Orange County Fair Attractions and Exhibits
Read about the Orange County Fair attractions and exhibits.
The Orange County Fair has plenty of attractions and exhibits for the entire family including wine seminars and tasting, racing pigs, the art of making chocolate, karaoke, the Orange County Fair 5K Fun Run, celebrity chefs, Russell Brothers Circus, a camel dairy, a petting zoo, pie eating contests, a hypnotist, Peking Acrobats, livestock shows, Centennial Farm, Millennium Barn, rare fruit growers, the Orange County Beekeepers Association, and much more.
All-Alaskan Racing Pigs
See the swiftest swine compete for a cookie as the audience cheers them on. Orange County Fair pig races are a very popular attraction and are held several times a day in the Livestock Area of the Orange County Fair.
Wine Seminars and Tasting
Sample an array of award-winning wine from the renowned Orange County Fair Wine Competition presented by the Orange County Wine Society. Cost is $3 for two 1 ounce tastes.
The Orange County Wine Society will also be presenting wine seminars and tasting events in the Courtyard of the Orange County Fair. Wine seminar prices range from free to $30 and typically include a 2013 Riedel glass with the Orange County Fair logo, a 2013 wine awards book, 8 wine tastings, and assorted nibbles.
Get Sweet & the History of Chocolate
This popular exhibit explores the history of chocolate. Come learn how chocolate is made, from the bean to the bar. Complete with demonstrations by Xan Confections. This exhibit is free with Orange County Fair admission.
Summer in the Cities – Nightly Show
Summer in the Cities is a larger than life multi-media presentation of Orange County’s iconic places, events and people shown nightly at The Hangar, located in the Main Mall. The presentation will include a spectacular slideshow featuring photos submitted by Orange County residents plus other iconic visuals of the County, shown on a 40-foot screen and set to music and pyrotechnics. This exhibit is free with Orange County Fair admission.
Every night on the Meadows Stage, Orange County Fair visitors can feel like real rock stars with this karaoke-meets-live-band mix. Karaoke is first-come, first-served and begins at 8 pm. This attraction is free with Orange County Fair admission.
Orange County Fair 5K Fun Run
On Sunday, August 4, hundreds of participants will run, walk and skip through the Orange County Fair. For those not concerned with finishing first, they can partake in rides, games and more on this special 5K route before the Orange County Fair opens to the public.
Organized in conjunction with the Orange County Marathon, the 5K Fun Run starts at 8:00 am. Pre-registration is available at ocfair5k.com. A fundraiser pancake breakfast benefitting the Centennial Farm Foundation will be held the same day starting at 6:30 am in Centennial Farm for $7 a person. Each 5K Fun Run registrant can purchase a discounted pancake breakfast ticket for $5 instead of $7. Each 5K Fun Run registrant gets one free admission to return to the Orange County Fair.
U.S. Army Day
U.S. Army Day is July 26. The daily festivities will open with a rousing parade lead by the U.S. Army’s Marching Band, a Future Soldier Swearing-in Ceremony accompanied by a performance by the U.S. Army Color Guard, performances by the U.S. Army’s Ska and Classic Rock bands and exhibits and displays with various military equipment, Army Reserve Unit items and more.
Orange County Fair Celebrity Chefs
The Orange County Fair presents two shows in The Hangar featuring dynamic celebrity chefs demonstrating their culinary talents. Scheduled appearances include chefs Jaime & Ramiro of La Casita Restaurant on Saturday, July 20, and Chef Michael Chiarello of Bottega & Coqueto Restaurant on Thursday, August 1. Free with Orange County Fair admission.
Oasis Camel Dairy
The Oasis Camel Dairy brings a unique agricultural, historical and scientific display to the Orange County Fair July 31 – August 11. This exhibit blends the camels’ colorful, ancient history with today’s new discoveries. Milking demonstrations take place each day at 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 pm. This exhibit is free with Orange County Fair admission.
Grounds & Community Entertainment
As visitors stroll through the Orange County Fair, they will encounter clowns, games and magicians – all presenting another facet of the Orange County Fair’s amusement offerings.
Various stages throughout the Orange County Fair host a wide variety of amateur performers to entertain Fairgoers, including dancers, karate practitioners, aerobics demonstrators, vocalists, instrumentalists and cultural groups. These attractions are free with Orange County Fair admission.
