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L.A. County Fair Will Not Be Raising Ticket Prices in 2018

February 16, 2018 by Juliet Bennett Rylah

The L.A. County Fair. Photo: Omar Bárcena/flickr cc

While Disneyland is hiking its prices, the Los Angeles County Fair is offering a deal on both admission and food this year.

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The L.A. County Fair was first held in 1922. Back then, it was only five days long, but has since expanded to nearly a month’s worth of activities. However, 2017 saw a 7% drop in attendance. Miguel Santana, the fair’s Chief Executive, told the Los Angeles Times that many families cited rising costs as the reason they elected not to go. So, this year, the fair will keep prices stable, and will offer a new deal on food.

“We feel that if we listen to our guests, everything else will all work out fine,” he told the Times.

The fair also has a dedicated theme for the first time in over 20 years. The fair will explore all things Route 66—the famed Mother Road that begins in the Midwest and ends in Santa Monica—through a variety of multi-cultural exhibits, performances, and educational opportunities. And it won’t just be the so-called Main Street of America’s romanticized history. According to the Pasadena Star News, the Millard Sheets Gallery will present an artist exhibition on the challenges of navigating Route 66 as a person of color during segregation.

The L.A. County Fair runs August 31 through September 23, Wednesdays through Sundays (plus Labor Day) at the Fairplex in Pomona. Prices are slightly higher on weekends and Labor Day than they are on weekends. Admission is $14/$20 for guests 13 and up; $8/$12 for children 6-12; $10/$15 for seniors; and free for children 5 and younger. Parking ranges from $15 to $30, or $60 for a season pass. Or, you can spring for a package including four season passes and parking for $66. You’ll have to snag that deal before February 25, however. Carnival rides are still extra, though access to special exhibitions will be free this year. When it comes to food vendors, they’ll be offering at least one deal for the price of $6.60.

Find more information and tickets here.

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