Each September, since way back in 1922, a tradition as regular as the swallows returning to Capistrano occurs in Pomona. It’s the L.A. County Fair, a post-Labor Day ritual that makes an annual appearance for 17 days and provides one big party before saying goodbye to summer.
Fair dates are Sept. 10-26, and as always the Fair programming, variety and diversity is vast. Live thoroughbred horse racing runs concurrent with the Fair; a stakes race a day and a promotion a day provides an element of family fun to accompany the hoof-pounding action. The second Fairplex Park Hall of Fame induction will take place on Sunday, Sept. 12, when Old English Rancho will be honored.
The feature attraction, “The Beat Goes On!-The History of Popular Music,” will provide visitors with a toe-tapping, yakkity-yakking good time from blues to hip-hop. The visually stunning, hands-on exhibition will have the piano keyboard from the movie “Big;” the Red House Tour, a traveling exhibition that provides an intimate look at Jimi Hendrix, the man and his music; memorabilia; concert photos; posters and more. This exhibit is presented by AT&T Wireless.
The Big Red Barn once again opens its door and welcomes everyone in to meet the undisputed stars of the Fair—the goats, sheep, pigs, horses, cows and small stock. The incomparable Sky Shivers, keeper of the barn, will delight guests with his personable presentation and then impress kids and adults alike with his insight and knowledge of all creatures great and small and all things barnyard. The Bottle Nursery will provide the opportunity for guests to feed newborn baby animals.
Visit the “Colors of Mexico” at the incomparable Flower and Garden Pavilion. An exhibition hall that is breathtaking and visually stunning. Step outside and enjoy the hillside filled with patio, pools, yards and ideas for all. It smells great, too.
America’s Kids and Education Expo, presented by Bank of America, take kids on a fun and educational trip around the world with an exhibit titled “Passport to the World.” Hands-on activities abound with edu-tainment throughout the building.
September and L.A.County Fair.
In addition to floral beauty, the Fair presents a fun and whimsical look at love. The renowned Millard Sheets Gallery’s art exhibition will feature love through the eyes and hands of a number of artists, a collection of letters from World War II and valentines from the Smithsonian, along with daily demonstrations and a photography exhibition 450-photos strong that also follows the theme, “Love: Whimsy and Wonder-Art from the Heart.” Presented by Ameriquest Mortgage.
Eleven nights of entertainment means that the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. The End of Summer Concert Series at the Los Angeles Newspaper Group Grandstand Stage has a program that’s designed for “feet clapping” and smiling and most of all very affordable entertainment. Entertainers WAR to Willie Nelson to Monster Truck Madness to Hoobastank can be found at 8 p.m., which is showtime. Check the Web site at www.lacountyfair.com for a complete lineup. While general admission seating to the shows are free with Fair admission reserved seating is also available from $15-$22.
The Ray Cammack Shows carnival returns for its 20th year to the L.A. County Fair, a testament to the quality, safety and integrity of the show. It brings 70 spectacular rides and two kiddie carnivals. Since more is better, two new rides<