Now in its 86th year, the Fair is the largest county fair in the U.S. Fair attendance has topped 1 million people in all but one year since 1948.
Since its inception, the Fair has been the link between California’s agriculture industry and the public, providing a community gathering place where people learn about California’s heritage and enjoy traditional Fair food, activities and entertainment. In addition to the 13-acre Ray Cammack Shows carnival, the Fair has an operational farm, an outdoor miniature garden railroad, California’s Heritage Square historical exhibit and America’s Kids-Education Expo, where school children discover A Day Full of Learning Cleverly Disguised as Fun®. The End of Summer Concert Series and the Adrenaline Nights series includes 15 nights of first-run entertainment.
The Fair is operated by the Los Angeles County Fair Association, a not-for-profit 501(c)(5) corporation. The Fair is held each September on 543 acres of fairgrounds known as Fairplex (L.A. County Fair, hotel and exposition complex). The Fair generates a national economic impact of more than $250 million, roughly the equivalent of hosting a Super Bowl every year.
The expanded 2009 L.A. County Fair will run Sept. 5-Oct. 4, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Tentative dates for horse racing at Fairplex Park are Sept. 11-28, closed Tuesdays only.
Fairplex also includes the Sheraton Fairplex hotel, the Sheraton KOA/RV Park, Fairplex Park, a 5/8ths mile horse racing track, the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts, the Child Development Center at Fairplex, Barretts Equine Ltd., a thoroughbred horse racing auction facility and the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum.