100-plus-degree Orange County Fair wraps up
"Our joke now is this was the 114th fair in our history and it was 114 degrees."
So declared Becky Bailey-Findley, chief executive of the Orange County Fair, after this year's festival closed July 31. Yes, it was an exceptionally hot July, and perhaps as a result, fair attendance went down a bit from the previous two years. Still, with the third-highest attendance in history ? 924,315 ? fair officials had little to complain about.
This year's fair offered a number of firsts, including the U.S. premiere of UC Irvine's fuel cell exhibit, which was featured last summer at the World's Fair in Japan. In addition, the festival included Mexican-style Lucha Libre wrestling, a flower theme, and performances by Paul Simon, the Moody Blues, Cyndi Lauper, Gnarls Barkley and other popular artists.