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LA County Fair Starts Today!!!

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Thank goodness the heat has beat a hasty retreat, because the Los Angeles County Fair begins today, with $1 admission until 5pm (it'll cost you $15 for an adult weekend ticket after that).

There is an absolutely ridiculous variety of things to see, rides to enjoy, and most importantly, fried foods to eat: in fact, the theme for this year's food vendors is literally "deep-fried-everything-on-a-stick". I kid you not.

The Los Angeles Chowhound board is already atwitter with hungry expectation, but if deep-fried artichokes and Snickers bars aren't your cup of tea (communist!), there will also be pie-eating contests, cooking demonstrations, and the usual smorgasbord of fair foods like hot dogs, turkey legs, and funnel cake.

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Oh, you were interested in something other than food? Well, besides the usual fair displays of livestock, landscaping, and, uh, tapestries, there is also an ice-skating rink and snowy sledding area, an exhibit and activity center with an ecological theme, tons of shopping opportunities, and even a KaraokeFest. Now that's a party! There are also several reasonably entertaining musical acts scheduled to perform, including Heart, Ciara, Paulina Rubio, and Big & Rich. Any visit to the Fairplex wouldn't be complete without a little MONSTER TRUCK RALLY as well.

You can purchase tickets and check out the schedule online; they even offer a customizable calendar so you can plan your fair visit down to the minute. We'll see you there!!!

Photo of fair food by firemonkeyfish via Flickr.