From trains to California’s heritage, there’s a lot to learn
Get a glimpse of what life was like growing up in the early days of California when people panned for gold, hooked rugs, sewed and ground their own corn. California Heritage Square at the L.A. County Fair takes you back in time. Make a vintage rag doll, learn how to make a broom, soap, weave a basket or make a rope at the Mission. Don’t forget to visit with the historical characters as they tell you all about the missions of California and the importance that they played in our history. Visit the newly remolded Little Red School House, nestled beneath the trees. The blacksmith has moved out of the barn. Just follow the sound of the ringing of the anvil to watch, visit and learn about this unique art form and how blacksmiths forged the tools of their trade in the 1800s. Listen to Christy Horne as she tells stories about the life of a blacksmith.
In our vintage barn from the 1900s, you will be able to watch as spinners turn wool into sweaters right before your eyes. Come and meet Amy, Isabel, and Sammy our Angora goats that will be roaming around in the barn. This year in the Craft Barn you can learn to weave and work with looms to make potholders. Come by and see the spinners spin their wool into beautiful handcrafted clothing and learn about all the different kinds of wool that is used to make our clothes.
There is more California history to discover with a visit to the Fairplex Garden Railroad. The oldest and largest garden railroad in the nation, the Fairplex Garden Railroad sits on an acre of detailed, scenic landscape and features more than three miles of winding track. Docent-led tours run daily from 1 to 8 p.m., giving Fairguests an up-close view of the trains.
The nation’s largest steam engine and diesel-powered locomotive are on permanent display at the Historic Trains exhibit, a fixture at the L.A. County Fair for more than 50 years. These colossal wonders will dazzle young and old alike, highlighting the critical role that the railroads played in California and U.S. industry. The original Arcadia Station, built in 1895, is also featured in this on-site historic museum.
The L.A. County Fair runs Sept. 5 – 28, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Live thoroughbred racing is Sept. 5 – 22, closed Tuesdays. For more information, visit the Web site at www.lacountyfair.com.