Fairplex Weekend Recap: NHRA Auto Club Finals

If you couldn’t see it, you could probably hear it! The NHRA Auto Club Finals were this past weekend, and boy was it an exciting one. Get the final results here. Congrats to all the champions this weekend!

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! Here are some of our favorites:







Fairplex Weekender: Drags & trains

Happy Friday! We’ve swapped out lowriders for burnouts this weekend at Fairplex with the arrival of the 2017 NHRA Auto Club Finals! Here’s the scoop on what’s happening:

Fairplex Events NHRA ig21 300x300 Fairplex Weekender: Drags & trains NHRA Auto Club Finals (Now – Nov. 12): Drag racing is an integral part of our past, present and future. Did you know that the NHRA drags started here on our campus?

The historic Pomona Auto Club Raceway is not only home to the Winternationals and the Finals, it’s the birthplace of drag racing as we know it today.

Come experience the excitement and drama of the Finals for yourself this weekend at Fairplex!

From the roar of the engines to the smell of burnt rubber, the drags are a one-of-a-kind experience that you won’t soon forget. Tickets on sale now at NHRA.com.

Fairplex FGRR traincloseup 295x300 Fairplex Weekender: Drags & trains 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.

We hope to see you this weekend, whether it’s to join in the adrenaline-pumping excitement of the drag races, or the quieter, but equally interesting train activities. For more information on all events and other programming at Fairplex, visit us at Fairplex.com.

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 mipocola.com!

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 Fairplex.com!

October at Fairplex

The LA County Fair has come and gone, but we’re still as busy as ever! We have a lot of big events coming your way. Keep reading to see what’s in store:

october5 October at Fairplex Oktoberfest at Fairplex (Oct. 6 – 21): Prost! Oktoberfest at Fairplex returns for another month of dancing, drinking and eating. Do the Chicken Dance with our oom-pah-pah band, rock out with our tribute bands and finish the night on the dance floor with DJ Schlagen. Add some bratwurst and games to the equation and you have yourself a solid night of fun. Tickets are only $5 on Fridays, $10 on Saturdays. Visit OktoberfestatFairplex.com for more info!

Into the Black Haunted Attraction (Oct. 6 – Nov 1): We’re bringing the Halloween festivities to Fairplex all month thanks to the new Into The Black attraction. Start the experience with a short horror film documenting a paranormal team’s excursion into the woods as they search for the legendary Black house, then follow their footsteps into the mansion… completely alone. For more information, visit intotheblack.biz.

65th Annual California RV Show (Oct. 6-15): The largest RV Show in the West is back at Fairplex with 1,300+ RVs to browse, as well as vendors selling RV accessories, vacation packages and travel services. Stop by to shop, browse, talk road trips and enjoy live music, food and meet & greets with sports celebrities. More info at thebestrvshow.com.

Red Bull Straight Rhythm (Oct. 21): Red Bull Straight Rhythm is back for more head-to-head motocross racing. Watch pro athletes rae down an “unwoulnd” 1/2 mile-long track. No turns, just speed, air and skill. For more information visit redbull.com

Other events: NHRA Twilight Cruise (Oct. 4), Hot Tub SwimSpa Show (Oct 6-8), FelineFest Cat Show (Oct 7-8), Best of Karate Tournament (Oct. 8), Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Oct. 15), We Run Pomona 5K (Oct. 21 – 22).

For more information on all of our upcoming events, including hours, admission and parking, visit fairplex.com. See you soon!

August at Fairplex

We,along with the rest of the world, is wondering where summer went. Kids going back to school, Christmas suddenly only four months away, and the LA County Fair mere weeks from opening. Time flies! Here’s what’s happening at Fairplex in August:

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NHRA Twilight Cruise (Aug. 2): 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.

Vans Warped Tour (Aug. 6): What would summer be without Vans Warped Tour? Check out up-and-coming indie talent + major established rock artists. Warped Tour has been an icon for youth, punk rock and skate culture, and we love seeing the diverse crowd and lineups they bring every year. Tickets on sale now. For more info, visit vanswarpedtour.com.

Reptile Super Show (Aug. 12): Shop reptiles, amphibians and turtles and stock up on supplies, cages, lights, supplements and other pet necessities. Learn best practices for taking care of your scaly and slithery pets at educational workshops and possibly take a new friend home! For more information visit reptilesupershow.com.

Quinceanera y Novias Expo (Aug. 20): Quinceanera Magazine returns to Fairplex for the Quinceanera y Novias Expo! Browse top-line vendors for your quinceanera, Sweet 16, prom or wedding! See the latest trends in gowns, makeup and hair, decorations, choreography, cakes and more! Click here for more info.

