March at Fairplex

We’ve heard more than one person say it: Where did February go?! It feels like January lasted a lifetime, but last month flew by in the blink of an eye. Into March we go. Here is what we have planned for this month:

march March at Fairplex Beverly Hills Dog Show (March 3 & 4): The Kennel Club of Beverly Hills Dog Show is filming at Fairplex THIS weekend! The show itself will debut on USA Network on Easter Sunday (April 1).

You can watch it on TV… or you can be at the taping itself! Spectators are welcome to come to the show and see more than 1,000 purebred dogs compete for Best in Show and other categories. Admission is FREE. More info here.

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival (March 8-10): The Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival returns to Fairplex this week with all things sewing, quilting, crafting and needle art. Shop top-quality supply vendors, attend free seminars and workshops and participate in daily door prize drawings. Admission is FREE!

Dodge LX SpringFest (March 10): Check out hundreds of Chrysler and Dodge vehicles — or bring your own to race on the 1/4 mile drag strip at our Auto Club Raceway. Dodge LX SpringFest features the Dodge Thrill Ride (for those who have ever wondered what it would be like to live out Fast & Furious), a Chrysler Kids Zone, and of course, tons of vehicles to see. For more information click here.

Western States Horse Expo (March 9-11): The Western States Horse Expo is back with seminars, demos, vendors and the local horse community. Learn the latest in training, education and care for your horse. Get equipped with the tools, knowledge and products needed to invest in the horse-owning lifestyle all year long. For more info, visit

Modern Pentathlon (March 26-30): Modern Pentathlon World Cup returns to Fairplex at the end of this month. This international event brings athletes from around the globe here to Fairplex, where they’ll compete in a series of sports: running, swimming, shooting, fencing and horsemanship. As the only sport created specifically for the Olympics (first joined in 1912), Pentathletes are considered to be some of the top athletes in the world. For more information, visit us at

Other Events: Check out these other events happening at Fairplex in March – Belgian Tervuren Club of SoCal Agility Trial (March 1-4), Hot Tub Swim Spa Show (March 2-4), Pomona Swap Meet (March 4), RailGiants Open House (Marc 10-11), Fairplex Garden Railroad Public Run March 11), The Big Spring Home & Garden Show (March 9-11), Farm at Fairplex Dinner (March 9), 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition (March 15-17), Everybody’s Birdmart (March 18) and ASME E-Fest West (March 23025).

As you can see, it’s going to be an incredibly busy month. We look forward to covering it all, right here on our blog! For more information about all the above events, visit See you soon!

November at Fairplex

Hello November at Fairplex! We’re kicking off the month in a very festive way, with THREE events planned for the community on this first weekend. From tasty libations to cow milking demonstrations, there’s something for everyone. Keep reading to see what we have in store for you this month:

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En Memoria (Nov. 4): We’re launching our first ever Dia de los Muertos celebration this Saturday! This unique event includes a community altar where guests can leave photos of their loved ones, delicious food, live music, a lowrider exhibition and hop contest. Tickets & additional information available at!

Fairplex Events Lagunitas coverphoto 1024x512 November at FairplexLagunitas Beer Circus (Nov. 4): The Lagunitas Brewing Co. is bringing a beer circus to Fairplex! Enjoy two stages of wild entertainment, live music, a costume contest and more! Tickets include one free beer pour. There will be plenty of refreshing libations to sample. Proceeds from additional beer purchases will go towards The Learning Centers at Fairplex. Tickets & additional information available here.

Untitled design 3 November at FairplexFall in The Farm (Nov. 5): We’re celebrating all things agriculture this Sunday at The Farm at Fairplex! Guests of all ages are welcome to attend this free event. Some of our activities include live cooking demonstrations, gardening workshops, turkey calling contests, rope making, crafts, games and more! Click here for more information.

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Come see the pros do their thing in the Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle races. For more information, click here.

Other events: Pomona Home Improvement & Remodeling Show (Nov. 3-5), Fairplex Garden Railroad Public Run (Nov. 12), RailGiants Train Museum Public Run (Nov. 11-12), Residential Turf Removal Training (Nov. 11-18) and Souper Bowl Fundraiser (Nov. 16)

For more information on all of these events, give us a visit at!

