Fun Finds At The OC Fair, Including Wine Tasting & The Pig Races
If you’re going to the Orange County Fair – which runs thru Aug. 12 in Costa Mesa, CA – then leave your selfie stick at home.
They are not allowed and will be taken at the entrance gate.
However, you can still get great selfies at the fair. This is because of a creative “selfie museum.” Located next to the Pacific Amphitheater, it features about a dozen stations with props ranging from a giant slide background to a popcorn place to a carnival play zone to a field of cotton candy to a big pair of lips as a couch.
And while you don’t have your selfie stick, there’s a fun and friendly staff on hand to take pics of – and for – you, and they even provide selfie sticks in the exhibit.
This is one of the liveliest, most fun places at the fair. Take your pics, put them on social media and use the hashtag: #myfairselfie. It’s the most fun you can have at the fair without a huge turkey leg or deep-fried Oreo in your hand.
I spent at least half an hour in the selfie museum. Actually, I can’t say how long I was there, because I wasn’t paying any attention to the time. I was busy racing from station to station, laughing and being selfie silly.
The group I was with did the same thing, and you will, too.
And while you’re there, here’s some other highlights of the Orange County Fair.
Adjacent to the selfie museum is something I did not think would be fun but turned out to be a highlight. The Great American Petting Zoo has alpacas, llamas and goats that literally eat out your hand. And when you run out of food, they start eating your clothes! You can get almost as many selfies here as you get in the selfie museum.
The wine tasting room features excellent wines from California. All were submitted to the wine tasting awards competition – the largest one in the state, by the way – and you either get tastes of the award winners or full glasses of the ones that didn’t win (and no winery is going to submit a bad wine in an awards competition, so those are good, too). Go here before you go to the selfie museum; it will help your creativity!
The fair also has the world’s largest temporary observation wheel. The cars are nice, clean and air conditioned, and you get a nice view up and over the fair and even out to the Pacific Ocean.
The pig races are a hoot! Seriously. You go into an area with grandstands on each side, which are packed for the shows. A guy comes out and does a dance, displays some rather clever pig humor, then the pigs come out and actually race around a small track. They then do it again, jumping over barricades. Races are every hour just to the south of the observation wheel.
Here’s some details about the OC Fair:
Location: 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA
Tickets: $12 weekdays, $14 weekends
Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-midnight. Wednesday-Friday, noon-midnight
Rules: No smoking or vaping
Social Media: @OCFair, #OCFair
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