In a flash, the 2008 OC Fair will be here asking fairgoers to "Say Cheese!" as it salutes the cheese industry and the art of photography, July 1-August 3.
For the "cheesy" side of this year, coordinators have commissioned the wildly popular Sandscapes to design and build a large sand sculpture saluting cheese.
Although visitors have enjoyed awe-inspiring sand creations before, this year's spectacular will have a Fair-first with kinetic elements - moving parts.
And of course there will be a number of ways guests can enjoy the many tasty sides of cheese with deep-fried cheese balls, cheese quesadillas, mozzarella sticks, and more ooey-gooey creations.
Fair attendees can also "Say Cheese" at a number of exhibits dedicated to the diverse world of photography. The Orange County Animation Project, an
Orange County Department of Education program, will showcase some of the best young animators in Southern California. Camera Obscura will offer
fairgoers a live panoramic bird's eye-view of the local area and information about the basic principles of light and mirrors. And as always, photographers can put up their best to be judged in the various Visual Arts
For entertainment, patrons can enjoy the expected variety of shows in the Grandstand Arena along with some new exciting offerings for 2008. Opening weekend will be dedicated to skatergirls and boys with the first-ever Maloof Money Cup, a three-day competition featuring the largest purse in
skateboarding history. Other new events booked in the Arena include the H2X watercross exposition and the Freestyle BMX Triple Jump. Arena favorites returning this year include Lucha Libre (July 15-17), motorcross (July 19), "Orange Crush" Demolition Derby (July 20), and bullriding events
A new feel for the free-with-admission entertainment will
also be felt outside the Arena gates. Hypnotist Mark Yuzuik, the All-Alaskan Racing Pigs, the Peking Acrobats and the lovable All Creatures Great and Small Petting Zoo return with a growing list of new and interesting entertainment.
The Plaza Arts Stage will be booming with the sounds of TAIKOPROJECT, a contemporary twist to the tradition and rich history of taiko drumming. On the Fun Zone Stage, the OC Fair teams up with the South Coast Repertory to house "You're Getting Warmer," an educational and engaging play designed to teach children and their families about global warming.
On the Main Mall Stage, a variety of bands will offer tributes to some of the most adored bands in music history. The 21-day lineup includes Good Deal, Natusol, Atomic Punks, Springsteen, Barela, Hotel California, and Parrot Head Band.
Another exciting year in the Pacific Amphitheatre is also shaping up. The full lineup should be announced by June.
Visit ocfair.com for the latest updates on 2008 Fair programming.
The 2008 OC Fair is July 11-August 3. Fair hours are Tuesday-Friday, noon to midnight; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to midnight. The Fair is closed on Mondays, July 14, 20, and 27. 2008 Fair admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors (60+), $5 for children (6-12), and children 5 and under are free.
A variety of special admission days are listed on-line at ocfair.com.