The 2003 L.A. County Fair at Fairplex assumed a new place of prominence in Amusement Business’s year-end ratings of the top 50 fairs and festivals in North America, moving from fifth place to fourth, following only the State Fair of Texas, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Minnesota State Fair. The rankings are determined by attendance. ch
The 2003 L.A. County Fair greeted 1,300,386 guests to its Kinder.Simpler.Funner. annual soiree, a nine percent increase over the previous year’s number. There were four single-day records set during the
17-day Fair. Horse racing enjoyed a new all-time handle of $109,249,303, boosted by a single-day record on Saturday, Sept. 27, when $10.2 million passed through pari-mutuels.
The Fair will roll out the red carpet for its 82nd anniversary on Sept. 10-26, 2004. Admission costs for the 2004 L.A. County Fair will remain the same as 2003, with the exception of weekday prices for ages 6-12. Admission for ages 13 and older is $14 on weekends, $10 on weekdays, seniors 60 and older are admitted for $10 on weekends and $8 on weekdays, and admission for ages 6-12 is $7 on weekends and $6 on weekdays ($1 increase). Ages 5 and younger are admitted free each day of the Fair. Tuesdays will again be Senior Days with an admission charge of $4 and opening day admission, Sept. 10, will be $1. Group sales discounts for 20 or more will again be available along with a number of promotions. Parking prices will remain the same as in 2003. Admission to daily horse racing at Fairplex Park is free with Fair admission. Among the many attractions, the End of Summer Concert Series will return with 10 concerts throughout the Fair with free general admission included with Fair admission. Box and reserved seating will be available for all the concerts. The line-up will be announced in July.
The L.A. County Fair remains one of the most consistent and strongest family entertainment values in Southern California offering shopping, education, entertainment, exhibits, flower and garden pavilion, art gallery, children’s programming, carnival rides, food and fun. The feature attraction this year will be titled “The Beat Goes On! - The History of Popular Music.”
For more information on the Fair visit the Web site www.lacountyfair.com.