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August 7, 2012
Wednesday marks the last day of We Care Wednesday, an Orange County Fair promotion where attendees can donate specific items in exchange for free admission and one ride ticket. Each Wednesday of the fair, which closes Sunday, is dedicated to a different organization. This week, attendees can donate one school supply item worth at least $5, which will go to Share Our Selves, a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit, according to the O.C. Fair website. So far, fairgoers have come out to donate nonperishable food items, children's books and clothes.
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By Dave Brooks | June 14, 2006
It will again be a mix of the old and the new at the Orange County Fair. It's the "Year of the Garden" in this, the 114th annual fair, which once again plays off of Orange County's agricultural past. Dozens of fair vendors and exhibitors will be celebrating the theme by incorporating flowers into their showcases. New this year to the fair is the Fuel Cell Exhibit, which made its debut at the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan. The National Fuel Cell Research Center at UCI will present the exhibit to demonstrate environmentally friendly energy.
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July 25, 2007
Check out model aircraft, learn about space and talk to a real astronaut Friday at the Boy Scouts' booth at the Orange County Fair. NASA payload specialist Gene Trinh, who lives in Culver City, has been a space researcher since 1979 and flew on the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1996. Trinh's work includes research in physical acoustics, fluid dynamics and shuttle flight experiments. He's in good company among the Boy Scouts: More than half the pilots and scientists who have worked as astronauts since 1959 have participated in the Boy Scouts in some way, according to the Orange County Council of Boy Scouts.
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May 3, 2007
It's been a while since a herd of cattle thundered through the streets of Costa Mesa — 13 years, to be precise — but they may roam the city again in July as part of festivities for the 2007 Orange County Fair. This year's theme is "Cowabunga! The year of Herefords, surfers and sand," and to illustrate that, fair organizers want to use 125 riders to drive 300 head of cattle to the fairgrounds on July 27. Vice president of fair events and facilities Doug Lofstrom, who has worked on seven cattle drives in his career, said this year's cattle drive will be bigger than one the fair staged in 1994.
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July 21, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Genessee Banks, 11, stood in the Youth Building at the Orange County Fair, carefully counting pennies into a boat she'd made out of aluminum foil. The boat and its cargo of pennies bobbed in a water-filled pan, part of a buoyancy exercise at the Science Education Center of California booth. Genessee and her sister, 10-year-old Alannah Banks, dropped coins into their boats until they sank. "I got 75," Genessee boasted. "How many did you get?"
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July 10, 2002
Young Chang COSTA MESA -- A small and sandy city precedes the temporary microcosm that is the Orange County Fair. Though scholars debate whether Atlantis even existed -- not to mention whether it was in the Atlantic or the Indian Ocean -- the speculated island stands, for now, in Costa Mesa in the form of 400 tons of artfully sculpted sand. The towers reach as high as a nearby magnolia tree. The city is as wide as the red administration building behind it. Fair officials call the area the Beachfront -- a large exhibit that will, by opening day on Friday, include a swimsuit display, exhibits of surfboards and other aquatic features to fit with this year's water-themed fair.
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July 15, 2000
TODAY Fair hours: 10 a.m. to midnight Weekend Warrior Wristband: Purchase an $18 wristband, good for six of the carnival's hottest rides, and receive an "I Survived the Heat at the Orange County Fair" T-shirt as a badge of courage. Limited quantities available. Wristbands are not transferable and do not include gate admission. All Day Maternity Barn -- Livestock Maternity Barn Small animals on display -- Small Animal Tent Open Breeding Beef on Display -- Livestock Area Sheepy Hollow -- Livestock Area Pygmy Goats on Display -- Livestock Area Fair Button Scavenger Hunt -- Youth Building Woodworking demonstrations -- Visual Arts Building China painting demonstrations -- Visual Arts Building Embroiderers' Guild of America -- Home and Hobbies Building Orange County Woodturners -- Home and Hobbies Building Orange County Polymer Clay Guild -- Home and Hobbies Building Mesa Water District demonstration -- Centennial Farm/Millennium Barn Science Adventures -- Kids Park Wax candle rolling -- Centennial Farm 8 a.m. Scooter Series Hunter/Jumper Horse Show -- Equestrian Center 9 a.m. 4-H Guide Dog Puppy Field Day; until 2 p.m. -- Arena Lawn 9:30 a.m. Judging: market rabbits -- Small Animal Tent 10 a.m. Judging: junior rabbits -- Small Animal Tent Judging:...
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By Ana Facio Contreras | July 14, 2006
There's nothing wrong with having your cake and eating it, too, baker Warren Brown told a large audience Thursday as he kicked off the Culinary Arts Series at the Orange County Fair. "There's nothing wrong with having cake," said Brown, host of Food Network's "Sugar Rush." "As long as it's in moderation?. Don't try to ignore a craving inside of you, whether it's food or your passion." And Brown's passion is baking. Every Thursday, for the duration of the fair, a new chef will be featured at 5 p.m. at the Plaza Arts Stage.