March at Fairplex

march March at Fairplex Wait, it’s already March?! Somehow the past two months have flown by and here we are, at the start of the third month in 2017. Keeping reading to see which events may interest you:

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The Kennel Club of Beverly Hills Dog Show is filming at Fairplex THIS weekend! The show itself will debut on USA Network on Easter Sunday (April 16).

You can watch it on TV… or you can be at the taping itself! Spectators are welcome to come to the show and see more than 1,000 purebred dogs compete for Best in Show and other categories. More info here.


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Local communities are invited to enjoy activities and workshops centered in agriculture, from rope making to gardening.

Meet our Farm animals, learn more about agri-business and see agriculture in motion! More info here.

Fairplex Events Dinosaurs thumbnail March at Fairplex Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED (March 25 & 26): Dinosaurs are coming to Fairplex at the end of March! Families can experience up-close encounters with lifelike dinosaurs, take a spin in a Jurassic Jeep, dig for fossils, and other fun dino-themed activities fun for all ages. More info available here.

Other Events: We also have the BrideWorld Expo (March 5), Pomona Swap Meet (March 5), The Big Spring Home & Garden Show (March 10 -12), Insane Inflatable 5K (March 11), Palates & Palettes (March 11) and Everybody’s Bird Mart (March 19) returning to Fairplex this month.

For more info on any of these events, please visit us at

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.

L.A. Weekender: Rain, rain, rain

As California residents, we welcome rain in any amount, at any time! That being said, there are plenty of things to enjoy in L.A. this weekend, rain or shine.

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The Dog Cafe (Now Open): What better way to spend a rainy weekend than in a warm cafe, sipping coffee and cuddling with dogs? (Answer: There is no better way.) The Dog Cafe — the first to hit the United States — opened Thursday in Silver Lake. More info here.

Renaissance Pleasure Faire (April 9 – May 23): The Renaissance Faire returns to Irwindale this spring for much feasting, drinking and celebrating of an era long gone. Tickets, programming and additional info available here.

Hot Tub & SwimSpa Show (April 8 – April 10): The Hot Tub & SwimSpa Show returns to Fairplex this weekend as your one-stop shop for spas and jacuzzis. There’s no better time than now to get ready for the warm summer months! More info here.

BT5K Run & Walk (April 9): Also at Fairplex, the Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K is this Saturday. Proceeds go towards brain tumor/cancer research and patient programs. We love events with a cause and this one is fantastic. To register or learn more, click here.

Fairplex Garden Railroad (April 10): The Fairplex Garden Railroad is one of the oldest and possibly largest miniature railroads in the world! The railroad is open to the public this Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Parking is free at Gate 1! For more information visit

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a calendar of weekend events throughout Los Angeles County, from the heart of downtown to the beach cities to the IE. Additional information about all listings can be found at the event’s official website. If you have suggestions for an event, leave a comment in the box below or email us at

L.A. Weekender: Gardens, puppies and brides (oh my!)

Happy Friday! The past couple days have been pretty rainy but we’re looking at perfect Southern California temperatures this weekend, which we’re ready to enjoy! We have a lot happening this weekend at Fairplex (what else is new). Check out what we have in store for you on today’s edition of the L.A. Weekender:

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Big Spring Home & Garden Show (Feb 19-21): If you’ve been meaning to start a new home improvement project or are renovating your home altogether, the Home & Garden Show is a great place to get started. View live demonstrations, attend seminars and get ideas for your next indoor and outdoor projects. For more info, click here.

Public Auction (Feb 19-20): Shop vehicles and motor equipment at the Public Auction this weekend, held on our White Ave. lot. Cars, trucks, vans and other vehicles will be available for sale. For more info, click here.

SoCal Pet Expo (Feb 20-21): It’s pets, pets, pets galore at Fairplex this weekend and we can’t wait! Shop the latest treats, toys and accessories for your animals, watch agility demonstrations, take advantage of the free nail trimming, get discounted vaccinations and even participate in the pet costume contest. If you have been thinking about adopting a new furry friend, adoptions will also be happening all weekend. For more info visit

Gold & Treasure Show (Feb 20-21): Learn to pan for gold, hear lectures on modern day gold hunting techniques and win prizes at the Gold & Treasure Show. Although the gold mining craze may have ended decades ago, there is plenty of gold to be found all over the United States. For more info, click here.

