• Thursday, September 26, 2019 (5:07 pm)

    OC Fair & Event Center wins 13 IFEA 2019 Pinnacle Awards

    The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) recognized the most outstanding examples of quality and creativity in the festivals and events industry on Sept. 25 at the IFEA’s 64th Annual Convention with the presentation of winners of the 2019 Pinnacle Awards.

    Sponsored Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, the professional competition draws entries from some of the world’s top festivals and events. Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as the Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, OH; the OC Fair in Costa Mesa, CA; the Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, IA; the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC; and the Philadelphia Flower Show.

    Awards were handed out in 69 categories and OC Fair & Event Center won 13 awards including eight gold, four silver and one bronze. The awards were for the annual OC Fair as well as year-round events on the fairgrounds. Gold winners included Best Event Within an Event, Best TV Promotion, Best Promotional Poster and Best New Event.

    Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) is The Premier Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide. In partnership with global affiliates under the umbrellas of IFEA Africa, IFEA Asia, IFEA Australia, IFEA Europe, IFEA Latin America, IFEA Middle East (MENASA), and IFEA North America, the organization’s common vision is for “A Globally United Industry that Touches Lives in a Positive Way through Celebration.” The Association offers the most complete source of ideas, resources, information, education and networking for festival and event professionals worldwide.

  • Monday, September 16, 2019 (4:00 pm)

    Skyhawk aircraft to be transported to Heroes Hall on Sept. 26

    The Vietnam-era A-4M Skyhawk aircraft will be relocated from the Santa Ana Civic Center to Heroes Hall late on Sept. 26. The plane has been a part of Civic Center Plaza for more than a decade, but has to be moved due to construction plans.

    The aircraft will be transported to OC Fair & Event Center overnight and will be lifted onto its new display pedestal which is surrounded by hardscape and seating areas. The Skyhawk will be officially unveiled at the annual Salute to Veterans event on Nov. 9.

    Preparations for the move will begin at 8 p.m. as the plane is detached and removed from its current mounting and loaded for transport. The aircraft will begin its move from the Civic Center at approx. 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 26. Bragg Crane and Rigging will carry the Skyhawk north on Broadway, then down Civic Center Drive to Fairview Road, and on to the fairgrounds at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa.

    The California Highway Patrol will escort the plane on the approx. 15-mile journey to its new place of honor at Heroes Hall. The move is expected to be completed by 5:30 a.m. or earlier on Sept. 27.

    The aircraft is on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla.

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019 (10:21 am)

    Centennial Farm is celebrating 30 years with community BBQ celebration event

    There’s going to be a hoedown at Centennial Farm and the community is invited to join in to celebrate 30 years of agriculture education and fun.
    The birthday bash will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 2 to 6 p.m. at OC Fair & Event Center’s year-round working farm.
    A BBQ featuring chicken and tri-tip with all the fixings, tractor rides, line dancing, family-friendly lawn games, farm tours and entertainment are in store for attendees. There will be a special cake served at 4 p.m.
    Tickets are $25 in advance (plus Ticketmaster fees) and $30 on the day of the event. Tickets are on sale now.

  • Tuesday, August 20, 2019 (11:44 am)

    A haunted beer festival? Yes – it’s Boo Ha Ha Oct. 25 & 26!

    Brew Ha Ha Productions and the OC Fair are proud to present Boo Ha Ha – A Haunted Oktobeerfest  on Oct. 25 & 26. The event will feature three hours of unlimited beer tastings, live music from Dead Man’s Party and Metalachi, competitions, costume contests and more. Costumes are strongly encouraged! Boo Ha Ha is a 21 and older event.

    When: Friday & Saturday, Oct. 25-26, 6 p.m.-midnight

    Where: OC Fair & Event Center

    How much: $45 general admission, $70 VIP

    More info: Visit theboohaha.com 

  • (11:39 am)

    You’re invited to a hoedown! Community BBQ Oct. 5 to celebrate 30 years of Centennial Farm

    Centennial Farm is turning 30! Join us for a community BBQ celebration.

    The Centennial Farm 30th Anniversary Community BBQ and Hoedown is a family-friendly event with food, entertainment, games, farm tours and more for adults and children. The event will be held at Centennial Farm, the year-round working farm at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

    All are welcome to celebrate 30 years of agriculture education provided to the community through after-school programs, garden and food preservation classes, Jr. Farmer Tours, field trips and the annual OC Fair.

    When: Saturday, Oct. 5, 2-6 p.m.

    How much: Tickets are $25 through Oct. 4 and $30 at the door.  Get tickets now.

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