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By Michael Miller | July 15, 2007
COSTA MESA ? Greg Glenn toils in the hot sun nearly 12 hours a day during the Orange County Fair ? but he's one of the few people there who isn't hoping for a cool breeze. Glenn's company, Sandscapes, was hired by the fair this year to create sculptures out of sand and water. Every day, he and two other artists use their simple materials to build increasingly bizarre sights: cows riding surfboards, cows building sandcastles, even a cow driving a car. It may be grueling work in the middle of July, but at least the heat makes the sand dry quickly.
NEWS
October 21, 2003
"The pumpkins. I planted some. Our farmer put some seeds in a cup and watered them." TRUAN BARKIS, 5 "Holding the chick. It was yellow and really soft. You had to hold it against your tummy so it would feel safe, and I had a yellow one." TORI ROYAL, 5 "Seeing the baby cows and the dad and mom cows, because they're beautiful." MORGAN MOLONEY, 5 "Seeing the cow, because they make milk." NATALIE BISHAY, 5 "The buffaloes, because they went near the water."
NEWS
July 24, 2001
I've been going to the Orange County Fair since I was 3 months old, but I never got to drive my own car around inside the fairgrounds until this month. My younger daughter entered her Kahlua truffles into competition, and I delivered the finished product. As luck would have it, she was the division winner, upholding the family tradition of taking home the prize. In the late 1940s, my father decided that he wanted a ranch and came to Buena Park to complete his mission.
NEWS
July 17, 2004
Sixty-eight-year-old "Farmer Ron," as the kids know him, courageously climbed over the rail and into the ram's pen, holding his outstretched fist chest high. Bad idea. The territorial animal backpedaled momentarily, breathed once out of its huge black nostrils, reared up and bucked his huge curled horns into him. "He's got a temper, and he loves to play," he said after he'd been pushed back against the rail. "But I'm probably making him mad, so maybe I should stop doing this."
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By PETER BUFFA | July 31, 2006
Muggy: adjective used to describe oppressively humid, damp weather. Synonyms: soggy, sticky, clammy. How hot is it? It's so hot that — wait — it's so hot that it's just, well, too hot. Sorry. That's the best I can do. It's too hot. ¬†Have you ever seen anything like this? I've never seen anything like this. Even the fair is suffering, with attendance down for the first time in years. As always, the temperature is not the problem; the humidity is the problem. As miserable as it has been, the current heat wave never got within sizzling distance of the record high temp for Newport Beach and Costa Mesa — 107 degrees — on Sept.
NEWS
July 22, 2001
A few tips to make your Orange County Fair experience more fun. DISH OF THE DAY You might want to think twice about getting garlic chicken nuggets at Chicken Charlie's Broasted Chicken on Centennial Way if you're planning a romantic evening with your loved one. But otherwise, the nuggets, which cost $4.75 and come with a garlic and parsley relish, can't be recommended highly enough. EVENT OF THE DAY Get down with the farm boys and watch them milking cows every day at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Millennium Barn.
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By PETER BUFFA | July 30, 2006
Muggy: adjective used to describe oppressively humid, damp weather. Synonyms: soggy, sticky, clammy. How hot is it? It's so hot that ? wait ? it's so hot that it's just, well, too hot. Sorry. That's the best I can do. It's too hot. Have you ever seen anything like this? I've never seen anything like this. Even the fair is suffering, with attendance down for the first time in years. As always, the temperature is not the problem; the humidity is the problem. As miserable as it has been, the current heat wave never got within sizzling distance of the record high temp for Newport Beach and Costa Mesa ?
NEWS
By PETER BUFFA | March 11, 2007
Did you remember? If you didn't, not to worry, lots of people don't. Sunday morning, no stress, no strain, it's easy to forget daylight saving time. It's one of those things everyone takes for granted but nobody understands. We know we get an extra hour of daylight in the spring, which we give back in the fall, but that's about it. It's like dry cleaning — we all do it but no one can explain it. Where did daylight saving time come from? I've heard about as many explanations for daylight saving time as I have for the price of gasoline, and none of them make much sense.
NEWS
By PETER BUFFA | November 6, 2005
What is that smell? It's a question we've all heard before, and usually nothing to stress about, unless the person asking is staring at you or standing in your kitchen at the time. Sometimes, when people ask that question around here, they're staring at the Back Bay. There is no nice way of saying this, but now and then the Back Bay, well, stinks. Not all the time, mind you. Just part of the time. As anyone who walks it, zips past it on Jamboree Road or pedals through it on their Big Wheel knows, when the conditions are just right, the Back Bay can bring tears to your eyes, and we're not talking about the sunsets.
