More fun than a pig in the mud


A pig catches some z’s in the mud in the Big Red Barn at the Los Angeles County Fair. You can see pigs, chickens, cows and many other farm animals inside the barn. (Dillon Cooper/Clarion)

By Dillon Cooper | Sports Editor

By Katie Jolgren | Staff Writer

The end of summer is upon us. With that comes school, shorter days, and, of course, the Los Angeles County Fair.

This is the 92nd annual LA County Fair, which stretches across 543 acres at the Pomona Fairgrounds.

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ZOR the Fyregod begins to consume a fiery treat. You can see this fire-hungry Fyregod on Monkey Island at the L.A. County Fair. (Dillon Cooper/Clarion)

The fair offers activities and workshops galore, ranging from demonstrations on how to milk cows to ZOR the Fyregod, the fair’s got you covered.

The Farm, with four new acres of crops and interactive experiences, should be the first stop in your day.

The Big Red Barn which coincidentally houses the biggest petting zoo in the state is home to a variety of animals.

Pigs, chickens, goats, lambs and a plethora of other furry friends call the Barn home.

The pig races, which happen all throughout the day, are the fair’s most visited event.  Ducks and turkeys also strut their stuff in the barnyard.

Take in various sideshow acts, including Esmeralda’s Traveling Circus with camel rides, stilt-walkers and aerial trapeze artists as the main attractions.

Mojo the Capuchin monkey and his keeper Karla Majewski share a laugh on Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon.  Majewski has been working with the LA County Fair for 18 years. (Dillon Cooper/Clarion)

Mojo the Capuchin monkey and his keeper Karla Majewski share a laugh on Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon. Majewski has been working with the LA County Fair for 18 years. (Dillon Cooper/Clarion)

Mojo the Capuchin monkey reigns supreme at Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon.  Mojo and friends put on a show at various times throughout the day. Get there early for a good seat to see Mojo flaunt her stuff.

Getting hungry? Try Juicy’s, Chuck Wagon BBQ, Wild Hogs and Frontier BBQ if you’re craving something off the grill.  An assortment of food trucks covers all ends of the culinary spectrum.  From French crepes to lobster, these locally based food trucks come to the fair to serve up street-style gourmet meals on wheels.

The fair scintillates when the sun goes down. Rides and venues emit colorful flashing lights, setting the scene for a fun-filled eventful night.

Bumper cars, the Sky Ride, the iconic La Grand Ferris Wheel as well as many games are there for your entertainment.

Want to win that ridiculously over-sized stuff animal for your lady friend? Then test your luck shooting hoops or throwing rings around plastic ducks.  Plenty of games to look foolish doing or come out of feeling on top of the world.

The newest attraction to the LA County Fair is Luminasia.

Luminasia is home to the art of 100 artisans from China and the Los Angeles County Fair is the only place in California you can see it.   Like this peacock, everything in Luminasia is made out of Chinese lanterns. (Dillon Cooper/Clarion)

Luminasia is home to the art of 100 artisans from China and the Los Angeles County Fair is the only place in California you can see it.
Like this peacock, everything in Luminasia is made out of Chinese lanterns. (Dillon Cooper/Clarion)

Lighting up the hillside are hand-crafted Chinese lanterns made by 100 artisans in China.

This is the first such exhibit ever held in California and is quite the sight.  With bright lights streaming through stunning creations, this is the perfect photo op you will want to share with the world.

What’s the LA County Fair without music?  Attend the End of Summer Concert Series, featuring such acts as Neon Trees, The Pentatonix, Jason Derulo and Martina McBride.

Tickets start at $40 and with the purchase you get into the fair for free.

At the LA County Fair, Citrus College night is Sept. 24. Cut out the coupon on the opposite page and present it, along with a student ID, and you will be able to enjoy the fair for free.

The fair closes Sept. 28, so make sure you partake in this LA County tradition.  Whether you go with family, friends, or a special date, the Pomona Fairgrounds is for experiences you won’t soon forget.

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