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Orange County Fair   July 11 - August 10, 2014
Tuesday - Friday: noon - midnight
Saturday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - midnight

Orange County fair

The Orange County Fair is held every year in July, bringing the old-fashioned home arts, animal and food contests to Costa Mesa, California where the Orange Orange County Fairgrounds are located between Harbor Boulevard and Fairview Drive. Each year a theme celebrates some sort of fruit of food. Tomatoes, Strawberries and Lemons have all had their day in the sun. The fairgrounds are decorated with posters, contests and color schemes reflecting the theme.

The fairgrounds are utilized all year long for exhibitions, competitions and a variety of events and entertainment but when the Fair comes to town, it takes over the entire facility. Old fashioned animal competitions with children and adults competing for prizes for best cattle, sheep and pigs, best pies and cakes, quilts and crafts award prizes and are on display during the fair. The largest attractions are the daily entertainment and vendors with carnival rides, game booths and food. People go annually to eat ribs, fire-roasted corn, cream puffs and all sorts of meals and desserts.

Attendance at the fair is incredible with nearly one million people visiting the Orange County Fair each year. Special days and nights provide discount admissions for seniors, children and adults and families. Daily concerts, dancing and sports exhibitions occur during the day and nights bring name entertainment. 

Attendance figures:

2004: 963,984
2003: 881,596
2002: 898,197
2001: 843,347
2000: 808,552
1999: 724,561
1998: 723,061
1997: 785,944
1996: 686,428
1995: 698,976