As the song says, “The Party’s Over,” at least for this year. The annual L.A. County Fair’s 84th anniversary edition opened Friday, Sept. 8, and concluded its 18-day event on Sunday, Oct. 1. For the second year the Fair was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, providing an additional weekend for visitors to attend.
Great weather, new horse racing records, 15 nights of grandstand entertainment, a host of carnival rides, attractions, exhibits and a variety of promotions for savings on admission combined for a successful and memory-laden three weeks. Temperatures averaged 78 degrees and attendance clocked in at a hail and hearty 1,427,656, the largest attendance since 1991.
Horse racing conducted its 68th meeting, another stellar outing, from Sept. 8 through 25. Records fell and an upbeat program provided guests with compelling reasons to attend—as in a nearly $1 million Pick Six carryover on Sept. 20, resulting in a pool of nearly $4 million. The final handle was a record-breaking $113, 919, 743. The track was dark on Tuesdays.
The End of Summer Concert Series, presented by Toyota, served up a diverse and lively lineup that again set records for attendance and gross sales. General admission seating was free with Fair admission, box, reserved and stageside seating was available for most of the nightly series.
In lieu of a feature attraction Winter Wonderland joined this year’s mix and proved to be a big hit with a fun and innovative show that included a Summer Santa, snow and ice skating. The Millard Sheets Gallery was groundbreaking and the Flower & Garden Pavilion was a stunner as guests journeyed, horticulturally-speaking, on the Road to Morocco.
Ray Cammack Shows Carnival enjoyed its biggest day ever, Saturday, Sept. 9. RCS returned to the L.A. County Fair for its 22nd season and brought its collection of 72 spectacular rides and two kiddie carnivals along with food booths and games.
Vendors enjoyed the great crowds that came to shop at the Fair’s huge marketplace, buy favorite