President’s Message Board of Directors
Dale Dykema - President PAID
munity experience like none other. Julie Vandermost - Vice President SANTA ANA, CA
We worked hard in 2007 to examine Deborah Carona
land-use during the Fair and staff made Gary Hayakawa
many changes to the flow of the Fair, David Padilla Return Service Requested
which, with over a million guests, demon- Kristina Dodge
strated that our customers appreciated the Joyce Tucker
changes. The next two years will be just David Ellis
as inventive as 2007, with changes to Mary Young
Costa Mesa, California - Winter 2008
some of the buildings, arrangement of
vendors, programming, and the continued
Chief Executive Officer
Becky Bailey-Findley O R A N G E C O U N T Y F A I R & E X P O S I T I O N C E N T E R
revitalization of the Main Mall and the
Grandstand Arena. Senior Vice President, OC Fair
Ready, Set, Smile
The annual Fair must serve as both a
custodian of tradition and a reflection of Steve Beazley
the community as it grows and evolves, Vice President,
and the Board of Directors and the staff Orange County Fair & Exposition Center • 88 Fair Drive • Costa Mesa, CA 92626 • (714) 708-FAIR (3247) • ocfair.com
at 2008 Youth Expo
of the Orange County Fair & Exposition Finance/Administration
Center cherish this responsibility. During Dena Heathman
t is an exciting time for the OC Fair these next few years, staff will be sensitive
I Board of Directors. 2008 will be a
time of transition for the property and
the annual OC Fair. The challenge for
to guest reaction to these changes and we
hope you find them as exciting as we do.
Vice President, Events/Facilites
Fair Times Editor
staff is to continually re-imagine the
annual Fair while maintaining the tradition
President, Board of Directors Jeff Willson The 2008 Youth Expo Competition
and history that make this event a com- Orange County Fair & Exposition Center Guide is available online.
New Tattoo Festival Musink Offers A Buzz In February Download the guide and President’s Message
here will be a buzz around the Orange for the weekend, attendees can also enjoy
T County Fair & Exposition Center in
February when famed tattoo artist
Kat Von D from the TV show "L.A. Ink"
three days of live music, with each day
featuring a different style of music. Punk
band Tiger Army is scheduled to headline
Visit ocfair.com and click the
Youth Expo logo.
debuts Musink, a tattoo and music festival. the event when they rock out on Saturday,
Slated for Feb. 22-24, Musink will Feb. 23.
showcase 200 of the top tattoo artists There will also be seminars, contests
from around the world. Some of the best with celebrity judges, and lifestyle vendors. For information, call
body art in the industry will be on display
and if attendees feel inspired they can
The event is open Friday, 6-11 p.m.;
Saturday, Noon-11 p.m.; and Sunday,
(714) 708-1553. Musink
take a seat and get their own to take home. Noon-6 p.m. Tickets are $25 per day and
If getting a tattoo isn't on the agenda will be on sale in December.
OC'S Largest Mixer Returns
gling and networking at the Orange encourages attendees, and exhibitors, to
County's Largest Mixer V on Mar. 13. not only check out all the different com-
ut a "Smile" on your face art, and the community. not required and all self-grown
Designed to be part exposition and
part social event, the Mixer is an annual
event that has grown to include more
than 300 exhibitors and thousands of
panies and organizations on exhibit, but
network and socialize as well.
Admission for the one-night event is
$20. The Largest Mixer will be held in
The Fascination of
Orchids P in anticipation of the 29th
annual Youth Expo at the
Orange County Fair & Exposition
Student projects on a variety
of academic subjects will be on
display in the School Projects
fruits, vegetables, or flowers
can be delivered to Centennial
Farm from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
attendees. buildings 14 and 16 and Baja Blues Center, April 25-27, 2008. building throughout the three-day that day for submission.
usiness professionals from hundreds Chambers of commerce and businesses Restaurant from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For Did You Know? Thousands of local school- event. The best student projects The 18th annual Home
B of industries will return to the
Orange County Fair & Exposition
Center for a fifth year of mixing, min-
from throughout the county are on-hand
to talk about what they can offer.
The physical layout of the event
more information or to become an
exhibitor visit ocmixer.com or call
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children, schools, youth groups
and families will take over the
fairgrounds for the free annual
event, which recognizes Orange
are awarded ribbons, trophies
and cash awards.