Bride World Expo (Feb 21): Wedding planning can be stressful. Save time, gas and money at the Bride World Expo this weekend. Shop hundreds of photographers, entertainers, florists, gowns, invitation and photo booth vendors in one spot. It’s never too early to start planning! For more info, visit

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a calendar of weekend events throughout Los Angeles County, from the heart of downtown to the beach cities to the IE. Additional information about all listings can be found at the event’s official website. If you have suggestions for an event, leave a comment in the box below or email us at

Top 4 Fairplex Events in February

February is upon us and as usual, we have a lot going on at Fairplex! Below are the top four events we have happening on our campus:

CircleK Winternats 14 300x131 Top 4 Fairplex Events in FebruaryCircle K Winternationals: Drag racing is back for the another season beginning Thursday, Feb. 6 at the 54th Circle K Winternationals.

Enjoy food, drinks and high energy racing with some of NHRA’s biggest stars like Antron Brown, “Fast Jack” Beckman, Robert Hight and Allen Johnson as they battle it out at the Auto Club Raceway at Fairplex! More information can be found here.

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quince 150x150 Top 4 Fairplex Events in FebruaryQuinceañera Expo: It’s never too early to start planning for your daughter’s special day–whether that’s a birthday, prom, graduation or wedding. The Quinceañera Expo at Fairplex features trade professionals displaying the latest trends on gowns, dresses, makeup, hair, decorations, photography, choreography, food, invitations and every other element essential for creating the perfect event. The madness comes to Fairplex on Sunday, Feb. 23. Click here for additional information.

Pomona Spring Home & Garden Show: It’s almost time for spring cleaning! Before you open the windows and create a fresh look, stop by the Pomona Spring Home & Garden Show from Feb. 14-16 to shop ideas and items to bring the new season into your home. For more information, visit 

For more information on all of our events, visit!

And keep a lookout for… 

IrishFestLogos Color Top 4 Fairplex Events in FebruaryIrishFest: IrishFest at Fairplex is coming your way March 7-9, 2014! We are excited to bring the luck of the Irish to our grounds in the form of Irish rock bands, Celtic groups, Irish food & drink, crafts, games, dance lessons and everything else you could hope to find at an Irish festival! Get in the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day a week early and party with us. Make sure you wear green! For more information, visit

What events are you looking forward to this month? 

4 Wedding Trends for 2013 (Weddings Part 3)

At long last we have reached the end of our Weddings series.

Parts 1 and 2 focused on building a working relationship with your client and creating a unique experience for them. Part 3 will conclude our series with a look into wedding trends for the upcoming season.

What’s out: The past few years have seen an abundance of rustic romance: mason jars, barns, antiques and wildflowers seemed to take precedence over crystal, satin, ballrooms and roses. Now the trends are taking a turn back towards sophistication.

Like the rest of the event world, the wedding industry is closing up shop on the short-lived rustic simplicity trend and turning to elegance.

What’s in: Of course, when it comes to weddings, tastes are as diverse as the bride & groom themselves. However, this is what the industry is buzzing about:

Trend #1: Green

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The color, not the movement (although going green is also a trend prediction.) Already listed as the color of the year, several wedding experts predict green will be a favorite color theme. Other colors include bright red and violet hues.

Trend #2: Themed weddings

A carnival circus, camping (yep, its a thing), the Wizard of Oz… Couples are beginning to think outside-the-church, going outside of traditional venues and customs and doing things their own way. A wedding in the sky is now just one of many fun themes.

“Themed weddings are becoming more common,” Pamela Neman, Sheraton Fairplex Hotel sales manager says. “It’s less about tradition now and more about the individual couple.”

Trend #3: The English Garden

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For the past two years peonies and garden roses have been on high demand from many brides and the trend isn’t slowing down now. This year’s bouquets and centerpieces are designed to be lavish in style and rich in color.

