Opening Day at the LA County Fair

LA County Fair
LA County Fair

It’s that time of year again. The 2009 LA County Fair took advantage of the Labor Day weekend to open its doors. Opening Day is always exciting because you get to see everything so fresh. The fair will run until October 4th, so you have plenty of time to pick the best day to visit.

The Fair is offering $1 admission Sept. 5 – 7 between 10am and 1pm.  That means, tomorrow is your last chance to take advantage of this deal. Throughout the park, there are other cost-saving deals for the Labor Day Weekend, such as $1 fountain drinks between 1pm and 4pm and $1 carnival rides between 4pm and 7pm.

This year, we spent a lot less time eating and drinking and more time walking the fairgrounds. I’ve only missed 3 years since 1984, and used to go up to 3 times a week in college. This was the first time I had realized that there is an NHRA museum and a train museum run by the LA chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society on site. Be sure to check them out. The NHRA museum has  $1 entrance and with so much to look at, including the original Batmobile from the 1966 Batman TV show, it’s well worth it.

Also, worth catching is the Jursassic Planet exhibit (I have video in my Flickr photos linked below). It’s educational and just plain cool watching the dinosaurs move. If you have young ones, they may want to stay outside the hall. My three year old did not enjoy being in there and most little kids did a lot of screaming. As always, the new baby animals are a treat as are all the wonderful insects and reptiles on display in three different sections of the fairgrounds this year. The Home & Garden theme this year is Gateway to Africa and even I have to admit to being impressed. This is the first year in a long, long time that the theme was unified and tight, from the greenhouse all the way to the top of the hill.

So, wear some comfy shoes, get some sunscreen and have fun at the Fair. If you want to live vicariously for the moment, you can visit my flickr set.

LA Country Fair
1101 W. McKinley Ave.,
Pomona, CA 91768

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4 Replies to “Opening Day at the LA County Fair”

  1. Best dollar I ever spent. My family had a blast. Highlights: Colombian Pirates, same-day fresh chocolate milk, costly but delicious micro-brew, mullet sightings, and a taste of the 909 Lifestyle.

  2. Oh, yes. The milk. I’m not a milk drinker, but my husband and kids are and love the fresh milk.

    We had a conundrum when we arrived. The line for the $10 parking was ridiculous and it was 12:30. We wound up parking in valet ($25) because we realize that it would be cheaper ($27) than saving the $15 and missing the 1pm cutoff time (2x$17 + $10). That really paid off at the end of the day when we were so tired and didn’t have to trod all over Pomona to get to our car.

  3. Got there early on Monday, but it was still a fight to get in. It didn’t help that two folks who got into a rearview mirrow damaging bump on the freeway decided to park in both their lanes and exchange insurance through their windows, rather than pull to the side – thanks, tards. Once in the door, had a great time, ate fried things that shouldn’t be, hung out with goats, checked out award-winning quilts, saw a water dropping helo refuel at the airfield next door (an unexpected and exciting thing).

    Noticed one thing about the fair. Not a single recycling bin in sight, despite the massive quantity of disposable plates and bottles in use.

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