LA County Fair Premiere Party (Aug. 31): Travel down the rabbit hole and into the 2017 LA County Fair Premiere Party! Guests will get a sneak peek of the LA County Fair’s Flower & Garden Pavilion as they enjoy expert-crafted food and drinks, along with award-winning wine from the Los Angeles International Wine Competition. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit the Jurassic Planet attraction before our Opening Day! For more information on tickets and reservations, click here.

Visit our Fairplex Calendar for a full list of upcoming events. See you soon!

It’s always a good day to visit the NHRA Motorsports Museum

The NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, has been a part of Fairplex since 1998. The 28,500-square-foot building stands in between the Child Development Center at Fairplex and the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel.

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Guests will enjoy the impressive array of vintage and historical racing vehicles, along with a number of historical artifacts celebrating 60+ years of American motorsports.

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The museum is open year-round, including during the LA County Fair in September, and plays host to various special events, field trips and the monthly Twilight Cruises.

We’re proud to be a part of such a fantastic museum and we hope you’ll have a chance to check it out the next time you’re here.

For more information on the NHRA Motorsports Museum, visit nhramuseum.org.

Weekend Recap: Winternationals, Trains

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests!

NHRA Winternationals
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series always starts here at Fairplex at the Auto Club Raceaway, and this year was no exception! Click here to read up on who won what at the 2017 NHRA Winternationals!



World’s Great Hobby On Tour (Model Trains)
Model trains were the name of the game on the other side of our campus! From the World’s Great Hobby expo to our historic garden railroad, children and parents alike had a blast learning and playing this past weekend:



Up next: Mecum Auctions, the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycles and Road Art sales is bringing their Los Angeles Show to Fairplex this weekend and we can’t wait! More info at Fairplex.com.

Fairplex Weekender: Drag races and trains

This weekend Fairplex is all about two things: drag racing and trains. Here’s what’s on the calendar:

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NHRA Winternationals (Now – Feb. 12): We’ve been listening to the roar of the drag races since yesterday, and it’s welcome noise to our ears! The 2017 NHRA season opener is in full throttle this weekend at the Auto Club Raceway. Tickets are on sale online and at the doors. Choose from general or VIP seating and enjoy the noise, the crowds and the adrenaline! More info at nhra.com.

World’s Great Hobby Train Show (Feb 11-12): If you love trains, this is the weekend to be at Fairplex. The World’s Greatest Hobby On Tour is filling Expo Hall 4 with huge operating model railroads along with manufacturers and retailers, a free riding train for kids, train demos and seminars, and Walt Disney’s Railroad Story by author Michael Broggie. Horus, admission and additional info available here.

Fairplex Garden Railroad (Feb 11-12): The Fairplex Garden Railroad is opening its gates to the public (FREE) on Feb. 11 & 12, weather permitting. One of the longest standing pieces of the LA County Fair, the Garden Railroad is continually growing and changing at the hands of our dedicated volunteers. Stop by 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More info at fgrr.org.

RailGiants Train Museum (Feb 11-12): On the other side of campus, the RailGiants Train Museum features the giant steam engines and locomotives of the past. Climb aboard one of these giant engines and speak with our docents on the history of the trains. More info at railgiants.org.

Weekend Recap: 2016 Auto Club Finals

2016 NHRA Auto Club Finals

The 52nd annual NHRA Auto Club Finals ended in a cloud of adrenaline, breaking records and first-time achievements! Here’s how it went down:

Funny Car Championship
Funny Car vet Ron Capps has tried (and came very close) to taking the championship title before, but this was the year he actually did it:

Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship
Jerry Savoie took the world championship title in Pro Stock Motorcycle. This was Savoie’s first world championship ever, beating out former championship winners Edie Krawiec and Andrew Hines. Watch his breathtaking win below: 

Pro Stock Championships
Jason Line took the Pro Stock championship this year. This marked Line’s third win, his first two from the 2006 and 2011 finals. Watch Jason Line’s strong finish below:

Top Fuel Championship
Antron Brown took the Top Fuel championship for the second year in a row, the first to do so since Tony Schumacher in 2008/2009.

After the excitement of the weekend, the raceway goes quiet once more, but will come back to life in February for the NHRA Winternationals, the start to another season, and another story.

For more information on the NHRA Mello Yello Dragracing Series, or the Auto Club Raceway, visit nhra.com or fairplex.com.

Take a look at the NHRA Auto Club Finals through the years.