Marking its 93rd year, the LA County Fair is just four weeks long so attendees need to hit the ground running to ensure they get the most out of their favorite attractions and more. Check out our top 10 picks for this year’s fair:
Fairplex Garden Railroad
Organizers say it’s “considered the oldest and possibly the largest miniature railroad of its kind in the United States, and possibly the world.” First displayed at the fair in 1924 as a special exhibit, the Fairplex Garden Railroad a must-see.
Flower & Garden Pavilion
Need a break from the craziness of the rides, food and sounds of the fair? The pavilion is an oasis that provides a serene look at colorful flowers and more. The cool pavilion’s theme this year is the celebratory Mardi Gras.
Watch the demonstrations
An air-conditioned indoor area titled “Shopping & Attractions” (near the red and green gates) typically features some entertaining vendors who are more than happy to display their numerous wares from cooking to cleaning and everything in between.
Millard Sheets Art Center
Art, art and more art. That’s what’s showcased during this year’s exhibit, “The Art Classic,” which features 10 emerging artists from the Los Angeles Art Association. Art pieces range from wood to glass and photography. There is also a Plein air painting competition scheduled for Sept. 19 that fair guests will judge.
Crazy fair food
This year some of the more unique selections include bacon-wrapped chicken and waffles, deep-fried guacamole served with ranch dressing, a spicy PB & J burger made with Sriracha sauce as well as a deep-fried peanut butter pickle and deep-fried Slim Fast bar. Still hungry? Try the Krispy Kreme triple-decker cheeseburger.
Back by popular demand, this bright exhibit from Zigong, China, is sure to be a festival highlight. The fair attraction features oversized lanterns spanning more than 3 acres of a hillside to celebrate the Chinese lantern festival. Luminasia is an extra $5 for ages 6 and older, but free for ages 5 and younger.
This exhibit plans to celebrate popular culture that has inspired technology with items such as a half-scale replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer, an Oculus Rift virtual reality experience based on the holodeck from the “Star Trek: Enterprise” and a celebration of the 30th anniversary of “Back to the Future.”
The fair always has classic rides like the La Grande Wheel or Tilt-A-Whirl, but new rides this year include Monster Mash, Monkey Maze and the Wacky Worm, a family-friendly roller coaster perfect for the kiddos.
From country music’s Justin Moore to pop rock’s Alejandra Guzman and a bunch of rock tribute band performances, the fair tries to accommodate music lovers of all ages. Along with End of Concert Series, which kicks-off with legendary divas Patti LaBelle and Chaka Khan on Sept. 4, there will also be an electronic dance music-styled element at the fair called Grinding Gears.
What would a fair be without its farm animals? Check out the barnyard critters like a Watusi cattle or a curly-haired pig known as a Mangalitsa at The Farm, which has grown to almost 5 acres.
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