Trend #4: Fresh & local fare

According to Elizabeth Creasey, a Los Angeles caterer, fresh and local are two of the most popular requests when planning menus for brides. Though rare, hotels and restaurants with on-site farms are in the perfect position to cater to these events.

veggies 4 Wedding Trends for 2013 (Weddings Part 3) For example, McKinley’s Grille, adjacent to the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel, creates the majority of meals from the fresh ingredients taken from McKinley’s Farm, the onsite urban garden. All catering and dining services reflect those menus.

Colorful bridesmaid dresses, fun and original wedding themes, an abundance of English flora and freshly made gourmet fare seem to be on the horizon for weddings in 2013. Is it really goodbye mason jars, hello crystal vases? Is it a fond farewell to walking down the church aisle and a hallelujah skip down the garden path instead?

Really, the bride is the one who makes the call. It is the venues, caterers and wedding planners who need to anticipate every whim and fancy, trending or not.

But that’s the fun of it.


2013 Culinary Trends

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Yesterday the National Restaurant Association released their “What’s Hot in 2013” culinary forecast for trends in the restaurant industry.

Findings included:

  • Locally grown produce and locally sourced meat and seafood will be ongoing hot items on menus. In addition to this, hyper-local sourcing (restaurants with their own gardens) was also high on the list.
  • Food and liquor pairings as well as culinary cocktails (alcoholic beverages containing whole servings of fruits and vegetables) are 2009 trends that continue to be popular favorites.
  • House made/artisan ice cream
  • The ever popular food trucks.

We can see these trends emerging strong in several ways at Fairplex. McKinley’s Grille as well as our catering services use hyper-local sourcing thanks to our urban farm. Dr. Bob’s Handcrafted Ice Cream is a staple of the L.A. County Fair and creates new, unique flavors every year. As for food trucks… we have Food Truck Thursdays for a reason!

We are excited to begin a new year, especially with all these great trends on the horizon. But first… the December holidays icon smile 2013 Culinary Trends

Tis’ the season!

IMG 4913 300x200 Tis the season!It seems that as soon as the skeletons get put back in the closet, the holiday season explodes in the malls, Disneyland, Walmart and yes… here at Fairplex as well.

Preparations are well under way to welcome in Santa, “snow” and holiday parties both at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center as well as on grounds. What was once a massive playground of rides, games and food is being transformed into a winter wonderland. Every year the creative team outdoes themselves in decorating our spacious exhibit halls and the hotel into festive, wintery venues of holiday cheer. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what we have going:

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Bins of holiday decor await their fate

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Bins of holiday decor await their fate

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Which tree will these ornaments go on?

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Frosty the Snowman -- minus the face, hat, scarf and arms... and buttons

IMG 49557 300x200 Tis the season!I can’t wait to take a full tour of the grounds and show you exactly what is going on behind all the closed doors. Just walking through the Tapestry building, with the creative team bustling with their preparations, a Michael Buble Christmas tune in the air and dozens upon dozen of decorations filling every nook and cranny, it’s hard not to get in the holiday spirit.

Looking forward to what Fairplex will look like in December!

Carpet, Computers, Cars and Culture at Fairplex this weekend

I mentioned a few days ago that the Asian American Expo will be at Fairplex this weekend. We have a slew of other events this weekend, too, so if you are doing some home improvement, need a new hard drive, are looking for the perfect car part as well as wanting to indulge in some great Asian food, get over to Fairplex.

2668 Th 1homeimprovement 150x132 Carpet, Computers, Cars and Culture at Fairplex this weekendThe Pomona Home & Garden Show begins tomorrow and runs through Sunday. The show features educational and informative demonstrations, displays and seminars on the newest ideas in home improvement and remodeling. Lots of experts will be on hand plus info on do-it-yourself projects. Having just experienced a flood in my kitchen, I’ll be there looking for new flooring ideas. Check our website for hours.

Need a new computer for the new year? Stop by the L.A. Computer F2678 Th 1lacomputerfair1 150x112 Carpet, Computers, Cars and Culture at Fairplex this weekendair for some great deals and a huge inventory on computers and electronic devices. The computer fair is open Saturday and Sunday.

If it’s your car that needs a face lift or some spare parts, get up bright and early on Sunday and head on over to the Pomona Auto Swap Meet. Hundreds of vendors will be selling hard to find auto parts and accessories.

This is going to be the ultimate one-stop-shopping and entertainment weekend!