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.
Thousands flocked to the Orange County Fair on Friday afternoon to get their hands on deep-fried concoctions, slabs of meat wrapped in bacon and, of course, oversized stuffed animals.
When Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman takes the stage on the OC Fair's opening night Friday, he may play to some audience members for whom he played a vital role in childhood.
It's not summer in Orange County until the first fried concoction has been consumed and the iconic Ferris wheel makes its initial turn, at least according to this year's fair theme, "Summer Starts Here."
In recent years, the Orange County Fairgrounds property was in "battleship" mode, "firing at targets and being fired upon," a management consultant told the Fair Board during its monthly meeting Thursday.
The Orange County Fair intends to be quiet this year, at least from the outside.
The OC Fair & Event Center has finalized the live-music schedule for this summer's fair, with a decade-spanning lineup that includes British Invasion pop, 1980s new wave and Orange County-based punk.
The Orange County district attorney has cleared a former state senator of accusations that he inappropriately lobbied legislators during a 2009 attempt to privatize the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.
The Orange County Fair will brand itself as the starting gun for the summer season this year.
To young cancer patients nationwide, Roger Daltrey is the new boss.
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa
July 11 to Aug. 10
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 Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at
(800) 745 –3000.
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
OC FAIR APP:
This app available via iTunes and Google Play (Android) and features a food locator, weather, maps, schedules and a car finder. Download before you head to the fair!
Every Wednesday & Thursday: $30 unlimited carnival ride wristbands, plus two free games.
(Sold until 5 p.m. and valid until 8 p.m.)
Every Friday: $2 rides and $2 games. (Sold until 4 p.m.)
Fun Pass: Sold daily in $5, $20, $50 and $100 packages. Valid for rides and games.
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.