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! 

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.

Throwback Thursday: LA County Fair Competitions

We’ve been looking through Fair photos of old and we came across this fun one hidden in our archives:

Fairplex TBT lacountyfair Throwback Thursday: LA County Fair Competitions We still have culinary competitions to this day — from baking to BBQs, Fair guests continue to compete for that blue ribbon each year. It’s a big part of the LA County Fair. Some things never change icon smile Throwback Thursday: LA County Fair Competitions

To learn more about the 2016 LA County Fair Competitions, click here.

Throwback Thursday: Breaking ground

Six years ago today we broke ground at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center. Here’s one of our original renderings of the exterior:

Trade Conference Center drawing copy 2 1024x581 Throwback Thursday: Breaking ground  Since then we have seen countless conferences, retreats, competitions, weddings, holiday parties, fundraisers, auctions and other events. Here’s to many more memorable moments in the future! 

Throwback Thursday: Fairplex Expo Halls

We found this beautiful photo in our archives the other day and thought we would share with you! We don’t have an exact date of when this photo was taken but it was definitely before 1935, when the Fairplex Garden Railroad was moved to its current location, which spans the length of several expo halls.

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As you can see, our grounds had less fountains, pathways and trees back in the day. We’re certainly glad there is more shaded areas now, especially during hot Fair days!

Do you have any old photos of Fairplex or the L.A. County Fair? Share with our readers in the comments below! 

Throwback Thursday: LACF in the 1930s

Throwback to the 1930s, when the Los Angeles County Fair was just getting its footing at Fairplex! At the time this photo was taken, the Fair was only 10-years-old or so. It’s crazy to think how much things have changed over the years. If you were to take a photo from the same angle, you wouldn’t be able to see Picnic Hill for all the trees and plants that have grown in that area!

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Throwback Thursday: The Clock Tower

L.A. County Fair Clock Tower 1952 

Throwback to the L.A. County Fair in 1952! We found this old gem hiding in our photo archives and just had to share. The Clock Tower used to be located on Broadway, where the bull riding and Cal Spas section is today. The Grandstand still looks the same though!

Do you have any old photos of your time at Fairplex or the L.A. County Fair? Share with us in the comments below! We would love to see them.

Throwback to the 1960s Fair

During the Fair, the Broadway street is characterized by the bustling crowds, sizzling turkey legs and funnel cakes and the SkyRide carrying passengers above the jolly chaos of the Fair. Before the SkyRide was built, we used to  have a monorail that would take guests not only across Broadway, but around the entire Fairgrounds. This photo was taken back in the 1960s. Things sure looked different… but the Grandstand still stands strong!

Throwback to the 1960s Fair

Throwback Thursday

Whether you like it or not, Throwback Thursday is officially a thing. Every week Facebook, Twitter and particularly Instagram take the “tbt” hashtag by storm. We thought we would do a little throwback of our own back to the 1930s at the L.A. County Fair.

As you can see, things were slightly smaller in scale. You can see a crowd forming near the “barn” area at the bottom of the photo and our two Ferris wheels in the back. Check it out:

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