O.C. Fair

Hansen: Deep-fried OC Fair culture can be hard to stomach

Hansen: Deep-fried OC Fair culture can be hard to stomach

There are a lot of legendary things at the OC Fair — no, literally.

Baby piggies are stars at the OC Fair

Baby piggies are stars at the OC Fair

Children standing on their tippy-toes huddled around the fence to see the latest stars of the OC Fair's Centennial Farm — the pink, wispy-haired baby pigs.

In-demand dobro master retakes the stage

In-demand dobro master retakes the stage

Billy Joel was the piano man. Young gamers compete to be the guitar hero. Frank Sinatra spent much of his career billed simply as "The Voice."

Fair celebrates opening of Pacific Amphitheatre plaza

Fair celebrates opening of Pacific Amphitheatre plaza

Orange County Fairgrounds officials hosted a grand opening ceremony Thursday night for Plaza Pacifica, a new lobby and entrance area for the Pacific Amphitheatre.

OC Fair-goers dive into opening day

OC Fair-goers dive into opening day

Just minutes before the opening of the 125th OC Fair Friday, food vendors, ride operators and animal trainers were prepping their stations for the thousands of guests at the gate entrance.

JWA exhibit gives fliers insight into the OC Fair

JWA exhibit gives fliers insight into the OC Fair

Polynesian dancers, traveling clowns, baby chicks and Olivia the Orange helped herald Wednesday's opening of a new exhibit at John Wayne Airport that delves into the Orange County Fair's 125 years of history.

Caviar at the OC Fair? You know there's a catch

Caviar at the OC Fair? You know there's a catch

For this year's OC Fair, the deep-fry enthusiasts at the Chicken Charlie's booth will debut their latest creation, a mix of sophistication and sweet indulgence — the deep-fried caviar Twinkie.

America kicks off OC Fair's summer concert series

America kicks off OC Fair's summer concert series

Several icons of American music — plus, for that matter, a British band named America — will take the Pacific Amphitheatre stage this summer during the OC Fair.

OC Fair bringing back its cattle drive this summer

OC Fair bringing back its cattle drive this summer

Hundreds of cattle will again line Costa Mesa streets as the Orange County Fair's cattle drive returns Aug. 8 after last appearing seven years ago.

Signs of the OC Fair get swept away; fewer visitors, but they spent more

Signs of the OC Fair get swept away; fewer visitors, but they spent more

The Costa Mesa skyline is no longer lit up by the bright lights from the rides at the Orange County Fair, but that doesn't mean the fair is over — at least not for a crew tasked with cleaning up after the 24-day event.

Clydesdales put in a five-day hitch at the fair

Clydesdales put in a five-day hitch at the fair

The iconic Budweiser Clydesdales returned to the Orange County Fair this summer after a two year hiatus.

Police chiefs' zany mano a mano

Police chiefs' zany mano a mano

It's just before 6 p.m., and Costa Mesa's police chief has already had a frenetic day. In about two hours, though, it'll take a turn for the strange, the likes of which he's never quite experienced before.

Fairgoers gobble up turkey racing

Fairgoers gobble up turkey racing

Nancy Riegler is the first to admit that nobody plans to spend a lifetime racing turkeys.

Officials: OC Fair vendor temporarily shut down for tax investigation

Officials: OC Fair vendor temporarily shut down for tax investigation

An OC Fair food vendor temporarily ceased operations Friday in response to a state investigation, according to fairgrounds officials.

Virgen: Extreme Rodeo lives up to name

Virgen: Extreme Rodeo lives up to name

Growing up in Compton wasn't that bad, Chris Byrd said. He was said it was a "little rough," and he knew a few people who were gangbangers.

Democrats, Republicans are 'friends' at the fair

Democrats, Republicans are 'friends' at the fair

The Orange County Fair always features a wide array of animals, such as cows, bunnies and sheep.

Audiences love these guys, yeah, yeah, yeah

Audiences love these guys, yeah, yeah, yeah

Week after week, Ron McNeil and his bandmates go onstage and impersonate four of the most beloved, admired, documented, mythologized, scrutinized, retailed and altogether idolized men of the last century.

