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Rating: 3.41

Address: 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA, 91768

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    Comments (86):

    1. Talmadge M.
    The event RCX show.  There was plenty of room, but the vendor booths were not full, sign of the times I would assume.  The meal, the BBQ that's posted up out there.  MAN talk 'bout over priced BS.  I hate to say it but the Tri-tip combo for fifteen bucks was a disaster.  Maybe the pulled pork was better, but at that price, I'll let someone else find out....

    26/04/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    2. Cidne W.
    First review of the Pomona Fairplex, home of the L.A County Fair,  whaaa...?    Perhaps because there is not much to say about it except it's HUGE!   Big enough to accommodate many events simultaneously.  And it's been there forever. Almost.   Commonly referred to as the fairgrounds, once you enter the grounds hopefully you know where the hell you are going, if not you're screwed up and confused until you find the right venue as you meander around  a circular street with different gates for the various events that are being held inside one of the several exhibit/exposition halls unless you are going to the raceway or to watch the horses, or some other outside event. The Fairplex plays host to a variety of conventions, the arts, concerts, animal events, and of course....The Los Angeles County Fair. Get more information at fairplex.com   Parking is plentiful but it ain't free. About 7-10 bucks.    If you go anywhere for fun in the Southland, you know you have to carry extra scratch for parking.  If you don't know that, you haven't been anywhere.

    Finding your way out is easier than finding your way in.  Just when you thought you'd need to drop bread crumbs to find your way back to the freeway, you're on the freeway.

    13/05/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    3. Kevin T.
    Even though this place is great every year is cause of all the events and attractions that are held here. From the from the famous Pomona NHRA Drag Races to the famous LA County Fair this place has it all.

    22/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    4. Ernie G.
    was here for the NHRA drag races. had a great time! good crowd of people here.

    05/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    5. Jessica C.
    I'm torn on how I should rate this review. I went this past Saturday for Epicenter 09. If I had to rate this strictly on the lineup of the bands then it would be 5 stars, but I have to be honest on how crappy the set-up was for this venue. First off, if you didn't pay the $175 for the VIP seating you where basically going to be uncomfortable for the entire day. VIP seating people where allowed to use the "normal restrooms", not the porter pottys like the non VIPs. They where the only ones who had shaded areas, free drinks, and seating. For the rest like myself, we had to walk 2 miles just to the entrance of the venue. We literally had to walk on the muddy track where the horses run. Then just to find a clear spot and sit on some dirty ass itchy grass for the entire day. My friend who had allergies was dying out there, luckily first aid had some benadryl to give her. The cost of food was overpriced, and not great at all. We decided we weren't going to drink because I refused to piss in a porter potty that's been baking in the sun all day. Once the bands started the rest of the night was fine.. I don't think I will ever return to the Fairplex for a concert again, and I refuse to pay $175 for simple advantages that should had been given to everyone.

    24/08/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    6. howard l.
    Car shows and tattoos expo are fun.

    26/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    7. Caitlyn G.
    the hiring staff is TERRIBLE. i've left over 10 messages and they never call back. when they finally answer the phone, they say they'll call back in 30 minutes and they never get back to me. ridiculous.

    31/08/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    8. Jason J.
    This is a great grounds for events.

    Usually I go for the LA County fair, but don't forget the:

    Gun show
    Tattoo Expo
    Asian Expo
    RV show
    etc etc.

    The grounds are great for events, with a lot of buildings and a good amount of room outside to sit.

    21/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. Devi L.
    World of Dance Tour was Uhmazing.  

    My friend was their shoe sponsor.   I was shoulder shoulder with the performers.  The next time you have a chance to go.. I recommend everyone needs to come see this.  There were all age ranges from 3-yr olds to old parents in attendance.  Skinny and beautifully scuplted dances straight and not to short, tall, and obese.  All ALL having moves   that even Usher would be proud to clap for.  

    Quest Crew, even better in person...RingMasters, so friendly and had the best "cap" show ever...BEAT FREAKS...I loved them so much, I really wish I had my camera but who would've thought that I would've been this close.

    The venue was full of new graphic design artists and niches of dance offs with bleachers.  Dance just got better because of this tour coming into Southern California.  I really think it's going to create a ripple effect of a lot more talent and love for the hobby.

    05/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. Kristy D.
    Fairplex offers so many different events, plus they help out the community. And in-between it all they manage to put on the L.A. County Fair!

    15/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    11. Sheri J.
    Food is super pricey and portions are small. I recommend you eat before hand or bring some snacks funnel cake was $12, ridiculous!

    14/10/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    12. Kelly D.
    the fair is here! there goes my diet! season passes at wallgreens for $25 is a deal and if you live locally tou'll use that up real quick. it keeps getting a little smaller every year but it is still huge and the best fair around!

    11/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    13. Enrique C.
    Prices seem to get higher every year, well at least for the beer. I had an ok time... Well since it was only a dollar to get in. they get you with food, drinks and parking, its alright.

