Fairplex Weekend Recap: Modern Pentathlon, vintage finds and party planning

We’ve had some time to catch our breath from the whirlwind of events at Fairplex last weekend. ICYMI, here’s what we had the pleasure of hosting:

Modern Pentathlon
We captured some of the mid-week excitement in our previous blog post — here’s the rest of the recap:

The Women’s Finals finished on a high note for Lena Schoeneborn (Germany), who took gold on Saturday. Kate French from Great Britain and Ekaterina Khuraskina from Russia took silver and bronze respectively.

We finished out this international sporting competition with the Mixed Relay (men & women combined) on Sunday afternoon. Congratulations to Korea (1), Japan (2) and Kazakhstan (3) for your wins!

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In addition to the traditional Modern Pentathlon World Cup events, our campus also had the opportunity to be the testing ground for a new obstacle laser-run which is planned to be incorporated into the Mixed Relay event in the future.

All in all, this was an incredible experience for us. To host an international event like this was truly an honor and everyone, from our events team to our security staff, played a role in making it happen. You can check out more from the event on social media by searching #UIPMWorldCup.

Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market
We absolutely loved having the Junk In The Trunk event at Fairplex! There were so many unique finds, from rugs to furniture to wall art and more… two days was hardly enough time to check it all out:



Quince Expo
While some were cheering on Pentathletes, and others shopping all things cute and vintage, still others were preparing for parties! The Quince Expo brought color and high energy to Fairplex with the number of vendors and eager shoppers:



In addition to all of this, we also wrapped up the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival on Friday and hosted a driving school and public auto auction. What. A. Weekend.

Up next: The Kennel Club of Beverly Hills Dog Show. Our next blog post will summarize some of our biggest March events. Stay tuned!

Modern Pentathlon World Cup #1 (So Far)

Playing host to an international sporting event is something many of us have never experienced before. It’s been a whirlwind of swimming, fencing, horse riding, running and lasers (aka Modern Pentathlon) and it’s not over yet! 

Check out some highlights from the Men’s Finals below:

We’re in the middle of the Women’s Finals as we speak. The whole World Cup culminates tomorrow at the Mixed Relay Competition when both men and women will compete in the five Pentathlon sports.

In addition to hosting the fencing, horse riding, running and shooting portions of the Pentathlon, we’ve also created a unique learning experience for field trip groups and spectators!

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The Modern Pentathlon Experience allows guests to try some of the sports for themselves, including shooting a laser pistol and learning about the history of Pentathlon. The exhibit opens up to the infield, where you can see the horse riding, running + shooting up close.

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Each round of finals ends with the Awards Ceremony, celebrating the 1st – 6th place finalists of the day. 

We’re about to go into the final event (laser-run) of the day, and then we’ll end with the Women’s Awards Ceremony at around 7:30 p.m.

We can’t express enough how amazing an opportunity it has been to host this international event. Thank you to all our staff who helped to make this happen, and to the athletes, coaches and UIPM team who have called Fairplex their home for the past few days!

For more information on the UIPM World Cup, visit uipmworld.org.

This Week at Fairplex

Eight events, five days, all at Fairplex. We’re always talking about the diversity of our campus and this week we’re about to prove it! Here’s what’s going on:

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Modern Pentathlon World Cup #1 (Feb. 22-26): Currently more than 100 international athletes are at Fairplex, preparing to compete in the first Modern Pentathlon World Cup of 2017. It’s going to be five days of fencing, showjumping, running and shooting, with the swimming component taking place at The Claremont Club.

We’re excited to host Olympic athletes and other world-class competitors to our campus and hope you’ll join us for both the Opening Ceremonies (Feb. 23) and the event itself (Feb. 22-26). Tickets + event info can be found here: http://bit.ly/2kiuq06. You can learn even more about Modern Pentathlon here, here and here.

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival (Feb. 23-25): The Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival returns to Fairplex this week with all things sewing, quilting, crafting and needle art. Shop top-quality supply vendors, attend free seminars and workshops and participate in daily door prize drawings. Admission to all three days is free with a coupon, which can be downloaded here.

Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market (Feb. 25-26): Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market comes to Fairplex with more than 100 vendors from across the country. Guests are invited to shop tons of great finds, enjoy live music and refuel on food trucks. Ticket and event information are available here.

Quinceanera Expo (Feb . 26): The Quinceanera Magazine Expo returns to Fairplex to meet all party planning needs! Shop everything from gowns to choreographers, invitations to photo booths, caterers to limos, and everything else you need to make your quince, sweet sixteen or wedding a success. More info can be found here.

Other Events: In addition to the above shows, the B.R.A.K.E.S. Driving School will be instructing teens on how to drive safely and responsibly, the US Public Auction will be selling cars, and we’ll be hosting our first ever soccer games on our infield on Sunday!

