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By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | July 28, 2010
COSTA MESA — They came full circle in front of the Ferris wheel Wednesday morning, renewing their wedding vows at the virtually empty Orange County Fairgrounds after being married for 20 years. Normally, Bob and Deena Jackson, who were married on July 28, 1990, in Reno, Nev., are busting their tails selling beer, charbroiled corn and baked potatoes at the fair. But on this morning, the couple assumed the spotlight as an assortment of carnival friends — whom they termed "our real family" — bore witness.
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July 30, 2006
Today's your last chance. Last chance for a 10-pound bun. Last chance to ride the Ferris wheel. Last chance to dive into a pie-eating contest. Last chance to see the All-Alaskan Pig races, the magic shows, the hypnotist, the acrobats and the Moody Blues. Yes, it's the last day of the Orange County Fair ? which has been the hottest one in recent memory, taking the weather into account. We're sure by now you've wandered down the Midway at least once. But we'd be remiss if we didn't encourage one last trip.
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By Sarah Peters | March 16, 2012
ExplorOcean, the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum's ambitious interactive exhibit, could be completed in as little as five years, the organization's president said this week. President Rita Redaelli Stenlund led a presentation hosted by Speak Up Newport at the Newport Yacht Club on Wednesday night as part of the museum's efforts for the 34,000-square-foot attraction next to the Balboa Fun Zone. "Once we moved here, we not only felt a commitment to the mission of the museum, but we also realized the responsibility we have to the community for residing in this spot," Stenlund said of museum, which bought property on the Balboa Peninsula in 2006.
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November 16, 2011
When the discussions about the replacement of the Balboa Fun Zone with ExplorOcean first appeared in the Daily Pilot, my wife and I followed it with interest, but I didn't feel compelled to write until I read the Sunday editorial, "Museum should pay homage to old Fun Zone. " My wife, Shirley, and I designed the renovated Fun Zone while living in a garage-over apartment on Sapphire Avenue on Balboa Island in the early 1980s. We took the ferry across to site meetings. It was a magical time for us. In designing the Fun Zone, history and context were key design elements.
NEWS
July 8, 2001
ORANGE COUNTY FAIR 2001 Pig races? They've got 'em. Pie-eating contest? Check. Pony rides? Definitely. From the scary Lemon Drop and a 15-story tall Ferris wheel to agriculture exhibits, performing pups and a display of miniature houses, the Orange County Fair has something for everyone. The fair, which opens Friday, is a 17-day extravaganza with the theme "Twist and Shout -- Celebrate Citrus and Sun." There will be contests of every sort -- from the nightly Twister competitions to golden grapefruit bowling.
NEWS
July 28, 2003
Kris O'Donnell On the Balboa Peninsula, the Balboa Fun Zone, with never an entrance fee, is one of Southern California's oldest and last great coastal amusement areas. Since 1936, the Fun Zone's Ferris wheel has been a day and night landmark on the Newport Harbor scene. In 1986, the Fun Zone was rebuilt from the ground up. "We're doing about the same amount of business as we did last year," Arcade Manager Bill Hudson said. "We are definitely busier, however, on overcast days like today.
NEWS
August 5, 2000
The crowds have gone home. The aroma of fried foods has wafted away. The midway has been dismantled. The 108th Orange County Fair -- a brightly lighted "town" that sprang up overnight, then disappeared just as quickly -- has come and gone. And what a fair it was. The crew put on a great show: from such fair favorites as pig racing to salsa dancing, in keeping with the 2000 theme of "Hot! Hot! Hot!" People came from across the Southland to converge at the Orange County Fairgrounds.
NEWS
September 21, 2006
An era didn't quite end as scheduled Wednesday when the last of three Balboa Fun Zone rides slated for removal didn't get taken out. A Temecula museum that was set to take the Scary Dark Ride backed out at the last minute. Installed in the late 1980s, the rides are being removed to make room for the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum's new on-land location. Fun zone ride operator Joe Tunstall already sold the bumper cars for $14,000, and he was there Wednesday to oversee removal of parts of the Drummer Boy ride.
NEWS
July 19, 2001
Danette Goulet ORANGE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS -- Students lessons in summer school Tuesday: spinning looping rides are nauseating and everybody loves the huge potato sack slide at the Orange County Fair. "Slide, slide, slide, slide," Brandon Johnson, 9, chanted his vote for the next ride for his class to tackle. Children in special day summer classes from Smith and Hawes elementary schools enjoyed a break from their normally academic schedules Tuesday morning to take a ride on the wild side at the fair.
