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LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR, POMONA, 1962

Los Angeles County Fair 1962

Mark your calendars and start making plans – the world’s largest and most spectacular county fair begins a week from today, September 10, 2004 and runs through the 26th. Every year I recommended it to even my most jaded and snooty friends and they love it too — and so will you. The kitsch-culture fest of bizarre demonstrations, shows, amusements, junk-food and displays in an historic setting is intoxicating. Not to mention a feast for all your senses. It’s has been an annual tradition since 1922

The entrance to the Fun Zone at the fair was one of Southern California’s most spectacular works of neon ever. It was built in 1950 and unfortunately unceremoniously demolished in 1980. Going to the fair every year as a kid during the 60s and 70s I remember it well. While mom was stocking up on the latest miracle carpet cleaner, no-stick frying pans and an air fern, and dad was reliving his days on the ranch looking I’d be begging them to let me go into the Fun Zone. But they thought it was unsafe for a nice boy like me. Year after year I begged them to let me go in there. Year after year they said “No, you’re not going in the Fun Zone.” Finally when I got a little older I asked “Why?” I’ll never forget the stern response. “Well son, were afraid you’ll be… KNIFED!”

Here’s to the Los Angeles County Fair and to you

Hope to see you there!!