Fairplex Snapshot: Child Development Center Graduation

This past weekend we had the pleasure of celebrating our youngest Fairplex friends at the Child Development Center at Fairplex graduation ceremony!

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We said goodbye to the class of 2017 and wished these little kindergarteners and preschoolers a wonderful year of learning as they move up a grade.

We also had the opportunity to celebrate our teachers and staff, who work tirelessly all year long to provide a clean, safe and stimulating fun learning environment.

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Congratulations to all for a successful year! To learn more about the Child Developmeknt Center, click here.

To learn more about our other programs at The Learning Centers at FairPlex, click here.

Work at the LA County Fair!

Every year we have the pleasure of hiring 1,000+ seasonal workers to help us make the LA County Fair come to life, and we’re inviting you to join us!

LACF JobFair instagram Work at the LA County Fair! We’re hiring in admissions, credentials, guest relations, parking, carnival, accounting and much more! Event details below:

When: June 27, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Avalon building at Fairplex
Requirements: Most positions require applicants to be at least 18 years of age

Applications must be completed online beforehand at lacountyfairjobs.com. If you don’t have access to the Internet, computers will be available onsite for applicants to apply on the day of the job fair.

For more information, call (909) 865-4310 or (909) 865-4309.

We hope to see you in a few weeks!

Meet our new senior vice president

We’re pleased to welcome Lucas Rivera, vice president of Grand Park, as the new senior vice president of Fairplex!

Fairplex LucasRivera Meet our new senior vice president Rivera has done excellent work with Grand Park in downtown LA, creating a true community gathering place for a variety of cultures, holidays, community celebrations and other events.

He will take his expertise and passion for community from DTLA to our campus, where he will focus on the overall vision for our company and work with our team to create a sense of place out of our 487 acres.

We look forward to having Rivera be a part of our strategic planning process and in moving our company forward in the years to come.

Please join us in giving him a warm welcome!

To learn more about Rivera’s transition to Fairplex, click here.

Fairplex Snapshot: Auto Class Graduation

The Career & Technical Education Center at Fairplex provides students with real-life skills for a variety of industries, including the auto industry.

Yesterday we had the privilege of saying congratulations to 16 graduates of the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts (AXC), who have successfully completed our extensive two-year auto program.

The class of 2017 is our biggest yet, and each student is certified in one or more areas of the industry. We’re very proud of all they have accomplished and wish them well as they continue their endeavors in the field!

To learn more about our auto program, and other learning opportunities with The Learning Centers at Fairplex, click here.

Where is she now? Big Boy No. 4014 Update

Throwing it back a few years… do you remember Big Boy No. 4014?

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The Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 is one of the largest steam engines in the world, and for 51 years, she called Fairplex home. The RailGiants Train Museum team at Fairplex took excellent care of Big Boy before passing her along to train experts in Cheyenne, WY in 2013.

Fairplex BigBoy 4014badge1 225x300 Where is she now? Big Boy No. 4014 Update The move itself was quite a project — we had to build a mile-long track from the museum to the Metrolink station on Arrow Hwy just to get Big Boy on the road!

4 years and 1,300 miles later, Big Boy is happily situated in her new home in Wyoming, undergoing extensive restoration and repair by the Union Pacific’s Heritage Fleet Operations Team.

One of our faithful Fairplex friends visited Big Boy recently and sent us some pictures to show us how she’s doing. Take a look!

Fairplex BigBoy sign Where is she now? Big Boy No. 4014 Update Fairplex BigBoy train Where is she now? Big Boy No. 4014 Update Refurbishments are well under way in Wyoming

It has been an honor to host this piece of history on our grounds. We’re glad to see her progress so far!

Thoughtful Thursday: Earth Day Plant Drop

Fairplex plantdrop 300x266 Thoughtful Thursday: Earth Day Plant Drop Last week 25 members from our leadership team joined Miguel Santana (our CEO) as we hand-delivered more than 400 plants from our Farm to our neighbors in celebration of Earth Day!

Taking care of the environment is a top priority for us, not only in The Farm at Fairplex, but throughout the rest of our 487-acre campus as well.

Learn more about our sustainability efforts here and here.

Mother’s Day at Fairplex

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No one does a buffet quite like McKinley’s Grille! Every year we get to see moms celebrated at our annual Mother’s Day brunch.

It’s a lovely day full of family, food and flowers galore, and one of our favorite holidays to work.

Like Fairplex itself, there is something for everyone on Mother’s Day! Check out the menu for a quick look:

 

BREAKFAST
• buttermilk pancakes
• applewood-smoked bacon
• maple sausage
• scrambled eggs

PASTRY SELECTION WITH:
croissants, cinnamon rolls, assorted muffins
jams & sweet butter

OMELET STATION
omelets made to order with choice of toppings

CARVED
• Garlic and herb-crusted beef strip loin, au jus, horseradish cream
• Pink peppercorn and sage-rubbed tom turkey, IPA mustard, roasted garlic gravy

PASTA STATION
• Penne pasta with traditional bolognese sauce
• Japanese pumpkin ravioli, spigarello, roasted garlic, pea tendrils, pecorino

LUNCH
• Pan-roasted chicken breast, cured orange and anise glaze
• Seared mahi, stewed tomato & caper
• Potato au gratin, gruyere cheese, parmesan, garlic, herbs
• Seasonal farm vegetables

SALADS
• Wild rice and root vegetable salad, lemon vinaigrette
• Traditional caesar salad focaccia croutons
• Farm greens, pomegranate vinaigrette
• Lemongrass-lime leaf poached shrimp, rustic cocktail sauce
• Seasonal fruit selection

CREPE STATION
• Brandy-soaked strawberries, dark rum-soaked bananas, fresh whipped cream

DESSERTS
assorted cakes, tortes and cupcakes

KIDS’ BUFFET
• mac and cheese
• chicken tenders
• mini burgers and corn dogs
• celery and carrot sticks, ranch dressing
• grapes and strawberries

Buffet includes unlimited Tazo iced teas, Starbucks coffee, soft drinks and mimosas

Pricing
$38.95 per person (+ tax & service charge)
$15 children (ages 12 and under, + tax & service charge)
Children 5 and younger free

National Volunteer Appreciation Week

volunteer week 5 National Volunteer Appreciation Week It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week! We want to give a big thank-you to our wonderful volunteers. From leading field trips in The Farm at Fairplex to helping us set up and run our neighborhood parties (and so much more), they are part of our very core.

Their passion, dedication and love for the programs at Fairplex make our guests feel special while learning new things. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you Fairplex Ambassadors, for all that you do! We truly appreciate you icon smile National Volunteer Appreciation Week

To learn more about becoming a Fairplex Ambassador yourself, click here. We’re always looking for new team members!

The LA County Fair is on Carnival Eats!

The Cooking Channel’s Carnival Eats show covers the craziest food in the world, and they’re starting their journey tonight at the LA County Fair.

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Photo Cred: @carnivaleats (Instagram)

The Carnival Eats crew visited us during the 2016 LA County Fair and — in line with our Dare to Fair theme — tasted the wildest, juciest, gooiest, strangest foods our Fair has to offer. You can watch it all on The Cooking Channel tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

We look forward to reliving the 2016 Fair! Stay tuned to see what wild foods we have planned for the 2017 Fair…