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By By Andrew Edwards | December 15, 2005
The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum has plans to move to Balboa Fun Zone. Say good-bye to mini golf.A deal that would pave the way for the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum to move to the Balboa Fun Zone is expected to wrap up soon. In the spring, museum officials opened an escrow account with Balboa Fun Zone Rides Inc. to buy the land currently occupied by the Fun Zone's attractions. People on both sides of the deal are optimistic that the Nautical Museum will finalize the buy within weeks.
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By Emily Foxhall | April 15, 2014
The historic Balboa Village filled with new energy Sunday afternoon, as business owners gathered under white tents to offer passersby everything from lobster rolls to boating artwork. The event, called a Kickoff Fiesta, celebrated the upcoming Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. It also marked a chance to promote ongoing revitalization efforts on the Balboa Peninsula — an area sometimes better known for its plethora of bars and unruly twenty-somethings than for kid-friendly activity.
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By B.W. Cook | August 1, 2013
It has taken me years to figure out the secret formula that keeps bringing folks back to the OC Fair summer after summer, year after year. Admittedly, on some matters, I am a slow learner. This year, walking down the midway, the magic of the fair became crystal clear. Looking around at the crowd, there were people of every age from infants to elders, every size and shape, multiethnic and multinational. That's no surprise. What hit me like a brick was the fact that they were all really only 10 years old. That's the magic.
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By Jon Cassidy, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 17, 2012
The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum is getting closer to reaching its ambitious fundraising goals, according to museum President Rita Stenlund. The museum also has profile-raising community events coming up, from a kick-off party for the Newport to Ensenada yacht race Sunday to weekly family events starting in June. Stenlund told the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that the museum now has about $8 million in an investment fund. That's up from the $6.6 million listed in its 2011 tax return and $5.1 million the year before.
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By Sarah Peters | March 16, 2012
ExplorOcean, the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum's ambitious interactive exhibit, could be completed in as little as five years, the organization's president said this week. President Rita Redaelli Stenlund led a presentation hosted by Speak Up Newport at the Newport Yacht Club on Wednesday night as part of the museum's efforts for the 34,000-square-foot attraction next to the Balboa Fun Zone. "Once we moved here, we not only felt a commitment to the mission of the museum, but we also realized the responsibility we have to the community for residing in this spot," Stenlund said of museum, which bought property on the Balboa Peninsula in 2006.
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From the Los Angeles Times | November 24, 2011
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November 16, 2011
When the discussions about the replacement of the Balboa Fun Zone with ExplorOcean first appeared in the Daily Pilot, my wife and I followed it with interest, but I didn't feel compelled to write until I read the Sunday editorial, "Museum should pay homage to old Fun Zone. " My wife, Shirley, and I designed the renovated Fun Zone while living in a garage-over apartment on Sapphire Avenue on Balboa Island in the early 1980s. We took the ferry across to site meetings. It was a magical time for us. In designing the Fun Zone, history and context were key design elements.
NEWS
November 12, 2011
We understand and respect preservationists' desire to restore a key section of the Balboa Fun Zone to the grandeur of its heyday. We too miss the Scary and Dark Ride, the bumper cars, the merry-go-round and other amusements on the site where the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum plans to build its ambitious ExplorOcean exhibit. And we applaud the Corona del Mar High School students who took their opinions to the Fun Zone a week ago to protest the museum's expansion plans. We'd like to see more young people involved in civic activism.
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By Sarah Peters | November 10, 2011
The iconic Balboa Fun Zone carousel is expected to reopen under new ownership in the Westminster area in the spring, said its previous operator. While Patrick Moore, the longtime operator of the Fun Zone rides, could not go into details with the Daily Pilot on Thursday because the sale is not yet finalized, he said that the carousel would land somewhere off the San Diego (405) Freeway close enough for locals to enjoy it. "One of the reasons that I agreed to this sale is that it would keep it nearby and open to the public," Moore said via email to the Daily Pilot.
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By John Canalis | September 23, 2011
I recently took my 5-year-old daughter to the Balboa Fun Zone. There was no debate about what we'd do first. She charged the historic merry-go-round. I paid the freight. She climbed aboard a painted pony. I strapped her in and took a seat, the breeze of the bay at my back. It's hard to say what came first — the revolutions or the smiles. She loved the rickety old amusement, just one of countless kids to fall under its dizzy spell since the early 1950s. I took barely-legible snapshots on my phone.
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By Jim Carnett | August 17, 2010
I'm hoping the Balboa Theater gets its mojo back! An important community resource for more than 80 years, the theater's already had nine lives, but is deserving of a 10th. I remember riding the Balboa Ferry with my parents and younger brother in the late 1940s and early '50s to attend first-run feature films at the venue. Yes, in those days kids could attend films with their parents without fear of being scarred for life. The Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation has been engaged in a campaign for the last 14 years to restore the local landmark.
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