Fairplex Snapshot: The Hill at Fairplex

One of the best parts of working at Fairplex is the space. We love taking 10-15 minute walks around campus, just enjoying the scenery. The Hill at Fairplex offers shade and a view of the entire campus:

During Fairtime, this is one of our favorite spots to be. Guests are constantly running up the stairs and taking a turn down our giant slide, you can see the entire expanse of carnival rides and games, and you can hear the End of Summer Concert Series in the Grandstand.

It’s hard to believe there are less than five months to go. September hurry up and get here!

Fairplex Weekender: Dance, run, walk

Say hello to the weekend! See what’s happening on our campus:

World of Dance (April 1):The 2017 World of Dance Tour delivers an unparalleled experience to both dancers and spectators. Featuring the hottest YouTube stars and dance icons, this event provides experiences for fans to connect with the lifestyle brands and companies within urban dance culture. Check it out on Saturday! More info here.

Hot Tub & SwimSpa Show (March 31 – April 2): Get ready for summer at the Hot Tub & Swim Spa Show! Browse spas, patio furniture, BBQ islands, saunas and pools here at Fairplex all weekend long. Admission is FREE! Parking is $10 at Gate 17. Click here for more information.

PVW 2017 Run/Walk Celebrating Heroes (April 1): PVW is an organization dedicated to helping adults with developmental disabilities including vocational training, employment preparation and placement services. Their annual Run/Walk is taking place at Fairplex this Saturday! Both a 5K and 1K are open for participants. Other activities include a pancake breakfast, family fun activities, prizes and more! Click here for more information.

If you’re hanging out with us this weekend, make sure you tag @fairplex and use #fairplex on your social media posts. We’d love to see our campus through your eyes!

For more information on all current and upcoming events at Fairplex, visit us at fairplex.com.

Throwback Thursday: From an Olympian to a General

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Photo from WIRED Magazine

General George S. Patton is known for his bravery and leadership in World War II, but before becoming a national hero, he was an Olympic athlete.

Modern Pentathlon was introduced to the Summer Olympic Games in 1912. George Patton was the first and only athlete to compete from the United States.

If you’ve been reading our blog posts, you know that Pentathletes compete in a total of five sports: running, shooting, swimming, fencing and showjumping. And yes, Patton did all five at the Olympic Games. The 26-year-old future general, with only two months to train for the sport, placed fifth overall.

We’ll be inducting Patton into the UIPM Hall of Fame at our Opening Ceremonies next Thursday. It is our privilege to honor him for the amazing athletic feats he accomplished in the first Modern Pentathlon.

To learn more about Patton’s experience in the 1912 Olympics, click here.

For more information regarding the Modern Pentathlon World Cup at Fairplex, click here.

Fairplex Snapshot: Filming Things Green at The Farm!

The Farm at Fairplex is home to many things: farm-to-table dinners, agriculture classes, field trips, weddings… and it’s also one of the places where Nick Federoff films his Things Green show for PBS! Today’s topic: the California drought.

Our Farm keeps water-efficiency a top priority at all times, from using vertical crops to the way we do irrigation. Our horticulturist Don Delano weighed in on best practices for sustainability and what we’ve done to reduce water during the drought.

You can watch this Things Green episode and others Monday-Friday and Saturdays on KLCS Channel 58!

To learn more about Things Green click here.

To learn more about The Farm at Fairplex click here.

Life On The Farm

The Farm at Fairplex has expanded greatly over the years. In 2014 we grew from a one to five-acre Farm, which now includes a kitchen, new crops, learning opportunities and foodie events. Here’s a quick look at what we’re up to this month:

Chef’s Potluck
About once a month we host a Chef’s Potluck, where chefs, sommeliers and other industry experts cook for one another and share ideas, best practices and community. They had a great turnout this past weekend:

New Crops & Food Projects
We’re constantly growing new crops and harvesting ripe ones. Last week our volunteers and Farm staff produced about 100 pounds of pomelo hoja santa marmalade in the kitchens. They also made kimchi using fresh Kohlrabi and Yellow-star carrots.

