Sunday, September 4, 2016

A guide to the 2016 LA County Fair

Summer in Los Angeles may be officially over come September, but the fun has just begun for LA County Fair-goers. Every year, thousands of people make the trip to the Fairplex in Pomona to eat fried foods, take a plunge on a roller coaster and maybe win a prize at one of the many game booths. But there are more attractions at the fair than just the food and rides. So before you start making your plans for the fall, enjoy one last summer hoorah at the LA County Fair—and make the most of it with our guide.

When is the LA County Fair 2016?
The LA County Fair runs from September 2-25, 2016. Hours are noon-10pm Wed, noon-11pm Thurs, noon-midnight Fri, 10am-midnight Sat, and 10am-10pm Sun. Labor Day Weekend hours are extended, and the fair will be open that Monday.

Where is the LA County Fair?
The LA County Fair takes place at the Fairplex (1101 W McKinley Ave) in Pomona.

How do I get there?
If you're coming from Los Angeles, take the 10 East, get off at the Fairplex Drive exit, turn left and follow signs to the Fairplex. Another option is to exit at White Avenue, turn left and follow signs to the fair.

Don't want to drive or pay for parking? Head to the nearest Metro station and get off at the Pomona Metrolink Station. From there, grab the Line 197 bus to the Fairplex. In honor of the LA County Fair, there will be late-night service from Union Station to the fair. Another incentive to take the Metro? This year, Metrolink riders will receive a special $12 fair admission ticket on weekends.

How much does the fair cost?
The admission ticket breakdown is as follows: On weekdays, tickets are $14 for adults, $8 for children (6-12), and $10 for adults 60 and over; on weekends and holidays, adults are $20, children $12 and seniors $15. Children under 6 are always free.

General admission parking is $15 and VIP parking is $30.

Carnival tickets are $100 for 200, $50 for 100 and $20 for 40. A carnival ride wristband is $50. Some attractions have an additional cost, including igloo ice skating and sledding ($5), Jurassic Planet ($5) and various concerts.

What bands are playing?
The lineup is stacked, but our favoites this year include Iggy Azalea on September 10; I Love the 90's featuring Vanilla Ice, Kid N Play, Color Me Badd, All 4 One, Tone Loc and Young MC on September 16; Billy Currington and LeAnn Rimes on September 24 and Chicago on September 25.

What's new at the fair this year?
So glad you asked. This year's fair will see some new attractions, including Jurassic Planet, featuring 25 life-sized dinosaurs; Our Body: The Universe Within, an exhibition of 200 preserved human specimens; the Igloo, an arcitic village with an ice ring and sled run, plus an after-hours dance party with occasional snow storms; and Watercolors: the Art of Flowers, which features recreations of famous paintings, dramatic settings and classes taught by floral experts.

What about the food?
All sorts of belly bombs. New on the menu is deep-fried hot sauce, deep-fried butter, chicken and waffle on a stick, french toast bacon bombs, truffle-gouda bacon fries, bacon-wrapped baked potato, portabello kabobs, vegan burritos, tacos and Nachos. There's also deep-fried pizza, churro shakes and the Cowboy Crunch Sundae—we don't know exactly what that is, but we can't wait to try it.

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