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L.A. County Fair tickets now on sale

On January 25, 100 days before its centennial kick-off, Los Angeles County Fair tickets went on sale to the public at www.lacountyfair.com.

Advanced online senior (60+) and child (ages six – 12) tickets valid for one restricted day begin at $8, while senior and child tickets valid for any day between May 5 and 30 start at $12. Advanced online adult (ages 13 – 59) tickets valid for one restricted day begin at $15 and adult tickets valid for any day the fair go for $20 per ticket.

Restricted tickets purchased online on the day-of attendance for seniors and children begin at $8 also; in addition, senior and child tickets purchased online on the day-of attendance valid for any day also start at $8. Adult tickets purchased online the day-of attendance, valid for one restricted day, begin at $18, and adult tickets purchased online the day-of attendance valid for any day the fair go for $23.

At the gate, child tickets on restricted dates begin at $8; then go up to $12 on a valid ‘any day’ date. Senior tickets on restricted dates start at $10 at the gate, then go to $15 on a valid ‘any day’ date. Restricted adult tickets begin at $20, then go up to $25 on a valid ‘any day’ date at the gate.

Children ages 5 and under do not need a ticket to attend the fair. Restricted days fall on May 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 26 and 30. Restricted tickets are only valid on days permitted.

A weekday season pass voucher for the fair starts as low as $19 and grants fairgoers admission to the park on select Thursdays and Fridays throughout the fair season with an additional date on Monday, May 30. A season pass voucher valid on restricted days begins at $30.

A premium season pass, which starts at $60, gives fairgoers admission to the fair any day the fair is operating including Memorial Day.

Season pass packages for parties of four are also available. A package consisting of four season passes covering only restricted days begins at $75. Finally, a season pass package of four granting admission for any fair operation day starts at $179.

The L.A. County Fair will be hosted at the Pomona Fairplex fairgrounds between May 5 and May 30, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. This year’s theme, “Back to Our Roots,” pays homage to the fair’s origins after being founded one century ago. Fairgoers are welcomed to celebrate “the nostalgia and simpler way of enjoying life that was the Fair’s foundation at its beginning in a beet and barley field in the heart of Pomona.”

The fair will feature staples including a grand artistic exhibition inside the Millard Sheets Art Center; the return of The Haunt Show exhibit; Ray Cammack Shows carnival rides such as the iconic bumper cars, the Tilt-a-Whirl, and more; and MacPherson’s Ice Cream, Hot Dog on a Stick and other retro food stands.

“MacPherson’s Ice Cream returns for its 100th year, having started with a small food stand at the first Fair in 1922,” the Fairplex wrote online. “Fair guests had better loosen their belts because they have two years’ worth of Fair food to catch up on.”

Other attractions include the return of a Fair parade, a floral display at the Flower and Garden Pavilion surrounding the theme “Cheers to 100 Years” and the return of “Future Farmers of America students [who] will show their animals in a new ring at The Farm.”

Due to COVID-19, in 2020 the L.A. County fair was canceled and in 2021, the bite-sized fair offered a downscaled version of the grand and annual spectacle.

“We are thrilled to welcome back our guests and vendors to what is certainly going to be a sentimental return to the L.A. County Fair,” President and CEO of the Fairplex Walter Marquez said in a statement. “We’ve heard from guests how much they’ve missed the fair. When the gates open in May, we will be back in the business of making memories.”

As a tribute to the 100th anniversary, fair organizers are putting together a centennial exhibit that will be on display in the Millard Sheets Art Center building and are in need of the community’s help. Residents who have photos from the last 10 decades of the fair are encouraged to submit them to the L.A. County Fair’s Facebook or Instagram pages via direct messaging.

The fair will also host various competitions for youth and adults. A full list of competitions can be viewed online at https://blogs.fairplex.com/blog/fairblog/index.php/2021/12/20/2022-la-county-fair-to-launch-competition-entries-and-vendor-applications. Once updated, vendors will be able to submit applications for a stand at the upcoming Fair.

To view general information, rules and other items related to the 2022 L.A. County Fair, visit https://www.lacountyfair.com/visit/get-started. For more information, contact the Fairplex at (909) 623-3111 or via email at info@fairplex.com. The Pomona Fairplex is located at 1101 W. McKinley Avenue.

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