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.

June at Fairplex

…and we’re somehow already halfway through 2017! Here is what we have planned for June at Fairplex!

Cheers Logo Option Final 300x255 June at FairplexCheers: LA’s Wine, Spirits & Beer Festival (June 24): Cheers is our annual fundraising event to benefit the educational programs of The Learning Centers at Fairplex.

Join us in The Farm and taste award-winning wine, spirits, beer and extra virgin olive oil from the Los Angeles International Competitions.

Pair your drinks with Farm-fresh delights and food truck options, then burn off the calories on the dance floor! Tickets and additional event information is available here.

Sancocho June at FairplexSancocho Festival (June 10): The Sancocho Festival celebrates Latin American culture through music, dance and food. Enjoy live entertainment for the whole family! Admission is $10 presale, $20 at the door. Admission is FREE for children 13 & under. Open noon – 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 10. Visit sancochofestival.com for more information.

LARoadsters June at Fairplex53rd Annual L.A. Roadsters Show (June 17 & 18): A Father’s Day tradition and Fairplex favorite, the L.A. Roadsters Show returns to Fairplex June 17 & 18! Thousands of roadsters and specialty cars will be on display, along with a giant swap meet and commercial vendor midway. If Dad likes cars, this is the perfect way to spend the weekend! More info at laroadsters.com.

Other Events: Everybody’s Bird Mart, Palates & Palettes Wine and Paint Night, NHRA Twilight Cruise, and SoCal SC soccer matches are also happening this month on our campus! We love having such a wide variety of things to do every week on campus.

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

Fairplex Snapshot: Scooper Bowl

We’re celebrating our Career & Technical Education (CTEC) students this evening at the annual Scooper Bowl Fundraiser and Showcase in the Farm at Fairplex!

Our art students have created beautiful hand-made ceramic bowls this semester, which will be available for sale for $15. Once purchased, guests can fill their bowl with all-you-can-eat ice cream and check out the rest of the showcase.

Our high school students have worked hard all semester on various projects, ranging from the automotive arts to fashion design to horticulture. It’s always inspiring to see the talent and dedication these students and their teachers spend learning new skills.

The Scooper Bowl is happening now – 6 p.m. so stop by if you can! Parking available through Gate 12.

To learn more about the Career & Technical Education Center, click here.

To learn more about The Learning Centers at Fairplex in general, including our other community and educational programs, click here.

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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Livestock
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.