Fair-mories



That iconic view of our 1932 Grandstand and Ferris wheel set against a Southern California sunset never gets old. Whether in 1955 or 2019, Fair-goers have packed Broadway in search of the newest gadgets, trendiest foods and a great time with friends and family.

The LA County Fair all began in a beet & barley field in 1922 as a small agricultural exposition and has grown to over 450 acres of educational experiences, family entertainment and year-round activities. We’re home to not only the LA County Fair and hundreds of year-round events, but also The Farm at Fairplex, Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center, NHRA Museum, Auto Club Raceway, RailGiants Historic Trains, Fairplex Garden Railroad and so much more!

Local dance troops have entertained Fair guests for decades. We look back to 1952 at Folklorico dancers in what was then known as Mexican Village, today’s Plaza de las Américas. Flash forward to one of our parades from 2019, we see tradition carrying on, with dancers dancing down Rose Lane, the iconic Le Grande Wheel in the background.

“Meet me at the Clocktower!” A phase that permeates the culture of the LA County Fair and sets the tone at the beginning of the day for many families. The Clocktower was visible from most areas of the grounds; it featured guest relations & bathrooms; and was the focal point of group gatherings. The Clocktower disappeared for a few years, but we never stopped hearing “Where’s the Clocktower?!” A little different and a lot hipper, it was reintroduced in 2018 in its original location, the corner of Broadway & Palm St.

Did you know Fairplex has been home of the Los Angeles International Wine Competition since the repeal of Prohibition in the early 1930s? Judges sampled wines from all across America and beginning in 2002, all across the world! Today you can sample each year’s award-winning wines in The Marketplace during Fair. We offer educational classes, but you can always just grab a glass and enjoy with your friends.