    I still go every year!

    03/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. Chrissy K.
    Its a fair ground and it looks like it year round.  They have all the food stand with the huge signs out all the time.

    30/11/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    15. Freshta M.
    TOO EXPENSIVE - the fair was ok i was expecting more- nothing great about it- but it is great for kids since they have the farm and learning centers.

    07/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    16. Dar D.
    Worst vehicle traffic of all time when exiting the premises. It's been 50 mins and we are still trying to get out of here. At least management should do something about this, waste of time, waste of gas, waste of money. I was here for the Oathtaking Ceremony of a friend and there were 3000 participants equals 3000 vehicles. What happened to the gates and people who work here?

    29/11/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    17. Mr C.
    We went to the Home Show today, it's not a big show but they have quite a few vendors in 1 building, outdoor and indoor contractors, the Fairplex has many events throughout the year, car shows, antique shows racing, etc. some are advertised as "FREE", but beware, the parking could be from $10 -$20 with still a walk.

    02/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    18. Little O.
    Turkey legs were moist and delicious! Almost tasted like tender, slow baked ham.

    deep fried white castle was a disappointment this year, last year it was piping hot and gooey, now they fry everything in big batches for quicker service.

    Deep fried frogs legs were still a tasty treat. Moist, flavorful, not too
    game-y for those freaked out about the thought of eating Kermit.

    the massive 6 inch cake of curly fries was overwhelming but crispy and addictive as most fries are.

    chocolate bacon was way too chocolate-y not bacon-y enough.

    funnel cake was warm, crispy, chewy, sweet and comforting, however the COLD strawberry topping ruined the whole thing. It was almost frozen.

    Gumbo and Crawfish Etouffe were my favorites here (but they are usually my favorite dishes anywhere with my love for Cajun and Creole food.

    Anything at the fair will always be overpriced so I expected that as usual. Still had fun eating everything and not riding anything!

    27/10/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    19. Naotomo Y.
    Pet Expo has nothing to see! $12 ticket plus $9 parking. What a rip off! Just a couple of Pet's products, but instead selling jewelry...??? Dogs wear ear ring??...don't go!! Wasting your time!!

    05/11/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    20. Linda Y.
    Lots of games and OK exhibits.  Pretty expensive nowadays, $15 Parking, games and rides range from a few dollars to $5+ per ride per person.  Unfortunately, it was so hot that I was pretty miserable; whatever happened to misters at the fair?

    04/09/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    21. Bill D.
    Nothing changes here. Parking is $15. Less places to shop at and more rides.

    01/10/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    22. Sarah H.
    I went here last year for KROQ's EPICENTER 09, which featured bands such as Hollywood undead (One Hit Wonder for sure.), Alice in Chains (OMG, so good), Linkin Park (Great! But...) and Tool (meh).

    The parking was TERRIBLE (but then again when is it ever good), but at least they have a tram to take you to the ticket area. The ticket line was TERRIBLE (but then again when is it ever good), but at least there was a cool guy to talk too (he drove all the way from Sacramento!).

    Next we had to walk all the way through the race track (which in some areas was muddy and by the way, we had to go around almost half the racetrack) through the grass area to the stage. That is wayyyy to long. Why couldn't they just have a direct path to the stage!!!!!

    The bathrooms ARE GROSSSSSSS. I Hate concert bathrooms or any public bathrooms really but well...what can you do???

    There was two stages, one with some really really dumb emo bands (I HATE EMO. Yes. I might look like a scene chic but I hate the music. and Yes I HATE EMO GUYS. SOOOO GAY).

    Anyways on to the main stage.

    Hollywood Undead
    I liked there main song Undead but after a while, it's like whatever. The other songs are either emo rap, or just Linkin Park rip offs. I wish I skipped this band. (sigh)

    Alice in Chains
    SOOOO GOOOD. I wish they would have played their song Your Decision but I was fine with their playlist. They played new songs (Check my Brain) and their classis (Rooster, Man in the box, etc.). Great band.

    Linkin Park
    I LOVE Linkin Park but when i grew up listening to them it was when Meteora came out (I was like 18 at the time) so I really loved their fusion of sounds style. When Minutes to Midnight came out I was ....dissapointed :(

    I loved the show that they put on though. They always sound great and have a great playlist but I was NOT happy when Chester brought out his Dead by Sunrise band somewhere in the middle of the show. They really don't sound like anything special.

    Still loved their classics (Crawling, Numb, Points of Authority, Don't Stay etc.)

    I'm not a tool fan and honestly I hated all the tool fans there. They were rude and just stupid.

    The thing I did not like about the show is that it mixed too many different crowds together because of the bands there.  Good show, but the venue could have been better.

    26/08/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    23. Brad H.
    The Fairplex is great especially if you are looking for classic car parts. There is always enough parking, and the deals on parts can be amazing.

