Stop horsin’ around and make plans to come on down to the L.A. County Fair. The Fair runs Sept. 12-28 at Fairplex.
This year’s Fair features special treats from the box office hit Seabiscuit. Fans of the knobby-kneed horse and his hard-luck jockey, Red Pollard, can see some movie memorabilia at the new Seabiscuit Museum located in front of the Fairplex Park Budweiser Grandstand. Banners and signs used to advertise the movie will be displayed throughout the Fair. The exhibit will give Seabiscuit fans a behind the scenes glimpse of the movie and an appreciation for the work that went into making the film.
Fairguests can also visit some of the sites where Seabiscuit’s movie crew shot the film on the Fairgrounds. Visit the “Agua Caliente” racetrack located in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico – which in reality is the transformation of Fairplex’s own racetrack. Also take a look at a movie prop shown in the movie. Fairplex is actually home to the Southern California Chapter of the Railroad & Locomotive Historical Society Inc., which owns several locomotives important to railroad history. Included in the Chapter’s display of locomotives, box cars and even a railroad station is the Santa Fe Horse Express Car, which was the horse car used in the film.
More Seabiscuit entertainment will be provided on Saturday, Sept. 20. During Seabiscuit Saturday, Fairguests will receive free Seabiscuit posters created by Pierre Bellocq, better known as PEB, the noted Daily Racing Form satirist and caricaturist. Photo opportunities with one of the horses that portrayed Seabiscuit will be available everyday of the Fair at the Seabiscuit/ Betting for Beginners’ Tour Stop.
For information on the Seabiscuit Museum or on Seabiscuit Saturday, contact the Equine department at (909) 865-4090.For more information about the Fair, visit the Web site at lacountyfair.com or call (909) 623-3111.