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 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!

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.

February at Fairplex

There’s more to February at Fairplex than Valentine’s Day! Keep reading to see the diverse events we have in store for the month:

NHRAFinals February at Fairplex NHRA Winternationals (Feb. 8-11): In just a few days, the drags return for another exciting season! The 2018 Mello Yello Drag Racing series kicks off with the Winternationals at the Pomona Auto Club Raceway, located here at Fairplex. Tickets are on-sale now. For more information on all tickets and event info, visit nhra.com.

Mecum February at Fairplex Mecum Auctions (Feb. 16 & 17): The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector cars, vintage and antique motorcycles, and Road Art sales, and they’re bringing the Los Angeles auction to us!  Featured auction cars include the 2018 Bugatti Chiron, plus 600 other classics, Corvettes, Hot Rods, American muscle cars, Resto Mods and more. Auction info available here.

Fairplex Events JunkinTrunk car 300x217 February at Fairplex Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market (Feb. 24 & 25): Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market comes to Fairplex with more than 100 vendors from across the country.

Guests are invited to shop tons of great finds, enjoy live music and refuel on food trucks. Ticket and event information are available here.

Other Events: Charter Oak Gymnastics (Feb. 2-4), Fairplex Garden Railroad & RailGiants Train Museum public runs (Feb. 10 & 11), Giant LA RV Show (Feb. 16 – 28)Gold & Treasure Show (Feb. 24 & 25), Southern California VEX Championships (Feb. 24 & 25), and the Quinceanera Expo (Feb. 25).

We weren’t kidding when we said we’re busy this month! For more info on any of these events, please visit us at Fairplex.com.

If you’re hanging out with us, share your experiences on social media! Tag @fairplex and use #fairplex in your captions. We’d love to hear from you.

Fairplex Weekend Recap: 2018 Grand National Roadster Show

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

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

Sneak Peek: Grand National Roadster Show

KTLA 5 Morning News came to Fairplex this morning to preview the Grand National Roadster Show! Check out what’s in store this weekend:

The Grand National Roadster Show is open to the public Friday, Jan. 26 – Sunday, Jan. 28. Parking at Gate 9 off White Ave. at prevailing rates.

Friday, 12 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tickets are sold at the door, cash only. $25 per day for guests ages 13+, $10 per day ages 6-12. Pre-sale discount tickets are available at select O’Reilly Auto Parts Stores. Discount tickets are only redeemable at Gate 9 (Blue Gate.)

For more information click here.

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Retro City Festival + LA Boat Show

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! Here are some of our favorites from Retro City Fest and the LA Boat Show this past weekend:

Los Angeles Boat Show

Retro City Fest

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

Fairplex Weekender: Boats and video games

The weekend is almost here! Scroll down to see what we have planned on our campus:

sky trees stars california 6765 Fairplex Weekender: Boats and video games Los Angeles Boat Show (Now – Sun): The Los Angeles Boat Show is the place to be for boating lifestyle enthusiasts. Check out performance boats, jet skis, pontoons, fishing boats, catamarans, cabin cruisers, kayaks and more! Admission is $15 for adults, with a $5 discount for military (ID required). Children 12 and younger are FREE. Parking $12. Click here for more info.

Retro City Festival (Sat & Sun): We’re incredibly excited to be the venue for Retro City Festival’s debut weekend! Celebrate the history of video gaming with the largest selection of retro console gaming under one roof in California. Enjoy classic arcade games, pinball, tournaments, museums, gaming vendors and a huge console play area.

Tickets and additional event info are available at RetroCityFestival.com.

Pacific Standard Time LA / LA Art Exhibit (Sat & Sun): In 2017 our art gallery, the Millard Sheets Art Center, had the honor of hosting a part of the PST LA / LA movement: One Path Two Journeys. This particular exhibition, titled “One Path Two Journeys” showcases the work of renowned Chicano art leaders Judithe Hernández and Patssi Valdez. Both women have produced beautiful bodies of work throughout the years and now, for the first time, you can see their journeys side by side.

The exhibition is open and free to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Parking is free at Gate 1. For more information regarding the exhibit, and other Millard Sheets Art Center activities, click here.