Fairplex Snapshot: Auto Class Graduation

The Career & Technical Education Center at Fairplex provides students with real-life skills for a variety of industries, including the auto industry.

Yesterday we had the privilege of saying congratulations to 16 graduates of the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts (AXC), who have successfully completed our extensive two-year auto program.

The class of 2017 is our biggest yet, and each student is certified in one or more areas of the industry. We’re very proud of all they have accomplished and wish them well as they continue their endeavors in the field!

To learn more about our auto program, and other learning opportunities with The Learning Centers at Fairplex, click here.

Where is she now? Big Boy No. 4014 Update

Throwing it back a few years… do you remember Big Boy No. 4014?

Fairplex TBT bigboy 1024x468 Where is she now? Big Boy No. 4014 Update Big Boy No. 4014 at Fairplex, getting ready for the big move (2013)

The Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 is one of the largest steam engines in the world, and for 51 years, she called Fairplex home. The RailGiants Train Museum team at Fairplex took excellent care of Big Boy before passing her along to train experts in Cheyenne, WY in 2013.

Fairplex BigBoy 4014badge1 225x300 Where is she now? Big Boy No. 4014 Update The move itself was quite a project — we had to build a mile-long track from the museum to the Metrolink station on Arrow Hwy just to get Big Boy on the road!

4 years and 1,300 miles later, Big Boy is happily situated in her new home in Wyoming, undergoing extensive restoration and repair by the Union Pacific’s Heritage Fleet Operations Team.

One of our faithful Fairplex friends visited Big Boy recently and sent us some pictures to show us how she’s doing. Take a look!

Fairplex BigBoy sign Where is she now? Big Boy No. 4014 Update Fairplex BigBoy train Where is she now? Big Boy No. 4014 Update Refurbishments are well under way in Wyoming

It has been an honor to host this piece of history on our grounds. We’re glad to see her progress so far!

Weekend Recap: Art, food and sports

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! ICYMI, here’s a quick look at what we had the pleasure of hosting:

So Cal BBQ Bash & Expo 




MFA Juried Exhibition Opening (Millard Sheets Art Center Gallery)



BT5K (Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K)


So Cal Sports Club Soccer Game

That covers just about everything happening on our campus this weekend! Like we said earlier this week, May is a busy month for us and we’re excited to get going. Remember to tag @fairplex and use #fairplex to share your experiences with us on social media. See you soon!

Fairplex Weekender: So Cal BBQ Bash & more

The warm weather is back this weekend! Soak in the sun’s rays and check out one (or more!) of these events happening at Fairplex this weekend:

pexels photo 30 1024x682 Fairplex Weekender: So Cal BBQ Bash & more 48th District Schools’ Agriculture & Nutrition Fair (May 19 & 20): The annual 48th District Schools’ Ag & Nutrition Fair is ending this weekend. We recommend checking it out while you’re here! See thousands of student exhibits and projects about the importance of agriculture and nutrition in everyday life. Admission is FREE. More info available at Fairplex.com.

So Cal BBQ Bash & Expo (May 20): We’re very excited to welcome the So Cal BBQ Bash & Expo to Fairplex this Saturday! Sample all the delicious BBQ competition entries, listen to live music, attend cooking demos and workshops and sip on ice cold craft beer (for the 21+ crowd!) Kids 11 & under get in free — and there are plenty of fun kids’ activities for them to enjoy. For more information, including tickets, hours and a schedule of events, visit SoCalBBQBash.com.

SoCal Sports Club Soccer Game (May 20): The Southern California Sports Club returns to The Fields at Fairplex to play against the City of Angels FC Saturday night. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. More info here.

SoCal MFA Exhibition Opening Reception (May 20):The SoCal MFA Exhibition at the Millard Sheets Art Center features nearly 50 MFA students from San Diego to Santa Barbara in varying media. We invite you to join us for the opening reception on Saturday night, beginning at 6 p.m. The exhibition is open May 20 – June 10 on weekends; admission is free. For more information regarding our MFA exhibition click here.

Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K (May 21): Closing out the weekend is the Los Angeles Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K on Sunday morning. While registration is closed now, you can learn more about the American Brain Tumor Association and their other events here.

That covers just about everything happening on our campus this weekend! Like we said earlier this week, May is a busy month for us and we’re excited to get going. Remember to tag @fairplex and use #fairplex to share your experiences with us on social media. 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: 2017 LA Wine Competition

We’re wrapping up the 78th annual Los Angeles International Wine Competition today, and we’re sad to say goodbye to all of our awesome judges.

