So you’re planning a first date, that get-to-know-you kind of date alone after you’ve been hanging out with friends. What would she enjoy? What kind of food would he like?
Find out at the 2010 L.A. County Fair. Sure the Fair is a great place to take kids, but there’s plenty for grownups to enjoy, too.
Shopping is one of the top reasons visitors go to the L.A. County Fair. This year it’s even easier with the Shopping Place Express Shuttle, presented by Jeffrey Scott® Fine Magnetics. The shuttle picks up shoppers at Yellow Gate and takes them non-stop to the Shopping Place. After shopping, take the shuttle back to Yellow Gate.
If she’s artistically inclined, don’t miss the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts, where the exhibit is From the Industrial Age to the Computer Age . . . Three Centuries of Artistic Innovation. You’ll feel like you’re visiting the Smithsonian as this exhibit transports you through time from the early 1700s to the 20th Century on a journey of discovery. Along the way you will see artists in action, demonstrating their particular artforms from painting to sculpture to ceramics and more. You’ll get a chance to dabble in some art too – create a 6” square that will be added to a mural, create collages with “ordinary stuff,” and learn hands-on about ceramics.
Village on Broadway will feed her inner Martha Stewart with Tapestry – a showcase of entries from quilts to pottery – and Culinary Styles, where food rules and cooking contests reign throughout the Fair. In Tapestry, winning entries of various competitions – Arts & Crafts, Clothing & Textiles, Jewelry, Needle Art, Pottery, Quilting and more – are displayed and various crafts are demonstrated. Culinary Styles showcases winning entries in various pre-Fair food competitions, and has a busy schedule of tantalizing cooking demonstrations and cooking contests.
The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum will feed two of his passions – cars and guitars – with the exhibit Axes & Axles: The Art of Building Cars and Guitars, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Fender Telecaster. See cars belonging to famous rock stars including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Michael Anthony of Van Halen. Educational programs will be presented including guitar demonstrations and you’ll get to try out the interactive guitar video game. Admission to the museum is just $1 during the Fair.
Is he a wine connoisseur? He’ll be in his viticultural element at The Wine & Spirits Marketplace, presented by Ralphs. Not only can you enjoy winning wines, spirits and olive oils from the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits and Extra Virgin Olive Oil competitions, but you’ll learn about them at wine or food classes and seminars taught by some of the best experts and chefs in the state. You can grab a bite to eat here in the air-conditioned marketplace and also pick up a bottle of your favorite wine.
If he’s a cowboy, or just one in his dreams, head on over to Western Days and Rodeo Nights presented by Disney’s Secretariat at FairView Farms. From trick roping to bareback riding to equestrian drill teams, there’s plenty of ranch-style action to make him yell “Yee Haw!”
Food can be a quandary on a first date – but not at the 2010 L.A. County Fair where dining choices are limitless. Deep-fried, anything on-a-stick, battered, or breaded, dipped in chocolate, there are more than 300 on-the-go food choices. If you’re sticking to your diet, there are plenty of healthy eats such as yogurt, smoothies, fruits, salads and more.
If you’d like to steal away from the all the hubbub for some quiet alone-time, try the Top of the Park restaurant. Located atop the Fairplex Grandstand, Top of the Park provides upscale, full-service dining with breathtaking views of the Fair and the racetrack. Seating is available indoors or outside on the Top of the Park terrace. Top of the Park is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the Fair. Reservations are available and recommended by calling (909) 865-4120.
Maria’s Italian Kitchen brings homemade favorites to Avalon across from the Fairplex Grandstand. Dine-in or enjoy an extensive buffet or grab a snack, Maria’s will have it all.
FOR HER AND HIM:
Nighttime is fun time for couples at the Fair.
The End of Summer Concert Series will set your hearts a-thumpin’ beyond the growing affection during your first date. Teena Marie, Lifehouse, Carolina Liar, Darius Rucker, Gretchen Wilson, Mariachi USA® Fiesta, Rick Springfield, Monster Truck Madness, Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Selena Gomez are just a fraction of performers heating up the 19-night series presented by Toyota. A limited number of free general admission concert tickets is available the day of the concert (free general admission tickets are not available for Selena Gomez And the Scene); general admission seating is $15. Prices for all other acts: reserved seating $18.50-$25; box seating $22.50-$45; stageside seating $75-$125.
Ray Cammack Shows returns with the largest carnival in the nation featuring more than 70 rides and 40 games of skill where lots of stuffed animals are ready to be won. The Ferris wheel is not only a great place to enjoy the beauty of the nighttime Fair, but it’s a nice place for conversation and cuddling (hint, another great view is from the Sky Rides – particularly at sunset). Feel just like kids again by enjoying old-fashioned cotton candy, candy apples and sno-cones.
The L.A. County Fair is Sept. 4-Oct. 3. Hours are Saturday, Sept. 4, and Sunday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-midnight; Monday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Wednesdays, noon-10 p.m.; Thursdays, noon-11 p.m.; Fridays, noon-midnight; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-midnight; and Sundays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. For more information, visit lacountyfair.com.
Under the direction of the Los Angeles County Fair Association, Fairplex is home to the L.A. County Fair, the largest county fair in the world, as well as The Learning Centers which encompasses Fairtime Learning, The Child Development Center, The Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC), the Junior Fair Board, and the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts. Fairplex also operates a diverse hospitality business with the Sheraton Fairplex, McKinley’s Grille, KOA RV Park, Finish Line Sports Grill, Cornucopia Foods, and the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center (opening 2011). The campus is also home to the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona; horse-racing and Barretts Equine Limited; as well as the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. For more information, please visit www.fairplex.com