I had never really wanted to go to the Los Angeles County Fair. What could Los Angeles offer me in the way of county fairs? With so many wonderful theme parks at my disposal, why would I ever consider going to an L.A. county fair? Seriously. Well it seemed that my wife had seen some of the clever advertising and decided that she wanted to goâ€¦ with me. Never underestimate the power of advertising. So off we went to Pomona on Saturday afternoon.
I had a few obstacles, mostly mental, to overcome in order for me to enjoy the day. First and foremost, getting there was kind of a pain. All I could think about is that itâ€™s further than Raging Waters. We ended up making it in less than an hour, which was a relief. I was certain that it was going to take us at least two hours. Secondly, there was the sticker shock. I wasnâ€™t sure what to expect. At the gate there were three prices for parking, $7 for general, $10 for preferred and $15 for â€œVIP.â€ I didnâ€™t want to be cranky from walking all day , so I sprung for the â€œVIP,â€ after all this is the â€œLos Angelesâ€ County Fair. The â€œVIPâ€ parking wasnâ€™t as close to the gate as I would have preferred. I suppose it would have been closer if we had arrived earlier. We got to the gate and what was this? Adult ticket price of $15. For a county fair? I had already paid for â€œVIPâ€ parking and walked a half a mile, $30 isnâ€™t going to kill me â€¦just make me ill. I thought to myself that it would cost at least twice that to set foot into an amusement park. That helped me deal with it.
Once inside, we went straight for the roasted corn, a county fair staple. Three bucks a corn, not bad at all. Corn in hand we started to walk and take in the sights. I notice a BBQ vendor with a real wood barbecue pit. Then another. And yet, another. There were enormous smokers all over the fairgrounds along with BBQ pits made from cinder blocks. With ribs, brisket, tri-tip, chicken, pulled pork and the ever â€“so-popular BBQ turkey legs on the menu it was hard to decide what to eat first. Everywhere you walked you saw someone carrying a BBQ turkey leg. There was pretty much anything that a BBQ Junkie could want.
We settled on the All American Wild West Bar-B-Que to have our lunch, after all they had a whole pig on the rotisserie. What more could you want. I actually wasnâ€™t expecting much in the way of good BBQ because of previous county fair barbecue experiences, so I ordered a combo plate. This would allow me to sample a bit of everything as well as free me from the dreaded one-entrÃ©e commitment. This choice turned out to be a wise one.
The combo plate included BBQ tri tip, chicken, spare ribs, pinto beans and potato salad for around 13 bucks. We decided to share a plate, seeing how we were going to be nibbling county fair food for the rest of the day. I took a bite and was surprised that the ribs were actually pretty good as well as the chicken. The beef was different story altogether. It lacked a little (a lot of) something. Not sure what, perhaps moisture? They served all of the meat dry (without the sauce pre-applied), always a good sign, with the BBQ sauce available on the table. The sauce was quite tasty and complemented the chicken and pork very well. Bellies full, we proceeded to check out the rest of the fair.
Horseracing, horticulture, livestock, art and homemade ice creamâ€¦ we were there to see it all. The rest of the day was spent nibbling here and there and checking out the exhibits. Our last hoorah was the gondola ride back across the park. If you are interested in going the Los Angeles County Fair is here thru October 2nd.
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