• September 23, 2021 (4:46 pm)

    Gov. Newsom appoints Melahat Rafiei to OC Fair Board

    SACRAMENTO (Sept. 21, 2021) – Melahat Rafiei, 44, of Anaheim, has been appointed to the 32nd District Agricultural Association (Orange County Fair Board).

    Rafiei has been Secretary at the California Democratic Party since 2021. She has been Principal at Progressive Solutions Consulting since 2009 and a Co-Founder of WeCann since 2017. Rafiei was Executive Director at the Democratic Party of Orange County from 2007 to 2009 and a Board Member at the Community Action Fund from 2007 to 2013. She is a delegate for the California Democratic Party and a member of Democratic National Committee and the City of Anaheim’s Cultural and Heritage Commission. 

    View governor’s official announcement


  • August 25, 2021 (11:23 am)

    OC Fair announces final attendance numbers for 2021 event

    The OC Fair has announced that 1,055,770 guests attended the 2021 event which ran from July 16 through Aug. 15, 2021.

    Advance tickets were required for the first time as the Fair moved forward with limited daily capacity and a slightly slimmed down array of booths and attractions.  Also for the first time, the OC Fair sold out 16 of its 23 days due to capacity limitations.

    “While we’re so pleased that more than a million people came out to support the return of the OC Fair this year, increased attendance is no longer a number by which we will measure the success of the Fair,” said OC Fair & Event Center CEO Michele Richards. “More important to us is the great guest experience we were able to create, our ability to responsibly manage our resources and achieve profitability, and our efforts to be good neighbors and support the community in times of need.”

    “Time for Fun,” was the theme of this year’s Fair and guests agreed. The 2021 guest survey showed that the Fair earned an overall enjoyment rating of 4.2 out of 5 and the advance ticketing process earned a 4.5 out of 5 rating from visitors.

    Some 16 percent who answered the survey said they attended the OC Fair for the first time and fairgoers said their favorite parts of the event were food, animals and exhibits.

    Visitors also enjoyed music at this year’s Fair with 20 sold-out concerts in The Hangar and so far nine sold-out shows in Pacific Amphitheatre.

    Concerts under the stars are continuing with five more shows in Pacific Amphitheatre:
    Aug. 25 – Goo Goo Dolls / Sister Hazel – Buy tickets
    Aug. 26 – Flaming Lips / Greer – Buy tickets
    Sept. 2 – Chase Rice / Breland – Buy tickets
    Sept. 11 – Pacific Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture – Buy tickets 
    Sept. 23 – Hank Williams Jr. / Jackson Dean – Buy tickets

    The 2020 OC Fair was canceled due to the pandemic and a virtual event was held online. Attendance at the 2019 OC Fair was 1,393,482.


  • (10:39 am)

    OC Fair & Event Center receives grant from SBA

    OC Fair & Event Center has been notified that it will receive a Shuttered Venue Operator Grant from the Small Business Administration of approximately $4.888 million.

    The grant will help to replace the revenue lost from 2020 when the OC Fair performances in The Hangar and Pacific Amphitheatre summer concert series were canceled.

    The SVOG grant money must be spent specifically on replacing the lost revenue and it will be earmarked to offset costs from the 2021 Hangar performances and Pacific Amphitheatre concert series.

    CEO Michele Richards said the grant is “very welcomed relief from a lost concert season.”
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  • August 16, 2021 (1:21 pm)

    Sun sets on the 2021 OC Fair – it’s a wrap!

    The 2021 OC Fair is a wrap and there were several firsts and a whole lot of summer memories for fairgoers who felt it was “Time for Fun,” the theme of this year’s Fair which ran from July 16 through Aug. 15.

    Advance tickets were required for the first time as the Fair moved forward with limited daily capacity and a slightly slimmed down array of booths and attractions.

    Here’s a look at this year’s Fair by the numbers:

    16 sold-out days – For the first time, the OC Fair had sold-out days and 16 of the 23 days maxed out. Fairgoers also got to enjoy two additional hours with gates opening at 10 a.m. instead of noon. The Fair Board voted to keep admission and parking prices the same as in 2019.

    Preliminary figures show that just over one million fairgoers agreed that it was Time for Fun and came out to enjoy summer’s most anticipated event. Also for the first time, there was a limit of approx. 45,000 tickets sold daily for Fair admission, The Hangar concerts and shows in Pacific Amphitheatre. There were some ticket types already in the market, such as promotional tickets and passes, that were taken into account.

