Who doesn’t love the Orange County fair? Even as I get older and have started to develop some sort of weird agoraphobia, I still enjoy a good day at the fair. Orange County is pretty damn big. With more than 3.5 million people and more than 36 cities (and always growing), Orange County is so spread out and each zip code has its own charm and demographic makeup. It is very hard to get a taste of all the walks of life that makeup Orange County in one place, at one time. But, go to the Orange County Fair and you can run into all different sorts of folks, all enjoying some of the same experiences, foods, libations – partaking in all things common to all people. There’s deep-fried food galore, cold beer and cotton candy. There’s carnival games, petting zoos, pig races and live entertainment. Not to mention my favorite – great people watching. The fair has it all and without the $87 ticket price of going to Disneyland (general admission to the fair is only $11, $6 for children 6-12 years old).
This year’s fair theme is “Home Sweet Home” and the fair opens on July 13th and runs through August 12th (open Wednesday-Sunday). In addition to the great food, animals, agriculture, rides, exhibits and contests, there is also an amazing line-up of concerts at the Pacific Amphitheatre during Fair. My family has been to plenty of shows at the fairgrounds and what a venue – right under the stars after a great day at the fair! See the complete lineup of 2012 summer shows.
GIVEAWAY: Comment on this post about what you love most about the OC Fair and win a four pack of tickets to the fair including admission to the Hot Chelle Rae/All Star Weekend concert at the Pacific Amphitheatre on Thursday, July 26th. The concert begins at 7:45 p.m. and the fair is open from noon – midnight on Thursdays. Winner will be selected at random and will be contacted via email by June 19th to have tickets mailed to them. Good Luck!!
Hot Chelle Rae is a pop rock band from Nashville, TN that gained widespread recognition for their 2011 double platinum single, Tonight Tonight. Allstar Weekend is another pop band from Poway, California that gained popularity from the Disney Channel. If you have not heard of these bands, just ask your teenage daughter, niece or neighbor.