    Brad the classic car guy

    09/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    24. Jae F.
    This place holds its own island specifically for shoppers, and many cities scattered throughout for those who want to eat.  But if you've come for the rides, you've made the wrong turn.  My kids waited 5 hours to take advantage of the $2 ride deal, and were disappointed.  Church carnivals host better roller coasters.  There were none here.  Kiddie rides are 6 tickets each.  And if your little ones are under 36", they have to ride with a grown-up (parents ride free with the smaller kids).

    04/09/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    25. Andre E.
    This place was waaaaaaaay over crowed and not what i hoped for at all

    29/09/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    26. Melanie O.
    Prefer this fairplex over the OC's.  Cleaner bathrooms & much more ground to cover.  Parking lots are confusing, and didn't they used to have preferred parking?  Not even a sign for valet (trust me, I'd pay it ... we always get lost & always have too much stuff to bring out after buying too much).  Staff is friendly and helpful and regularly maintain the grounds as well.  Even the bathrooms, which is a big big big plus as opposed to other complexes.

    13/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    27. Lynn J.
    Come here guaranteed twice a year with the hubby for the LA Roadster's Father's Day car show and the Grand National Roadster Show.

    Not too sure who does the set up at the events, but every year it seems they try to space it out further and further apart and the walk seems longer and longer to see everything. Alot of dead space could be utilized better and just a few more beer stands could be set up. Maybe then the walk wouldn't seem so long :-)

    Getting in is tricky and when you are forced to park across the street and shuttle in it can be a bit of a nuisance.

    Definitely needs a bit of renovation. The ceilings often leak when it's raining. No fun.

    20/06/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    28. Jessica Á.
    The fair is fun! I visit every year sometimes more than once a year. I recommend the OC fair though because it's cheaper and they have the same stuff there too!!

    28/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    29. Drew B.
    LA County Fair Review.
    This is our second year going to LACF and I'm not sure we will go next year. I get in free becuase I help judge the beer competition, but the "free tix" ended up costing me almost $200 bucks yesterday. The kids got $70 worth of unlimited ride wrist bands, so they had a blast, but what do the adults do? Drink over priced $9 beers? At least they have excellent choices from contest medal winners, but my beer budget was $20 so I only had two. Food...I don't get it. I paid $28 for 4 corndogs and a soda. My wife looked at me like she was on another Planet. We were...Planet Pomona..almost a 2hour RT drive from most of LA. Then all the crap they sell. The shows were a little corny circus, a pretty fun lumberjack demo and $17 for a wine tasting oy. The crowd is so getto. The animals were about the best thing, petting zoo, couple of cute baby cows and who doesn't love a good pig race. I think we are going to buy passes to Knotts Berry Farm for 2012.

    03/10/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    30. Vy T.
    LOVE how there is a LOT of parking =)

    The Fair was great. We came to see One Republic (last year Ciara) and the concert venue is huge. However if you get seats at the ends of the stage you cannot see well. Still worth coming to cause the tickets are cheap!

    The vendors are a bit pushy for the games, and we definitely went through our tickets fast.

    Food is YUMMY! Lots of options and lots of deserts

    16/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    31. Chandler M.
    Fairplex is home to the LA County Fair as well as several other shows and conventions. It's a massive piece of real estate that also bleeds into a horse racing arena, a racetrack, a farm area, a long line of buildings for indoor exhibit space, a huge park with a lake...the list goes on.

    I think It would behoove the Fairplex people to start a tram between the outskirts of each gate so people don't have to walk a collective 20-ish miles to get everywhere. Then again that is somewhat the treasure of Fairplex, that you can keep walking in a certain direction and run into a gigantic mini-train diorama, or even a gold-mining operation.

    I personally try to hit the County Fair every year and stuff my face with the insane foods they have there (PS Deep fried BBQ ribs are amazing).

    I can't say I've ever not had fun here. All that makes this a 3-star is the parking can get kind of expensive, and there is no tram (sore feet at 9pm)

    07/10/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    32. Carlos B.
    Tutto Finito for the "Fairplex"

    Went a Boz Skaggs/Michael McDonald concert in the grandstand. I had to keep my fingers in my ears for 2 hours as the sound was so bad and loud. Maybe a Vitamin B-1 deficiency? NO - my girlfriend who has attended 50+ concerts says she has never heard such bad and loud sound. Mike McD is unintelligible and raspy - sounds like he has cancer. Even smooth Boz comes across as strident.

    Oh yeah, then there's the  1/2+ mile walk to the entrance. OH WAIT we had to pay ANOTHER $17 entrance fee EACH to walk thru the Fair to get to the concert venue after a $15 parking charge!.

    Never again - for anything - no gun shows, no RV shows, no concerts.

    25/09/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    33. John W.
    Do not waste your money at the Route 66 BBQ.

    02/06/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    34. Peter D.
    Haven't been here in a loooooong arse time. Since I was a kid. Glad to see the big slide's still around. It's a more colorful version; maybe they just painted over the old one. The food and rides are fine, but I did have a problem with the games, especially the basketball ones. From a side perspective, you can see that they bend the rims inward so it's more of an oval, rather than a circle shape. This obviously makes it much harder for the shooter. What a rip. Parking is a nightmare.

