Yesterday was my first-ever visit to the LA County Fair.
I grew up going to the small county fair in my small county in Tennessee, with one expo hall full of quilts, kids’ artwork, jams and produce, a few rides, a few fried foods, and a small arena for the demolition derby. Even though there was a pretty limited amount of things to do at the fair, I still went every day it was open. What else was there to do?
The LA County Fair is a whole other beast. For one thing, it’s totally huge. There’s several, hangar-sized expo halls full of stuff, a few stages, a huge barn, tons of fair rides, an ungodly amount of fried food, and more. It’s the super-sized version of the classic county fair, and we had a great time wandering around, reminiscing.
A few things to keep in mind: everything’s a little over-priced. Not Disneyland over-priced, but still. The food isn’t actually good, but that couldn’t be farther from the point. The expo halls are largely full of crap—people trying to sell you hot tubs, Dish TV, and massage chairs. The Popnology exhibit is worth wandering through to see models of the Mars rovers, try virtual reality, and view some movie props. There was also a parade while we were there at about 6pm with marching bands and old cars.
The only thing I had hoped to see that we never found were prize-winning vegetables, pies, and crafts. I’m not sure if they were in a hidden expo hall or weren’t available for viewing, but all we found were the kids’ art competitions. We did, however, watch a pig race that also involved some ducks and a goose, caught the tail end of a Chinese acrobat show, and squeezed our way through a crowded petting zoos full of peckish sheep and goats. Here’s some of my favorite shots from the day.