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L.A. County Fair

Coordinates: 34°05′00″N 117°45′45″W / 34.08333°N 117.76250°W / 34.08333; -117.76250
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Los Angeles County Fair
The 2008 L.A. County Fair at dusk in Pomona
GenreCounty fair
Dates2–26 May 2025 (16 days, closed Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays except Memorial Day)
Location(s)Pomona, California
Coordinates34°05′00″N 117°45′45″W / 34.08333°N 117.76250°W / 34.08333; -117.76250
Years active1922–1941, 1948–2019, 2022– (no fair during WWII from 1942–47, nor 2020-21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
Attendance0 (2020–21)

The Los Angeles County Fair is an annual county fair. It was first held on October 17, 1922, and ran for five days through October 21, 1922, in a former beet field in Pomona, California.[1] Highlights of the fair's first year were harness racing, chariot races and an airplane wing-walking exhibition.[2] The fair is one of the largest county fairs in the United States. Attendance has topped one million people every year with the exception of three years since 1948, and is the 4th largest fair in the United States.[3] Since its opening year, over 89,000,000 visitors have attended the LA County Fair.[4]

Since its inception, the fair has been the link between California’s agriculture industry and the public, providing a community gathering place where people learn about California’s heritage and enjoy traditional fair food, activities and entertainment.[5] In recent years, the fair has moved away from such agricultural heritage by transitioning from livestock competitions for area growers and ranchers to hired petting zoos. In addition to the 13-acre (53,000 m2) Ray Cammack Shows carnival,[6] the fair has an operational farm, an outdoor miniature garden railroad, California’s Heritage Square historical exhibit and America’s Kids-Education Expo. They also have the Flower and Garden Pavillion, a grandstand for shows and several large Expo Halls.[7]

The May Concert Series features multiple nights of musical entertainment, including many well-known acts. When the Fair was held in September, there was the "End of Summer Concert Series" which also included motocross and monster truck performances. [8]

The fair is operated by the Los Angeles County Fair Association, a non-profit 501(c)(5) corporation.[9] The fair has been regularly held during the end-of-summer months from its inception in 1922 through the 2000s, except for all fairs since 2022, held in May. The fair is built on 543 acres (2.20 km2) of fairgrounds known as Fairplex (Los Angeles County Fair, hotel and exposition complex). This also generates a national economic impact of more than $250 million.[10]

The Los Angeles County Fair's mascot "Thummer" was introduced in 1948 as "Porky the Hitchhiking Pig". The artist - Morrie Stewart - originally designed the pig mascot for Kaiser Steel before being approached by the fair to create a new mascot with the re-opening of the fair following World War II. "Porky the Hitchhiking Pig" appeared at the Los Angeles County Fair through 1952 when another cartoon claimed naming rights to the name. The fair held a naming contest through radio and television, and the name "Thummer" was adopted. Thummer has been a regular appearance at the Los Angeles County Fair ever since. Thummer wore his trademark outfit and carried a briefcase through the 1980s when a "Mrs. Thummer" was introduced. Thummer disappeared in the early 1980s, but reappeared in 1988.

Fairplex also includes the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center, the Sheraton KOA/RV Park, Barretts Sales and Racing, a defunct 0.625 mi (1.006 km) horse racing track, the Millard Sheets Art Center,[11] the Child Development Center at Fairplex, the Fairplex railway exhibit,[12] Barretts Equine Ltd., a thoroughbred horse racing auction facility[13] and the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum.[14]

The Los Angeles County Fair was canceled shortly after the 1941 fair due to the outbreak of World War II and re-opened in 1948. The 2020-21 fairs were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in California,[15] deferring, as announced in May 2021, the next fair to May 2022, citing that summer heat resulted in reduced attendance.[16]

Patrollers include security guards, the Pomona Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office.


  • The Tongva village site of Tooypinga was located at or near the grounds of the fair.[17]
  • These grounds were once used as a Wartime Civilian Control Administration assembly center during World War II. Japanese Americans were held here before being sent to internment camps. There is no historical marker at the site. It was occupied from May 7 to August 24, 1942, and held more than 5,000 people. There are few, if any, buildings left from the original assembly center.
  • The first L.A. County Fair was held in 1922, at the Los Angeles Fairgrounds in Pomona. The grounds, now known as Fairplex (short for L.A. County Fair, Hotel and Exposition Complex), are home to hundreds of other year-round events and activities other than the Fair. The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is located on the grounds, as well as the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center, the Rail Giants Museum (Fairplex railway exhibit),[12] and the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.[18]
  • Besides 1942, it was also cancelled from 1943 to 1947 and again from 2020 to 2021, coming back in 2022 for its 100th anniversary.

Events held during the Fair


The Los Angeles County Fair offers visitors a number of rides as well as a variety of food and drinks available. Community days feature community heroes (senior, adult and youth), elected officials and high school marching bands from cities within the 15-mile radius of Fairplex. The May concert series feature singers, bands and entertainers perform during the evening. Until 2013, there was horse racing during the Los Angeles County Fair meet at the Fairplex Park. From 2014 to 2021, all races during the Los Angeles County Fair meet had been held at the Los Alamitos Race Course for two weeks (8 race days, Thursday–Sunday). Thereafter, those races are at Santa Anita Park. At the start of each year, a theme for the fair is chosen by the Los Angeles County Fair Association.


The county fair is played as a carnival in the HBO series Euphoria, however, the carnival is built outside the county fair.[19]

See also



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  2. ^ "Our History". LA County Fair. Archived from the original on 2015-08-06. Retrieved 2015-08-03.
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  4. ^ "LA County Fair". Archived from the original on 17 May 2019. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Our History". LA Country Fair. Archived from the original on 17 May 2019. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Ray Cammack Shows". RCS. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  7. ^ PBS SoCal-KCET. Rare Photos from the Los Angeles County Fair's 100 Years. https://www.pbssocal.org/shows/lost-la/rare-photos-from-the-los-angeles-county-fairs-100-years
  8. ^ "End of Summer Concert Series". Lacountyfair.com. Archived from the original on 17 October 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Los Angeles County Fair Association Board of Directors". Archived from the original on 17 May 2019. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Fairplex Economic Impact Report: "Generating Economic Value for Generations"" (PDF). Fairplex.com. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 October 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  11. ^ "The Millard Sheets Center for the Arts". Fairplex.com. Archived from the original on 8 November 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  12. ^ a b "RailGiants Train Museum - Historical Journey of the American Railroad". Railgiants.org. Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Barretts homepage". Barretts.com. Archived from the original on 29 May 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  14. ^ "Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum". Museum.nhra.com. Archived from the original on 21 October 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  15. ^ "2020 LA County Fair Canceled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic" (PDF). fairplex.com. Fairplex. 14 May 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 June 2020. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  16. ^ "L.A. County Fair is moving from scorching September to cooler May". Los Angeles Times. 2021-05-25. Archived from the original on 2021-05-25. Retrieved 2021-05-26.
  17. ^ UPPER LOS ANGELES RIVER AND TRIBUTARIES REVITALIZATION PLAN (PDF). 2020. pp. 61–62. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2022-12-10. Retrieved 2022-12-10.
  18. ^ "NHRAtix.com". Pomonaraceway.com. Archived from the original on 15 May 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  19. ^ "the carnival scene breakdown - behind the scenes of season 1 episode 4". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2022-12-04. Retrieved 2023-02-10.