Fairplex Weekender: Fun in the sun

Get ready for another busy weekend at Fairplex! It’s supposed to be in the 80s both Saturday and Sunday, which means perfect weather for all our outdoor events. Check out what we have planned:

happy Friday 8 Fairplex Weekender: Fun in the sun Bubble Run 5K (Sat): The Bubble Run invites you to jog, skip, walk/run through a 5K filled with suds, bubbles and foam (lots of foam)  this Saturday. Once you reach the finish line get ready to party and dance with your fellow runners. Sign up here.

Grow Your Own Vegetables (Sat): Learn how to “Grow Your Own Vegetables!” at this special event series, held at The Farm at Fairplex. We have partnered with the University of California Master Gardener Program to bring you the Grow LA Victory Garden Initiative.Expert gardeners will show you how to make your own vegetable garden so you can join your neighborhood victory garden circle.

Join us 9 a.m. – noon at The Farm at Fairplex. It’s $55 for the series, or $15 per class. We’re offering a special discount rate of $10 per class for Pomona residents and $5 per class for Fairplex volunteers. Register by emailing fairplexvictorygarden@gmail.com or calling (949) 336-2904. More info available here: http://celosangeles.ucanr.edu/

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Sun): Classic cars return to Fairplex this Sunday at the Pomona Swap Meet! Auto enthusiasts can shop thousands of car parts and accessories, browse memorabilia and see/participate in the classic car show. More info at pomonaswapmeet.com.

SoCal MFA Juried Exhibition (Sat & Sun): The SoCal MFA Juried Exhibition is open to the public now – June. See artwork created by Masters of Fine Art students from throughout Southern California, curated by Claremont Graduate University art students. Visit 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Enter through Gate 1. More info available here.

RailGiants Train Museum Open House (Sat & Sun): Visit the RailGiants Train Museum at Fairplex this Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Climb aboard historic trains and speak with our docents to learn more about some of the country’s most well preserved Locomotives. Admission is FREE! More info at railgiants.org.

Fairplex Garden Railroad Public Run (Sun): Walk through our miniature railroad exhibit this Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Our volunteers will be on-site to show you the latest project updates, walk you around this little world, and answer any questions you might have about one of our oldest Fair exhibits. More info at fgrr.org.

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

Fairplex Weekender: Ag, crafts, art and spas

Happy Friday! Here’s what’s going on at Fairplex this weekend:

finally friday 1 Fairplex Weekender: Ag, crafts, art and spas Stamp & Scrapbook Expo(Thurs – Sat): It’s a crafter’s paradise at Fairplex this weekend! Crop parties, shopping, make & take workshops, door prizes and more await you at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. Get inspired for your next project and gather all the supplies you’ll need. Admission is $10 at the door. Located inside Expo Hall 9 and the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center. For more information click here.

Hot Tub SwimSpa 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 6. Admission is FREE! Click here for more info.

Grow Your Own Vegetables (Sat): Learn how to “Grow Your Own Vegetables!” at this special event series, held at The Farm at Fairplex. We have partnered with the University of California Master Gardener Program to bring you the Grow LA Victory Garden Initiative.Expert gardeners will show you how to make your own vegetable garden so you can join your neighborhood victory garden circle.

Join us 9 a.m. – noon at The Farm at Fairplex. It’s $55 for the series, or $15 per class. We’re offering a special discount rate of $10 per class for Pomona residents and $5 per class for Fairplex volunteers. Register by emailing fairplexvictorygarden@gmail.com or calling (949) 336-2904. More info available here: http://celosangeles.ucanr.edu/

SoCal MFA Juried Exhibition (Sat & Sun): The SoCal MFA Juried Exhibition is open to the public now – June. See artwork created by Masters of Fine Art students from throughout Southern California, curated by Claremont Graduate University art students. Visit 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Enter through Gate 1. More info available here.

Spring in The Farm (Sun): Spring in The Farm is a free community event celebrating all things agriculture! Bring the whole family down to The Farm for a day of rope making, hay baling, corn grinding, olive oil tasting, petting farm animals, garden workshops and more! Admission and parking are FREE. Open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enter through Gate 17 on Fairplex Drive. For more info, click here.

