Morning Brief: LA County Fair, Echo Park, And The Getty
Good morning, L.A. It’s May 27.
Take note, fried food aficionados: the L.A. County Fair has announced its return date, after being cancelled last year and this year. Starting in 2022, the bacchanalian event at the Pomona Fairplex will be held in May.
For the past 100 years, the fair has taken place in September — often a blazing hot month in SoCal, one during which the idea of standing in long lines and consuming heaps of sugar might not be so appealing.
Now, fair fans can look forward to a more temperate May celebration. Next year’s event will run from May 5-30. The new timing will also mark the fair’s 100th anniversary.
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As usual, attractions will include carnival rides, live performances, petting zoos, shopping, and — of course — fair food (think candy apples, buckets of cookies and deep-fried everything). One of the main attractions is the Ferris wheel, which has been in place for most of the event’s history.
Launched in 1922, the L.A. County Fair began as a five-day agriculture exposition. These days, it lasts for nearly a month, and typically attracts more than a million people. The fair also provides temporary employment for more than 500 workers, and yields approximately $325 million for the county.
The 2020 fair was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic — the first time it’s been called off since World War II. This year's event was also canceled, but organizers will host a Fair Food experience in late September.
Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A., and stay safe out there.
What Else You Need To Know Today
- After a controversial closure and cleanup, Echo Park Lake reopens.
- The popular Brentwood branch of the Getty Museum is open again.
- California officials are working to change the application process that would allow tenants to access a pool of $2.6 billion in rent relief money.
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