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Animals bring wild side to the fair

Ontario resident Juan Cifuentes visits the Great American Petting Zoo on Monday. Llamas, deer, pigs, wallabies and goats of all sizes will call the Los Angeles County Fair home for the next four weeks. They can be found scattered throughout the fairgrounds. / photo by Ryan Gann

Ontario resident Juan Cifuentes visits the Great American Petting Zoo on Monday. Llamas, deer, pigs, wallabies and goats of all sizes will call the Los Angeles County Fair home for the next four weeks. They can be found scattered throughout the fairgrounds. / photo by Ryan Gann

Kat Simonelli
Assistant Editor

The Los Angeles County Fair opened Aug. 30 and welcomed people from all over to experience the mixed environment of warm weather and fun within the community.

Youngsters from all over come to see the animals at the various shows and exhibits throughout the fairgrounds every year.

Some of the animal exhibitions include FairView Farms, Sea Lion Splash, Beneath The Sea: An Underwater Adventure, Petting Zoos, Mojo’s African Safari, the Budweiser Clydesdales and pig races.

“FairView Farms is always really popular, especially during the FairKids Field Trip program, because it is one of the 12 learning exhibitions students get to go through to learn about farm animals,” Fairplex employee and sophomore political science major Kalyn Taylor said.

One of the more popular stations in the FairView farms barnyard was Lily’s Sheep Emporium.

When kids make a stop at the emporium, they can attend a Sheep 101 session where they can learn about different breeds of sheep from around the world, different types of wool and fabric, products that you can make from wool, how people clean the wool, and what happens on sheep shearing day.

“I enjoy the educational aspect of coming to the fair,” Lily’s Sheep Emporium employee Judd Redden said. “I give sheep talks and a lot of people don’t know a thing about sheep or wool, so the fun part is just teaching.”

Five-year-old Glendora resident Sophia Martinez couldn’t choose which of the animals at the Fairview farms exhibition was her favorite and decided that she liked all of them.

The Beneath The Sea: An Underwater Adventure and Sea Lion Splash attractions are the newest to the fairgrounds, both having been added into the program within the past two years.

Kids get a chance to see, learn about and touch live stingrays, view live shark shows and take pictures with under the sea artifacts when they visit the Beneath the Sea attraction at the fair.

A capybara, hairy armadillo, camels, snakes, lizards, alligators, zebras and birds can be found when fair attendees visit the Mojo’s African Safari attraction named after its main animal attraction Mojo, the Capuchin monkey.

“Mojo’s African Safari is always really amazing to see because of the diversity in animals we have,” Taylor said.

“Overall, there is a wide variety of animals at the fair ranging from sea otters to zebras,” Taylor said.

“You never know what to expect because you come across a unique experience every time you visit an animal exhibition at the fair.”

Kat Simonelli can be reached at kathryn.simonelli@laverne.edu.

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