Every year, wineries from around the world compete in our competition. Award-winning wines are featured at the LA County Fair (September), Cheers Festival (June) and year-round at our hotel restaurant, McKinley’s Grille.

Our wine cellar is stocked to the brim with a wide variety of wines spanning many countries and continents. It’s truly an international experience!

To learn more about the Los Angeles International Wine Competition, click here.

To learn how you can sample these wines, along with tastes of the Los Angeles International Beer, Spirits and Olive Oil competitions, click here!

Weekend Recap: Fun at Fairplex

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! ICYMI, here’s a quick look at what we had the pleasure of hosting:

West Coast Historical Militaria Collectibles Show
Expo Hall 4 was filled with a treasure trove of history, from militaria collectibles to historical reenactments.


Bubble Run 5K
Thank goodness it didn’t start raining until today! It was bright and sunny on Saturday for our fun runners as they made their way through this colorful, sudsy adventure.




We had a blast learning, living and playing this weekend on our campus. See what’s coming up next at Fairplex.com!

Weekend Recap: Dance, music, learning and foam

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! ICYMI, here’s a quick look at what we had the pleasure of hosting:

Foam Glow 5K
Whether you like running or not, you have to admit, fun runs make for excellent Instagram pics, especially when glow-in-the-dark foam is involved!



ShowBiz Talent Show

10th Annual Ross/McCracken Learning Expo

Cinco de Mayo Festival
Despite the rain, our guests had a great time listening to live music, dancing and celebrating together in the infield!



We had a blast learning, living and playing this weekend on our campus. See what’s coming up next at Fairplex.com!

May at Fairplex

The countdown to summer is officially on! It’s around this time that we start rolling up our sleeves and really getting ready for Fair season. But before Fair, there are plenty of other events at Fairplex to enjoy! Here’s what’s happening this month:

Fairplex Events derby 150x150 May at Fairplex Kentucky Derby Buffet (May 6): Our on-site sports bar, Finish Line Sports Bar & Grill will be hosting a special buffet during the Kentucky Derby! Fill up your plates and enjoy the races from the comfort of your seat. Spaces are going fast — call for reservations at (909) 65-4151.

10th Annual Ross/McCracken Learning Expo (May 7): We’re pleased to host the 10th annual Ross/McCracken Learning Expo, a must-do for families! Kids will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning in the subjects of science, mathematics, the arts and other educational topics. Admission is FREE! More information available here.

merp May at Fairplex Cinco de Mayo Festival (May 7): Our infield will play host to the Que Buena crew as a host of bands and artists perform on Sunday.

Acts include Luis Coronel, Enigma Norteno, Grupo Alta Consigna and others.

Admission is FREE but a ticket is needed. For more information, click here.

Fairplex Events agexpo 290x300 May at Fairplex 48th District Schools’ Agriculture & Nutrition Fair (May 16-20): Celebrate all things California agriculture at the Ag & Nutrition Fair later this month!

This educational fair features thousands of individual and classroom entries from hundreds of schools in the greater Los Angeles area.

Admission is FREE! More information available here.

 

so cal bbq bash logo NC 150x150 May at Fairplex SoCal BBQ Bash (May 20): The SoCal BBQ Bash & Expo is debuting at Fairplex this month and we can’t wait! They’re bringing cooking classes, demos and workshops, live entertainment, seminars and a BBQ competition to our grounds.

It’s the perfect start to summer (we think of it as a Memorial Day Weekend pregame) and we’re ready to host. For more information on the SoCal BBQ Bash, click here.

Fairplex Events missioncircuit May at Fairplex Mission Circuit Dog Show (May 25-29): The Mission Circuit Dog Show returns for its annual Memorial Day Weekend event, with competitions culminating Monday with top dogs honored. Come see more than 100 breeds and 8,000 dogs competing in the show. More info here.

Other Events: The NHRA Twilight Cruise, Food Truck Thursdays, Palates & Palettes, Hot Tub & Swim Spa Show, soccer games, fun runs and plenty of other events are coming to Fairplex this month as well! Needless to say, we will be quite busy.

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

Thoughtful Thursday: Earth Day Plant Drop

Fairplex plantdrop 300x266 Thoughtful Thursday: Earth Day Plant Drop Last week 25 members from our leadership team joined Miguel Santana (our CEO) as we hand-delivered more than 400 plants from our Farm to our neighbors in celebration of Earth Day!

Taking care of the environment is a top priority for us, not only in The Farm at Fairplex, but throughout the rest of our 487-acre campus as well.

Learn more about our sustainability efforts here and here.