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.

Throwback Thursday: The LA County Fair of the 1950s

Have you ever wondered what going to the LA County Fair looked like a decade or five ago? We found this gem on YouTube the other day and had to share!

Take a look at both the San Diego Fair and the LA County Fair of the 1950s in this video, covering everything from animal exhibits to community competitions and beyond. Enjoy!

Special thanks to YouTube user Jeff Quitney for sharing on his channel! 

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Celebrating Dia de los Muertos at En Memoria

What a fun weekend at Fairplex! From our first ever Dia de los Muertos celebration (En Memoria), to the freaktacular spectacle that was Lagunitas Beer Circus, to the family fun at Fall in the Farm, the fun was truly non-stop.

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

En Memoria
Hop contest, lowrider displays, unique altars, delicious food, live music and beautiful weather made our first event a wonderful success! Thanks to all who joined us in our Dia de los Muertos celebrations — already looking forward to next year.








Lagunitas Beer Circus
Shout-out to the Lagunitas Brewing Co. for bringing such a crazy, colorful event to Fairplex! Guests sampled delicious craft beer while enjoying live music and circus acts all day long. (P.S. Proceeds from beer pours went towards The Learning Centers at Fairplex!)




Fall in The Farm
We continued to enjoy gorgeous fall weather on Sunday at Fall in the Farm! Our celebration of all things agriculture included cow milking demonstrations, turkey calling contests, workshops in gardening, floral arrangements and egg hatching, booths from 20+ community partners, olive oil and tea tasting, visits with our resident farm animals and much more.

This event has only continued to grow over the years and we look forward to continued partnerships with the local community in the future!  





All in all, a successful weekend at Fairplex, using all parts of our diverse campus. To see what’s coming up next, visit us at Fairplex.com.

Don’t forget to share your Fairplex experiences with us on social media by tagging @fairplex and using #fairplex in your posts!

Mi POCO LA at Cal Poly Pomona!

Cal Poly Pomona has their annual Dia de los Muertos event tonight, and Mi POCO LA came to represent!

As you may know, Mi POCO LA is hosting “En Memoria” – the first ever Dia de los Muertos event at Fairplex this Saturday. We built an En Memoria altar for tonight’s event, and in anticipation of tomorrow’s festivities!

For more information about En Memoria, visit MiPOCOLA.com. We hope to see you tomorrow!

Meet the Artists of One Path Two Journeys

Artists Judithe Hernández and Patssi Valdez have greatly influenced the aesthetic voices of Latinas. You can see their work at the Millard Sheets Art Center as part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.

Fairplex Events onepathtwojourneys 1024x682 Meet the Artists of One Path Two JourneysFrom their childhoods in East Los Angeles to their experiences in the Chicano Civil Rights Movement of the 70s, both women have walked similar paths while thriving in their individual careers, thus inspiring the PST exhibit “One Path Two Journeys.”

We’re pleased to bring both artists to the Millard Sheets Art Center to discuss their work with us this Saturday. Join us as we chat with Judithe and Patssi and learn more about their inspiring lives.

Event Info
What: “Artist Talk: Judithe Hernández and Patssi Valde”
Where: Millard Sheets Art Center (1101 W. McKinley Ave Pomona, CA 91768)
When: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2 – 5 p.m.
Parking available at Gate 1.

Lost in Art: Reflection

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is an exploration of Latin American and Latino art that stretches across more than seventy arts and cultural institutions in Southern California, including right here at Fairplex.

There’s no right or wrong way to get lost in art. Within the walls of his home, Cheech has his own way. Within the walls of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, we invite you to discover your own. For more art visit http://pacificstandardtime.org.

Challenge Accepted: Gear Up, Give Back

The Learning Centers at Fairplex is gearing up for a special challenge benefiting current and future students of our automotive program.

Fairplex TLC AXC photo2 1024x682 Challenge Accepted: Gear Up, Give Back Now – Oct. 20th every dollar donated to our auto education program (The Alex Xydias & Pete Chapouris Center for Automotive Arts) will be matched for up to $45,000 donated. That means we have the potential to raise up to $90,000 for this life-changing program.

Fairplex TLC AXC photo1 1024x678 Challenge Accepted: Gear Up, Give Back Funds raised will cover numerous expenses like tuition fees, field trip costs and automotive equipment. In addition to this, we’re pleased to announce that our new welding program has been added, giving our students yet another pathway into the automotive industry.

To support our auto education program with a matched gift, please call (909) 865-4205 or click here. We thank you for your support!

Fairplex Snapshot: Pacific Standard Time LA/LA

Today we had the pleasure of hosting two special guests at Fairplex: Comedian, actor and writer Cheech Marin, and Riverside Art Museum curator Todd Wingate.

If you visited the Fair in September, you might have seen the PST LA/LA One Path Two Journeys exhibit at the Millard Sheets Art Center. This special Chicano art exhibit is part of the larger Pacific Standard Time art initiative throughout Southern California.

Cheech is an avid Chicano art collector, and actually lent us several pieces from his Patssi Valdez collection. It was great to walk with him through the exhibit and to hear his thoughts on the art as a whole.

The Riverside Art Museum is also participating in the Pacific Standard Time LA/LA initiative. We enjoyed connecting with Todd and talking about both of our museums’ experiences in being part of this wonderful project.

Thank you to Cheech and Todd for hanging out! It was a pleasure to meet you both.