2012 Orange County Fair!

by Rod Jeheber on July 13, 2012

The OC Fair & Event Center

88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, California 92626

It is that time of the year again folks. The annual Orange County Fair starts July 13th 2012 and runs all the way through to August 12th 2012!

This year’s OC Fair’s theme is “Home, Sweet Home” honoring the 122nd year of the OC Fair.

There is going to be so much to do at the OC Fair this year! I was getting plans for a remodel in the city of Costa Mesa approved this morning at the building department which happens to be right across the street from the fair grounds. I decided to drive over and take some pictures to write a small blog about. I had no idea that I would be able to walk around freely on the fair grounds and take some pictures to share with you! They have completely redesigned the entire Fairgrounds. This year, The Hangar, a new aviation-style building, will be opened for the first time since its completion in March. During the day, The Hangar will be used for multiple community events, and at night, it will be used for concerts and sporting events.  The Hangar that looks just like the existing Hangars at the El Toro Marine base. They have a great line up of entertainment in The Hangar as well as at the Pacific Amphitheatre. They also have a huge selection of food and drinks to choose from and of there is always the highlite of OC Fair, The Midway which has a ton of awesome looking rides!


July 13-August 12
Wednesday – Friday: noon – midnight
Saturday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – midnight
Open Wednesdays-Sundays.

The OC Fair Box Office at the Pacific Amphitheatre is located at 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626,
and follows this schedule for 2012:

Current Box Office Hours:
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Wednesday + Thursday: 10 am – 6 pm
Friday – Sunday: 10 am – 9 pm

Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com
or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

General (13-59) $11
Seniors (60+) $8
Children (6-12) $6
Children under 6 FREE every day
Group Sales of 15 or more click here.

Fair fans can buy the exclusive Super Pass and enjoy admission to the 2012 OC Fair for all 23 days!
Click here for more info.

$7 per vehicle
$14 per bus


OC Fair Facts

  • This is the 122nd year of the OC Fair.
  • Did you know the the OC Fair and Event Center was once the property of the Santa Ana Army Air Base?
  • When first opened in 1890, the Fair consisted of only a horse race and a few exhibits.
  • The Fair has taken place at Orange County, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, Anaheim and now Costa Mesa. It also was held as joint Fair for a number of years in Pomona at the LA County Fairgrounds.
  • Orange County Fair Queens were crowded from 1911 through 1983.
  • In 1922 Fair news was carried by carrier pigeons from the Fairgrounds to the Newspapers.
  • In 1948 40 bombs were set off to announce the opening of the Fair.
  • Aclohol was NOT sold at the Fair until 1970.
  • The first wedding took place at the Fair in 1975.

If I can answer any questions about the Orange County Fairgrounds and Event Center or  how to obtain a building permit, or the process of building a new home or remodeling an existing home, please feel free to contact me at 949-723-4393 or email me.

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