Who doesn’t love the OC Fair? Rides, shows, games, and the crazy food concoctions, which the fair is known for! But did you know the history of the OC Fair?
“Shortly after Orange County was created in 1889, the Orange County Community Fair Corporation was formed. This group put on a small fair in 1890 that included a horse race and a few exhibits in Santa Ana. In 1894, another group, the Orange County Fair Association, Inc., took over the organization of the Fair. The First Orange County Fairs were primarily livestock exhibitions and horse races. At the turn of the century, a “carnival of products” was added and the Fair become an annual event. The Fair was held in Santa Ana but after World War II it was moved to Huntington Beach for two years and then back to temporary ground on East Fruit Street in Santa Ana. In 1916, the Fair was taken over by the newly organized Orange County Farm Bureau and relocated to Anaheim, across the street from the Orange County Hospital. In 1925, a rodeo and carnival were added. After 20 plus years the Fair was moved to a new site, Costa Mesa, and it soon was designated as the permanent Fairgrounds.” The OC Fair has offered a unique variety of entertainment over the years including record-breaking Ferris wheel rides, cattle drives down city streets and beaches, top musical groups and stunt shows.
Every year the OC Fair has a different theme. This year the theme is “One Big Party” celebrating 125 years! The Fair begins on July 17 and runs until August 18th, being closed just on Mondays. There’s even a “Super Pass”, which is good for all 23 days of the fair, with discounts to shows and carnival tickets. All general information and the calendar of events are on www.ocfair.com.
The OC Fair has grown from a 3-day community event to a 23-day summer must-do that welcomes more than 1.3 million guests every year. Take time this summer and experience the Fair!