• Tuesday, June 21, 2022 (2:54 pm)

    New character, Sunny, heading to this year’s OC Fair

    Today we held auditions for our new Foodie, and this was one of our favorites – we hired them on the spot!

    We thought it’d be the perfect way to introduce our Lemon’s name. *drumroll*

    Meet SUNNY!!

    This year, Sunny will join his Foodie friends Olivia (the Orange), Arturo the Churro, Cornelius and Strawberry Jan every day at the OC Fair.

    THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our naming contest on social media – we had 250+ votes! John Lemmon came in real close, and there were lots of votes for Twist/Twisty and Drop/Lemon Drop.

    Some of the write-ins were also pretty great. We got tons of variations of Squeezy, Zesty, Lemony and Lemonade. Some of you went with citrus themed, suggesting names like Pucker, Sour and Tart. Others went literal with names like Meyer and Bonnie Brae. Lots recommended we name the Lemon after famous people or characters such as Miley Cytrus, Lemon Stefani, Jack Lemon, Liz Lemon LuluLemon and even Pikalemon. A few gave the Lemon fun last names like Bigfair, McLemonFace and Picket. We especially enjoyed the creative ones like Nomel (lemon spelled backwards) and the French-sounding Sunny Le Monet.

    Don’t forget to say hi to Sunny this summer at the OC Fair!

  • Thursday, June 16, 2022 (5:30 pm)

    Learn all about OC Fair’s Commercial Wine Competition

    The OC Fair Commercial Wine Competition is the largest California-only wine competition and is in its 46th year. Only the best winemakers and winery principles were invited to be a part of the 17 panels of up to five judges who blindly tasted 2,516 wines June 4-5.

    Fran Gitsham, the president of Orange County Wine Society and host of the event, was in charge of this massive production powered by 300 volunteers. “The flow” is how Gitsham referred to the system of how the wines were judged.

    First, the bar-coded wines were poured in sequence by stewards, who delivered them carefully to each table. Once a judging table completed their tasting, they waved a green “pick up glasses” sign, signaling the stewards to retrieve the glasses and walk them to a side room to be cleaned for the next wines. At the same time, their judging forms were picked up and taken to the data validation and entry room. The data was then verified using computerized lists, and by the end of the day they had complete reports of the day’s judging. This was repeated until all wines had been judged.

    Results for the 2022 Commercial Wine Competition are now available at winecompetition.com/results/2022. Plus, the wines will be available to purchase by the glass at the annual OC Fair in the Courtyard. 

  • Wednesday, April 20, 2022 (3:53 pm)

    Employees seeking terrific summer jobs are needed to put on the annual OC Fair

    OC Fair & Event Center needs seasonal workers who are looking for great summer jobs and a fun way to earn money. The theme of this year’s Fair is “Feel the Sunshine.”
    About 1,500 seasonal employees are needed and jobs are posted at ocfair.com/jobs for people 16 and older. Hiring has begun for several positions, with other start dates staggered toward the 2022 OC Fair, July 15-Aug. 14.
    Positions include everything from building exhibits to working as a ticket taker, administrative assistant or customer service representative.
    Open positions are seasonal, part-time with numerous opportunities available in departments such as parking, security and admissions. There are jobs available for those who are interested in being a member of the maintenance team, landscape crew or janitorial group.
    Perks include free admission to the OC Fair, the option to purchase discounted tickets for friends and family and the opportunity to win a Fair employee scholarship.
    Employees will need to follow all health and safety precautions in place at OC Fair & Event Center. More specific information will be provided to applicants and will be based on current protocols from public health agencies.
    For more information, visit ocfair.com/jobs or contact the human resources department at 714-708-1563, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Tickets are on sale now for the 2022 OC Fair and performances in Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena. For more information, visit ocfair.com.

  • Monday, April 11, 2022 (4:11 pm)

    Upcoming April events at OC Fair & Event Center

    ♦ Discovery Day at the Farm, April 14 & April 27
    Discovery Days at Centennial Farm are open to the public and perfect for group visits. Docents are on hand to answer questions during your self-guided tours and there will be extra activities to help students learn about agriculture.

    Hours: Thursday, April 14, and Tuesday, April 27, 9 a.m.-noon
    Where on the fairgrounds: Centennial Farm
    How much: Free admission and parking
    More info: See complete list of dates and reserve your spot at ocfair.com/discoveryday

    ♦ Fight Club OC, April 14
    Pro boxing and MMA bring live action to The Hangar.