A fair share of pampering

A fair share of pampering

Between the deep-fried, bacon-wrapped whiskey and the stomach-churning rides, the Orange County Fair isn't really designed to do a body good.

Shop till they drop at the OC Fair

Shop till they drop at the OC Fair

Bonnie Callow emerged from the Festival of Products area of the Orange County Fair, her arms straining under the weight of multiple shopping bags.

You might be a comedian if ...

You might be a comedian if ...

Plenty of fifth-graders will be present. With the July sun blazing, a few necks may turn red. And lots of food will be available, even if much of it comes fried rather than baked.

The Go-Go's head to OC Fair with a new beat and big plans

The Go-Go's head to OC Fair with a new beat and big plans

Top secret: The Go-Go's drummer, Gina Schock, has never taken a music lesson in her life.

Beekeeper starts a buzz at the OC Fair

Beekeeper starts a buzz at the OC Fair

A bee sting once caused Amy Cripps' foot to swell to the point where she couldn't walk. Another time, while working with a hive, a stinger ended up in her lip.

Steppenwolf more than a band to these veterans

Steppenwolf more than a band to these veterans

In 1969, John Kay was on a ride with Steppenwolf. And so was Don Clark.

Farming at the OC Fair: Students learn joy, sadness of raising livestock

Farming at the OC Fair: Students learn joy, sadness of raising livestock

For many of the students participating in the Junior Livestock Auction at the OC Fair, the auctions Saturday are a bittersweet moment, bringing the sadness of saying goodbye with the prospect of having their months of work rewarded.

OC Fair from the fruit's perspective

OC Fair from the fruit's perspective

For all the many temptations that the OC Fair offers, Lynsee DiMiceli sometimes enjoys nothing there more than air conditioning, a water cooler and a comfortable couch.

New OC Fair judge has years of his own veggie tales

New OC Fair judge has years of his own veggie tales

For 20 years, Joe Ott's picture-perfect fruits and vegetables won blue ribbons at the Orange County Fair.

Ziggy Marley returning to OC Fair with a new sound

Ziggy Marley returning to OC Fair with a new sound

As Ziggy Marley sat in his home recording studio, he took out a scrap of paper and thought about what would become his fifth solo studio album. He jotted down life experiences and feelings about freedom and love.

Bacon-wrapped Jack Daniel's, fried Doritos, Pop Rocks doughnuts? It's the O.C. Fair

Bacon-wrapped Jack Daniel's, fried Doritos, Pop Rocks doughnuts? It's the O.C. Fair

County fairs are not for the faint of heart. They take stamina, sunscreen, a willingness to be a serious gourmand and, for those determined to plunge into a deep fried food-induced coma, plenty of antacid. 

Advertisement

O.C. Fair Information

OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa


FAIR HOURS:

July 17 to Aug. 16
Open Wednesday through Sunday
Wednesday to Friday: noon to midnight
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to midnight


BOX OFFICE:

The OC Fair Box Office at the Pacific Amphitheatre is at 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.
Current Box Office Hours:
Wednesday through Sunday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at
(800) 745 –3000. Tickets also are available at any on-site admission booth (admission booths are available at all public entries and are open the Fair days and hours listed above.)

To purchase a Super Pass, which gives you admission for all 23 days, click here.


ADMISSION:

General (ages 13–59): $12
Seniors (60+): $7
Youth (6–12): $7
Children 5 and younger get in free every day.


PARKING:

Parking is cash only.
$10 per vehicle
$20 per bus or limo


ENTERTAINMENT:

Click here for the concert schedule for the Pacific Amphitheatre.

Click here for the show schedule for The Hangar.

Click here for tickets to events in the Action Sports Arena.

Click here for a list of ongoing fair exhibits.


COMPETITIONS:

Click here to find out more information about fair competitions.


PROMOTIONS:

Click here to learn more about fair specials and promotions.


Source: OCFair.com