    03/10/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    35. Uy T.
    Reviewing the Fairplex while it was being occupied by the LA County fair. Parking was plentiful and the attendants were pretty good at directing people.

    The grounds are very large and the facilities are decently maintained. The only thing I would avoid is the male bathroom in the horsetrack building. It's a military style urinal with not quite enough waterflow and it smells like 100 years of piss.

    No glass bottles or aluminum cans allowed inside the park. I had to down my entire bottled frappucino.

    There's a nice fountain area to the right of the yellow entrance, which has plenty of shade and is a nice place to relax from whatever event you're attending.

    23/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    36. Roman B.
    I am reviewing this place simply for the Tattoo MMA expo.

    Lots of people ready to meet MMA Legend, Randy Couture and get some ink done.

    Place was banging with music, tons of tattoo booths, drinks, and food.

    Margartia prices $12-$15

    Got the chance to meet Randy Couture & Joe "Daddy" Stevenson. It was pretty awesome got some of my stuff signed by Randy and it was one hella experience.

    If they ever bring MMA to Fairplex again, I'll for sure go again.

    Tickets cost $25

    23/01/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    37. Melissa H.
    This past weekend the Harvest Festival was held at the Fairplex.  The event was well organized and the facility and the had lots to sample or purchase.  They offer unique purses, jewelry, clothing, wall hangings and home decor items.  They also have great vendors that offer time saving mixes for your entertaining events.  They are always able to encourage the most unique vendors to participate.

    Also they have a return visit policy which allows you to revisit with only a stamp the your acquire upon your departure on the first visit of the event.

    I like Fairplex because they pamper their guests with tram rides to the selected event building (they have several so don't get lost) from the main parking lot.  This is great if you love to buy homemade and unique items but you don't want to carry them to your car.  

    From computer show, kennel events, home show and more they always have something going on.  You have to get on their calendar list for information of up-coming events and concerts too.

    04/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    38. Yourboiigio R.
    Can't Wait To Go AgAin to The fair !

    20/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    39. Megan J.
    Came here this last weekend for the Hot Rod show. They had a lot of buildings with all different kinds of hot rods. It's a pretty big complex and they had a bunch of food vendors, which was nice but hardly anywhere to sit!! $10 bucks to park and $20 to get in. Not too bad but not great either. I've been to the Fairplex for the LA Fair once before and it was pretty cool. There is a lot of walking but I expect that at a Fair! Gotta walk off all those calories!

    30/01/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    40. Fdcbww F.
    Amazing place for the HUGE event such as what we just went to, the Asian American Expo. Great parking, great set up of the buidlings. Easy to figure out your way as the buildings are easily numbered 1, 2, 3, etc. Very spacious and nice ambiance. Easy to get to...off of all the various freeways such as the 10, 60, 71, 57, and the 210. You just can't miss it if driving here. The only complaint is pretty big, which is the customer service. Tantamount to Walmart service, with people giving wrong info or being rude. Otherwise the fact that the Asian American Expo had their event at the Fairplex, made the experience so much better than other locations.

    22/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    41. Ricardo D.
    LA fair is huge and crowded, I was mind blown by the amount of people in the fair. Went on the last day of the fair and according to the employees we spoke to it wasn't as crowded as other days... I thought it was insanely crowded so  I couldn't imagine the other days. I am not a fan of huge crowd so this wasn't my favorite part of the fair. They have a ski lift of sorts that takes you from one end of the fair to the other that was very nice. Food well... they have TONS of food all over the fair, You can't go hungry here. They have fried everything, Asian food (Thai, Chinese, etc.) I wanted to try the frog legs and sloppy Joe's with Krispey creme donuts but they sold out (NOOOOO) had to settle for fried Oreo's and fried artichoke which by the way was really gooooooooodddd. I rated it 3 stars because of the crowd's and lack of signs to direct people where to go. When we first parked the car we had no idea where to go and just followed the crowd which they had no idea where they were going. We ended up walking more than we had to around the parking lot. For the most part fair is fun very expensive and very crowded.

    30/09/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    42. Brian U.
    I've been to the Fairplex twice. The first was for LA County Fair. I'd thought I'd never return, but came back Sunday afternoon for the Grand National Roadster Show. With much less people than the Fair, the Roadster Show was much more pleasant. Using all of the exhibit halls, the Fairplex was a solid venue for the Roadster Show which displayed an almost endless number of super jazzed up vehicles.

    For parking, enter through gate #9. It seems counter-intuitive when arriving because the lot is opposite the fair grounds, but there is an underground tunnel that gets visitors from the lot to the exhibit halls.

    The fairgrounds food concessions were in operation during the Show.

    If possible, try to visit the free RailGiants exhibit (see yelp.com/biz/railway-loc… ) which is located in the Fairplex.

