We Care Wednesday Children’s Book Drive

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Gayle Anderson was live in Costa Mesa for the “WE CARE WEDNESDAY CHILDREN’S BOOK DRIVE” at the Orange County Fair.  The 2014 Orange County Fair is now open through Sunday, August 10th.

This year’s fair, with the theme, “Summer Starts Here,” consists of 23 days of food, exhibits, rides, animals and shopping. With all of the discounts, promotions and deals offered by the OC Fair, all of this fun can be enjoyed without breaking your bank.

Fairgoers can save on admission and give back to the community by participating in the “We Care Wednesday” weekly donation drives, which offer FREE admission and one FREE carnival ride per person with the proper donation. Donation requirements change weekly. Click HERE for this year’s schedule and guidelines.

Today’s “We Care Wednesday” donation drive is a children’s book drive benefiting 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 per person from Noon to 3 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.

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). 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 HERE.

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 Ticketmaster.com) or from the on-site Box Office at the Pacific Amphitheatre. For current Box Office hours, please visit OC Fair.

The OC Fair continues 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 Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com

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