“Genius: A Celebration of American
Innovation,” the L.A. County Fair exhibit continuing through Sept. 30, is
designed to appeal to all ages, but Fairplex officials also hope it will stir
the creative and pragmatic genius of young people.
Michael Converse, Fairplex exhibition designer and project manager for the
“Genius” exhibition in the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center’s Expo Hall, is
particularly pleased with the fact that hundreds of thousands of elementary-age
children will visit “Genius” and the fair for free because of the Yellow Bus
The Yellow Bus Program is a field-trip project that developed from an
exchange with Yorba Fundamental Elementary School in Pomona and now extends to
students in public, parochial, charter, private and home schools throughout the
greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area.
As one of the few county fairs held in the fall, the L.A. County Fair has the
advantage of attracting students from elementary, middle and high schools. The
Yellow Bus targets elementary-age youngsters.
“Last year, we hosted just shy of 100,000 students,” Converse said. “We’re
enlightening, enriching and educating children in ways that are really fun and
exciting. It’s as rewarding for us as it is for them from a creative
point-of-view because it makes information come to practical and visual life.”
Read more in Imani Tate’s story FAIR.