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Going to the LA County Fair

Updated on February 21, 2018

Are you going to the LA County Fair?

The LA County Fair is most exciting fair in Southern California during the late summer and early fall. Surprisingly, I went to the LA County Fair for the several years ago, and it was quite fun. My friend invited me to come with her family because it has always been a tradition for them to go to the LA County Fair around her birthday. She grew up in Pomona, so when the LA County Fair comes it is a must-see tradition, even if this means driving two hours from Lake Arrowhead in morning rush hour traffic to be there on opening day! I must say the LA County Fair has something for everyone and is an affordable entertainment for the entire family. However, you may want to take your own snacks if you have kids and do want to pay fair food prices, nevertheless, the fair does have a variety of activities. So if you are able the go to the LA County Fair this year I encourage you to check it out!

Picture key chain souvenir from the LA County Fair.  Pick up one before you leave the fair.
Picture key chain souvenir from the LA County Fair. Pick up one before you leave the fair.

Admission To LA Fair Was Only One Dollar In 2007

Back when I went to the LA County Fair in 2007, I was trying to figure out why everyone was standing in line was holding dollar bills, and then my friend told me because admission is only one dollar on the first day. To be more precise, admission is only one dollar on the first day before five o'clock, but this is a great deal for those who would like to take the entire family and save a little bit of money. When I went with my friend last year she wanted to go to the fair on the first day, but she had to take her son out of school to do this and said she would not want to do that again. The first day of the fair has already passed, but hopefully next year you can get in on the discounted prices. This weekend it will be seventeen dollars for adults, twelve dollars for children under twelve, and free admission for all youngsters under six. At least your little ones in the strollers will get in for free!

Educational Exhibits Galore!

There are many educational exhibits at the LA County Fair, so your child will not be just eating junk food and running from ride to ride. Even if they they eat junk food try loosen up at the fair because it only comes around once a year! Some of these exhibits are made by school children such as art, history, and scientific projects. Adults have a great deal of pride when they are able to enter a pies, pickles, or a piece of art in a fair competition, so it is that much more meaningful when children can participate too. Also, it is great when a child's family is able to visit the exhibit and share their achievement. When you go to the fair do not forget to visit educational exhibits made by students.

The fair also has other exhibits which I found very bizarre, such as the house of trash. The house is entirely constructed out of trash, but it is supposed to representative the average amount a trash an American household disposes of each year. This house makes you want to think about recycling more often, which is something you should be doing anyway.

Another exhibit that I especially liked is dedicated to fire fighters, which happen to be some of my personal heroes after my family's house has survived two fires in the last eight years. This exhibit allows children to dress up as firefighters and play with fire equipment, and may even inspire a few young minds to start a career in fire sciences. There are so many exhibits to see, but this just happens to be one of my favorites.

Visit The Petting Zoo

I admit it! I am an animal lover and enjoy the petting zoo just as much as the kids do. However, the petting zoo is great fun for the entire family and do not forget to take fun pictures of the animals. When I was younger my mom invented a game where we had to identify how many goats, sheep, etc. My favorite pass-time is letting the animals feed right out of the palm of my hand, and how many times do you actually get to say did that?! Usually only at petting zoos.

So the petting zoo is not your cup of tea? Spend the day hanging out at the racetrack and take in the ambiance of this event. My friend, her son, her mom, and I wandered around the fair when her dad spent the day betting on the horses. Of course he did not go crazy doing this and this is not recommended for people with gambling addictions, but it can be fun for those who know how to set limits. Also, I heard he won two hundred dollars that day, so it could not be all that bad for only having betting fifty dollars. Betting on races is not my interest, but this just goes to show there are many things at the LA County Fair that will accommodate everyone. This year the race track will only be open until September 22 and it will be closed on Tuesdays, so plan accordingly.

Funnel Cakes And Fair Food!

Funnel cakes are one of my all time favorites and I enjoyed the ones I tried at the LA County Fair last year. However, I must admit that I was at one time I was an expert at making patches of funnels cakes because sometimes are family liked to have breakfast for dinner. Do you enjoy breakfast for lunch and dinner? If so, fair food such as funnel cakes topped with strawberries and whipped cream may be for you. Of course for health reasons I do not eat funnel cakes every day and I rarely make these anymore, but I must always sample one at the fair. Pizza is another one of my favorite fair foods and for some reason pizza and garlic bread always taste better at the fair!

Shopping At The Fair

Do not forget about all the vendors and wonderful shopping you can do at the fair. There are all sorts of vendors from: house appliances, purses, hot tubs, cars, arts and crafts, you name it and I saw it at the fair. Keep in mind LA County is the most populace county in the United States, so many people come to the fair on the first day with the low prices and the large number of people living within driving distance. I have sciatica so this was somewhat of an issue for me, but I was bumped a few times in the vendors exhibit area because this was the most congested part of the fair, so be careful if standing for long periods of time aggravates your legs, if you have back problems, or if you are slightly cloister phobic. I never used to be cloister phobic, but ever since my back injury I can be in excruciating pain if someone accidentally bumps into me. People do not do this on purpose, but crowds are to be expected in LA County in particular and Southern California in general.

Nevertheless, besides that I am not complaining because I love Southern California. Where else can you be within two hours driving distance from fairs, beaches, mountains, deserts, museums, and more? The LA County Fair is also a great venue for aspiring artists who may want to set up a booth with their merchandise. Last year I bought the most beautiful pair of dream catcher earrings, but I have a penchant for dream catchers in general, so to me it was very special. Not to mention five dollars was a great deal for a pair of hand-crafted earrings. We left before six, but during the evening there is a concert for those who are yearning for some more adult oriented entertainment. Enjoy the fair and I hope you were able attend the first day when admission was only a dollar. On the weekend prices go up!