    “While we’re so pleased that more than a million people came out to support the return of the OC Fair this year, increased attendance is no longer a number by which we will measure the success of the Fair,” said OC Fair & Event Center CEO Michele Richards.
    “More important to us is the great guest experience we were able to create, our ability to responsibly manage our resources and achieve profitability, and our efforts to be good neighbors and support the community in times of need.”

    3,091 entries competed for blue ribbons – There were1,588 adult cut flower entries, 134 youth cut flowers entries, 1,060 adult fruit & vegetable entries and 300 youth fruit and vegetable entries for a total of 331 exhibitors.

    2.5 million carnival rides were enjoyed by fairgoers and their favorites were Skyride, La Grande Wheel XL, Euroslide, Rave Wave and Titan. The top three games were Bottle Up, Big Water Race and Bank A Ball. More than 30,000 Fast Passes were sold in the carnival

    100 semi-trailer loads full of stuffed toys were received at OC Fair to be awarded to carnival game winners. The No. 1 most-requested prize for the past five years remained Pokemon characters. The two new favorite items on midway are the Squismallows and Bob Ross stuffed doll.

    72 pallets of merchandise were delivered to the OC Fair’s Lolo Boutiques booth.

    75,900 fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies were baked from scratch at Mom’s Bakeshoppe using one ton of flour, two tons of brown sugar, more than 100 pounds of margarine, 4,600 eggs and a whopping 1,062,600 mini chocolate chips.

    10 pallets of Oreos were deep-fried at RCS food stands along with two swimming pools full of Flaming Hot Cheetos added to Biggy’s food items. They reported that their top-three food items were corn dogs, deep-fried Oreos and pizza slices.

    10,000 avocados, 10,000 waffle cones, 10,000 pounds of flour and more than 10,000 Oreo cookies were served up at the Chicken Charlie’s stands throughout the fairgrounds.

    9,404 kids took advantage of the Read & Ride program and received 28,212 free carnival rides for reading books and writing or drawing reports.

    7,700 pounds of Ten Pound Buns were served up at this year’s OC Fair.

    “There really is something for everyone at the OC Fair,” said OC Fair Board Chair Natalie Rubalcava-Garcia. “We are so proud of the economic impact OC Fair has on Orange County, generating $300 million in economic impact and creating over 3,000 jobs. Although the 23 days of the fair have to come to an end, we are so grateful for the success of the fair and the support from our community and look forward to the 2022 Fair. On behalf of the Board, I’d like to thank staff, partners and guests for making this OC Fair such a wonderful event.”

    300 volunteer hours and 1,200 jars of canned fresh produce were the results of work from UCCE Master Food Preservers over the course of the Fair.

    One new OC Fair Foodie costumed character was introduced this year and Strawberry Jan made her debut, posing for photos daily and parading through the fairgrounds.

    237,591 cars were parked during the Fair and the organization awarded $2,500 in scholarship money for the annual employee essay contest.

    73,970 pounds of recycling were diverted from landfills during the Fair and 6,000 gallons of cooking oil were also recycled.

    $131,898 was paid out to agriculture students through the Junior Livestock Auction and this year we saw the sale of 103 animals.

    20 concerts were sold out in The Hangar and, so far, there have been nine sold-out shows in Pacific Amphitheatre.

    Concerts under the stars are continuing with these upcoming shows in Pacific Amphitheatre:
    Aug. 20 – Colbie Caillat / Natasha Bedingfield / Diana DeMuth
    Aug. 21- “Toy Story” with the Pacific Symphony (the animated movie will be shown during the concert)
    Aug. 22 – Ramon Ayala / Enigma Norteno
    Aug. 25 – Goo Goo Dolls / Sister Hazel
    Aug. 26 – Flaming Lips / Greer
    Sept. 2 – Chase Rice / Breland
    Tickets are for sale on Ticketmaster.

    Sept. 11, Pacific Symphony will perform Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture, complete with pyrotechnics, in Pacific Amphitheatre. Tickets are available via pacificsymphony.org.

    Sept. 23, country artist Hank Williams Jr. will close out the season at Pacific Amphitheatre when he performs with special guest Jackson Dean. Tickets are for sale on Ticketmaster.

    The 2020 OC Fair was canceled due to the pandemic and a virtual event was held online. Attendance at the 2019 OC Fair was 1,393,482.


  • August 13, 2021 (6:29 am)

    Final weekend of 2021 OC Fair sold out

    2021 OC Fair admission is sold out for the final weekend of Aug. 13-15. Advance ticket purchase is required as there is limited daily capacity. No tickets will be sold at entry gates.

    On days when OC Fair admission is sold out, there may still be concert tickets available for Pacific Amphitheatre or The Hangar which include same-day Fair entry. There is a limited supply of show tickets and they are sold on a first come, first served basis.


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