There are 300 regular employees who travel with the company to nine stops throughout California, Texas, and Arizona. Each stop typically lasts five weeks. They hire an additional 200 from the local region. Now that’s putting America to work.
The fair usually brings in around $25 million a year in revenue…
..and generates a local economic impact of more than $250 million, roughly the equivalent of hosting a Super Bowl every year. These grounds were once used as a Wartime Civilian Control Administration assembly center during World War II. Japanese Americans were held here before being sent to internment camps. There is no historical marker at the site. It was occupied from May 7 to August 24, 1942, and held more than 5,000 people. There are few, if any, buildings left from the original assembly center. The L.A. County Fair wasn’t held from 1942-1947 due to WWII.
In 1922, the entire fair covered 43 acres, and fit in three big tents, a 4,000-seat grandstand, a couple barns and two other buildings. Today, the fair covers over 543 acres.
Stare Off…Lemur wins!
This was fun!
However, I prefer the Candyland colored fiberglass slide, this one burned my ass.
Returning for its second and final year, LUMINASIA is well worth the extra $5.
The nightly show of about 300 hand-crafted pieces shaped like animals, flowers and landmarks will be on display until the fair ends on Sept. 27, 2015.
49 artisans worked for 45 days, turning 15,000 LED bulbs, 5 tons of steel, and 15,000 square yards of fabric into a larger-than-life immersive production of immense proportions. The exhibit consists of an array of lanterns similar to those that can be seen in Zigong in Sichuan Province, China, which is home to the Zigong International Dinosaur Lantern Festival.
Covering over 2 ½ acres, LUMINASIA has transformed the picturesque hill adjacent to the LACF Midway into a wonderland of color and light and is the first time the ancient craft of Chinese Lantern art has been presented on this scale in Southern California.
It has four distinct zones which include the “Myths and Legends of China”, the “Wonders of the World”, “Garden Earth”, and exclusive to the Los Angeles County Fair, an entire section dedicated to all things LA.
My favorite part of LUMINASIA were the 12 animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac.
Luminasia is open each day the fair is operating from 6 p.m. to closing.
“The Grand Wheel” has 36 gondolas and over 50,000 LED lights and is one of the largest Ferris wheels west of the Mississippi. Vegas currently has the largest.
Big Fancy Tweety’s
What did the visionary behind Chicken Charlie’s—the undisputed heavy weight champ of fair food come up with this year? He takes an ice cream scoop to a vat of chunky guacamole, rolls it in breadcrumbs, then in a wet batter, and drops it in hot oil. It’s served with a tiny tub of ranch dressing. Muy autentico!
Sorry Zoltar, it looks like humans are finally replacing robots for once.