Fairplex Strategic Planning 2017

As we wrap up the first quarter of 2017 at Fairplex, we are already looking towards the future and what direction we will take as we move towards our 100-year Fair anniversary.

LACF Carnival aerialshot 1024x682 Fairplex Strategic Planning 2017 In keeping with our mission and core values, we have begun a year-long process to develop a strategic plan to keep us moving in a forward direction.

We’re taking in feedback from our residents, partners, local businesses and elected officials as we begin this process, covering topics relevant to our organization such as food and agriculture, education, entertainment, transportation, neighborhood housing and, of course, the LA County Fair.

To learn more about our strategic planning process, head over to Fairplex.com/CEO where you will find documents, presentations, meeting notes and more regarding our next steps.

Thank you for joining us on this journey of ours!

Weekend Recap: Learning & playing

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:

Spring in The Farm
Our annual celebration of all things agriculture was a huge success! More than 1,000 guests of all ages visited The Farm at Fairplex and learned about the ins and outs of one of America’s largest industries. From animals to food tastings, gardening workshops to hay baling demonstrations, the fun and learning were non-stop all day.



Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED
Meanwhile in Expo Hall 4, learning of a different — bigger — scope was taking place in the form of life-size dinosaurs, fossil digs and prehistoric fun for the kids. Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED provided the perfect blend of entertainment and education as guests went back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth.



SoCal Sports Club Soccer Match
Fairplex has soccer fields! That’s right — we’ve revamped part of our infield into gorgeous grassy fields perfect for soccer. Soccer team Southern California Sports Club (SCSC) now calls Fairplex their home turf, and they had their first ever home game Saturday night against the Riverside Coras.

Although SCSC lost to the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) Southwest Conference leaders Deportivo Coras 2-1, the game was exciting to the very end on both sides.

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

Fairplex Snapshot: Spring in The Farm

We’re celebrating all things agriculture today in The Farm at Fairplex! We take pride in being a part of the American agriculture industry and today we’re opening our gates to the community for a first-hand look at life in an urban farm. Check it out:

Check out our Instagram story for more pics + vids! For more information on The Farm at Fairplex, The Learning Centers at Fairplex and all other programs associated with our campus. visit us at Fairplex.com.

Fairplex Weekender: Dinos, soccer and ag oh my!

Say hello to the weekend! See what’s happening on our campus:

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Spring in The Farm (March 25): We’re celebrating American agriculture at our annual Spring in The Farm event. Local communities are invited to enjoy activities and workshops centered in agriculture, from rope making to gardening. Meet our Farm animals, learn more about agri-business and see agriculture in motion! More info here.

Southern California Sports Club (March 25): Did you know we have soccer fields at Fairplex? Located near the old barns, the fields are now officially home to the Southern California Sports Club. Watch their first home match Saturday night, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. against the Riverside Coras. Tickets are $10 per person, parking available at prevailing rates. For more info click here.

Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED (March 25 & 26): We’re going back to a time when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Families can experience up-close encounters with lifelike dinosaurs, take a spin in a Jurassic Jeep, dig for fossils, and other fun dino-themed activities fun for all ages. More info available here.

ArtReach: The Art of Dreams (March 24 – 26): The Art of Dreams opened to the public at the beginning of the month and will continue its run through the end of March. You can visit the gallery (Millard Sheets Art Center) Friday – Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. We are always impressed by the talent and creativity of the high school students who participate every year. We highly recommend walking through if you have the time!

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.

Proud of our CTEC students!

We’re taking a moment to congratulate our Career & Technical Education Center culinary students for their hard work in the California ProStart Management and Culinary Competition earlier this week!

Our students were challenged with creating an appetizer, entrée and dessert within one hour, using only two butane burners. Our five students worked together as a team to cook:

  • Appetizer: Octopus ceviche (Peruvian and Mexican) served with corn chips and sweet potato chips
  • Entrée: Seared pork tenderloin with a Peruvian cilantro sauce and a Mexican Anaheim chili sauce served with sautéed baby potatoes and juilienned rainbowl carrots
  • Dessert: Homemade avocado ice cream two ways: 1) Peruvian caramelized plantains and 2) Mexican brunoised Tajine jicama with dark chocolate shavings

We’re incredibly proud of their accomplishments and look forward to seeing where they go in the future! Congratulations to all for your hard work and your determination to learn and succeed.

To learn more about our CTEC programs and upcoming courses, click here!

Happy National Ag Day!

2017AgDay 235x250 Happy National Ag Day! National Ag Day recognizes and celebrates the abundance provided by American agriculture and if you’ve ever visited our Farm you know we are all about ag!

Every spring, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and others across the country join together in a day of appreciation for the agriculture in our nation.

We at Fairplex are proud to have a part in the history and future of American ag. Thanks to the hard work of our staff and volunteers, our five-acre urban farm is home to numerous California specialty crops, animals, educational programs and field trips and other agricultural projects.

We’ll be celebrating this weekend at our community-centered Spring in The Farm event but for today, here’s a few photos of life in The Farm at Fairplex:

To learn how you can participate in National Ag Day by visiting agday.org.

Spring has arrived at Fairplex!

gg 576x1024 Spring has arrived at Fairplex! Spring has arrived at Fairplex, and nowhere is that more apparent than in The Farm. While it’s supposed to rain later this week, we’re too busy soaking up the warm rays and fresh air to worry too much.

New crops, new projects, healthy animals… there’s a lot of agricultural activity happening with the arrival of the new season and we look forward to seeing progress in the coming months!

To celebrate the new season, we’re inviting local communities to join us this Saturday for our annual event, Spring in The Farm. Enjoy the fresh spring weather and celebrate all things American agriculture.

Activities and workshops include: rope making, hay baling, corn grinding, olive oil tasting, science projects, live animals, gardening workshops and more. The event is FREE and all local communities are invited. We hope to see you there!

For more information click here.

Fairplex Weekender: Farm-to-table, ArtReach and Bird Expo

The weekend is almost here! See what’s happening on our campus:

farm dinner 2 Fairplex Weekender: Farm to table, ArtReach and Bird Expo Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series

Farm Dinner (March 17): The 2017 Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series opens this Friday with a delicious four course menu using ingredients fresh from The Farm. Guests can watch first-hand as our chefs select fruits, vegetables and herbs from our crops and create meals in the Farm kitchen for them to enjoy.

Each course (including dessert) is paired with wine from the LaZarre Wines. There are still a few spots available! You can view the full menu and reserve your spot here: http://bit.ly/2mPCMfI

ArtReach: The Art of Dreams (March 17-19): ArtReach: The Art of Dreams opened to the public at the beginning of the month and will continue its run through the end of March. You can visit the gallery (Millard Sheets Art Center) Friday – Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. We are always impressed by the talent and creativity of the high school students who participate every year. We highly recommend walking through if you have the time!

Everybody’s Bird Mart (March 19): Everybody’s Bird Mart returns to Fairplex on Sunday. Shop rare and exotic birds of every breed, size and color, and gather all the necessary supplies for taking care of your pet: cages, seed, vitamins, perches, toys and more. Hours, admission and parking info are available at Fairplex.com.

Weekend Recap: Dance, robotics, insanity

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:

Move Productions Dance Competition

Southern California VEX Robotics Championships

Insane Inflatable 5K

Palates & Palettes Wine & Paint Night

See what’s next at Fairplex on our Events Calendar at Fairplex.com!