The seventh anniversary of the Orange County Great Park in Irvine had something for everyone. On Saturday, event goers flew kites, strolled through gardens, visited egg-laying hens and took photos in front of decades-old airplanes.
As visitors entered the park, the smell of roasting corn wafted through the air. But it was soon replaced by the gritty smells of barnyard animals and dirt near a station where kids planted sunflower seeds in pint-sized pots.
Michael and Christine Arroyo, of Colton, visited the park with their four children, Michael pushing a double stroller for his twins.
As their older son and daughter planted seeds, Christine mentioned the family didn't come for the agriculture.
"My son really likes the airplanes," she said before her 6-year-old daughter Eliana chimed in.
"I like the jets," Eliana said. "How they go fast. They're speedy."
The agricultural portion of the park held cooking and composting demonstrations, and expert growers were on hand to explain aspects of each exhibit.