    I give the Fair 2-stars, the Fairplex 3-stars, and the Roadster Show 4-stars.

    30/01/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    43. Andrea S.
    Been a long time since I've been to a fair so I forgot how expensive everything was. Parking was $15 and u get shuttled to the grounds.
    I didn't want to ride much or play many games so I got the $5 fun pass. That was a joke because I only got to play two games w the sorriest looking prizes I've ever seen.
    The highlight was a $6 funnel cake and a great saxophonist that was in this quiet section of the fair.
    Some of the staff wasn't the friendliest including this guy who was barrier police for the go carts. His instructions were very robotic- stop the line please. If I'm in your ear, stop the line.
    I definitely won't be back.

    08/09/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    44. Claudio Y.
    rob zombies american nightmare kicked ass

    17/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    45. Tiffany G.
    NHRA and the Fair...OMG awesome.

    16/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    46. Paul V.
    Fairplex, I went here for the RNB Live, and i was really disappointed, maybe not the venue itself and probably was the organization who through the event but goodness I was again super disappointed! They had one stage, and just like two towers of speakers to the left and right of the stage. The turnout of people was a lot of people, and it was like sardines staying in front, so staying in the back you really couldn't hear anything at all! They had a few food vendors there, but the lines were ridiculous!!! Most of them there was a wait of like 45 minutes for people to get their food, on top of people having to wait just to order!

    Again this review is not for the fairplex, it is for the event that was held there. I don't have much more to say because I was disappointed, the only thing I am happy about, is that I didn't have to pay for them!

    22/08/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    47. Michael S.
    Sprawling, far flung and hot in the summer: welcome to Pomona. The LA County Fair is my reason to visit this "exposition complex," which is A-OK for county fairs with fried food of every stripe, strange things people do with chocolate and bacon, red velvet funnel cake, carnival rides and games, souvenir plastic mugs, and delicious smoked turkey legs. Walk around with a beer in a souvenir glass and you'll be a happy camper.

    02/10/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    48. Diana H.
    I've always LOVE going to fairs, especially with great friends. Parking $15, and food and drinks are awesome. Do go for the TURKEY LEG!

    10/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    49. Derek T.
    I recently went to the OC Fair, and just went to the LA Fair. In comparison, the LA Fair blows it out of the water (Same RCS company that provides the fair). LA Fair was a blast, lots of excellent vendors and exhibition halls, and as always, lots of great food!

    I love the rides, but recently learned that I can no longer handle spinning rides.

    TIP: Wait to get fast passes. We got them before seeing the lines and ended up only using them a few times the entire day/night.

    22/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    50. Beebe L.
    I grew up going here but I missed it when moved out of state for 7 years. I took it for granted cause the other state fairs don't even come close to this one. It's almost the same thing every year with a crap load of shopping but it's my once a year on how much fried and unhealthy foods can I eat bing.

    You can always get discounts on line. Love caughting the free shows and just walking around. Just sad that I haven't been able to find the Mexican funnel cake truck the past two years. OMG, thoses were good.

    13/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    51. chelsea m.
    There are lots of changes, especially to the fair layout. They have moved the midway closer to the yellow gate. It's almost feels like you are in Vegas - lots of flashing lights, games, and rides everywhere.

    There are lots of entertainment options from viewing the tapestry exhibit which houses photography, crafts, jewelry, and clothing to the many culinary competitions like tablescaping and baked goods. There are excellent cooking demonstrations throughout the day. Check out the Fun Guide to plan your day around the demonstrations and shows.

    As you know, the fair is all about food and lots of it. This year, they have added gourmet food trucks into the mix.  There are 4 trucks that are there everyday of the fair: Brats Berlin, Calbi Truck, and Crepe Bonaparte, and Piaggio Gourmet on Wheels.

    On the weekends, there is a much greater variety of trucks that participate: Macho Nacho Truck, Temaki, Chunk 'N Chip, Paradise Cookies and Ice Cream, The Hungry Nomad, My Tornado Potato, Uncle Lau's Island BBQ, Fresh Fries, Flavor Rush, Gourmet Genie, Bite Me Foods, The Gourmet Sausage Co, and The Yummy One. This coming weekend is the last weekend so check them out. If it's hot on Saturday or Sunday, definitely stop by the Chunk 'N Chip truck. Claudia and team will help you get cool and let you relish in her awesome cookie and ice cream combinations. BOO-YAH!

    Brats Berlin: First thing, can't miss that truck. It looks like a piece of the Berlin Wall on wheels - a colorful graffiti-wrapped truck. As the name implies, they do brats, really good brats. And they have a nice variety.  Choose your heat level which ranges from mild bratwurst to spicy Cajun. Don't forget to get some Belgian Fries with it!

    Calbi Truck: Korean meats made into tacos and burritos. There is an also an item tailor-made for the fair: Kim Chee Quesadilla. I know, it sounds weird, but the taste is out-of-this-world. You'll have to try one and taste for yourself. It's definitely on my "Must Eat Again" list.

