Take a big bovine, a mondo millipede, a crate of California-grown crops and a really rotund rodent, and what do you get? A true agricultural adventure. FairView Farms, presented by McDonald’s, brings the agricultural heritage of the L.A. County Fair to life with a history of tradition and new discoveries. In The Big Red Barn, generations of city kids and adults will learn about livestock with hands-on interaction, storytelling and practical knowledge from farm folk such as Sky Shivers, the Fair’s official animal ambassador. The Fair runs Sept. 7 – 30, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
What’s a fair without a rodeo? But this isn’t just any rodeo. The Rodent Round-Up show and exhibit features a unique variety of rodents found all over the world. Rodents have a great impact on agriculture. Some of the rodents that will be at the Round-Up are rats, mice, guinea pigs, chinchillas, an African crested porcupine (with two-foot long quills) and a 130-pound Capybara, the largest rodent in existence.
Whether they have six, eight or 400 legs, bugs, like rodents, have an impact on agriculture. To learn what that impact is, visit the new walk-through bug exhibit The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. See tarantulas, scorpions, millipedes, worms, huge walking sticks and some of the most unique colorful bugs you’ll ever get your eyes on. Daily shows will be on the Tumbleweed Stage at Mrs. Millipede’s Insect Barn.
All the critters from Charlotte’s Web are back this year in a new interactive show, Charlotte’s Big Red Barn Adventure. This fun show will feature Wilbur the pig, Templeton the Rat, and, of course, Charlotte the spider.
New this year, the Farmhouse Kitchen, presented by McDonald’s, is all about healthy cooking. Nestled right in the middle of a citrus grove, a special chef will show guests how to make farm fresh smoothies, take fruits and vegetables from the farm to the table and make recipes adults and kids alike will love to eat. The McDonald’s Garden will teach children about vegetables while real ones sprout from the ground.
Last year, nearly 100 animals were born during the Fair. The Pastures offer authentic homesteads where four-legged moms and babies bond over milk and hay. If you’re lucky enough, you may witness the miracle of birth. Thummer’s Sow Pasture and Maternity Barn is the place to see a momma sow deliver seven to 14 tiny pink piglets. The little Wilburs and Wilburettes come into the world weighing around two pounds, looking just like their 200-pound mommy. Enjoy goat-style motocross, or is that goatocross, at the Billy Goats Gruff Goat Pasture. Baby goats (kids) amaze vi