Have you ever been to the LA County Fair?

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    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      That sounds fun Michelle.

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      9 years ago from California Gold Country

      Some go as school groups-- but we were excused if our parents took us. Seems to me we had to show our torn tickets to the school office.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Rochelle,

      I hear some smaller private schools still go to the fair, so maybe some of the public schools still go too. It is a great educational experience as I remember seeing a variety of things there.

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      Rochelle Frank 

      9 years ago from California Gold Country

      When I was a kid we went every year-- on a school day! It was an excused absense, because our district considered it an "educational experience". We just considered it too be all kinds of fun. Thanks for bringing back the memory.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Glad you go to the fair.

    • nicko guzman profile image

      nicko guzman 

      9 years ago from Los Angeles,CA

      I live ver close by and every year around september or october we go.Can you buy live animals beacause some person kept on asking me.

    • Lgali profile image


      9 years ago

      nice info

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Cherish,

      It is great how Penny and her dad have the tradition of going there. I also enjoyed the vendors, and I thought maybe I will even sell arts and crafts at a fair such as this one.

      Personally I like the pizza and funnel cakes best. Fair food is one of my favorite things. I also love the pretzels you were talking about.

    • Cherish77 profile image


      9 years ago

      Hey there SP. I have gone a couple times with Penn to. We have a great time. Me and Sean go when ever we have the time. I wish the fair was a bit longer than the 2 or 3 weeks, but what can ya do? I like going to the venders. They have some cool stuff. We bought our ring bearers those car sets with the tracks, that you see all over the place. The boys, loved them. Sean loves the carnival games, and we both love the rides. This past year we took a picture of Faith in the Firemans gear. we will do Spencer when he is a bit older as he would drown in it all, and he is not a big hat wearer.

      I love funnel cake too. though it will never be the same without sharing it my grandma. It makes me think of the times she would take me to Knots. I also love the Steamed artichokes. Those are yummy. Did you know that Penn had never had an artichoke until she came to my house? Oh and the baked Potatos are awesome too. Not to menntion the soft pretzels and cotton candy, blue being my favourite. Now you have made me hungry.Lol. I love food

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      The day I spent with m friend was a year ago this month. I hope she had a good time at the fair this year and I sent her a book and the pop-up card for her birthday. I am excited when I can go to the LA Fair again soon!

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      10 years ago

      Sounds like you had a great time there. Glad you enjoyed it.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA


      You are so sweet, thanks for saying that.


      Thanks, I am glad you enjoyed the write-up.


      If you ever get a chance to come to LA you should see the LA County Fair. I know what you mean, I have several things to add to my bucket list too, but money seems to be what prevents me from doing certain things. Such as visiting Tahiti and maybe Pitcairn Island.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Sweetie Pie, I would love to go to fairs. But the LA County Fair is too far away from me. Hmmm, who knows though, maybe someday sometime I might find myself there :) LOL Thanks for this hub which I can now include in my bucket list. :)

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      10 years ago from 1India

      Nice, and glad to read it in your words! :)

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for the information and your avatar looks very nice

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I agree Zsuzsy Bee, even back when I was making funnel cakes several times a week I was never able to replicate the taste of those at the fair. Knott's Berry Farm is a theme park here in Southern California that has a fair like atmosphere, and there are some great funnel cake stands at this park. I remember one time when two men got in a fight over someone stealing a funnel cake if you can believe that. Very odd, but funnel cakes make people do crazy things I suppose :). Thanks for commenting.

      G-Ma Johnson,

      Thanks for commenting G-Ma and I am glad you also enjoy local events and fairs in your area. Canning competitions are fun and my mom used to enter a few of those. I still have yet to enter an art competition, but perhaps one of these days. Maybe you should write a hub about one of these :).

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      well I live too far away but attend the one in my town...we have the destruction car derby.and the  4H club show all their animals that they raised...We have a rodeo show and all the rides and booths and games too.Love the hustle bustle of the local people here...the art contests, canning contest,baking contest, quilt shows..and it goes on and on....Thanks for reminding me..ours is soon...Get hub my dear and nice new picture also...what a cutie you are. G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      SweetiePie! My favorite fair food has to be the funnel cakes. They never taste the same when we make them at home.

      Great hub (super duper new avatar too) regards Zsuzsy

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Constant Walker,

      I know what you mean as last year was the first time I ever went to the LA County Fair. I will go again in the future, but I am not sure when. Thanks for commenting.


      The city of LA is more industrially based, but LA County still has many rural farmers, as do the surrounding counties of San Bernardino and Riverside. Southern California is being urbanized more and more over time, but fortunately we are able to maintain some of our agricultural and rural base. I am sad we have lost a great deal of the orange fields though as there were many more a few years back. I am sure the Nebraska fairs is bigger and it sounds great. Thanks for sharing.

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      10 years ago from USA

      That was interesting to read. I wouldn't have expected a place like LA to have such a strong fair culture still, but in some regards it sounds pretty similar to my little rural Nebraskan county fair. A lot bigger though, I'm sure! And the focus at ours is definitely on the 4-H livestock projects, especially the cattle, pigs,and horses.

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      Constant Walker 

      10 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Good one, Sweetie. I have never been to the LA County Fair. There was always so many other things to do, you know? But, it sounds like fun.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      It is a very fun fair. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Ashwinspga.

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      10 years ago from Lion City ( Singapore)

      Wish i was living in the States. Sounds like so much fun....sighh. The festiveness and the fun practically livened up with your words Sweetie Pie. Thank You

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      This is the biggest and best fair in Southern California. If you are ever in the area you should definitely go. Thanks for commenting.

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      Jakub Wawrzyniak 

      10 years ago from Ireland

      nice article mate . Like fairs


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