OC Fair Foodies: New this year, the OC Fair has taken its most recognizable and edible features and made a new Fair family of food-themed characters. Scoop (ice cream cone), Carl (cotton candy), Olivia (orange), Mike (bacon-wrapped turkey leg) and more foodies will be featured as graphics, purchasable plush toys and costumed characters throughout the Fair.
Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders: This isn’t your average circus sideshow. Instead of bearded ladies and fire-breathing acrobats, creepy crawlies like millipedes, tarantulas, scorpions and other creatures are the featured attractions. This new, free exhibit puts a fun, traveling-circus twist on the amazing world of insects with a variety of exotic creatures from around the world alive and on view.
Summer in the Cities: The OC Fair isn’t just about rides, food and cute animals, it’s also about community and this year it is showcasing what makes its home, Orange County, so amazing. The multi-faceted celebration features a free nightly video presentation of photographs, some taken and submitted by residents of Orange County displayed on a 40-foot screen in The Hangar, which is accompanied by music and pyrotechnics.
Additionally, the OC Fair is dedicating specific days to celebrate individual cities in the County by showcasing local entertainers and community groups and offering residents discount admission (with coupon).
Sand Sculpture: The OC Fair is excited to welcome back the popular sand castle designers and builders as they carve a larger-than-life, Fair-themed sand sculpture out of three hundred tons of sand, live during the run of Fair.
Culinary Demonstrations: Broaden your culinary prowess at any of the various culinary demonstrations offered for free during the Fair. Culinary professionals will demonstrate and discuss everything from vegan cuisine to bacon candy and more. Specific dates and times vary. Plus celebrity chefs Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu of La Casita Mexicana Restaurant in Los Angeles and Michael Chiarello of Bottega in Napa Valley and Coqueta in San Francisco will offer demonstrations in The Hangar on July 20 and August 1 respectively
Fun With Food: The Fair’s food exhibits go against the rule “don’t play with your food” with amazing sculptures and displays made out of fruit, vegetables, and sugar. Food sculpture Chef Ray Duey will amaze as he beautifully transforms an average melon into a stunning work of art. Sugar master Shaile Socher will take sugar and turn it into sweet displays of edible flowers. And back by popular demand, the chocolate exhibit will again entice and educate with a historical timeline and the Fair’s collection of vintage memorabilia. Chocolate- and confection-making demonstrations and gourmet sweets will be available for purchase.
Featured Artists: World-renowned artists specializing in painting, sculpting, photography, woodworking and other fine arts will display their award-winning pieces and hold demonstrations and question-and-answer sessions.
Blue Ribbon Greatness: See who submitted the best in fine art, photography, floral arranging, quilting, cake-decorating, table-setting, home grown fruit and vegetable contests and other Fair competitions this year.
Fair Favorites: The Fair will also feature free-with-admission favorites like All-Alaskan Racing Pigs, Russell Brothers Circus, Comedy Hypnotist Mark Yuzuik, Peking Acrobats, livestock displays, a petting zoo and more.
The 2013 OC Fair, themed Come & Get It, is July 12 – August 11 and brings 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports and fun, as well as the Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena. The Fair is open Wednesday-Sunday.
The OC Fair & Event Center is located off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa.