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THE MINIATURE GARDEN RAILROAD, LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR, POMONA, 1952

Miniature Garden

Southern Californians are very lucky because the LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR is the BIGGEST and most WONDERFUL county fair in the world. Every year I recommend the gigantic kitsch fest to even my most jaded and snooty friends – and they love it too!!! And if you think the fair is beneath your station in life- think again – really! I’m here to tell you it is Southern California’s BEST KEPT SECRET

The grand scale pop-culture gadget, garden and barnyard showcase is set in a treasure trove of vintage architecture, public art, neon signs, landscaping and unique permanent attractions from the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. While Disneyland celebrates its 50th year the Los Angeles County Fair continues in Pomona where it began 83 years ago in 1922. Pomona, by the way, is the city named for the Roman Goddess of Fruit – how perfect is that!

Among the endless wonderland of mesmerizing things to see there is this week’s slide of the Sunset Drive-in Movie Theater in THE MINIATURE GARDEN RAILROAD, LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR, POMONA, 1952. The Sunset Drive-in is Southern California’s oldest and most charming outdoor movie theater. The screen is a television, the cars are promotional models. The show still starts at dawn every year during the fair.

Make sure to get there early and plan to stay late so you can see it all. PLEASE don’t forget to bring your camera – it’s a photographer’s paradise, your wallet – it’s a shopper’s paradise and your appetite for all things fatty-salty-sweet.

Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!

Here’s to you and THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR!!