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Alicia Koberstein and Alicia Koberstein | September 26, 2012
Re. "Feisty the cow visits Kaiser Elementary," Sept. 21: School children were reportedly given the opportunity to see "where their milk comes from, where all their food comes from. " But the representatives of the Dairy Council who brought Feisty to meet the kids neglected to tell the real story. They purposely hid the truth from the children, because if those kids truly knew where their food comes from, they likely wouldn't want to eat it. The Dairy Council spends many millions of dollars to mislead the public, portraying "happy cows" gladly offering their secretions for human consumption.
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By Britney Barnes | September 20, 2012
Cheese, ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream and butter. Kaiser Elementary School's students Thursday morning listed some of the foods cows produce as they got up close to a bovine during a free assembly sponsored by the Dairy Council of California's Mobile Dairy Classroom. "It's good for them to know where their milk comes from, where all their food comes from," said Mobile Dairy Classroom teacher Steve Miller in a cowboy hat, sunglasses and boots. The star of the show was 8-year-old Feisty, a 900-pound brown and white Jersey cow who makes her home at the Mission Viejo High School farm, Miller said.
FEATURES
By PETER BUFFA | March 7, 2009
It’s about time. It was at 2 this morning anyway. Did you remember? If you didn’t, no worries, go back to bed. I won’t tell. Interesting, though. Daylight saving time is one of those things everyone knows about but nobody understands. By the way, why does the spring forward part happen so early now? Is it spring? I don’t think so. Just one more irksome mystery like “why can’t you tickle yourself?” Or what came first, turkey the bird or Turkey the country?
SPORTS
By Soraya Nadia McDonald Daily Pilot | February 11, 2008
Larry Draluck is a coach and founder of one of the most successful girls’ soccer clubs in Orange County: the SoCal Blues. But Draluck, who is also the coach of the Newport Harbor High girls’ soccer team, wouldn’t necessarily refer to his first gig as a “cash cow.” “There are club coaches that do make a good living,” Draluck said, and I by no means am poor, but I’m not wealthy by any stretch—I’m not...
NEWS
July 27, 2007
Be part of the thundering herd at today's cattle drive to the Orange County Fairgrounds. About 125 cowhands on horseback will help guide 300 Corriente steers through the streets of Costa Mesa. Find a spot on the route from Fairview Park, south on Placentia Avenue, east on Victoria Street, and north up Harbor Boulevard to Fair Drive. The herd will be on the hoof starting at 10:30 a.m. at the north end of Fairview Park, and entering Gate 2 on Vanguard Way by noon. The fair hired a professional clean-up crew for any messes.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | July 15, 2007
COSTA MESA ? Greg Glenn toils in the hot sun nearly 12 hours a day during the Orange County Fair ? but he's one of the few people there who isn't hoping for a cool breeze. Glenn's company, Sandscapes, was hired by the fair this year to create sculptures out of sand and water. Every day, he and two other artists use their simple materials to build increasingly bizarre sights: cows riding surfboards, cows building sandcastles, even a cow driving a car. It may be grueling work in the middle of July, but at least the heat makes the sand dry quickly.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2007
Whether they're being eaten, petted or herded, cows abound at this year's Orange County Fair, opening today and running through Aug. 5. Set to the theme of "Cowabunga! The Year of Herefords, Surfers & Sand," the fair honors Orange County's ranching history and its more contemporary surf culture with themed attractions. A herd of 300 Corriente steers will parade through Costa Mesa beginning at Fairview Park and proceeding south on Placentia Avenue before entering the fair through Gate 2 at Vanguard Way. For $15, food lovers can enjoy the Hucowamongous Burger, a tower of three half-pound beef patties.
NEWS
July 9, 2007
The Democratic Party of Orange County painted a mural Saturday for the Orange County Fair, and sure enough, it featured a donkey. But the most prominent animal in the picture was the cow in the swimsuit. Each of the last three years, the local Democrats have painted a mural to display above their booth at the fair and based the image on the fair's theme. This year's fair, which plans to include a cattle run, has the theme of "Herefords, Surfers and Sand" — so when the grass-roots political group assembled Saturday to begin painting a beach scene, they included a bovine in a bikini.
FEATURES
By PETER BUFFA | May 6, 2007
I'm an old cowhand, from the Rio Grande. Actually I'm not, which was part of the problem back in 1994, but we'll get back to that. If the fair board gets its wish, this year's slam-bam kickoff to the 2007 Orange County Fair will be a cattle drive, right smack through the streets of Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa, which sounds like great fun, and it is. I happen to know that because one of the few advantages of being around for a long time...
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