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We Care Wednesdays- Children’s Book Drive

Gayle Anderson was live in Costa Mesa for the 2013 OC Fair that is now open through Sunday, August 11th. This event brings 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports and fun, as well as the Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena. With its theme, “Come & Get It,” the OC Fair offers a multitude of promotions, discounts, and deals to allow fairgoers to come and get the most out of the Fair without breaking their budget.

Fairgoers who want to give back to the community while also saving on admission can participate in the “We Care Wednesday” weekly donation drives, which offer FREE admission and one FREE carnival ride with the proper donation. Donation requirements change weekly.

Today’s “We Care Wednesday” donation drive is a children’s book drive benefiting

THINK Together and the Children & Families Commission of Orange County Early Literacy and Math Program. Donate 1 new children’s book or 3 gently used children’s books and receive free admission plus one FREE carnival ride from Noon to 4 PM TODAY.

The Children and Families Commission of Orange County established the Early Literacy Program to implement and support successful literacy and reading awareness programs for children since reading to children every day builds language and learning skills for life. Since access to books and showing parents the importance of early literacy are some of the most effective strategies in helping underprivileged children to start school prepared to succeed, the Early Literacy Program through its Gently Used Book Program encourages and solicits donations of gently used books that are then sorted by age, rehabilitated and redistributed back out into the community.

THINK Together, the nation’s leading provider of extended day learning time programs, provides books and waiting room volunteers to dozens of Reach Out and Read sites in Orange County, which are coordinated by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Orange County chapter. Reach Out and Read is a cost-efficient, evidence-based national program that uses the existing healthcare infrastructure to promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. In addition, THINK Together currently serves about 50,000 children and families in Orange County through the Early Literacy Program.

Please note: Promotions are honored only during their specified time frame. Please prepare to arrive early. Don’t let  traffic or lines keep you from enjoying these popular discounts and deals. “We Care Wednesday” donations will NOT be accepted at Gate 5 off of Arlington Drive. Visit the Blue, Green and Yellow Gates to make donations.

There are a variety of deals and promotions throughout the run of the Fair. Every Thursday is Kids Days where admission for children 12 and younger is FREE all day. On Fridays, it’s Seniors Day, when guests (60 and older) receive $2 off a senior admission ticket and FREE ferris wheel and merry-go-round rides all day. Every Saturday and Sunday, early birds can save with the Rise & Shine promotion, featuring $3 general admission from 10 AM to 11 AM. Active-Duty U.S. Military and Veterans receive FREE Fair admission with ID every day.

The best, wallet-friendly option is the OC Fair Super Pass, which offers the passholder admission for all 23 days of the 2013 OC Fair plus express entry at all gates, 2-for-1 tickets for select Pacific Amphitheatre concerts, 20 percent discount on tickets to selected events in The Hangar and the Action Sports Arena, and a carnival savings book. The 2013 Super Pass prices are $35 for general, $30 for seniors (60+), and $25 for youth (6-12). You can purchase passes in person at the OC Box Office, The Hangar Box Office or any OC Fair admission gate through Friday, August 9, 2013.

Foodies can get a taste of the Fair every Friday during the $2 Taste of Fair Food promotion from Noon to 4 PM, when most Fair vendors offer $2 tastes of some of your favorite Fair foods. Thrill seekers can save in both the main and the Kiddie Carnival with the $2 Rides & $2 Games on Fridays from Noon to 4 PM or $30 unlimited ride wristbands on Wednesdays and Thursdays (sold until 5 PM and valid until 8 PM).

Little bookworms can receive three FREE carnival rides through the Read and Ride program, where children ages 5-11 submit book reports for FREE carnival tickets. The required book report form is available online by clicking HERE. Submit 2 book reports on two different children’s books to the Information Booth at Centennial Farm for three FREE carnival ride tickets. This promotion is valid through Sunday, August 11th.

The Orange County Fair is open through Sunday, August 11th. Hours are from Noon to Midnight, Wednesdays through Fridays and 10 AM to Midnight on Saturday and Sunday. The OC Fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Ticket prices are $11 for general admission (13-59), $8 for seniors (60+), $6 for youth (6-12), and FREE for children 5 and under. You can purchase tickets online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 as well as at all Ticketmaster outlet locations. You can waive service charges when you purchase tickets online and choose the ‘TicketFast’ print at home option. You may also purchase tickets at the OC Fair Box Office is located at 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

For box office hours, click HERE.

General parking is $10 for passenger cars, $20 for buses and limos, and $30 for Pacific Amphitheatre VIP parking. Parking is cash only. Off-site parking is available on weekends only. FREE parking and shuttle service are available on Saturdays and Sundays from the Experian parking structure off the Bristol Street exit off the 405 freeway. The free shuttle operates from 10 AM to 1 AM.

Catch the OC Fair Express at one of the nine convenient locations in Orange County with direct bus service to the OC Fair and save! A one-way ride is $2 and OC Fair admissionis $3. For more information, click HERE. Guests traveling from outside Orange County can jump on the Metrolink to either Anaheim Canyon, Santa Ana or Irvine stations to catch the OC Fair Express. Guests will then receive a FREE ride on the OC Fair Express when they show  their Metrolink ticket.

WE CARE WEDNESDAYS-CHILDREN’S BOOK DRIVE
Today, July 24th - Sunday, August 11, 2013
Noon – 4 PM
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 708-1500

If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com

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07/24/13

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Gayle Anderson was live in Costa Mesa for the 2013 OC Fair that is now open through Sunday, August 11th.

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07/24/13

We Care Wednesday-THINK Together

Gayle Anderson was live in Costa Mesa for the 2013 OC Fair that is now open through Sunday, August 11th. This event brings 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports and fun, as well as the Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena.

Gayle Anderson was live in Costa Mesa for the 2013 OC Fair that is now open through Sunday, August 11th. During We Care Wednesdays, donate new or gently used children’s books and get free admission and a ride ticket.

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