Russell Brothers Circus
This family circus delights Orange County Fair visitors young and old. The Russell Brothers Circus is unique in the creative way it uses the performers and audience instead of animals. Located on Commerce Lane near Green Gate to the Orange County Fair. This attraction is free with Orange County Fair admission.
Get a close look and learn and come face-to-face with all kinds of animals at the Orange County Fair. One petting zoo is located on Commerce Lane near the Green Gate and Kiddie Carnival.
A second petting zoo, All Creatures Great and Small, is on Livestock Lane near the Yellow Gate and features llamas, a mini-horse or donkey, potbelly pigs and more. These attractions are free with Orange County Fair admission.
Contests for All Ages
The Orange County Fair offers exciting contests, includes eating contests, for all ages in the Fun Zone Tent along with the special contests for seniors on the Meadows Stage on Senior’s Day (Fridays).
Knott’s Berry Farm presents a daily Orange County Fair pie eating contest at 7 pm on the Promenade Stage (registration begins at 6:30 pm). All participants receive ribbons.
The Orange County Fair Country Meadows features various food vendors, including the larger-than-life Outlaw Grill and the Meadows Stage, which hosts a variety of community entertainment.
As Orange County Fair visitors enter the Fair through the Blue Gate (Main Gate), they will get their first taste of the Orange County Fair in the Fair Square, featuring food, merchandise and roving entertainment.
The Orange County Fair Fun Zone is an all-ages destination point located in the Family Fair Way. The Orange County Fair Fun Zone hosts hands-on activities, exhibits, demonstrations, attractions, contests, games and a whole lot of fun. These exhibits and attractions are free with Orange County Fair admission.
Plaza Arts Stage
In addition to a variety of food vendors, the Orange County Fair Park Plaza features the Plaza Arts Stage, which features arts and multicultural attractions in the day, and hosts Hypnotist Mark Yuzuik and the Peking Acrobats nightly. These attractions are free with Orange County Fair admission.
Three areas at the Orange County Fair feature demonstrations and community attractions and exhibits related to competitive entries:
• Visual Arts, Culinary Arts and Crafts & Hobbies: Promenade Stage
• Youth: Fun Zone Stage
• Livestock : Livestock Showing
The Centennial Farm is a year-round, four-acre demonstration farm dedicated to agricultural education, highlighting California’s rich agricultural heritage. More than 30 different crops can be seen growing in the raised beds. The wide variety of farm animals includes cows, sheep, pigs, goats, rabbits, chickens and oxen.
During the Orange County Fair, expect one or more of the sows to give birth to a litter of piglets that can be seen in their pen. Orange County Fair visitors can also get their hands dirty in the vermiculture display showing how earthworms help to produce bountiful fruits and vegetables.
Agriculture-focused exhibitors, including UCCE Master Gardeners, are located just outside the Silo Building. The Centennial Farm is located at the south end of Centennial Way – see the Orange County Fair Centennial Farm map. These exhibits are free with Orange County Fair admission.
Cow milking demonstrations are held daily in the Millennium Barn during the Orange County Fair. Also featured daily is an exhibit by Heifer International as well as leather crafting demonstrations. These exhibits are free with Orange County Fair admission.
Rare Fruit Growers
Members of the Orange County Rare Fruit Growers Association will exhibit exotic and unusual fruits while answering questions about fruit trees at their gazebo located at the southeast side of Gallery 15 at the Orange County Fair. These exhibits are free with Orange County Fair admission.
Orange County Beekeepers Association
Located on the southwest side of Gallery 15, the Orange County Beekeepers provide an educational exhibit of bees and beekeeping, along with an observation hive where Orange County Fair visitors can see a colony of live bees. These exhibits are free with Orange County Fair admission.
Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders
This isn’t your average circus sideshow. Instead of bearded ladies and fire-breathing acrobats, creepy crawlies like millipedes, tarantulas, scorpions and other creatures are the featured attractions. This new, free exhibit puts a fun, traveling-circus twist on the amazing world of insects with a variety of exotic creatures from around the world alive and on view.
Popular sand castle designers and builders will be carving larger-than-life, Fair-themed sand sculptures out of 300 tons of sand, live during the run of Fair.
Fun With Food
Food sculpture Chef Ray Duey will amaze as he beautifully transforms an average melon into a stunning work of art. Sugar master Shaile Socher will take sugar and turn it into sweet displays of edible flowers.
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