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

AXC Hosts Pinewood Derby

Last month AXC/Petersen Garage had the pleasure of hosting Scout Pack 415 and their Pinewood Derby!

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Normally our garage is filled with high school students from the Career & Technical Education Center’s automotive program. It was fun to switch things up and watch a good old-fashioned Cub Scout derby.

If you don’t know what the Pinewood Derby is, here’s the scoop: The Pinewood Derby has been a part of the Cub counts / Boy Scouts since 1953, with nearly 100 million participants to date!

Cub Scouts work with their parent or mentor to build custom race cars, including the design, paint, decals and more. Their cars then race in heats of 2-4 cars on a downhill track leading to the finish line.

Derby cars can actually reach a speed of nearly 20 mph and, if enlarged to the size of a real vehicle, would be speeding at more than 200 mph!

We were happy to provide the venue for Pack 415′s derby. Thanks to our team for making this happen!

April at Fairplex

Check out what events are happening at Fairplex this month as we head into Spring 2018!

april1 April at Fairplex Stamp & Scrapbook Expo (April 5-7): The Stamp & Scrapbook Expo is a crafter’s paradise. Shop tons of supplies, participate in Make & Take workshops, win prizes and get inspired for your next project. Tickets available the day of the show at the registration counter.

Cost: $10 per day
Hours: Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Expo Hall 9
For more information visit Fairplex.com!

Spring in The Farm (April 8): Spring in The Farm is a free community event celebrating all things agriculture! Bring the whole family down to The Farm for a day of rope making, hay baling, corn grinding, olive oil tasting, petting farm animals, garden workshops and more! Admission and parking are FREE. Open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enter through Gate 12 on White Ave. For more info, click here.

Pomona Swap Meet (April 15): Classic cars return to Fairplex at the Pomona Swap Meet! Auto enthusiasts can shop thousands of car parts and accessories, browse memorabilia and see/participate in the classic car show. More info at pomonaswapmeet.com.

Other Events: Hot Tub & SwimSpa Show (April 6-8), Grow Your Own Vegetables! workshops (Saturdays in April), RailGiants Train Museum (April 14-15), Fairplex Garden Railroad Public Run (April 15), Bubble Run 5K (April 14), Hess Farm at Fairplex Dinner (April 20)

Ongoing Events

SoCal MFA Juried Exhibition: The SoCal MFA Juried Exhibition is open to the public now – June. See artwork created by Masters of Fine Art students from throughout Southern California, curated by Claremont Graduate University art students. Visit on weekends, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. More info available here.

NHRA Museum Twilight Cruise: The NHRA Museum’s monthly Twilight Cruise is tomorrow! Bring your own hot rod or classic car (entry $5) and hang out with other car enthusiasts. Enjoy live music, food and discounted admission to the historic Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum! Parking available beginning at 2 p.m. through Gate 1. More info available here.

Food Truck Thursdays:  The return of Spring means the return of Food Truck Thursdays! Starting this Thursday, a variety of food trucks will set up shop in the Gate 1 parking lot in the evenings. Enjoy your choice of eats, music, drinks and community. Admission and parking are FREE — enter through Gate 1. Visit our Events Calendar for the latest updates on which food trucks will be featured each week.

For more information about all the above events, visit fairplex.com. See you soon!

Fairplex Gives: Children’s Foundation of America

Fairplex Gives blanketmaking e1520373387162 225x300 Fairplex Gives: Childrens Foundation of AmericaToday we brought a little #FairplexGives to our lunch break, thanks to the Children’s Foundation of America (CFA).

CFA is an organization dedicated to helping foster children heal, learn and thrive through adoption, residential treatment, mental health and community-based programs.

A CFA representative visited Fairplex and spoke with us about the work that they do.We then learned how to make no-sew blankets for the kids. We also made positive greeting cards to go with the blankets. All in all, a great way to spend our lunch break!

To learn more about the Children’s Foudnation of America, click here.

 

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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FAIR THEME
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

SEASON PASS SPECIAL
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!

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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