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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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.

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

Tickets:
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 Snapshot: Look who came to visit!

Fairplex Farm rabbit 225x300 Fairplex Snapshot: Look who came to visit! What a fun Friday! The Farm at Fairplex team stopped by our offices this afternoon with some of their rabbits and silk chickens for us to meet.

We also got to sample some of the canned goods they’ve been whipping up in the Farm kitchen, and tried some of the organic fresh eggs they collected this week from their various chickens and quail.

Special thanks to our horticulturist, Don, and his fantastic team for taking the time to visit and educate all of us a little more on Farm life. All in all, a great start to the weekend!

Throwback Thursday: #PSTInstaSwap

A couple months ago the Millard Sheets Art Center participated in the #PSTInstaswap. 40 institutions hosting Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibitions swapped locations for a day to explore the art and culture happening outside their own spaces.

Each institution was assigned a specific swap. We swapped with the Riverside Art Museum, who hosted “Myth & Mirage” — an exploration of how Californian architects and designers adapted Spanish Colonial, Mission, ecclesiastical and native elements to create romanticized perceptions of our state.

In exchange, the Riverside Art Museum social team visited the Millard Sheets Art Center to check out our hosted exhibition: “One Path Two Journeys” featuring the artwork of Judithe Hern├índez and Patssi Valdez — two brilliant, strong artists known for influencing the aesthetic voices of Latinas in the 20th century:





We had a blast doing the #PSTInstaswap! Special thanks to the Riverside Art Museum team for partnering with us.

Explore “One Path Two Journeys” at the Millard Sheets Art Centers, Saturdays & Sundays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. now through Jan. 28. Admission is FREE! Free parking at Gate 1.

For more information on Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA click here.
For more information on the Millard Sheets Art Center click here.
For more information on the Riverside Art Musuem click here.

Holidays at Fairplex Part II: McKinley’s Grille

What does a 487-acre campus look like during the holidays? Festive of course! Countless Christmas trees, fake snow (this is LA County after all), thousands of twinkling lights and even a reindeer or two can be spotted throughout our enormous campus. Take a look at some of our favorite spots in this two part series:

Holidays at Fairplex Part II: McKinley’s Grille

Not to be outdone by the Conference Center, the Sheraton Hotel restaurant is equally decked out in holiday fun.

mckinleysgrille holiday 1 Holidays at Fairplex Part II: McKinleys Grille While the conference center takes on a slightly more glamorous look, McKinley’s Grille is quaint and woodsy, a perfect match for the farm-to-table dining offered there.

mckinleysgrille holiday 2 Holidays at Fairplex Part II: McKinleys Grille From the cozy fireplace to Christmas trees in every corner, holiday cheer covers the restaurant from head to toe!

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Holidays at Fairplex Part I: Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center

What does a 487-acre campus look like during the holidays? Festive of course! Countless Christmas trees, fake snow (this is LA County after all), thousands of twinkling lights and even a reindeer or two can be spotted throughout our enormous campus. Take a look at some of our favorite spots in this two part series:

Holidays at Fairplex Part I: Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center

holiday parties 3 Holidays at Fairplex Part I: Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center Home to many end-of-year parties, the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center is full of festive vignettes, strings of lights cascading from the ceiling, smiling snowmen, and Christmas trees and snow in every corner. Check out some of the parties we’ve already hosted:



What many people don’t know is that our Creative team — the masterminds behind the LA County Fair exhibits — are also the elves who make the holiday magic happen too. Take a closer look at the vignettes with honorary Creative team member Sophie:





We are continually blown away by the attention to detail our team puts into creating the perfect Fairplex Winter Wonderland.

Stay tuned for a look at McKinley’s Grille, the Avalon and the rest of Fairplex during the holidays.

Fairplex provides temporary home to horses during fire

Fairplex Horses 249x300 Fairplex provides temporary home to horses during fire If you’re a resident of Southern California, you have been keeping tabs on the numerous wildfires wreaking havoc throughout our region. Many have been forced to evacuate, bringing their animals along with them.

Fairplex has once again opened its barns to horses and large farm animals in need of shelter during the evacuations — so far we have about 23 horses staying with us.

If you or someone you know is in need of a place to keep farm animals, please give us a call at (909) 865-4600 to confirm space availability. We have 250 stalls available, 20 of which are currently in use as of Thursday, at 1 p.m. Enter through Gate 12 off White Avenue upon arrival.

Thank you to the volunteers and staff who are working to provide a clean, safe space for these animals and their owners.

Our thoughts go out to those being affected by the fires, and to those who are bravely combating the flames.