As comforting as the knowledge that night falls and day breaks, the L.A. CountyFair returns to Fairplex in Pomona each September and provides a retreat for friends and families, just as it has each year since 1922.
The Fair offers a new twist this year – adding a few days and closing on Mondays and Tuesdays. The Fair returns to an 18-day format, first time since 2000, opening on Friday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Oct. 2. A live thoroughbred horse race meeting, the Fair’s longtime companion is slated for Friday, Sept. 9 through Monday, Sept. 26, closed on Tuesdays only. The scheduling change allows for more weekend time for guests to visit the largest county fair in the nation and provides a respite on Mondays and Tuesdays, traditionally slower days.
Don’t expect to see any lull in the action, however. The Fair has stepped up to the plate with more programming and 15 nights of grandstand entertainment, an additional four acts from last year. The End of Summer Concert Series, presented by Toyota, opens on Friday, Sept. 9 with Fair favorite WAR; Saturday, Sept. 10, welcomes Lifehouse; Sunday, Sept. 11, a TBA for Aug. 1; Thursday, Sept. 15, Los Tigres Del Norte; Sugar Ray returns for a performance on Friday, Sept. 16; a double billing on Saturday, Sept. 17, KC & the Sunshine Band and The Village People; Sunday, Sept. 18, MARIACHI USA Fiesta featuring the legendary José Feliciano, presented by Miller Lite; Thursday, Sept. 22, Monster Truck Madness; Friday, Sept. 23, Daryl Hall and John Oates get the nod; Saturday, Sept. 24, Tower of Power blows in; Sunday, Sept. 25, ZZ TOP; Thursday, Sept. 29, Demolition Derby; Friday, Sept. 30, Hoobastank returns after a successful appearance in 2004; Saturday, Oct. 1, LG Action Sports Championships of Freestyle Motocross will provide the oohs and aahs; Sunday, Oct. 2, closing night is a TBA for Aug. 24. Reserved, box and stageside seating is available at the credentials office, at www.lacountyfair.com, www.ticketmaster.com and at Ticketmaster locations.
SportsFest! - The American Sports Adventure, presented by Miller Lite, is the feature attraction in Fairplex 22, transforming the great hall to a playground filled with an interactive tribute to an all-American look at sports, athletes, history and memorabilia. One feature is an exhibit from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio called “Football in America,” that takes a look at athletes who have answered the call to duty from World War II to the present time. The memorabilia will be shared among the Dodgers, Clippers, Sparks, Galaxy, Chivas USA, Mighty Ducks, Kings, PGA and LPGA.
The Flower & Garden Pavilion celebrates the Treasures of Polynesia, with a floral display that will be nothing short of spectacular and consistently rich in its presentation. The hillside behind the pavilion also reflects the theme and continues with original and beautiful floral scenery. A stop at The Vineyard Marketplace, presented by Ralphs, allows for wine and olive oil education classes, a bite to eat at the Tuscany Café, shopping opportunities at The Crushed Grape and a relaxing sip of award-winning wines from the Fair’s Wines of the World competition.
America’s Kids/Education Expo offers fun for kids of all ages with a Time Machine theme. Visitors can experience a space in time from dinosaurs to covered wagons to zooming through space, all without leaving Fairplex 7A.
The Millard Sheets Gallery, presented by Farmers Insurance Group, will salute and explore the Latino Artists of Los Angeles, Defining Self & Inspiration, a complex and evolving movement since its inception in 1965. The Photography Exhibit complements the gallery with 450 photos in both college and open division. The Fine Art Competition and Paint Out returns with the original and exciting works on display.