    Crepes Bonaparte: This competitor from The Great Food Truck Race Season 1 is definitely on its game. For a sweet treat, try the Spicy Apple Bottoms Crepe. It's the best crepe I've ever had. Their crepe batter is truly phenomenal!

    Piaggio Gourmet on Wheels: You just can't go wrong with anything on this truck. Chef Piaggio and his team crank out gourmet food for hungry foodies like well-oiled machine! At the OC Fair, Piaggio unveiled The EmpaDog; another tailor-made treat for the fair atmosphere and quite addictive indeed!

    The farm is still in the back corner and there are lots of new babies - piglets, lambs, and calves. They are so cute and their fur is so soft. While you're in the farm area, make sure you get your fresh bottle of chocolate or regular milk. It's ice cold and creamy.

    Dr. Bob's Ice Cream is a definite "Must Eat" as well. He has all the standard flavors like vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate. But, they don't call him, Doctor, for nothing. He also comes up with inventive flavor combinations that peak your adventurous side. Last year, it was soy sauce. This year - Ginger. It's candied ginger in a fluffy vanilla base, but there are some bites that can knock your socks off, literally. Also, the Black Raspberry is luscious and smooth. It's full of raspberry flavor and tastes like gourmet frozen yogurt.

    29/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    52. Joanne S.
    Way too hot. Food very expensive except King Taco

    04/10/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    53. Jennifer C.
    Every year the Fairplex hosts a variety of events. Expect to pay $15 for parking...there's a bit of a wait for the shuttle cuz it might not be clear where the fair is in their vast parking lot. The grounds aren't the cleanest but right when you enter get a photo taken by their photographer. A perfect place to have a fair...bring plenty of cash

    10/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    54. Theresa N.
    Holy craziness that is a fair, this one was awesome. My first time to Pomona for the "LA County Fair" and it was all that and then some.  We opted to pay the $20 for VIP parking.. it definitely gets you a better parking spot than paying the $10 and having to wait for the tram at the end of the night.

    I just don't know where to begin or what to describe. They seriously have everything here and kind of like Disneyland, I feel you need to either get there in the morning or have a game plan over two days. We arrived around 2pm and still didn't experience everything.

    Food - awesome amounts of fried food, HUGE food and everything in between.

    Attractions - TONS of rides - I mean, they had a small roller coaster and log water ride. Who does that?

    Extras - this year, they had 30 food trucks, but by the time we went to find them (wasn't an easy task), they were gone.   Huge barn of animals plus various areas for other animal attractions.  Lots of shopping. All kinds. Don't even know where to begin.

    Favorite part  - the $0.25 Footsie Wootsie foot massage stations. Trust me. You've been walking around this gigantic place all day in the sun, you're tired and feet hurt, try the footsie wootsie. It's fantastic.

    We stayed literally through the evening and caught the concert. It was a great show. We were able to see Big & Rich with Gretchen Wilson.  Not all bad for a full day. We also lucked out that it wasn't over 100 degrees.

    13/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    55. Josie Y.
    This review is for their Grandstand concert area.  I attended concerts here before and usually end up with decent seats.  This time around my seats just plain old sucked.  We purchased tickets for the End of Summer concert series and our seats were on the far right , first you can't really see shit from that angle and the screens are too small to get a good visual of whats going on.  The benches are very uncomfortable and I found myself constantly trying to find a comfortable position.  Though I loved the performances the seating this time around made the evening suck a little.

    01/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    56. Kim G.
    LA Fair....Love it..  Came on Weds for Senior get in free, cause mom and pops, u both are seniors...  Lines were crazy getting in, but once in, it was smooth sailing..
    Love that every booth takes credit cards...

    27/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    57. Joey S.
    Exhibits, rides, food your doctor would yell at you about, and fun fun fun!

    19/10/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    58. Allen P.
    WARNING: Avoid using your credit card to purchase parking, food booths, or any business establishment inside this fairgrounds. I can speak from experience multiple times because I got charged twice for parking, and twice for food booths on different events.They pretend the credit card reader doesn't work then swipe it twice, also they'll claim the reader is not working, then go to another cashier and swipe again. I never had any issues with my CC outside this fairplex after the fact. It was very inconvenient for me to dispute these charges with my CC.....just use cash here. I gave 3 stars because other than this, the fairplex is very accommodating and large grounds, have fun!

    28/10/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    59. Joe S.
    Went here for the Reptile Fest 2012.  It was pretty cool.  Parking was easy but a decent walk.  It wasn't cheap - $10 for parking?  Wah...really?  But we did have a close spot.

    The food selection here is blah at best.  1 or 2 food trucks (which don't get me wrong - they are good - but overpriced for the portion size and I don't even eat a lot).  The other eatery was overpriced too - but I expected that.

    The Complex is easy to get to from wherever you are coming from.  Access to/from the 10.

