Tuesday, July 14, 2015

OC Fair's: One Big Party Opens This Week Win Tickets | @OCFair #Giveaway

Summer time means that the Orange County Fair is coming to Costa Mesa, California.  If you are looking for food, animals, rides, concerts and games, you won't want to miss it!  This year marks 125 years of fair that goes on for 23 days.  This years “One Big Party” will be held July 17-August 16, 2015.

As a long standing tradition that started with my 4H and FFA days, the OC Fair has something for everyone in my family.  My husband loves the creative food variety that brings people from states away.  Bacon?  YUP!  There is pretty much bacon wrapped everything.  

My kids love the carnival games and rides!  Last year we had a whole cart full of prizes that they won!  

My children actually attended their first concert here and the Pacific Amphitheatre has a great family friendly lineup.  Some of the bands playing are: 
  • Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo / Dennis DeYoung
  • The Band Perry / Annie McQueen
  • Huey Lewis & The News
  • Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas
  • Austin Mahone / Kalin & Myle s
  • Capital Cities / Big Data
  • Charli XCX / Bleachers
  • Deep Purple / Foghat
  • Gabriel Iglesias and SO many more!  Check out the concert lineup at the Pacific Amphitheatre and the Hangar.

What's New?


FAIRENHEIT 32° (Ice-skating)

Fairgoers can stay cool this summer in the OC Fair’s newest feature, Fairhenheit 32°. This area will have a real ice skating rink and an Ice Museum. Skate rental fees apply and guests are not permitted to bring their own skates. Viewing of the Ice Museum is free with Fair admission. Open daily.


With nimble fingers and hands, Sand Artist Joe Castillo makes grains of sand dance and move, set to music, in a beautiful display of unique storytelling twice nightly during the 2015 OC Fair on the new Plaza Pacifica Stage. Joe was even a finalist on “America’s Got Talent.” Performances are free with Fair admission.


The OC Fair has commissioned Sandscapes to offer Fairgoers an impressive sand sculpture for this year’s theme, “One Big Party.” This year’s sculpture will feature approximately 300 tons of sand that will be sculpted during Fair hours inside the Fair Square area near Blue Gate. Viewing of the sculpture will be free with Fair admission.


The cows will come home to the Fair for the return of the OC Fair Cattle Drive on August 8. Cowboys and cowgirls on horseback will escort more than a hundred head of cattle through Costa Mesa streets to the Fair. Viewing of the cattle drive will be free.


Family-friendly entertainment full of action and excitement will be offered daily in the Action Sports Arena with each show offering a free seat at the show with any Fair admission ticket (limited availability on a first-come, first-seated basis.) The 2015 lineup includes the always popular demolition derby series plus motorized events, rodeo, monster trucks, mixed martial arts and new-for-2015 Cavalla Equestrian Arts – Ma’Ceo. All events offer reserved seats that include free Fair admission for the same day.

RUNNING- OC Fair 5k Fun Run

On Sunday, August 9, hundreds of participants will run, walk and skip through the Fair. Those not concerned with finishing first can partake in rides, games and other detours to fun on this special 5K route before the Fair opens to the public. Organized in conjunction with the OC Marathon, the 5K starts at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is available at ocfair5k.com.


The OC Fair also presents exhibit galleries filled with award-winning photographs, paintings, ceramics, woodworking, cakes, cookies, quilts and more displays of talent by Southern California residents. Entry deadlines for most competitions are in early June, please visit ocfair.com/competitions for more details. The Fair will also feature several talented artists with exhibits about printmaker Charleton Christy, Sogetsu Ikebana, Plein Air Painting, author Chris Epting and more. Viewing of the exhibits is free with Fair admission.


The 2015 OC Fair will offer a variety of ways for guests to save on admission, food and fun including the popular $2 Taste of Fair Food on Fridays from Noon-4 p.m. and Kids and Senior Days on Thursdays and Fridays, respectively. The best way to enjoy the OC Fair for a great price is with a 2015 Super Pass, valid for admission all 23 days of the 2015 OC Fair plus discounts on concerts, action sports and carnival. The Super Pass is currently available at ocfair.com/superpass or from the on-site Box Office (open limited days.) Road warriors can take a break on the weekend and enjoy a ride directly to the Fair on the OC Fair Express offered by OCTA from nine transit locations in Orange County Friday-Sunday ($2 fare each way.) Each OC Fair Express rider also receives a coupon for $3 Fair admission.

The OC Fair & Event Center is located off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. For more information, please visit ocfair.com, become a fan at Facebook.com/OCFair, follow us at twitter.com/ocfair or call (714) 708-1500.

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DISCLAIMER: My family will attend a media event at the OC Fair. All thoughts and ideas are my own. Do not use any photos without permission.