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LA County Fair draws 1.374 million
Up over 2009
By Chris Vega
School had begun but that didn't stop LA residents from spending a day of fun at the annual Los Angeles County Fair. The fair drew 1,374,673, up slightly from 2009.
The fair located off of Fairplex Drive in Pomona, is held yearly from Early September to Early October at the Pomona Fairplex. The fair offered not only concerts from famed musicians such as the Disney Channel starlet Selena Gomez but also offered wide variety of deep fried delicacies including those of Chicken Charlie. MCW caught up with "Chicken" Charlie Boghosian back in Del Mar at the San Diego County Fair where his newest concoction the "Deep fried Klondike Bar" made its debut. Boghosian, who is based out of San Diego County, said that every year he held fry fests at his house instead of barbeques. At the end of the fry fest, the final two items are put to test and which ever wins the vote, goes on the menu for Chicken Charlie.
Another familiar face was Laveen, Arizona - based Ray Cammack Shows which brought in the fair,s carnival rides including the show,s iconic La Grande Wheel. Built by Nauta Bussink of the Netherlands and towering around 150 feet, the La Grande Wheel is the largest transitional ferris wheel of its kind in the US. The La Grande Wheel racks on eighteen tractor trailers and takes seven days to assemble and five days to tear down.
The show has played at the Pomona event since 1985. MCW talked to Mr. Tony Fiori, the Director of Media Marketing for RCS.
"This was our first major fair that we ever booked.", said Fiori.
Prior to the LA County Fair, the show plays at other Southern California events from the National Orange Show in San Bernardino to the Antelope Valley Fair in Lancaster. Also included in the Southern California route are the San Diego and Orange County Fairs. From Lancaster to Pomona, the midway was erected in less than a week.
"We have as long as it takes. What I mean by that is we only had 4 days from Antelope Valley to here."
After the LA County Fair ends, the show heads to Phoenix for the Arizona State Fair, the last stop on the route for the season.
"We have I think 12 days from here to Arizona State Fair."
Within those twelve days, the show must dismantle, transport, and erect the entire midway before the opening of the Arizona State Fair.
"Its usually a seven day project."
Aside from offering a full sized carnival and entertainment, the fair also housed numerous exhibits such as "A Pirate,s Life", "Jurassic Planet", "Garden Railroad", and much more exhibits for all ages of the family.
The LA County Fair ran from September 4th until October 3rd, 2010. The dates for the 2011 fair have been tentatively announced from September 3rd, until October 2nd. The Pomona Fairplex is located on 1101 W. McKinley Avenue off of Highway 10 in Pomona.