The 89th anniversary L.A. County Fair arrives Saturday, Sept. 3 providing wonder through Sunday, Oct. 2. The largest county fair in the nation promises 23 days of fun for all by offering an eclectic mix of world-class concerts, educational, diverse and interactive exhibits, mouth-watering food, unique shopping, exciting horse racing, a thrilling carnival and a complete collection of arts, crafts and agriculture that will wow any guest.
The fun includes:
o L.A. County Fair ‘s End of Summer Concert Series presented by Toyota has 19 nights of grandstand entertainment—an eclectic concert lineup and three nights of monster trucks, high flying FMX competition and a wild demolition derby. Highlight acts include OneRepublic, En Vogue & Salt-N-Pepa, Xtreme Muzik The Tour starring Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson, Gloria Trevi, The Beach Boys and Earth, Wind & Fire among others.
o Our Body: Live Healthy returns following a banner debut in 2010. This year the exhibition, featuring more than 50 actual human bodies and organs, will include samples of both healthy and diseased organs, with the aim to promote a healthy lifestyle.
o The Millard Sheets Center for the Arts, curated by Tony Sheets, presents “ECLECTIONS” The Art of Collection, a fascinating and detailed journey through the history of collections.
o The Flower & Garden Pavilion, an event of its own showcases the beauty of our country with The Wonders of Nature: A Tribute to America’s National Parks.
o Guests can also sample award-winning wines and beers from the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Marketplace.
o Guests are huge fans of food and shopping, and this year’s Fair delivers. New products join returning favorites and one-of-a-kind items. Also, the sight and aroma of specialty foods, healthy foods and traditional dining experience join an impressive variety of gourmet food trucks to offer a plethora of treats. From deep fried watermelon to hair feathers, the Fair has it all.
o FairView Farms showcases animals of all types and sizes, a petting zoo, milking parlor, sheep shearing, an urban farm, entertainment and shows including Sky — the best Fair animal ambassador anywhere.
o America’s Kids presents Surrounded by Science: The Science of Everyday Life, an interactive exhibit that combines facts with fun. Presented by King Taco.
o Shark Encounter, new to the Fair’s lineup, brings a tank filled with live sharks and an informative exhibit with shark experts on hand.
o Jurassic Planet returns, filled with everyone’s favorites: the incredible and fascinating dinosaurs that once roamed the Earth along with shows, fossils, a paleontologist and fun.
o More fun continues with:
o Esmeralda’s Traveling Circus returns with myriad acts and entertainment; Pets Ahoy, an animal high seas adventure; Mojo’s Jungle, animals reign and the jungle adventures await; Western Days & Rodeo Nights, with rodeo, wild west show, dude ranch and International Draft Horse, Mule & Pleasure Driving show; and Wilderness Ridge with Lumberjack camp & show, big bear expedition and Smokey Bear & Friends. The exhibit is presented by the USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land management, County of Los Angeles Fire Department & partners.
The L.A. County Fair opens Labor Day weekend and is closed subsequent Mondays and Tuesdays. Opening weekend hours are 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday. Hours for the remainder of the Fair are: Wednesdays-Fridays open at noon; Saturdays & Sundays open at 10 a.m. Closing on Wednesdays and Sundays is at 10 p.m.; Thursdays 11 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays close at midnight. Live thoroughbred horse racing at Fairplex Park runs Sept. 9 to 25, dark Mondays and Tuesdays.
Please visit lacountyfair.com for admission prices and promotions.
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.