Some key points from LA 2022 County Fair which in recent years began in time for Labor Day, but this year, after passing in May, is ending on Remembrance Day:
• Pink’s Hot Dogs is, as you may know, a Hollywood booth dating back to 1939 that usually has a very long line. (As far as I know some original customers are still waiting for their order.) I like to go to one of Pink’s booths at the fair, where I can order in a few moments.
I ordered my usual, a spicy dog with mustard, onion and sauerkraut. A small signal was handed to me.
It took a minute to record that the tradition of the Pink fair, a laminated card with a famous name to be called when your order was ready, was over.
At various times over the years I have been “Tom Hanks”, “Mel Gibson”, “Matt Damon” or “Gerard Butler”. This year I was just “bzzzz”.
• As I was finishing my dog, a stranger who was obviously familiar with Hollywood Pink came to ask, “Is it as good as the original?” I shrugged and said, “It’s closer.”
He lined up.
“100 Years of Monsters” is a free, slightly fun section of Expo Hall 9. You can pose for selfies with life-size figures from classic horror movies, perennials like Dracula and Frankenstein to Freddy Kruger and Jason Voorhees.
I saw people standing, with their arms crossed over their chests, next to the mummy, and a woman pretending to be crouching under a Leatherface chainsaw.
In the “Halloween” configuration, you can encounter Michael Myers, Laurie Strode or the naked psychiatrist Dr. Loomis. Can you take a selfie pretending to tell your problems?
• The extensive layout of the Garden Railroad model trains always has a stage in downtown Pomona, with small-scale representations of the Court, the Masonic Lodge, the Fox Theater and other buildings. What I believe is a relatively recent touch: a small King Kong, halfway up a climb to the Fox tower.
• If you want to celebrate the centenary of the fairmake a beeline line for Flower and Garden Pavilion – word game intended – for its delightful look at past gardening and home design shows.
When you enter, you are greeted by an exhibition of oranges in decorated wooden crates and by an anniversary mural created from oranges, lemons and lemons. It’s a sign for the pre-war version of the fair with its charming, slightly stupid homage to our agricultural generosity.
The Millard Sheets Art Center has a mural with historic scenes on its north wall and vintage memorabilia inside. Her slightly nervous exhibition is about the bottom of the fair’s history. It focuses on ethnic groups that were once marginalized or fetishized, such as the 1950s Indian village attraction, where artisans were declared “in costume.”
Also in the center is a standalone “100” number, about six feet long, designed for selfies. Pass the head through the hole to a zero point and give a thumb to the offspring.
Overall, though, the fair did not utilize its anniversary to the extent you might have wished. Or, in any case, that I could have wished for.
• A food stall is called Garlicky’s. As a fan of garlic, I scanned the menu with interest. Dog with garlic. Garlic chips. Sausage stuffed with garlic. And: Hawaiian Pizza. Say what?
Pineapple does not belong in a pizza. Especially at a booth called Garlicky’s.
• Located under the grandstand, the Home Arts area, where people have entered their sewing, art or food to judge, is my favorite. It’s simple, a little weird, and a connection to the old days when the community was more involved.
The winners at the photo show stood out to me because of the range of cities from which the entrances came. The farthest were Venice, Woodland Hills, Irvine, Lake Elsinore and Beaumont, with many points in between. Some entrances were also from Pomona.
In the case of canning, jars of canned food, jams, marmalades, pickles, butter and more were lined up on the shelves. Dominated by entries by Desiree Hickam from Pomona and Francine Rippy from Hacienda Heights. My random count showed Rippy with 41 ribbons and Hickam with 39. Their kitchens should be activity vortices.
The quilts that caught my eye: one of the covers of country music albums by George Strait, Clay Walker and Travis Tritt by Carole Young from Azusa; a headline “UFOs are here” by Susan Huntzinger of Paramount; and a beautiful one for Dia de los Muertos of a skeleton with hat and floral bottom skirt by Claudia Espinoza of Whittier.
My life would be poorer without seeing the cross-stitch by Erica Lee of Torrance, “Henry VIII and his wives,” each translated almost as a Funko figure. Or the table model by Brett Pevey from Cleveland Guardians’ Progressive Field Glendora, where the miniature electronic billboard holds the final message of the game “Cleveland Wins!”
Adding the air of victory, Pevey won a blue ribbon. And I’m not talking about Pabst.
• The competition of tables, with tables decorated as for a dinner, is always a rage thanks to the extremely impractical themes.
An entry is included in NASA’s Apollo program. The tablecloth resembles the surface of the moon and the menu includes “pigs in a space blanket” and “sweet tea of tranquility”. Entry title: “Houston, we have a picnic”.
Another entry is about the pandemic and is entitled “Party of One, 2020: All By Myself”. It is decorated with stacked toilet paper rolls, Clorox napkins, hand sanitizer, a diamond game, a puzzle, a pile of books that includes “The Winter of Our Dissatisfaction” and “A Long Day overnight Journey” and an hour of sand. tagged “Can life go slower?”
A judge’s comment: “It captures the last two years of real life. I’m not sure if this is positive or negative! “
Henry Diltz rock photography will display slides of his work and narrate them in a retrospective display at Mount San Antonio College at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 1st. “Rear View Mirror” is likely to include images of Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young and the Woodstock Festival, as well as the covers of his album for The Doors’ “Morrison Hotel” AND Crosby, Stills and Nash’s first album. The event at Building 10’s Founders Hall is free, man.
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