COSTA MESA — The monthlong Orange County Fair promises a smorgasbord of events, music, fried food and amusements when it opens Friday with a theme appropriate for a trying 2010: The Beat Goes On.
Though the event is built around the familiar and nostalgic, there are plenty of new elements this year.
The Hanger, a new 23,000 square-foot aviation-style building, will be opened to fairgoers. During the day, the Hanger will be a venue for various community events and entertainments. At night, it will be home to concerts and sporting events, such as Lucha Libre, a Mexican wrestling event.
The Forever Fair exhibit at the Memorial Gardens will celebrate 120 years of history. Forever Fair offers a "decade-by-decade" history of the fair, from the time it started offering only livestock exhibitions and a small horse race for five days, to the present day, where hundreds of events make the OC Fair the third-largest in the nation, said Renee Fontes, the exhibit's designer.