    The Reptile Fest was pretty cool.  Went mainly for the Turtles & Frogs.  Lots of good info, freebies/SWAG, and ideas.  We enjoyed our time here.

    31/08/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    60. Dwain C.
    I love the L.A. county fair and go there every year.  The prices very day to day  (this year parking was $12 when I came Wed. & Thursday and $15 on a Sunday).  Likewise the opening and closing time varies.  As long as you check out their website before you go you should be O.K.  I recommend Maria's Italian Kitchen as the best place to eat at the fair (plus it's air conditioned!).

    22/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    61. Frank S.
    My life is complete. One of the most significant items of food entered my mouth that night. Fried pickles; they were pure awesomeness. I would say they're kinda like fried zucchinis, except they are salty, crisp (bites off clean) and lacks the hot soggy wet feeling if that makes any sense. Tasted incredible with the ranch dip.

    Can't stop thinking about them... Where else can I get these?

    30/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    62. Elo P.
    Love the fair! The hubby and I always look forward to date night at the fair. This time we brought my parents along and they loved it, first timers! Purchased tix at Ralphs ahead of time for some savings.

    We parked farrr in section 18, however were lucky to catch the shuttle to the entrance(wait time was about 15 minutes). We purchased tickets to see Ramon Ayala, and that was an awesome time. Nothing beats great music and sharing beers with my dad!

    23/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    63. Jim T.
    How can you not like the LA County Fair?  It holds pleasant memories for me dating way back to when I was about 7 or 8.  We took our kids when they were small and now they can take their own children.  We continue to visit.  My wife and I always go once per fair, though the past two years I worked as a special contractor and was there for about 15 days each season.  

    Once you get passed the parking mess and get inside, there is something to interest about everyone.  There are the home improvement exhibits, the housewares, the livestock, etc.  You can not miss the livestock!  My wife always has to visit the garden exhibits.  A favorite of both of ours is the wine tasting and wine education classes.

    Hungry?  Walk 25 feet from wherever you are and you will find some sort of food.  There is always something new in the world of deep fried foods.  I expect that soon we will see deep fried grease on a stick.

    If you have even a slight liking for ice cream you MUST visit DR. BOB'S ice cream.  His store is out near the livestock area in the northwest part of the the grounds.  Dr. Bob's is, without a doubt, the best ice cream I have ever tasted.  The shop does work year around and you can make arrangements to get his wonderful stuff anytime during regular business hours.

    The fun zone rides are something I skip since my early 20's.  I understand that you can now just buy a wrist band that lets you on all the rides without buying a ticket for each ride.

    21/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    64. Anonymous A.
    Jim T. on 9/21/13 wrote the following for a review on the Fairplex:  "If you have even a slight liking for ice cream you MUST visit DR. BOB'S ice cream.  His store is out near the livestock area in the northwest part of the the grounds.  Dr. Bob's is, without a doubt, the best ice cream I have ever tasted.  The shop does work year around and you can make arrangements to get his wonderful stuff anytime during regular business hours."  

    DR. BOB'S ICE CREAM is theeeee best!!!   I think it is way better than Handel's, but you'll have to decide for yourself.  It's a lot more fattening than frozen yogurt but sometimes you gotta splurge, and they use quality ingredients...no high fructose corn syrup, etc.
    I agree with everything Jim said, *except* the location.  It's on the EASTERN part of the grounds by the farm area, not west.  The road just behind Dr. Bob's shop is White Ave.  During the off-season (end of Sept.to end of Aug.), you can access Dr. Bob's via Gate 1, or sometimes Gate 12.  It just depends on what's going on that day.  The scoopers are really friendly and will do their best to accommodate your wishes.  I think they only sell pint (or larger) containers in the off-season, but more options during the fair (cones, cups, etc.).

    25/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    65. Tammy C.
    This review is for the Tap N Run. The fairplex hosted the event. The restrooms were very clean and the staff was courteous.The beer prices are outrageous, but that is pretty much the same at events.

    22/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    66. Aerial A.
    These place is huge and has a lot to offer. The LA County Fair happens here and its definitely worth checking out once.

    30/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    67. Clara C.
    Wow, I didn't think much of the fair, but it really blew me by surprise.  The LA County Fair is so much bigger and better than the OC Fair.

    There are plenty of rides, attractions, exhibits, shows, food, etc.  I had a great time at the fair.  If you want to see and try everything, you will definitely need more than a day's time here.

    12/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    68. Noemi R.
    I attended Hard Day of the Dead @ the fairplex and I enjoyed the venue very much. Restrooms were very clean and parking was not a hassle. I do not enjoy many venues but this one really impressed me.

    04/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    69. Brandon H.
    Huge space that I'm sure is utilized for a million different things. I saw a music festival here (Hard Day of the Dead). Tons of parking but beware that it can be tricky to find your car because there aren't nearly enough poles to identify where exactly you parked. Facilities were nice and modern - plenty of water fountains and bathrooms throughout.