    Hours: Thursday, April 14, 7 p.m.
    Where on the fairgrounds: The Hangar
    How much: $60 tickets, parking is $10.
    More info: Visit socafights.com

    ♦ Speaker Series: Mexican American Pilots of WWII, April 16
    Judge Frederick Aguirre will present a photographic display of 11 World War II bomber pilots. He will weave in statistics regarding the service of over 500,000 Mexican American service members in WWII and discuss the challenges they faced due to their Mexican heritage. This speaker series is in conjunction with the museum’s newest exhibit, Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in WWII.

    Hours: Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Where on the fairgrounds: Heroes Hall Museum
    How much: Free admission and parking.
    More info: Registration is required and limited; go to ocfair.com/heroeshall/rsvp

    ♦ Bubble Run, April 16
    Participants run, walk, dance and play across 3 miles of rad real estate. Foam Bogs of colored suds are encountered along the course, bringing back memories of car washes and bathtub bubble beards.

    Hours: Saturday, April 16; check-in begins at 6 a.m.
    The Bubble Run has three separate start times (8, 9 and 10 a.m.). Please plan on arriving 60-90 minutes prior to wave start. Packet pickup is available at Road Runner Sports in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 15, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (no fee). Race Day packet pickup at the OC Fairgrounds is also available ($5 cash-only fee).
    Where on the fairgrounds: Lots I and G
    How much: Free admission (event insurance purchase required, plus fees), parking is $10
    More info: Visit bubblerun.com

    ♦ Foam Glow, April 16
    Foam Glow 5K is a fun-filled experience exposing runners to Glowing Foam and a ton of blacklights all over the course. Glowing runners come from all different ages, shapes, sizes and speeds.

    Hours: Saturday, April 16, 7-10 p.m.; check-in starts at 5 p.m.
    Please plan on arriving 60-90 minutes prior to wave start. Packet pickup is available at Road Runner Sports in Costa Mesa on Friday, April 15, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (no fee). Race Day packet pickup at the OC Fairgrounds is also available ($5 cash-only fee).
    Where on the fairgrounds: Lots I and G
    How much: Free admission (event insurance purchase required, plus fees), parking is $10
    More info: Visit foamglow.com

    ♦ The Original O.C. Swap Meet, April 23-24
    This event was created to provide a space for local small businesses and the community to come together in an outdoor setting. The swap meet showcases products and goods for all to buy and enjoy.

    Hours: Saturday & Sunday, April 23-24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Where on the fairgrounds: Lot D
    How much: Free admission. Parking is $10.
    More info: Check instagram.com/ogocswapmeet, email ogswapmeet@gmail.com or call (949) 302-0355

    ♦ OC Fair Board of Directors meeting, April 28
    OC Fair’s Board of Directors typically meets monthly via Zoom and in person at OC Fair & Event Center. The agenda and location for this meeting will be available later in the month at ocfair.com/public-information/public-meetings.

    The public is invited to watch or participate in Board meetings via Zoom or in person. The meetings, which begin at 9:30 a.m., will also be recorded and posted on our website afterward.

    ♦ The SDCCU OC Marathon Running Festival, April 29-May 1
    Join us as we celebrate Orange County with the 18th Annual OC Running Festival. Event weekend includes OC Half Marathon, Full Marathon, Kids Run the OC and the Celebrate OC 5K – not to mention activations from various sponsors, and the celebrate OC festival!

    OC Lifestyle and Fitness Expo – Friday, April 29, 4 -8 p.m. & Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    OC 5K & Kids Run the OC – Saturday, April 30, 5 p.m. (Finish Line Festival is 3-7 p.m.)
    SDCCU OC Marathon start – Sunday, May 1, 5:30 a.m.
    SDCCU OC Half Marathon start – Sunday, May 1, 6:15 a.m. (Finish Line Festival is 8 a.m.-noon)
    How much: Visit ocmarathon.com for registration fees. Admission to OC Lifestyle & Fitness Expo is free. Parking at OC Fair & Event Center is $10.

    Ongoing events at OC Fair & Event Center
    ♦ COVID testing – Open Monday-Friday
    Free COVID testing on the fairgrounds.

    Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Where on the fairgrounds: Lot E (corner of Fairview and Arlington; enter at Gate 4)
    How much: Free drive-through COVID-19 testing
    More info: Make an appointment online. PCR test results take 24-48 hours.