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Our chickens are also doing wonderfully well! We recently welcomed Turkin and American Bresse chicks into the world.

Field Trips
With a new year comes new opportunities for learning! We started up our field trip program again at the start of 2017 and look forward to teaching new students about urban farm life and the basics of agriculture.

These are just a few of the things happening out in The Farm. We’ll be starting our Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series again in March, and our Career & Technical Education Center agriculture / horticulture classes will be using the facilities for on-hands learning.

Stay tuned for future updates! You can learn more about our Farm at Fairplex projects at fairplex.com/farm.

February at Fairplex

From horses to drag racing, fencing to wine, and vintage markets to a quinceanera expo, there is truly something for everyone happening this month at Fairplex. Keeping reading to see which events may interest you:

february February at Fairplex Horse Expo (Feb 3-5): We start the month with all things equine. 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 horseexpoevents.com.

NHRA Winternationals (Feb. 9-12): No sooner will the horses move out than the drags come roaring in! The 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing series kicks off with the Winternationals at the Pomona Auto Club Raceway, located here at Fairplex. Tickets are on-sale now. If you’re a die-hard drags fan, we highly recommend the Top Eliminators Club package. Your $345 ticket gives you pit views, complimentary meals and drinks, a Members Only gift bag, complimentary parking w/purchase of four tickets, an exclusive hospitality tent and bar, and more! For more information on all tickets and event info, visit nhra.com.

Mecum Auctions (Feb. 17-18): The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector cars, vintage and antique motorcycles, and Road Art sales, and they’re bringing the Los Angeles auction to us! We’re excited to add this event to our historic list of car-related events. Featured auction cars include classics, Corvettes, Hot Rods, American muscle cars, Resto Mods and more. Auction info available here.

Modern Pentathlon World Cup (Feb. 22-26): Our most anticipated event this month is the Modern Pentathlon World Cup. 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. This is the first time Modern Pentathlon has been in Southern California since the 1984 Olympic Games, and we’re thrilled to host the event. For more information, visit us at Fairplex.com/MP.

Other Events: In addition to all the events above, we’re also looking forward to the Hot Tub SwimSpa Show (Feb 3-5), JAMZ Dance Competition (Feb 4), Palates & Palettes wine & paint night (Feb 11), Quilt, Craft & Showing Festival (Feb 23-25), Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market (Feb 25-26)  and the Quinceanera Expo (Feb 26).

We weren’t kidding when we said we’re busy this month! For more info on any of these events, please visit us at Fairplex.com.

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.

Checking out the 2017 Asian American Expo

The 2017 Asian American Expo opened a few hours ago and already the crowds are pouring through. Check it out!

Anime Impulse
It’s all things anime, video games and art here in the Anime Impulse section.


The Silk Show
From the sneaker show to the sample sales, we’re thinking it might be time to do a little shopping when we’re done working for the day.

Easily one of our favorite parts of the Asian American Expo: THE FOOD.

We’re just getting started here! There’s tons of entertainment in nearly every expo hall, from martial arts to dancing to cooking demos, and tons of shopping to do too.

For more information on the Asian American Expo, including ticket prices, hours and parking info, visit the event page at Fairplex.com.

If you’re visiting us today, be sure to tag @fairplex and use #fairplex in all your social media posts! We’d love to share in your adventures with us. Cheers to the weekend!


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Fairplex Snapshot: Souper Bowl 2016

The Souper Bowl is one of our favorite end-of-year fundraisers!

Our Career & Technical Education (CTEC) students have made beautiful, unique ceramic bowls, which our guests can purchase for $15 each. Once bowls have been selected, guests can fill them up with delicious hot soup, while chatting with fellow donors and meeting the students themselves.

This year, for an extra $5, guests also learned how to make ceramic bowls in small sessions led by students. Not a bad way to start the season off!