SOURCE: L.A. County Fair

L.A. County Fair

August 30, 2012 14:24 ET

L.A. County Fair Opens Friday, Celebrating 90 Years of Pure Fun

POMONA, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 30, 2012) - The 2012 L.A. County Fair will kick-off Labor Day weekend opening Friday, August 31 at 3 p.m. Celebrating its 90th Anniversary, this year's Fair pays homage to old time classics with Fairview Farms, horse racing and the carnival, while new attractions such as Stingray Island and Genius -- A Celebration of American Innovation, capture the Fair's ever-changing diversity.

The first-ever L.A. County Fair opened October 17, 1922 for a five-day affair. Admission was just 50 cents and 49,461 people attended. One of the most popular attractions -- how to make your own toothpaste from orange by-products. Ninety years later, the Fair now hosts more than 1.4 million visitors in its 24-day run on the 487-acre Fairplex campus featuring animals, rides, attractions, food, shopping and more.

The Fair will open with a ribbon cutting ceremony on the steps of the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts, where guests can take a journey through the history of the Fair with images and stories from throughout the years. At 5 p.m. there will be an Anniversary Parade with special guest Happi Moore, who has attended every L.A. County Fair since 1922.

With the Los Angeles-area being home to many celebrities, the Fair is no exception. Some historical visits include Shirley Temple (1938), Liberace (1952), Richard and Pat Nixon (1962), the Three Stooges (1964) and Ronald and Nancy Reagan (1966). More recently, Fair goers may have seen Bob Hope, George W. Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Adam Sandler, Lisa Marie Presley and Jessica Alba amongst the crowds.

With the inception of the End of Summer Concert Series, guests can also catch their favorite artists performing live at the Grandstands. This year's line-up includes British-Irish boy band The Wanted, pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen, American duo Karmin, group Cobra Starship, as well as music legends The B-52s, Chaka Khan, Boys II Men, Babyface, WAR, and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Fun for the whole family, the L.A. County Fair runs Aug. 31 - Sept. 30, 2012 and is closed Mondays and Tuesdays (except Labor Day). Stay up-to-date and find weekly promotions online at, and on Twitter @lacountyfair, or start planning with the new L.A. County Fair free mobile app., available in the App Store (iOs) and in Google Play (Android).

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