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We've lived in Southern California for three years now and I can't believe we have never been to the LA County Fair. You see, our family absolutely adores fairs. All the fun exhibits, hands-on activities, thrilling rides, delicious fried foods, and of course all the baby animals are what we look forward to every summer season.
When the LA County Fair reached out to us earlier this month to come and check out everything has to offer, you bet your sweet bippy we jumped at the opportunity! Check out everything the LA County Fair has to offer as it celebrates its 95th anniversary and the countdown to 100 begins, and don't miss your chance to experience this year's fair now through September 24th.
Family Fun at the LA County Fair
The LA County Fair is celebrating its 95th anniversary with more animals, blue ribbons, and memorable experiences than ever before. And with this year's Dare to Fair theme, there's more fun to be had than ever before. This year, the LA County Fair is daring you to NOT have fun.
If you know our family you know we can't resist a dare, which is we accepted the dare to make friends with a goat and headed straight for The Farm to take on the Dare.
The Farm, the No. 1 attraction of the Fair, plays host to the world’s largest petting zoo, along with cow & goat milking demonstrations, cattle from Cal Poly Pomona, a display of winners of the Los Angeles International Dairy Competition, local 4-H and FFA displays, and a five-acre urban garden where guests can learn about 150 California specialty crops and how to grow their gardens for healthy and sustainable living.
As you can see, making friends with a goat was easy for Mitch. In fact, he made friend with quite a few goats and cows in the petting zoo, and may have even asked if we could bring one home with us. I wish we could buddy. I wish we could.
Chicken Coop Village was another favorite for our family. This village houses the fairs unique chicken coops and is the one place where you can even learn how to raise chickens in your own backyard! Did you know that there are 65 different breeds of chickens and you can see over 25 of those breeds here at the LA County Fair? You can! Flock to the farm and explore these feathered friends in the Chicken Coop Village.
The official Fair mascots – Thummer, Lily and Daisy – will welcome you to The Farm and invite you to visit with them in their very own farmhouse. Give Thummer a high-five, hug Daisy, or play pat-a-cake with Lily…and don’t forget to have your picture taken with our loveable friends so your special memory with them can be cherished forever.
Additional unique hands-on agricultural adventures for guests of all ages every day in the Big Red Barn and throughout The Farm and the Gardens include:
- Zuckerman’s Nursery – Home to the fair's baby animals.
- Max’s Wild West Wildlife Show
- Dairy Goat Barn & Pasture – Have you ever wanted to milk a goat? This is the place to do it.
- Uncle Bob's Curds & Whey Barn – Learn how to make ice cream, cottage cheese, and cream cheese the old fashioned way.
- Cindi's Millinery Barn – Learn to make vintage hats.
- Barnyard Racer's Pig Racing – Come see the fastest pigs in North America.
- The New Bug Barn – The Good, The Bad, and the Yummy!
- Kickin' Country Stage – Boot-scootin', heel kickin' fun with the best country music bands around.
- Much, much, more!
The next dare our kids accepted was to eat a funnel cake, which ended up being a two-part dare. First, the dare to eat it. Well, that wasn't a problem for our kids. Next, the dare to eat it all, and it's free! Of course, being the josher mom I am I just had to make things a little more difficult for them by grabbing a funnel cake with the works.
Did you know? Fair food offers a unique culinary experience, and the LA County Fair has so many choices, you can eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner here every day of the Fair and never eat the same thing twice! From Asian to Greek to Classic American to Mexican – the Fair’s got it.
New foods to the LA County Fair this year include:
- Nutella funnel cake
- Flamin’ Hot Cheetos roasted corn on the cob – it's life changing!
- Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Cheese Fries
- Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Pizza
- Nitro Pop – candy pop kettle corn dipped in liquid nitrogen. It's like eating frozen popcorn ice cream.