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July 28, 2002
Deputy General Manager Steven Beazley talks about what it takes to book the concert series for this year and beyond As the Orange County Fair winds to a close, Deputy General Manager Steven Beazley is already making plans next year's entertainment line-up. This year, the fair spent slightly more than $1 million on its entertainment. That included $715,000 to entice acts like Heart, Huey Lewis and the News, Styx, Collin Raye and Martina McBride. For the first time, it also ran several days of comedy starring Weird Al Yankovic and Carrot Top Beazley spent a sunny afternoon under the awning of the latimes.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 23, 2014
The Orange County Fair will brand itself as the starting gun for the summer season this year. "Summer Starts Here" will be the fair's 2014 theme. The Fair Board got a sneak peek at the new branding during its monthly meeting Thursday. "There's a quintessential moment for every season, an event that tells you it's here, it's time, I've been waiting all year for this," said Michele Richards, the fair's chief business development officer. "It's the feeling you get when you see the first Christmas lights that go up after Thanksgiving or the first pumpkin patch opens or the first chocolate eggs appear on the shelves.
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SPORTS
By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | August 6, 2013
COSTA MESA - Women came dressed to the Orange County Fair as walking zombies and men as superheroes. Halloween is 13 weeks away, yet the fair gave them their own stage on Saturday. The characters showed up to compete, and not for best costume. They, along with seven dozen other adults dressed up, made their way down to the fairground's Action Sports Arena to avoid each other. That turned out to be impossible in a game of dodgeball played inside a 50x25-foot cage. The Ultimate Dodgeball Championships returned to the fair for the second straight year.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | August 1, 2013
Dodgeball has evolved since elementary school, says Jon Bohrer, a 28-year-old Newport Beach resident who will be hurling and dodging rubber balls this week at the Orange County Fair. "This is a game that has so much strategy it's going to blow your mind," Bohrer said. On Saturday, 16, six-person teams will duck, weave and pelt each other with 8-inch balls in a cage-match during the Ultimate Dodgeball Championships at the fairground's Action Sports Arena. "There's just this primitive and really classic feel to a cage battle," NLA Sports co-founder Sa Dao said.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | July 20, 2013
The Orange County Fair is bringing some of the surrounding sights onto the fairgrounds this year as it honors its home county with a promotion called Summer in the Cities. Each night at The Hanger, a multimedia presentation will feature landmarks from around Orange County. Forty-foot screens will display photos that county residents submitted through a contest held earlier in the year, OC Fair spokeswoman Robin Wachner said. Newport-Mesa residents might notice some cameos of local beaches or buildings like the Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa or Lido Theatre in Newport Beach, she said.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | July 19, 2013
By one measure, Costa Mesa police Sgt. Bryan Wadkins is the world's 10th fittest man in his age group. Compared with 5,000 athletes between the ages of 40 and 44, he ranks No. 10 when judged by metrics established by the CrossFit program, an elite training regimen favored by law enforcement and civilian fitness buffs. "We always tease him that he has abs on abs," said Wadkins' wife, Nyra. On Tuesday, the 40-year-old sergeant will compete with 19 men in his age cohort's "Masters" category, demonstrating endurance, power, accuracy and flexibility in the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games at Carson's StubHub Center.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | July 12, 2013
One minute to go until the gates open, an Orange County Fair employee told the crowd of thousands waiting to stream into the Fairgrounds Friday. The fairgoers, looping back and forth in a long line across the pavement, were about to be the first to cross the threshold on opening day, and they were doing it for free. Every year on the fair's first day, Victor Boatwright drives from Buena Park and braves the crowds to get in between noon and 1 p.m. when the OC Fair lets in attendees at no cost.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | July 10, 2013
When Daniel Tello realized his four-piece band couldn't be called the Originals - because the name belonged to a '60s R&B and soul group - he added "ites. " It wasn't an arbitrary decision, though. Tello took inspiration from legendary ska bands the Skatalites and the Israelites, because the last four letters represented a group of people united by a common love for music, he said. In the four years since, Tello, Peter Fontes and Tim Frankeny - all Fountain Valley High School graduates - and Michael Belk, whom they met through common friends, have rehearsed in Fontes' mother's Costa Mesa garage.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | July 6, 2013
The Orange County Fair doesn't specify exactly what "it" is in this year's theme of "Come & Get It," but there's plenty to choose from. Friday marks the beginning of the annual event's deep-fried grandeur, cornucopia of entertainment, rides, animals, games and more at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, according to news releases and the fair's website. This year, a new cast of food mascots is ready to welcome fairgoers Wednesdays through Sundays, from Friday to Aug. 11. Although attendees won't be able to eat Arturo the churro, Olivia the orange or Mike the bacon-wrapped turkey leg, they can buy plush toys depicting the "foodies" and find them in costume around the grounds.
NEWS
By John Canalis | June 25, 2013
I hope to drop weight this summer. The Orange County Fair has other plans. I may as well wait until New Year's to break my resolution. The theme of the July 12 to Aug. 11 shindig is "Come & Get It. " The "It" to come and get is batter-slathered, deep-fried, bacon-wrapped and stick-stuck. This is, of course, why man discovered fire - and cardiologists. Fair folks on Tuesday released their annual list of food coma-inducing menu items to the media. Chicken Charlie again plans to serve dishes that warrant a scolding from Michelle Obama.
NEWS
June 11, 2013
A planned closure of the 405 Freeway this summer is not expected to affect the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, officials say. As part of the $277-million West County Connectors project by the California Department of Transportation and the Orange County Transportation Authority, the southbound 405 will be closed for about 20 hours from the end of the 605 Freeway near Rossmoor to the Valley View Street/Bolsa Chica Road exits around Westminster and...
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