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We Care Wednesdays- Clothing Drive

Gayle Anderson was live in Costa Mesa because the 2013 OC Fair 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 clothing drive benefiting Goodwill of Orange County. Donate 5 new or gently used clothing items and receive free admission plus one FREE carnival ride from Noon to 4 PM TODAY.

Since 1924, Goodwill of Orange County has helped people with disabilities find employment, become independent and support themselves and their families. With more than 900 employees and an annual budget of more than $78 million, Goodwill of Orange County serves more than 1,000 children and adults with disabilities and other barriers to independence each day by providing education, training and employment services to assist individuals overcome barriers to employment and to succeed at home, at work, or at school. As a nonprofit agency, Goodwill of Orange County spends 91 cents of every dollar towards its services. Your donation today helps the local community and is environmentally responsible.

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. 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 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 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 Wednesday-The Clothing Drive
Today, July 31st
Noon – 4 PM

Orange County Fair
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 708-1500

Now Through Sunday, August 11, 2013

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

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Gayle Anderson was live in Costa Mesa because the 2013 OC Fair is now open through Sunday, August 11th. Get FREE admission with clothing donation this ‘We Care Wednesday.’

Gayle Anderson was live in Costa Mesa because the 2013 OC Fair is now open through Sunday, August 11th. Get FREE admission with clothing donation this ‘We Care Wednesday.’

Gayle Anderson was live in Costa Mesa because the 2013 OC Fair is now open through Sunday, August 11th. Get FREE admission with clothing donation this ‘We Care Wednesday.’