Future gardeners and farmers
can show off their young talent
Builders Council (HBC)
Design/Build Competition will
set-up shop for a fourth year
with its two-day event which
Did YBa vyeN o w., Know?
M A R C H 1 3
County youth for their positive with an entry in the Li'l Sprouts challenges high school, commu-
S $$$ accomplishments in math, Farm and Garden Competition nity college, Youth Build, and
science, literature, agriculture, on April 25. Pre-registration is Continued inside
January - March
Winter Event Highlights Events
he new year will be warming up across the nation selling a variety of C A L E N D A R
T nicely with a variety of events that
will be having locals visit the
Orange County Fair & Exposition Center
furniture, art, decorations, textiles,
ceramics and more. Event hours are
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
for services, entertainment, and products on Sunday. Admission is $9 for both days
JANUARY 2008 FEBRUARY 2008 15-17 SCRAPBOOK MARCH 2008 13 OC's LARGEST MIXER V
throughout the winter season. and $6 for Sunday only. Guests 17 and
The Fascination of Orchids Interna- under are free. EXPO Thursday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
tional Show and Sale will bloom right This American spirit will shift from 5 BRIDAL WORLD EXPO 1-2 SCATSGYMNASTICS Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 6-8 SUGAR PLUM Buildings 14, 16 & Baja Blues
before spring when it returns to OCFEC
on Feb. 8-10. The annual event features
country art to muscle cars when the Good
Guys Car Show returns Mar. 15-16. The STAR-VU DRIVE-IN Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. FESTIVAL'S "ARTS & Admission: $15.
hundreds of beautiful orchids from around all-grounds event will feature tricked out Friday-Sunday. Building 10 & Parade of Products Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CRAFTS SHOW" The Linden Group, Inc.
the world. Attendees can view and purchase and custom cars for the two-day event. Admission: general $8.50, children Admission: adults $10 and Building 10 Thursday & Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
orchids and orchid-related products. Event The event opens at 8 a.m. both days and (5-12) $5, kids four and under Buildings 10, 12, 14, 16, 17 & (213) 908-0800
children under 12 admitted free. Admission: adults $8, seniors & Parade of Products Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. largestmixer.com
hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. Antique Americana Show and Sale, closes at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m.
admitted free. Show listings,
Admission is $5 for adults. Mar. 8-9. The only antique show focused on Sunday. General admission is $13,
times and ticket sales available Adcom Publishing children $5. Admission: adults $8, Building 10
March will start off with a little bit of exclusively on country and folk art, the children (7-12) are $6, and children six
Americana at the California Country show will feature tons of dealers from years and younger are free. at star-vu.com. (714) 670-7800 Scats Gymnastics children under 12 admitted free. Admission: free.
(949) 296-7002 brideworld.com 15-16 GOOD GUYS
(714) 895-2909 Scrapbook Expo Sugar Plum Festivals
Centennial Farm Receives CM Community Foundation Grant GIANT PAINTBALL PARK 12-13 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
2-3 WAREHOUSE SALE
scrapbookexpo.com (562) 598-0857
Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday & Friday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. GOLD SHOW Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 22-24 MUSINK-THE NO STROLLERS PLEASE.
range County Fair & Exposition All Grounds
O Center's Centennial Farm was
awarded a $3,000 grant from the
Costa Mesa Community Foundation for
Sunday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Admission: adults $5, children
Admission: Saturday $15 presale
ULTIMATE TATTOO &
MUSIC FESTIVAL 8-9 CALIFORNIA COUNTRY
Admission: general $13; kids
(7-12) $6; children under 6
The Ranch After School Program at a under 12 admitted free. or $25 at the door; Sunday $5. Friday, 6 p.m.-11 p.m. ANTIQUE AMERICANA admitted free.
special ceremony in Building 33 on Nov. 5.
The Ranch program currently teaches (949) 489-9000 goldprospectors.org thewarehousesale.com Saturday, noon-11 p.m. SHOW & SALE good-guys.com
children from Davis Education Center, Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
ORANGE COUNTY 19-20 TEX*US GUITAR SHOW
College Park Elementary School and
8-10 FASCINATION OF Admission: $25/day Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sonora Elementary School about animal
MARKET PLACE Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 23 ROCK HARBOR
husbandry, equine science, gardening and ORCHIDS musink.org Building 14
Saturday & Sunday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CHURCH
nutrition, and leather crafting.
