I just went to the San Diego County Fair dubbed the “Fab Fair” this year, and now I really know why it’s called the Fab Fair, not just because it’s fabulous, but because it is a tribute in many ways to the “Fab Four” – the Beatles, that iconic group from Liverpool, England.
The first glaring association very artistically done was at the entrance to a hall full of Beatlemania.
Then when you entered this hall, you were met with pictures of the Beatles, facts about the Beatles, records and albums of theirs on the walls, and so much more. It was like entering a Beatles museum! I enjoyed the experience immensely.
I think I really enjoyed it because England was brought to me, and the Beatles – one of the best groups ever from the country where I was born, was being celebrated in San Diego. This made me proud!
Anyway, more of the Fab Fair now.
We saw animals, cows, pigs, sheep and more
and some unusual looking hamsters
There was a turkey stampede; this year I missed the swine race, but I think I might have written about it previously or at least showed a picture or two
Our mouth watered at the sight of all the food and the smells of it too
Some things I did not even want to try such as Frogs Legs!
Then of course, it was time for the kids to have their fun and they wanted rides!
Incase you are wondering about the cost of the tickets, here is a picture that shows you the information. Don’t forget there are certain days that you can pay $30 for a wristband and ride all day.
More Beatlemania to show you just how much it’s not just the Fab Fair, but about the Fab Four
Don’t forget to look at the beautiful landscaping displays, this year – there was more art tied into the theme
Lastly, don’t miss out on the wonderful free entertainment (well included with your paid admission)
Bye Fab Fair, until I see you again next year! Don’t forget everyone, the fair is on until July 6th this year!
Have you ever envisioned paradise? How would it look?
Swinging overlooking the ocean?
Seeing the ocean through tropical landscaping?
Seeing two trees growing side by side in Paradise?
Seeing beautiful sights to behold
Seeing beautiful sights again and again
Seeing a playground for your kids to play in while you bask in paradise
Somewhere to chat with your friends while your kids played close by?
Seeing ocean water that is nice and blue, and waves that call out for surfers to ride on them
Seeing a place where people want to picnic, that becomes so colorful that you can’t help but gaze at the scene in front of you
Seeing trains come by where people stop to stare and wave as the trains go by
Seeing the scenic Coast Highway 101 and pass such beautiful places like Del Mar on their journey through California
Seeing a place that looks so tropical and colorful, surely it must be Paradise?
Last picture, then you have to see it for yourself!
I hope you got a taste of Paradise! Paradise is in Del Mar.
The San Diego County Fair is here in town – it started on June 8th and goes on until July 4th. Normally, I try to avoid this as it’s expensive and can be very tiring. However, I must have forgot how much fun it was, and mustn’t leave it for another three or four years until I go again. Yesterday was a beautiful day for a fair, it was a fairly hot day, but not unpleasant, and the sky was a perfect blue.
The Fairgrounds are in the same venue as the Del Mar Racetrack – here’s a link to some pictures of that – (scroll halfway down the page though to see pictures of the Racetrack). To get to the Fairgrounds, just go on the Highway 5 North and exit Via De La Valle, make a left and another left on Jimmy Durante Blvd. Be prepared to pay $10 for parking or you can park at local schools and take a bus for free. Admission prices are: children under 5 are free; kids under the age of 12 are $8 and adults are $14.
When you first go through admission, you will see a place where you can play all kinds of games. If you want to stay out of the sun, and it was hot yesterday (June 22nd) – this is a great place to stay out of the heat. You can play many kinds of games, cards, dominoes, or just play on one of the arcade style machines.
Then the aroma of the fair food is so tantalizing, and the choices are plentiful! What to get? Ice cream, funnel cakes, pizza, Greek food, fish and chips, Indian bread (I believe it was the American Indian, not the other Indian), caramel apples, just about anything covered with bacon – including chocolate, or hot dogs are just some of the temptations. The fries covered with nacho cheese and bacon bits were really good! However, it is costly – $10 or so for a chicken basket that consisted of four pieces of chicken with fries, $6.75 for the bacon covered fries, $15.75 for three slices of pizza with two drinks, and should I even go on? But, it’s tempting and you have to be really strong to resist those wonderful tantalizing smells, they can even make those who are full – just greedy. It’s the Fair, and you have to give in just once in a while!
Then the kids will pester you for rides – or perhaps you might want to give in and try a ride yourself. I believe the first ten days of the fair – you can get a wristband for $30 per person for all day unlimited rides, but right now those wristbands are only available to use on Wednesday and Thursday’s. Since the majority of people go on Saturday or Sunday, they will be limited to paying about 75 cents per ride including on July 4th. You can pay $50 for 72 tickets or $20 for 28 tickets – that’s what I mean when I say it’s expensive – be prepared to bring a lot of money with you.
Now, when you’ve got your tickets or wristband, you have to decide which rides to go on – at least the lines aren’t that long – like they are at Disneyland or Legoland – you can get on your ride fairly quickly – at least my kids did yesterday.
Here’s two pictures showing the Grand Wheel (the first one with the pink inflated toy in front of it was taken with my camcorder, and the second one was taken with my Iphone):
or you could choose to go upside down on a ride called Windsurf
Or how about the Magnum, or one of the other rides shown here?
Then, of course this place would not be complete without rides for little kids of Chandi’s age – so across the fairgrounds on the other side are rides more suitable for the little ones.
Isn’t the San Diego sky glorious?
There are some animals out here for the kids to see and enjoy, such as horses, pigs, goats and chickens. Chandi and Luca had a lot of fun seeing the horses – here’s just one of the horses people can learn about – there were donkeys, ponies and many other kinds of breeds of horses too. Also, there’s a safe way to pretend that you are riding on a horse too!
San Diego Fair has great family shows which are live such as Family Feud – another great way to escape some of the heat and crowds, as well as to give your aching feet a break.
Do you know that celebrities come play at the Fairgrounds – celebrities such as Victoria Justice who does more than just singing or acting – she represents Girl Up, which is a campaign of the United Nations Foundation. Girl Up empowers girls to fight for the right to education and the end to other atrocities that girls face. Big Time Rush were also set to play at the same concert as Victoria Justice – tickets were only $12, my oldest daughter wanted to see the show, but we were quite tired and could not stay any longer – we left at 7:30 pm, and had been at the fair all day from 11am or so.
If you want to find out more information about the fair, visit this link: http://www.sdfair.com/
Don’t forget other than rides and food, there are also cuddly toys that are there for the winning!
I’ve got just one final thing to say – it’s not fair if you don’t take them to the fair at least once when they’re little. A smile from a child says it all.