Calling all animal lovers – FairView Farms is the place to see horses, pigs, cows, sheep, chickens and many more furry and feathered friends. The animals will take over the L.A. County Fair, which runs Sept. 9 – Oct.2, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Live thoroughbred horse racing returns Sept. 9-26, closed on Tuesdays only.
Watch baby animals cuddle with their moms in The Big Red Barn. As feeding time nears, they can be seen feeding in the Nursery. Children can watch their favorite stories come to life at Storybook Farm, where they will be read to by students from the University of La Verne and enjoy the popular Three Little Pigs story at The Three Little Pigs and Friends exhibit showcase featuring swine and piglets. Kids can then head over to the Farm House Friends petting barn to touch and feel the barnyard friends.
Visitors who stop by Storybook Farm can pose with the Fair’s costumed characters as they welcome Fairguests to the farm. The Fair welcomes new costumed character Blaze, the fastest racehorse in the barn. He will join mascot Thummer and friends Daisy, a carefree cow, and Lily, a lovable lamb.
Tours will be given throughout the day to provide information regarding the Kountry Kritters seen throughout the farm—ducks, rabbits and the other animals that reside in the new pasture. Kids can also gather information as Ralphs junior grocery store teaches them the five basic food groups and the food pyramid as they zoom through aisles with mini shopping carts, picking out cereal and vegetables. Adults can also learn about the importance of wheat, barley and other grains in their everyday diet at The Grange and Education Center. Learn where sweaters come from at the Textile Barn, where sheep are sheared and wool is spun.
Throughout the day, visitors can join or watch competitions such as butter churning and milk drinking in the Entertainment Barn. The Horse Show Arena allows visitors to view owners grooming and preparing their horses for competition. Cattle and sheep competitions will take place in ring No. 2 while swine and goat competitions will take place in ring No. 3. Visitors can stroll through the animal exhibits, shop at the Moo Market, where they can drink a carton of fresh milk, order a cone at Dr. Bob’s Handcrafted Ice Cream, made fresh daily, or bite into a fresh pickle and then head over to the Chuckwagon BBQ to indulge in some old-fashioned barbecue.
For discovery, stroll through the Taco Farm, Citrus Orchards or Honey Bee exhibit to see where delicious food comes from. In the dairy barn, milking demonstrations are at 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. and are hosted by the Southern California Dairy Education and Training Center. The Western Antique Farm Equipment exhibit showcases industrial agricultural equipment necessary for harvesting crops.
Spend a day at the world’s largest classroom. For more information regarding FairView Farms, visit www.lacountyfair.com or call (909) 623-3111.