited-time season pass offer every year, prior to the Fair’s opening. This year is no exception — except we’re bringing you the best deal ever:

2018 LA County Fair Season Pass Offer

From Feb. 15 – 25, you can purchase an LA County Fair season pass package perfect for the whole family:

4 season passes*
4 souvenir lanyards
1 FastLane Opening Weekend parking pass **
1 exclusive collector’s box

Excited yet? It gets better: This limited-time season pass package is only $66. That’s right. $66 gives you four season passes, an opening weekend parking pass and a multitude of 2018 LA County Fair souvenirs!

The offer is available Feb. 15-25, 2018 at lacountyfair.com. We have a limited number of these packages for sale, for a limited time so make sure you buy yours soon!

Fairplex Weekend Recap: 2018 Winternationals Results

It was an exciting weekend at the 2018 NHRA Winternationals! The season opener was packed with action from start to finish. Congratulations to Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) and Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel) on your wins!

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! Here are some of our favorites from the drags this past weekend:

Fairplex Weekender: 2018 NHRA Winternationals

Hello Fairplex friends! We have an exciting weekend ahead of us with the start of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Keep reading to see what’s in store for the rest of our campus:

Fairplex Events NHRA Facebook Fairplex Weekender: 2018 NHRA Winternationals NHRA Winternationals (Now – Sun): It’s go time! The 2018 NHRA season opener is in full throttle this weekend at the Auto Club Raceway. Tickets are on sale online and at the door. Choose from general or VIP seating and enjoy the noise, the crowds and the adrenaline! More info at nhra.com.

Hot Tub Swim Spa Show (Fri – Sun): Shop hundreds of hot tubs and swim spas at deep discounts up to 80% off! The show includes trade-ins, free delivery and 18-month interest free financing to qualified buyers. Open Friday – Sunday inside Expo Hall 5, parking at Gate 3. Admission is FREE! Click here for more info.

Train Runs: Both the RailGiants Train Museum and the Fairplex Garden Railroad are open to the public this weekend! Visit the giant, historic locomotives at the RailGiants museum Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and the miniature, detailed landscapes of the garden railroad Sunday, 11 a.m – 4 p.m. Free parking and entry for both events at Gate 1, off of McKinley Ave.

For more information about any of these shows, as well as all other upcoming events at Fairplex, visit us at Fairplex.com. Have a great weekend!

Fairplex Snapshot: New Life on The Farm

The Farm at Fairplex is probably the most dynamic part of Fairplex (which is saying something, since we’re constantly changing our campus for various events!)

Whether it’s a new crop, a new batch of pickled vegetables, or a new family of rabbits, new life is constantly emerging in our five-acre urban farm. Meet some of our newly hatched farm birds:

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Baby silk chickens and turkens

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Baby quail

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Baby silk chickens and turkens

How to Taste Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition is currently taking place at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel. Every year extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) makers from around the world submit their best oils for judging here at Fairplex.

More than 600 entries were submitted this year from 22 countries across the globe, and our judges are currently evaluating and awarding all the entries.

But how does one judge extra virgin olive oils? How to differentiate between one flavor and the next? It’s pretty simple: just remember the 4 S’s.

How To Taste Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Entries from the 2014 Los Angeles International EVOO Competition

1. Swirl: First thing’s first, you have to make sure the EVOO is ready to taste. Our professional judges are provided with little blue glasses (see photo above). Swirl it around to release the aroma of the olive oil, but make sure to keep it covered until you’re ready for Step 2…

Fairplex Blog sniff How to Taste Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2. Sniff: Sniff the olive oil from the rim of the container. Judges are looking for intensity levels (robust, etc) and taking note of the various aromas.

Fairplex Blog taste 300x214 How to Taste Extra Virgin Olive Oil 3. Slurp: Finally, the actual tasting. If you’ve ever been to an olive oil competition, you’re probably familiar with the sounds of slurping from throughout the room.

The sound is distinct, as judges also make sure to inhale some air along with the olive oil.

This helps the flavor to spread evenly across the mouth and helps to identify bitterness levels along with other flavor details.

4. Swallow: Last, but certainly not least, is the swallowing. It’s not just a simple gulp from each sample. Judges are paying attention to the flavors and identifying pungency.

Keep these tips in mind if you visit us during the LA County Fair! You can sample the award-winning entries from this year’s competition at The Marketplace. Just remember your 4 S’s and you’ll be set.

For more information regarding the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition click here.

Amazon PolyPlex: Where We Are Now

Back in October 2017 we partnered with Cal Poly Pomona, the County of Los Angeles and the City of Pomona to send in a proposal to Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, regarding why our campuses would make the best home for their second headquarters.

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Photo from Hilda Solis

This joint effort, titled “Amazon PolyPlex” was submitted to Amazon, along with hundreds of other proposals from groups across the nation.

Fast forward to February 2018 and we have received some very exciting news: Amazon has named the Los Angeles Metropolitan area as one of the Top 20 regions still in the running for its second headquarters!

What does that mean for us?

We’re still in the waiting game.

A total of nine agencies submitted bids through the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation. While the LA Metropolitan area has been selected as a whole, we’re still waiting to hear which of the nine proposals have been selected as finalists in the decision process.

We are all very excited about the possibility of being selected, and wait with anticipation to hear from Amazon on their decision.

Stay tuned for updates! Read more about the Amazon PolyPlex proposal here.

Behind-the-Scenes: Team Bonding at Fairplex

Fairplex Blog outdoors 300x225 Behind the Scenes: Team Bonding at Fairplex We ended last week on a positive note with a good old fashioned tailgate BBQ!

Usually our whole team is busy working on our various events, campus maintenance, community relations and any other number of Fairplex-related tasks, but every now and then we take a break to for some team bonding and fun in the sun.

We were all invited to wear our respective team jerseys and spend our Friday lunch hour feasting on burgers (grilled by none other than our CEO, Miguel Santana and Senior Vice President, Lucas Rivera!) and enjoying the glorious Southern California sunshine.

The Farm at Fairplex crew also brought some of our newly hatched feathered friends to play with: quail, silk chickens and even a baby duckling! We also got to say hello to some newborn bunnies, and some of the Farm’s friendliest rabbits.

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Fairplex CEO Miguel Santana holds a Farm Angora rabbit

We were also invited to browse some newly harvested Farm greens, pickled vegetables and quail eggs for sale. We even sampled some fresh egg plant chips.

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Whether you were rooting for the Eagles or the Patriots on Super Bowl Sunday, we hope your weekend was as fun as ours!

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