Last Chance for the @OCFair! Ends Sunday, August 10th!

Last Chance for the OC Fair! Ends Sunday, August 10th!

By Erin

*I received complimentary tickets for review purposes for this post. Anything else purchased at the fair was on my own. All opinions are my own.*

The fair is always something I look forward to every summer and this summer is going by so fast! I’d hate for anyone to miss out on all the fun! Luckily I was able to attend the fair this past weekend. Good thing too since this is the last week to attend the Orange County Fair which ends on Sunday, August 10th. The fair is located at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California, which makes for a perfect location and not is too far away for anyone in the Southern California area. This year the fair is running from July 11th-August 10th.

Here are some of the highlights from this years fair.

CENTENNIAL FARM– No trip to the fair is complete without a stop here! Upon entering the fair gates, this was the first thing to greet us, so we had to take a look and say hello to all the animals. Being the huge animal lover that I am, it should come as no surprise that I like to spend some time in this area. 🙂

Centennial Farm

It’s always a trip down memory lane coming here!

OC Fair Cow

One of the Dairy Cows just hanging out.

Big Bull OC Fair

Wow! Look at the horns on this guy!! I wouldn’t want to mess with him!

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Come & Get it at the Orange County Fair!

Come & Get it at the Orange County Fair!

By Erin

*Disclosure: I was given media passes to come and enjoy the fair for purposes of this post. All thoughts and opinions remain my own. I have been a huge fan of this fair all my life, growing up here in Southern California! *

It’s that time again! The OC Fair is back in it’s full glory for another fun filled summer month of food, fun, entertainment, exhibits, rides, animals and more now through August 11th, 2013. Orange County is ringing the dinner bell and inviting fairgoers from all around to “Come & Get It.”

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Sand sculptor in the making with the “Come and Get It!” slogan for this years fair.

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This favorite tradition of many folks in Southern California, including myself are sure to enjoy this theme of “Come & Get It.” You will be able to get your  fill of giant turkey legs, fried foods from Chicken Charlies, Texas sized donuts that are maple glazed with bacon on top, funnel cakes, roasted corn, cotton candy, ice cream and tons of other tasty options on a stick, from the BBQ or deep-fried favorites. Take a look at some of the delectable offerings here! 🙂 YUM!

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A fair favorite, you have to have a turkey leg while at the fair! Especially when it is covered with bacon! Oh my, so GOOD!

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“Home Sweet Home” at the Orange County Fair

The rides, the food, the exhibits, the animals, the shows! There is something for everyone at the fair and it is one of my favorite summertime hang-out spots to enjoy some good food, good company of friends and family, and some top-notch entertainment or a lazy summer afternoon of wandering around the exhibits, rides, games, or just sitting back and taking it all in.  This is the last week of the fair, so if you have not already had the chance to go, then make sure you head down there by Sunday August 12th!!

Here are some of my favorite things about the OC County Fair:

1. The FOOD!! You cannot go to the fair and NOT have any of the spectacular food options they have. Ranging from the healthy to the not-so healthy, whatever you fancy, I can guarantee you will find something delicious! Fresh Berries. Roasted Corn on the Cob. Deep-fried. Wrapped in Bacon. On-a-stick. Battered. Breaded. Dipped in chocolate. Eating at the Fair is a unique experience. 😉

Two of my favorite things!! Chocolate and STRAWBERRIES!!

I ended up getting a basket of  nice ripe, juicy berries and a chocolate covered strawberry!! YUM!

Bacon Wrapped… everything… I just love this sign.

Fresh Roasted Corn

OMG this was amazing!! Pulled-Pork Waffle Sandwich!! Totally curbed my craving for a funnel cake for dessert! So I ended up getting a chocolate dipped vanilla cone instead. I WILL get my funnel cake fix at the LA County Fair next month! 😉

My Dipped Cone… notice I still managed to get my funnel cake in the picture as well…. 😉

2. The ANIMALS! I’m sure you all know by now that I am a HUGE animal lover. I’m a sucker for a cute critter. The Centennial Farm and Petting Zoos are both great places to make some new four-legged friends.

3. The ENTERTAINMENT! As if the super adorable animals were not enough, since I could easily stay all day just visiting and making friends with them, the fair has endless opportunities for some breath-taking, action packed entertainment. One of my favorites since I was a young child, is the Peking Acrobats. I have to watch them whenever I make it out to the OC Fair!

4. The RIDES! What’s the fair without some exhilarating rides with some of the best views around of Orange County?

Some of the amazing views you will find when you catch a ride on the Sky Ride at night! Just DON’T look down below if you are afraid of heights! 😉

The La Grand Farris Wheel

View from atop the Ferris Wheel

5. FACE PAINTING!! If you didn’t notice already, my friends and I all got our faces painted. Being a kid at heart, the fair is the place to be a kid again and you can get away with doing silly, fun stuff like that. So it is NOT just for kids. Best part was, it was only $5 and we kept hearing comments from others on how cute our Hello Kitty’s were. 🙂

Mary, from Along Comes Mary getting her face painted!

Group Pic!

Close-Up of how my Hello Kitty turned out. I loved it.

6. All of the EXHIBITS & SHOPPING!! I didn’t have time to get pictures of all the Exhibits. I will have to cover that this weekend when I go again. 😉 There are TONS of awesome and unique items at the fair that you won’t find anywhere else. The fair truly is a one of a kind experience that everyone can enjoy.

Have YOU gone to the fair yet? If you’re not in SoCal, have you been to the fair this summer near you? What’s your favorite things about the fair? I’d LOVE to hear all about it! 🙂