- The Pickle Cheese – a giant dill pickle stuffed with jalapeño cheese dip, dipped in corn dog batter and deep fried
- Vegan jackfruit tacos and nachos – healthy and the fabulous
And don’t forget about delicious Fair favorites – churros, candy apples, cotton candy, corn on the cob – elotes style, ceviche, bionicos, Tasti Chips, Hot Dog on a Stick, turkey legs, and of course, funnel cakes.
The Millard Sheets Art Center
The Millard Sheets Art Center is featuring One Path Two Journeys – Judithe Hernández and Patssi Valdez and holds beautiful art full of brilliant colors and patterns of movement.
MSAC has been selected to participate in Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA runs from September through January 2018 at more than 60 cultural institutions across Southern California.
Flower & Garden Pavilion
Slide down a rabbit hole with the Alice in Wonderland-inspired exhibit The Looking Glass & Beyond at the Flower & Garden Pavilion. As soon as you step foot in this exhibit, you will be dwarfed by giant displays paying homage to Lewis Carrol’s enchanting novel, Alice in Wonderland, with hundreds of beautiful flowers and plants around every corner. Walk in Alice’s shoes as you take a journey down the path on your way to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Don’t miss being a part of this living adventure!
Fantasy and flora collide in the new exhibit The Looking Glass and Beyond. Workshops and real critters await in the Atrium, including hedgehogs and flamingos, the Dodo Den, and White Rabbit's Residence.
The Magical World of Dragons, Wizards, and Beasts
If you're a homeschool family like ours, you are going to love The Magical World of Dragons, Wizards, and Beasts! A realm of fantasy and imagination situated in a gothic castle, with interactive experiences, knights, wizards and ghastly beasts – living and imagined awaits at The Magical World of Dragons, Wizards, and Beasts. If you are a movie fan of such notable stories as the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Beauty and the Beast, then this is the attraction for YOU! Participate in hands-on interactive experiences, meet knights and wizards, interact with live action dragons, visit the Living Dragons Den, and see a display of Harry Potter posters from the famous movie franchise.
Dozens of interactive displays and stations offer a huge variety of challenges and experiences and make science and learning so much fun, that friends and families will have trouble tearing themselves away from this amazing exhibit.
Following is a list of the displays and how they fit into STEM and/or STEAM. At the end of each title, there are initials designating which category the displays represents.
- Rube Goldberg/Kinetic Sculpture (STEA)
- Dragon’s Lair/Spinning Tunnel (STEA)
- Dexterity Testers (STE)
- Hatchet/Balance Beam (STE)
- Captured Lightning/Plasma Spheres (STEA)
- Cannon/Bernoulli Blower (STEAM)
- Who’s the Fairest of Them All/Morphing Mirror (STEA)
- Puzzle Stations (SM)
- Nail Wall (SEAM)
- Common Scents/Pete the Dragon (S)
- and the Target & Arrow/Hang Time (STEA) where our youngest daughter hung longer than any of her big brothers!
Additional Fair Experiences
- The Galaxy Stage is the place for the return of on-the-spot contests. Open to everyone, it’s the easiest way to win a blue ribbon, as long as your hips can pop a hula hoop in an orbital fashion.
- Returning for the second year are the ginormous but friendly dinosaurs from the Mesozoic Era in Jurassic Planet. We’ve added to the herd for a total of 40 life-size animatronic prehistoric creatures.
- The End of Summer Concert Series hosts 16 nights of the best in musical entertainment that includes legendary rock, pop, country and Latin stars.
- The Wine, Beer, and Spirits Marketplace showcase some of the finest domestic and international drinks. The wines, beers, and spirits (such as tequila) featured at the Fair for tastings and in classes are all award-winning, so be sure to indulge in one or two (or more). Salud!
- The Igloo returns with ice skating – a great way to cool off.
You definitely don't want to miss this year's LA County Fair! The 2017 fair is open now through September 24th. Don't miss your chance to Dare to Fair.