For more information on any of our events, please visit our Fairplex Events Calendar. See you soon!

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.

Modern Pentathlon: 5 Sports, 1 Event

We’re exactly one week away from Modern Pentathlon World Cup #1 and we couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s not every day that we can say we’re hosting an Olympic experience!

Some of you may be wondering: What’s a Modern Pentathlon? Is it really part of the Olympic games? To answer your questions…

1. What it is: Modern Pentathlon is divided into five disciplines: fencing, swimming, showjumping, running and laser shooting. World-class athletes compete in all five sports in the semi-finals, finals and mixed relay competition. More than 30 countries will be represented at Fairplex.

2. Yes it is an Olympic sport: Modern Pentathlon is the only sport created specifically for the Olympics; it debuted at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm! During the four-year break in between the Olympic Summer Games, events called World Cups are held around the world where top-notch athletes compete against one another for gold, silver and bronze medals. We (Fairplex) are hosting the first World Cup of 2017, here on our grounds, with swimming held at The Claremont Club.

We broke down how each of the five sports works in the infographic below. Check it out!

modern pentathlon 101 2 Modern Pentathlon: 5 Sports, 1 Event For more information on Modern Pentathlon, including ticket prices, schedule of events and more, visit Fairplex.com/MP. All events, including the Opening Ceremonies, are open to the public. We hope to see you next week!

Fairplex Snapshot: Modern Pentathlon Prep

The infield is currently getting prepped for the Modern Pentathlon, coming to Fairplex Feb. 22-26. It won’t be long before the grass and dirt transforms into the arena for athletes to jump horses, shoot and run. We can’t wait to show you the final product! A before & after pic is definitely in store.

To learn more about Modern Pentathlon, including tickets and the event schedule, visit Fairplex.com/MP.

INFOGRAPHIC: Modern Pentathlon History

It may be called ‘modern’ but the event  is more than a century old! Introduced at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, the first Modern Pentathlon event only had one US Olympian, the future Gen. George S. Patton.

Since that first year, athletes have trained hard to become masters of Modern Pentathlon, competing in numerous competitions, from the World Cup events to the Olympic Games.

Walk with us through the history of Modern Pentathlon, from its origins at the 1912 Olympics to its arrival here at Fairplex:

modernpentathlon 3 INFOGRAPHIC: Modern Pentathlon History To learn more about Modern Pentathlon, including the World Cup event here at Fairplex, visit us at Fairplex.com/MP.

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.

5 Reasons to check out the Modern Pentathlon

“We enrich lives by entertaining and educating our diverse community through unique and memorable experiences.” That is the mission of Fairplex, and we are truly meeting our potential as we prepare to host the 2017 Modern Pentathlon!

While there are many reasons to attend this spectacular international competition, here are five of the reasons we are most excited about bringing this event to Fairplex:

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5 Reasons To Check Out the Modern Pentathlon

1. The Olympic Experience: Did you know that the Modern Pentathlon is an Olympic sport? That’s right, several of our Modern Pentathlon athletes competed in the Rio Olympics last year. For many athletes, the World Cup is part of their journey to possibly compete in the 2020 Tokyo games. Fairplex has the honor of hosting the 2017 World Cup — the first of four — which will culminate in the Olympic trials in four years.

2. The Excitement: Pistol shooting. Fencing. Swimming. Horsemanship. Running. Pentathlon founder Baron de Coubertin wasn’t kidding when he said the Modern Pentathlon proves whether competitors are complete athletes — this event is about mental and physical prowess in equal measure. The adventure and action is non-stop, for athletes and spectators alike.

3. The History: 2017 marks the first year the international Modern Pentathlon competition will be in Southern California since the 1984 Olympic games, making this an historic moment not only for Fairplex, but for Southern California residents as well.

4. The Local Sports Community: This event is a big win for local sports fan. Where else, after all, do you get a chance to see an Olympic-class, international competition so close and personal? This is a chance to connect with neighbors who share a love of competitive sports, brush shoulders with world-class athletes, and take part of something that will lead to the 2020 Olympics (and beyond!)

5. The Celebrations: While most eyes are on who wins what, there is plenty of time for celebrations before, during and after the competition. From our Opening Ceremonies to the Modern Pentathlon Experience, there is something for everyone to learn, see and do.

These are just some of the reasons we’re excited about hosting the Modern Pentathlon World Cup. To learn more about this momentous event click here.

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Throwback Thursday: 1912 Modern Pentathlon at the Summer Olympics

Throwback to the Modern Pentathlon in 1912! This photo, captured by the Swedish press, captures a fencing match at the Summer Olympics in Stockholm.

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-- photo taken from The Official Report of the 1912 Summer Olympics

We are proud to host the Modern Pentathlon World Cup this year! It is an honor to be a part of one of the oldest and most revered sports in Olympic history.