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Los Angeles County Fair is a local paradise

It was 96 degrees at the L.A. County Fair on Saturday. Many people simply stayed in the air-conditioned marketplaces while others were more interested in buying something bizarre like deep fried White Castle burgers or deep fried Spam with pineapples from Chicken Charles Broasted Chicken. Some other sights included mechanical bull riding at Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ, performances from Radio Disney, and mini monster truck racing. / photo by Cindy Harder

It was 96 degrees at the L.A. County Fair on Saturday. Many people simply stayed in the air-conditioned marketplaces while others were more interested in buying something bizarre like deep fried White Castle burgers or deep fried Spam with pineapples from Chicken Charles Broasted Chicken. Some other sights included mechanical bull riding at Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ, performances from Radio Disney, and mini monster truck racing. / photo by Cindy Harder

Aisha Gonzales
Staff Writer

Tasty food booths, intense rides and great concerts are only a few of the countless attractions taking place at the Los Angeles County Fair at the Fairplex in Pomona.

The fair has 70 rides and more than 40 game booths.

The younger age group can enjoy the extended kiddie carnival in the Park Square, while the older crowd can take pleasure in the many rides in the main carnival.

Some of the popular rides that can be found are the G Force, Techno Jump Top Spin, Hi-Miler, Wilde Maus, Euro Slide, Disk-O and the 50-meter high La Grande Ferris Wheel.

“Every year the rides at the fair are always fun,” Adam Lacey, an Azusa resident, said. “My girlfriend and I especially liked the Ferris wheel. The fair is always a great place to go with friends, family and even with a date, because there is always so much to do.”

The fair features eight children’s exhibitions: Jurassic Planet, Gateway to Africa, Safari Adventure, America’s Kids under the sea, Going Green, A Pirates Life, Bark Park and Fairview Farms.

There is also a small carousal giving pony rides to small children.

“It was my daughter’s first time at the fair,” Jabir Jinna, Upland resident, said. “She was so excited when she got to ride the ponies and seeing her do so made me remember when I used to come to the fair as a kid.”

To most Los Angeles area residents, the fair signifies food.

From hot dogs to turkey legs, from cotton candy to 11-inch funnel cakes, the fair never fails at providing the best food for every craving.

“There is nowhere on the fair grounds that you will not find food being sold,” Lacey said, “Although I had a lot to eat, I have to say that the baked potatoes were the best there.”

This year the fair has more than 20 concerts on its calendar, including a performance by Ciara, the hip-hop icon, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

“My family and I always come to the fair to see the concerts,” Lorena Salcido, West Covina resident, said. “This year we came to see WAR. They were great. The fair always has great performers.”

Concerts are free with fair admission, but are first come, first served seating.

Reserved seating prices range from $18.50-$35, and box seats and stage side prices range from $22.50-$150.

Students, faculty and staff of the University of La Verne, Cal Poly Pomona, the Claremont Colleges and Mt. San Antonio College, received free admission to the fair Thursday.

Also, alumni of each school received half price admission. Students were encouraged to wear their school colors to show their school spirit.

Cal State San Bernardino and UCLA are offered the same opportunity on Oct. 1.

The L.A. County Fair will be open through Oct. 4.

Regular admission on weekdays is $12 and on weekends $17.

Fair times vary: Wednesdays from noon-10 p.m., Thursdays from 12-11 p.m., Fridays from 12pm-midnight, Saturdays from 10 a.m.-midnight and Sundays from 10 a.m.-midnight.

General parking is $10 and preferred parking is $15.

“I am glad that the fair is an affordable place I can go with my family and have a good time,” Salcido said.

Aisha Gonzales can be reached at aisha.gonzales@laverne.edu.

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