Thanks To Chevrolet for hosting this Find New Roads Experience.
We headed East from Hollywood with an iconic car brand, Chevrolet to spend a day at the iconic L.A. County Fair! This year’s fair theme celebrates one of the ultimate road trips: Route 66. Along with the festive carnival rides and bustling livestock area, some Route 66 highlights are exhibits where fair guests can learn about one of the original highways in the U.S. plus eat from a delicious special discounted menu.
Our own, personal festive ride, the Chevy Equinox, is a roomy, compact sport utility vehicle seating 5 people comfortably. I enjoyed the handling of the Equinox as it lightly sped through the urban crawl as well as the highways en route to the Pomona Fairplex. Our drive was safe and secure as we plugged into Apple CarPlay for navigation. If you would like a closer look at the Chevrolet Equinox or their fleet, visit the Chevrolet displays at the Fair.
Here are 6 ways to get your kicks at the L.A. County Fair:
1) The Farm – Visitors of all ages will revel in the sight of baby farm animals at the Big Red Farm. We met with Sky Shivers, the Fair’s livestock superintendent, who introduced us to a pot-bellied piglet and lambs. He talked to us about the farm areas as an opportunity for urban families who may not get to see farm animals a chance to ask questions, pet some of the animals and maybe even see a birth. I also recommend visiting the bug farm! Who knew that insects were a favorite meal for some people. Learn more about that at the Bug Farm. There’s even a beehive where you can see the inner workings of a colony of honey bees.
2) FOOD – You have to leave your diets behind and indulge in the fabulous fair food! Get ready to wear your stretchy pants as you walk past vendor after vendor serving out crazy concoctions of fried sweets, or huge chunks of meats or veggies. This year we treated ourselves to the cotton candy ice cream sandwich from Chicken Charlie’s. It’s definitely a photo for the insta!
3) Rides all day long! – I highly recommend the ride wristband for $50, you can’t go wrong and you’ll save money in the long run. Roller Coasters, mazes, ferris wheels- there’s something for everyone and rides for various heights. My favorite was the ferris wheel. I have to admit that I get queasy on most ferris wheels but this one is smooth, air conditioned and you get an impressive view of the fairground below.
4) Route 66 – Take in various opportunities to learn about The Mother Road. Explore all the states along Route 66 while learning facts about each one along “The Mother Road” path. Then check out Alt 66, LA County Fair Fine Art Exhibition, and maybe even get a scare at Haunted Route 66. I highly suggest checking out the discounted Route 66 menu for a great way to try a variety of foods and save some money.
5) Entertainment – End of Summer Concert Series Presented by Chevrolet is an awesome way to wrap up a night at the Fair. Beach Boys are the ultimate California band with hits like I get a round and good vibrations, you’ll sing your heart out and wishing for more summer. They are performing Sept 20th! Outside of the Grandstand, make sure to check out the plethora of tribute bands, original artists, acrobats and circus acts.
6) Attractions – The Retro City Arcade was a cool escape. Stop in to play Donkey Kong, Pac-man or Ghostbusters pinball game. Most games are a quarter and the arcade is a good stop to cool down. Maybe you’ll snag a seat on one of the vintage couches to play some other old school console games.
7) Candy! – The Candy & Rock Exhibit was a favorite of my daughter’s. See props from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or spin the wheel at the life-size Bean Boozled for a sample of Jelly Belly’s and find out how many jelly beans were used in the Harry Potter jelly Belly portrait of Ron Weasley.
8) Cars! – I mentioned Chevrolet earlier in this post. Visit their Find New Roads booth and sit in a brand new Corvette or the massive Tahoe! Fill out a short questionnaire and snag a cool Chevy t-shirt.
These are highlights from our visit but there’s so much to accomplish at the Fair from shopping, cooking demonstrations, competitions, racing pigs, carnival games and more! Honestly, it’s hard to see it all during one visit, so plan out your day to get the most out of your time at the L.A. County Fair.
We love all the cut-out photo stands for fun fun photo memories. What’s your favorite thing to do, see or eat at the L.A. County Fair? Let us know in the comment section.