LA County Fair it is a loving but somewhat transient event. It’s about four weeks or so, then the tents are hit, the walks are dismantled, the deep fat blowers are inserted through the hose and so on until next year.
It attracts 1 million visitors and for many it is a tradition. And yet people are not as obsessed with it as Disneyland. No website or amateur book presents changes, or rumors of changes, or documents its past.
In 100 years, in fact, there has never been a book about the fair. Until now.
This would be my title: “100 Years of the Los Angeles County Fair, 25 Years of Stories.” It’s a collection of everything I’ve written about the fair over the past, sips, a quarter of a century. (Where did the time go?)
This is my fourth book by Upland-based publisher Pelekinesis, which collects all past columns and was published on May 1st.
From happy circumstances, that day I was the host of the Pomona Concert Band’s 75th anniversary concert. Were you there? More than 250 people sat happily on benches or in the lawn of Ganesha Park on a sunny Sunday afternoon, listening to the group and enduring my vague comments between songs.
I was allowed to announce the availability of my book. Do not be fooled into talking about Pomona. People then lined up for a copy, with reader Helen Young catching the first one. Tim and Carol Hite bought four, one for themselves and three for friends. It was an encouraging start.
Before I lowered myself to insert my book here, KPCC-FM took me with it. An Air Talk producer contacted me on Thursday to ask if I would be a guest on the show later that morning for a segment for the opening day of the fair.
Presenter Larry Mantle, apparently, is a fan of the fair and we talked lightly about its history and movement from September to May. He says he can hardly detach himself from the demonstrations of miracle products.
And he accepted calls from listeners, including from “Claudia,” a longtime docent at the Millard Sheets Art Center. I immediately recognized the voice of my friend Claudia Lennear, the spiritual singer and former Ikette who lives in Pomona. She then called me to tell me she was so glad she heard me on the radio that she had to come in.
So being on “Air Talk” was a wonderful experience around. And I thank Larry for mentioning the title of my book four times, while just as often closing down my role as a columnist.
Now for my book. I have attended the fair almost as long as I have been in the newspaper and I have not lost a single year. I even went for a tour in 2020 when the fair did not take place.
Talk about dedication: I will attend the fair even if there is no fair to see.
And every year I write about the fair. It’s hard to say which Pomona institution I like best: the county fair or the City Council.
Yes, the fair is horny, it is cheese, it is corn with cheese on it. I like to flatter myself that I am an urban sophist. But this former midwife always gets a kick out of the county fair.
A couple of years ago, as the centenary of the fair approached, it occurred to me that I could have written enough about the fair to fill a book. During the pandemic, putting together a book was the last of my worries, but 2022 still seemed like a good target.
When the fair moved from September to May, I had to change high equipment. We got this book together within a few weeks to get it ready for it 100th Fair.
Having followed for 25 years, give or take, is the little potato in the scheme of things. Reader Doris Platt tells me she goes every year since 1955. However, a quarter of the fair’s 100 years is nothing.
And it turns out that while the fair has been included in Pomona’s stories, it has never been the focus of a book, fair officials confirm. How about that!
Of course you can order the book from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other booksellers. Some events are on file where you can get one from me personally ($ 22).
• First is Kiwanis Upland at 7 a.m. Wednesday; this is more of a private matter, but if you belong to Kiwanis, join us.
• I will be at the fair myself – sound! – from noon to 2pm on May 14 in the shady courtyard near the Millard Sheets Art Center, selling and signing books. Miguel Santana, the former CEO of the fair, promises to pass by. He is in the cover photo, riding with me on Sky Ride.
• I will read, talk and ask questions from 2pm to 3:30 pm on May 15 at the cozy independent bookstore Cafe con Libros, 280 W. Second St. in Pomona, I will then sell and sign books. Come see me!
• Finally (so far), I will do the same from 4pm to 5pm on May 18 at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave. There is talk of serving either popcorn or funnel cakes for that honest spirit of the county. But do not worry if you have to indulge in small store-bought cake.
More events will be announced here as planned. If you want to accommodate me somewhere, just ask. If I can accommodate you while still meeting the column deadlines, I will.
I will be curious which parts of our coverage area are interested in the fair. Does Riverside care? I do not know. Although it was encouraging when a friend from Riverside told me that her parents always took her as a girl and that they continue to attend.
Hey, it’s the largest county fair in North America in size and one of the most popular in terms of attendance. Someone will go to this thing.
Reminds me: The fair takes place every Thursday until Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., until May 30th. Go, look! It is an Americana slice, coated with sugar and deep fried.
Writing on Friday about my disbelief in new state population figures showing Rancho Cucamonga lost eight residents, I wondered if they had moved to Anaheim or Azusa. This was a joke of Jack Benny. Reader Dami An Philipp changed the reference to Bugs Bunny, saying: “The citizens of Cucamonga most likely missed the left turn at Albuquerque.”
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