L.A. County Fair

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Los Angeles County Fair
L.A. County Fair at Dusk2.jpg
The 2008 L.A. County Fair at dusk in Pomona
GenreCounty fair
Dates05–30 May 2022 (17 days, closed Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays except Memorial Day)
Location(s)Pomona, California
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 U.S. Fair attendance has topped one million people in every year but three 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. The May Concert Series features 19 nights of first-run musical entertainment and freestyle motocross.[7]

The Fair is operated by the Los Angeles County Fair Association, a not-for-profit 501(c)(5) corporation.[8] It's held each May, come 2022, 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.[9]

Fairplex also includes the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center, the Sheraton KOA/RV Park, Barretts Sales and Racing, a defunct 0.625 miles (1.006 km) horse racing track, the Millard Sheets Art Center,[10] the Child Development Center at Fairplex, the Fairplex railway exhibit,[11] Barretts Equine Ltd., a thoroughbred horse racing auction facility[12] and the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum.[13]

Fairs in 2020-21 were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in California,[14] deferring, as announced in May 2021, the next fair to May 2022, citing that summer heat resulted in reduced attendance.[15]

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

Anyone who had bought tickets in advance since 2020 can hold on to them in 2022.[citation needed]


  • 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),[11] and the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.[16]
  • Besides 1942, 2020 & 2021, it was also cancelled from 1943 to 1947.

Events held during the Fair[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Epting, Chris (2015). The Orange County Fair. Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press. p. 40. ISBN 978-1-62619-802-9.
  2. ^ "Our History". LA County Fair. Retrieved 2015-08-03.
  3. ^ "2010 TOP 50 FAIRS" (PDF). Carnivalwarehouse.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 January 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  4. ^ "LA County Fair". Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Our History". LA Country Fair. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Ray Cammack Shows". RCS. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  7. ^ "End of Summer Concert Series". Lacountyfair.com. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Los Angeles County Fair Association Board of Directors". Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Fairplex Economic Impact Report: "Generating Economic Value for Generations"" (PDF). Fairplex.com. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  10. ^ "The Millard Sheets Center for the Arts". Fairplex.com. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  11. ^ a b "RailGiants Train Museum - Historical Journey of the American Railroad". Railgiants.org. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Barretts homepage". Barretts.com. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum". Museum.nhra.com. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  14. ^ "2020 LA County Fair Canceled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic" (PDF). fairplex.com. Fairplex. 14 May 2020. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  15. ^ "L.A. County Fair is moving from scorching September to cooler May". Los Angeles Times. 2021-05-25. Retrieved 2021-05-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ "NHRAtix.com". Pomonaraceway.com. Retrieved 9 November 2014.

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