Main Parking Lot. Friday, Saturday & Admission: adults $9 on
The grant will allow for program Building 12 EASTER SERVICES
expansion to include other local schools, Admission: adults $2, children Admission: adults $15, children Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 23-24 MALIBU Saturday ($6 after 2 p.m.)
as well as the possible inclusion of groups under 12 free. Buildings 14 & 16 CAT CLUB and $6 on Sunday ($3 after 2 p.m.), Sunday, times TBD.
such as Girl and Boy Scouts, according to under 12 admitted free. Pacific Amphitheatre
Tel Phil Enterprises Admission: adults $4. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. children 17 and under free.
Evy Young, OCFEC's agricultural educa-
(949) 723-6660 Tex*us Guitar Shows, Inc.
tion supervisor. Fascinations of Orchids Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Paid first day admission good Admission: free.
"We believe so much in the importance
(949) 735-2930 Building 14 for both days. Rock Harbor Church
of teaching our children about agriculture
26-27 CROSSROADS OF THE fascinationoforchids.com Admission: general $5, seniors California Country www.rockharbor.org
and how it is integrated into our daily lives," FARMERS MARKET
said OCFEC CEO Becky Bailey-Findley. Grant Presentation— (l-r) OCFEC CEO Becky Bailey-Findley, CFF Board member
Kathy Nakase, Centennial Farm Supervisor Evy Young, and CMCF members Cindy Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. WEST GUN SHOW (62+) and children under 12 $4. (831) 476-4161
"The support from the Foundation's
Community Grants program is greatly O'Dell, Bill Turpit, and Charlene Ashendorf. Main Parking Lot. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 8-10 32nd ANNUAL HOME californiacountryshow.com 29-30 CROSSROADS OF
appreciated because it allows the The Foundation's Community Grants areas of youth academics and recreation, Orange County Farm Bureau Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. REMODELING & 2/29-3/2 GEM FAIRE THE WEST
program to reach out to more children in program was launched in June 2007 to public safety, public park enhancements (714) 573-0374 Buildings 10, 12, 14, 16, Parade
a meaningful way." provide support to community groups in the and community pride initiatives. orange.cfbf.com DECORATING SHOW Friday, noon-7 p.m. 12 AAOC ANNUAL GUN SHOW
of Products & Main Mall
Friday, noon-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. TRADE SHOW & Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
CENTENNIAL FARM Admission: adults $12, seniors
Smile 2008 Youth Expo, continued Academia won't be the only thing Guide is available online now. Download Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. CONFERENCE Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Monday - Friday, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. $11, children under 12 admitted
from page 1 making visitors to Youth Expo smile the handbook and enter online by visiting Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Buildings 10 & Parade of Products Wednesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Buildings 10, 12, 14, 16, Parade
Regional Occupation Program (ROP) though. Gale Webb will return with her ocfair.com and clicking the Youth Expo Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. free with adult.
Buildings 10, 12 & Parade of Admission: adult weekend pass $5, Building 10 & 12 of Products & Main Mall
student teams to design and build as Extreme Sports and Air Show, which logo. The entry form deadline is Feb. 7, Admission: free. B&L Productions
professional builders would. features some of the youngest BMX, 2008. For additional information, call
(714) 708-1916. (801) 544-9125 Products children 11 and under admitted Admission: free. Admission: adults $12, seniors
For the 53rd annual Orange County inline and skateboarding stars of today. (714) 708-1553.
Science and Engineering Fair, science Other Youth Expo features include a Youth Expo hours are Friday 9 a.m. to During all-ground events, Admission: adults $6.75, seniors free. Apartment Association of $11, children under 12 admitted
and math will be the featured attraction 4-H livestock competition, Girl Scout 3 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. admission may be required. 28-31 MAINTENANCE MANIA $4, and children admitted free. Gem Faire, Inc. Orange County free with adult.
with hundreds of individual and group exhibits and crafts, and exhibitors offering to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free. ocfair.com Monday-Thursday N.E.C. Group, Inc. (503) 252-8300 (714) 638-5550 B&L Productions
projects on display from students in the educational resources and information.
sixth through 12th grades. The 2008 Youth Expo Competition ocfair.com (818) 557-2950 gemfaire.com OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. (801) 544-9125