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LA County Fair looks back and looks forward at 100 – Daily Bulletin

Usually when you hear “100” and “Los Angeles County Fair” in the same sentence, it is about how hot it is. On opening day in 2019, mercury reached 110 degrees. It is almost hot enough to fry a turkey leg, and obviously hot enough to burn a human leg.

This year the fair is reaching 100 in a nice way. Founded in 1922, it is 100 years old. Happy Birthday!

But this is not your grandfather’s fair. After 99 years in September, the fair has moved to May. it opens Thursdaywhen a maximum of 86 is predicted and ends May 30, when your assumption is as good as mine.

Why do you switch? Climate change. As the fairs can prove, it’s true.

September temperatures have been scorching in recent years. In 2019, the average daily temperature for the first three weeks of the fair was 93 degrees. And for an event that takes place almost entirely off the asphalt, that’s bad.

People started showing up in the late afternoon and evening to escape the early afternoon heat. This should not be a problem in May – unless the fair brings hot weather with it.

Hours will be 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. instead of changing depending on the day, as before. “Easy to be remembered by people,” says Renee Hernandez, the fair’s spokeswoman. And because of the weather, old attendance patterns can reaffirm themselves.

“Now that it is May, we think we will see more people coming during the day. At noon until 3 we saw light crowds. “We think we will be constantly busy all day,” says Hernandez.

The hope is to meet or exceed the 2019 attendance of 1.1 million visitors.

It will last a total of 17 days, from Thursday to Sunday for four weeks, plus Memorial Day as a bonus at the end. Mother’s Day at the fair? It’s real.

In recent years the fair has reduced its seven-day schedule to five days. This year is four days. This is just one more day than 3 Day Suit Broker.

Blame the pandemic.

“We knew we were doing a four-day instead of a five-day because we are returning to the fair after two years of closure,” Hernandez told me during a tour on Monday. “We have a much smaller staff than we had before the pandemic.”

The full-time permanent staff was reduced from 130 to 45, of course added by the seasonal hiring for the fair. Everyone faces multiple roles and responsibilities. (I hope the fair has some real jugglers as well.)

A large part of the fair was still in the conceptual phase of Monday morning, with the organization in full swing, but everything will be ready to start by Thursday. In other words, I heard about the fair, but I had to use my imagination for most of it.

The Flower and Garden Pavilion was mostly ready. Not the famous flowers and gardens, but their surroundings.

As I entered, I was greeted by a “Welcome” screen similar to the tables, created from oranges, lemons and lemons. Its central part is the classic mascot of the fair, Pig Thummer. Wow!

Now that, my friends, it’s the LA County Fair that we know and love.

The rest of the building pays homage to the fairs of past decades. There are homages to the past themes of Flowers and Gardens of Mexico, China and Venice. Italy, not California, or otherwise the homage would include tech workers passing by homeless people.

Announcements for the fair’s highlights from the last century include the 1950’s “modern living” house exhibit and the giant slide.

A cut of a red wooden trunk uses the string and rings of the tree to identify notable moments in the fair’s history, such as the Model Garden Railroad debuts, the National Hot Rod Association Museum and the single railroad.

“It represents 100 years of what happened at the fair,” says Marcus Pollitz, the exhibition’s designer.

Speaking of the anniversary, the theme of the fair is “Back to our roots”, which will be displayed in large and small ways.

The vintage photos submitted by the fairs will be projected on a ring inside the Millard Sheets Art Center. Two long-missing food stalls will be back: Piggly Wiggly and Australian Battered Potatoes.

(Coincidentally, a few hours after my tour, a librarian in Pomona volunteered to miss Piggly Wiggly and I could share the latest news that she would be back. I like to make librarians happy.)

Young animals raised in the 4-H and Future Fermers of America programs will return for the first time in 15 years. Cal Poly Pomona will also provide pets for sight and for a pet zoo. In recent years the animals were brought by a tourism exhibition company.

“Since it is our centenary, we thought it was important to reconnect with ag,” says Hernandez. “Our mission will be, how do we keep it in a 21st century world?”

In another call, the War group will launch series of concerts on Thursday along with El Chicano. I do not know how many times the War has played fair, but it must be close to 10 in 100 years.

There will also be new things, like e.g. NextFestLA, in which future bands and DJs will perform. It’s a kind of antidote to Boomer nostalgia acts that fill the podium dates a lot.

A show of low cars will take place during the fair. At the weekend we will see a poetry slam joined by the laureate poet of Pomona, David Judah Oliver. (This is my chance to ask if anything matches “Pomona.”)

And the Millard Sheets Art Center will celebrate the centenary in part by highlighting some of the diversity the fair lacked in its first century.

Speaking of which, every weekend will celebrate a different culture, in turn: Latin American Heritage (May 7-8), African-American Heritage (May 14-15), Asia-American Pacific Islands Weekend (21 -22 May) and finally, Proud Weekend (28-29 May) for our LGBTQ friends.

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