All's fair in Pomona
Posted Sept. 12, 2008
Christina Worley
Following inspirational speeches at the Flower and Garden Building, (left to right) Ana Soto, representing California Assemblywoman Nell Soto, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, and Pomona Mayor Norma Torres help with the ribbon cutting that symbolizes the opening of the 86th annual L.A. County Fair. The fair runs through Sept. 28.

Madison Steff
Editorial Director

It looks like a battered corn dog and sounds anything but healthy, but this deep-fried cream filled sponge finger cake on a stick is back, and that means so is the Fair.

The Los Angeles County Fair returned to the Pomona Fairplex last Friday and will remain the city’s main attraction until Sept. 28.

“I look forward to the fair every year,” Alexandra Whitney, a La Verne resident said. “I have been coming ever since I was a kid and have never missed a year.”

Along with the random fried foods including deep-fried Twinkies, Spam, Oreos, avocados and frog legs, the Fair has a wide variety of “normal” food.

Some people even have a food schedule when they visit the fair just to make sure they do not forget anything.

“I’m definitely starting with an artichoke, then a burrito and maybe some ice-cream. And don’t forget the beer,” Kelly Ince, a University of La Verne senior liberal studies major, said.

This year, the Fair has several new attractions including, “A Pirate’s Life,” a comedy pirate show for all ages. “A Pirates Life” is an aerial high wire show that leaves everyone laughing. After the show, viewers are encouraged to dig for buried treasure and can learn how to talk like a pirate.

There is also a new exhibit for animal lovers called the “Bark Park.” At the “Bark Park,” specially trained K-9s can show off their skills by conquering the obstacle course or playing a game of soccer.

The “Bark Park” also has a wide variety of pet products available for purchase. For those who like to pamper their pups, the park offers a Canine Kitchen, Woof Fashion show and Maddy’s Doggie Health & Beauty Spa. There, visitors can learn to cook gourmet food for their dogs, check out the latest fashions in the dog world and learn how to pamper their four- legged friends.

One of the most popular attractions at the Fair this year seems to be the “Going Green” exhibit. “Going Green” is an interactive exhibit on living a green lifestyle that focuses on recycling and alternative forms of energy. The exhibit is designed to resemble a rainforest and includes several rare plants and animals.

“The green building was really pretty and informative,” Whitney said.

If none of the new attractions spark your interest, do not worry because the Fair still has all the old favorites including rides, games, animals, horse racing and shops.

Christine Sanchez and her two friends call themselves experienced fair-goers and make it a tradition to come every year.

“We all like different things, so we get to see it all,” Sanchez said.

This year, the fair has some of the biggest names in the entertainment business performing in their End of Summer Concert Series.

The series was kicked off with a weekend full of performances including War, Sugarland and the Doobie Brothers. Some other bands set to take stage include Jessica Simpson, KC & the Sunshine Band, the Bangles, Lifehouse and Los Tigres Del Norte.

“Sugarland was awesome,” Ince said. “I’m going to see Jes­sica [Simpson] too, but I don’t know if she’ll even compare. They were so good.”

They fair also offers other forms of entertainment including Monster Truck Madness, American Daredevils-Random Acts of Recklessness, Guilherme Marchi Classic Professional Bull Riders and LG World Championships of Freestyle Motocross.

When the day is done, and your feet are aching, the experienced fair-goers have some words of wisdom.

“After everything, we go to the home and garden section and soak our feet in the spa,” Sanchez said. “It feels amazing.”

The L.A. County Fair is open Wednesday through Sunday.

Weekday admission is $12, $9 for adults 60 years of age and older and $7 for children ages 6-12. Weekend admission is $17, $14 for adults 60 years of age and older and $12 for children ages 6-12.

Children under the age of 6 are free, and every Thursday is college day, so remember to bring your college ID and receive a discount on admission.

Madison Steff can be reached at

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