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.
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."
Orange County Fairgrounds officials hosted a grand opening ceremony Thursday night for Plaza Pacifica, a new lobby and entrance area for the Pacific Amphitheatre.
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.
The OC Fair turns 125 this year. And it's seeking wisdom in its advanced age.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The iconic Budweiser Clydesdales returned to the Orange County Fair this summer after a two year hiatus.
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.
Nancy Riegler is the first to admit that nobody plans to spend a lifetime racing turkeys.
An OC Fair food vendor temporarily ceased operations Friday in response to a state investigation, according to fairgrounds officials.
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.
The Orange County Fair always features a wide array of animals, such as cows, bunnies and sheep.
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.
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.
Bonnie Callow emerged from the Festival of Products area of the Orange County Fair, her arms straining under the weight of multiple shopping bags.
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.
Top secret: The Go-Go's drummer, Gina Schock, has never taken a music lesson in her life.
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.
In 1969, John Kay was on a ride with Steppenwolf. And so was Don Clark.
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.
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.
For 20 years, Joe Ott's picture-perfect fruits and vegetables won blue ribbons at the Orange County Fair.
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.
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.
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa
July 17 to Aug. 16
Open Wednesday through Sunday
Wednesday to Friday: noon to midnight
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to midnight
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.
General (ages 13–59): $12
Seniors (60+): $7
Youth (6–12): $7
Children 5 and younger get in free every day.
Parking is cash only.
$10 per vehicle
$20 per bus or limo
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.
Click here to find out more information about fair competitions.
Click here to learn more about fair specials and promotions.