10 reasons to be excited about the L.A. County Fair at Pomona Fairplex

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1. FRIED EVERYTHING
It’s definitely best to tackle these bad boys with a group of adventurous eaters, that way the burden of consumption doesn’t rest solely on your shoulders. On my last trip to the Fair, I tried the fried White Castles, avocados and Pop Tarts. (The last was the clear winner among our group of novice taste-testers.) The Chicken Charlie booth is most iconic on the Fair grounds for concocting fried wonders. This year, he’ll be showcasing a new masterpiece: a deep-fried Klondike bar.



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2. CARNIVAL PRIZES

Someday, I’ll win one of my own. Until then, I remain jealous of anyone I see carrying around a giant, purple, stuffed gorilla or other such spoils.
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3. RIDING THE SKY LIFT
This is the best ride at the Fair, hands down. Not only is it practical for shuttling from place to place, but it’s also, quite frankly, a thriller. There’s nothing like riding briskly through the sky with nothing much to keep you in place save a flimsy lap bar.
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4. L.A. IN ICE
Los Angeles landmarks like the Santa Monica Pier, the Hollywood Sign and local sports teams will be carved out of huge blocks of ice in this first-ever Fair showcase by professional ice carvers Roland Hernandez and Mike Daukas. They started working 10 days before the Fair’s opening to create the sculptures, chipping away at 350-pound blocks of ice that, when finished, will be illuminated with LED lighting. Before visitors step into the exhibit, which is displayed in a freezer with walls lined by 300-pound blocks of ice, they’ll be invited to don a jacket or blanket to keep away the shivers.


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5. CUTE ANIMALS AT FAIRVIEW FARMS
Common for country-folk, but rare in the city, this is an awesome opportunity to wonder at the marvels of life. And, yes, it does smell like a barn. At Fairview Farms, you just might see an animal being birthed, or a newborn learning to walk or suckle. There are also goat-milking demonstrations every hour from 9 a.m. to noon in the goat barn. Or learn to be a rough-and-tumble cowboy in the Dude Ranch area, equipped with real horses.
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6. FERRIS WHEEL
The OG fair attraction is a don’t-miss. Get sweeping views of the fairgrounds and the thousands of fairgoers below you. At night, the brightly-lit wheel is a glowing photo op.
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7. THIS SLIDE
Trust. Ride this. You will not regret it. (And, guys, you’ll gain extra points with your date if you do the gentlemanly thing and protect her purse with your life, as the dude in this photo, above, demonstrates. ::Applause::)
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8. WINE AND BEER TASTINGS
For the sophisticated palate, sample wine, beer and spirits that are part of the Fair’s many competitions, or take a wine-education class and become a more experience vinophile.
The Beer Tavern serves up blue-ribbon brews, and the Crushed Grape is a gourmand’s specialty store, smack-dab in the middle of the Fair. There, you can pick up — and take home — your favorite wines, olive oils and cheeses from the day.


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9. MONSTER TRUCKS
The official Fair site really sums this one up thoroughly, so I’ll just go with it: “They’re big, they’re loud and they’re really popular.”
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10. THIS YEAR’S CONCERT LINE-UP
Yes: Boyz II Men, with an opening performance by En Vogue. It’s like 1992 all over again, and I, for one, am thrilled about it. Also representing for the best of the ’90s is Darius Rucker (aka Hootie). Other performers to highlight in different colors on your calendar: Gretchen Wilson, Rick Springfield, cover band Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Disney star Selena Gomez, Hall & Oates and OK Go. It’s clich to say there’s something for everyone — but, seriously, there is something for everyone.
Sept. 4-Oct. 3, hours and information, Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, (909) 623-3111, lacountyfair.com
(File photos and Boyz II Men photo via BoyzIIMen.com)

2 thoughts on “10 reasons to be excited about the L.A. County Fair at Pomona Fairplex

  1. Greetings to all!

    #11)

    Here is another reason to be excited about the L.A. County Fair this year! The Art exhibit at the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts, we are located at the Fair.

    I will be performing my ART Live; Lampwork & glassblowing for 23 days at the L.A. Countyfair starting 9/4/10. Find me and other performing fine artists at the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts! Live ART will be created daily at the exhibit. The Show is called:

    “From the Industrial Age to the Computer AgeThree Centuries of Artistic Innovation”

    The Millard Sheets Center for the Arts at Fairplex presents it’s 2010 Fair Time exhibit which will start with the Industrial Revolution of the 1700s and end with the first punched card computers of the 1900s. We will demonstrate how mechanization of art and industry and changed the world forever.

    See you at the Fair!

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