Opening Day Orange County Fair

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Gayle Anderson was live in Costa Mesa for opening day at the Orange County Fair where the theme is, “Summer Starts Here.”

This year’s fair consists of 23 days of food, exhibits, rides, animals and shopping and runs through Sunday, August 10th. In honor of the opening day, the OC Fair offers FREE admission and parking TODAY from 12 Noon to 1 p.m.

Fairgoers can go on a culinary voyage with classics such as roasted corn, funnel cakes and turkey legs to the more exotic bacon-wrapped delicacies and new deep fried on a stick items. Foodies can attend one of the many free demonstrations and food-related contests held throughout the run of the fair.

The OC Fair also presents exhibit galleries filled with award-winning photographs, paintings, ceramics, woodworking, cakes, cookies, quilts and more displays of talent by Southern California residents. Fairgoers can also enjoy thrilling rides, carnival games, animals of all shapes and sizes and shopping for must-have gadgets and more.

OC Fairgoers can explore a variety of musical genres in the Toyota Summer Concert Series such as The Go-Gos, Bad Religion, LeAnn Rimes, The Offspring and more. Tickets are on sale online at, any Ticketmaster outlet and the on-site Box Office at the Pacific Amphitheatre (during select days and hours.)

The 2014 OC Fair offers a variety of ways for guests to save on admission, food and fun. Active military and veterans receive FREE admission with I.D. every day of the Fair. This offer is not valid for spouses or dependents. Through the OC Fair’s Read & Ride program, children (ages 5-11) who read 2 books and write a brief book report can receive 3 FREE carnival rides. Click HERE to download the book report form. Submit book reports to the Information Booth @ Centennial Farm for FREE ride tickets (Valid July 11- Sunday, August 10, 2014). Frugal fairgoers who want to give back to the community 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. Click HERE for the donation schedule and guidelines. 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. A complete list of admission discounts and other promotions can be found at OC Fair.

The best way to enjoy the OC Fair for a great price is with a 2014 Super Pass, valid for admission all 23 days of the 2014 OC Fair plus discounts on concerts, action sports and carnival. The Super Pass offers 23 days of admission for the pass holder, express entry at the Fair gates, discounts on select concerts and ticketed events and a carnival value book. The Super Pass is currently available HERE or from the on-site Box Office (open limited days).

The 2014 OC Fair is open Wednesday-Friday from Noon-Midnight and Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-Midnight. The Fair is closed Monday and Tuesday. Single-day general admission is $12 for adults, $7 for seniors (60 and older) and youth (ages 6-12) and free for children 5 and younger.

Concert tickets, action sports reserved seats, and single-day general admission are available for purchase from any Ticketmaster outlet (in-store or or from the on-site Box Office at the Pacific Amphitheatre. For current Box Office hours, please visit OC Fair.

Friday is Opening Day from 12pm to Midnight
FREE Admission & Parking Today, Friday, July 11th from 12pm to 1pm

July 11 Through Sunday, August 10, 2014
2014 Orange County Fair
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

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