    ♦ Farmers Market – Every Thursday
    Shop local at this OC Farm Bureau-certified farmers market featuring produce, fresh flowers, fish, hummus, honey, hot sauce and more. Some vendors also sell hot food for lunch such as tamales and tacos/burritos.

    Hours: Thursdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Where on the fairgrounds: Outdoors in Lot D
    How much: Free admission and parking
    More info: Visit ocfarmbureau.org

    ♦ Heroes Hall Museum – Open Wednesday-Sunday
    Visit our museum to view the latest exhibits and learn about local veterans. The museum is currently closed for exhibit installation but will reopen on Feb. 16.

    Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Where on the fairgrounds: Heroes Hall is next to Centennial Farm
    How much: Free admission and parking
    More info: Visit ocfair.com/heroeshall

    ♦ Centennial Farm – Open daily
    Visit our three-acre working farm, which features seasonal crops, farm animals and knowledgeable staff.

    Hours: Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Where on the fairgrounds: Centennial Farm is on the south side of our property
    How much: Free admission and parking
    More info: Visit ocfair.com/centennialfarm

    Coming up in May
    ♦ 626 Night Market OC, May 6-8 & May 13-15
    626 Night Market is back at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. The iconic Californian festival features 200+ food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music and entertainment attractions in an epic event that appeals to all ages. Come happier and hungrier together with friends and family for the biggest reunion of the summer!

    When: May 6-8 and May 13-15
    Hours: Friday, 4-11 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 1-11 p.m.
    Where on the fairgrounds: OC Promenade, Lot G and Lot I
    How much: $5 admission plus fees; free for children 3 and younger. Parking is $10. Most vendors accept cash only; ATMs are available.
    More info: Visit 626 Night Market

    Also in May:
    ♦ AAOC Trade Show & Conference, May 5
    ♦ March for Babies Orange County, May 7
    ♦ California Sneaker Convention, May 7
    ♦ Gem Faire, May 13-15
    ♦ Garden Classes, May 14 & May 21
    ♦ SOS Wild & Crazy Taco Night, May 19
    ♦ Sand Sports Super SWAP, May 21
    ♦ Costa Mesa Speedway, May 21
    ♦ Scottish Fest, May 28-29

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  • Thursday, April 7, 2022 (3:05 pm)

    Imaginology is this weekend!

    Imaginology returns in person this Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10! We’ve got a packed schedule of take-home crafts, science experiments, live performances by local entertainers, youth competitions and more.

    The free two-day event gives students the chance to explore careers in the S.T.E.A.M. fields –that’s science, technology, engineering, arts and math – as well as agriculture education.

    After being canceled in 2020 and going virtual in 2021, this year the family fest returns IN PERSON with activities and entertainment for kids of all ages.

    Programming includes:

    Science exploration

    Local exhibitors like Compass Charter Schools, YMCA of Orange County and Gemology will provide hands-on experimenting. Plus, try a little physical science with activities like hula hoops, Recess Revolution’s free-play area, or Heroes Hall Museum’s Fort Blisters Boot Camp.

    Tech lessons

    The Coder School and National College Resources Foundation will be on hand to talk about the future and the history of computers. Plus, OC Fair has a fun augmented reality activity in which kids can make their own coloring page come alive!

    Engineering playtime

    From woodcarving and scroll saws to Rigamajigs and module trains, there will be plenty to put together at Imaginology. Harbor Soaring Society will host aerospace adventures, Brain Builders will show off robots and LEGOs and Imaginology’s cardboard engineering competition will be on display.

    Arts in crafts, displays and more

    Local entertainers such as dance groups, DJs and music groups will provide live entertainment at the Main Stage. There is also a plethora of hands-on crafting – many of which come with a take-home project! Plus, Imaginology’s mural competition will be on display.

    Math by way of strategy

    We can find math in just about everything (like having students count out the cash for a burger and brat!). But logic and mathematical reasoning is the way to win at chess, and the local Academic Chess chapter will host their annual Tournament of Champions on Saturday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Registration is $30 at strategickids.com.

    Agricultural education

    Livestock competitions and exhibits will be on display throughout Imaginology. Plus, OC Fair & Event Center’s year-round Centennial Farm will feature activities such as radish seed planting, a terrarium makeshop, oxen demos and more – and don’t miss a peek at the piglets born March 16. There will also be blacksmithing demonstrations at the Farm.

    When: Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    How much: Admission is free and most activities are included. Parking is $10. Food will be available for purchase.

    For more information including a full list of exhibitors and food that will be available, visit ocfair.com/steam.

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