    03/11/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    70. Micah M.
    Extremely inconsiderate company.  I am a local resident that has lived 2 miles from the Pomona Fairplex for 5 years and have NEVER had a complaint about noise.  Live Nation produced HARD Day of the Dead and the noise was out of control.  We complained to the Fairplex, police in La Verne and Pomona- no one was willing to take responsibility.  Each police station reported that they were receiving complaints from residents 2-3 towns away.  In addition to the joint apology letter sent by Fairplex/LiveNation we received today, below are links to articles from the past 2 years regarding complaints about the noise from this festival and Live Nation's apologies and claims that it will 'never happen again.'

    2012: ladowntownnews.com/news/…

    2013: theeastsiderla.com/2013/…

    2014: letter of apology


    15/11/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    71. Kenneth Y.
    Whether it's the LA Fair, concerts or other events, the Fairplex always feels roomy enough to comfortably accommodate thousands of people at once. Can't say that about the OC Fair.

    01/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    72. Bianca W.
    This fair is MASSIVE. It has lots of animals, food, rides, and exhibits. It isn't cheap,though.

    We enjoyed:
    -the pigs and cows
    -taking a pic with some sea lions
    -eating some over prices fair food
    -riding the giant ferris wheel

    and spending our family day here together.

    17/09/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    73. Dale K.
    This would be Los Angeles co fair grounds. They have alot going on these days.The fair in sept. is an awsome place with so much to see and do! Almost too much, from everything from pig races to horse races. Competitions for ribbons in just about every category one can imagine. Foods of all kinds, deep fried everything! A midway with multiple rides and games with even more food vendors. Warning the midway is where the gangs like to hang out and cause trouble, especially at night or when it closes, but I must add they normally are going at rivals than the public. I have seen brawls and stabbings even with the very heavy police present.

    07/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    74. Charley C.
    I have been coming to the Fairplex for Drag Racing since '67. It has come a long way with improvements and additions and is pretty well run for a monster size place. The Drag Race side has always been lots of parking with just a couple of exits. Yes it can be a bit of a wait to exit, but that is what it is when 25,000 people all start home. It is easy enough, just don't get your knickers in a bunch, and better yet travel the pits for a bit after a race day and all the traffic problems evaporate. The Wally Parks NHRA Museum is wonderful for race fans, and the county fair is so big it is impossible to take it all in. Big Facility, and in all well run from my point of view.

    27/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    75. Judy L.
    Went there paid $10 for parking to see the Spa show. What a joke we were there 26 minutes including the time to park!
    The spa people ignored us and when they found out we were just looking they walked away without answering our questions!
    We found out one spa was $60,000.00 !
    What a waste of time!

    10/01/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    76. Carlos G.
    Venue is enormous!   Especially if your coming to the county fair. Don't bother paying for that premium parking.   The parking lot really isn't that big.  Very credit card friendly which is a plus for me because I hate carrying cash with me. Been to a few concerts here before as well.  

    Concerts ** highly recommend you get box seats.  Everything else just looks so super cramped.  It's also easier to get to bathrooms and concessions.

    I come every year and it NEVER disappoints !   Have a great time!

    23/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    77. Michelle N.
    The Mister and I came to the Pomona Fairplex for The Spark Run w/ Kaskade last weekend.  This place is HUGE!  Ample parking, lots of clean restrooms everywhere, and this place features lots of cool walk ways.  If I lived closer, it may be a place I'd walk my dog or have a picnic on not-so-hot days.

    Why the 3 stars? The parking staff are rude.  I can overlook that the event page says that parking would be $5 cash or card, but ended up being $10 cash... but when the Fairplex says that it accepts cards then turns us away to go get cash a few miles away, that was perPLEXing to me lol.  Not only were we turned away for not having cash, they wouldn't even tell us where the nearest ATM was. Not cool!

    11/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    78. Jasmine N.
    Was here this weekend for Hard Day of the Dead music festival. I don't enjoy many venues for music festivals and concerts but I thought the Fairplex was a perfect spot for it. I hated Whittier Narrows Park lol.

    -Plenty of parking on-site
    -Venue is enormous, and spacious. I hate crowded venues where there's plenty of grass or too much dust. I love black top/ concrete ground lol
    -Stage set ups were great
    -Bathrooms consistently clean; and literally in every corner. It was never crowded. I never had to wait more than a minute to use the bathroom.
    -Zip line was awesome
    -Beer / Alcohol were typical of those at clubs and concerts
    -Lots of food trucks and stands, reminded me of coachella lol, pricey but typical
    -Staff were all really friendly

    -Getting out of the parking lot was a disaster the first day, and disorganized. Second day was much smoother.
    -There should be more benches, or some kind of seating and tables lol

    04/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    79. Ryan J.
    Drove all the way from the Bay Area to attend Hard Day of the Dead! To be honest, the venue was pretty good. This place is huge! Besides all of the parking spaces, the actual venue was enormous! IT's essentially held at a massive parking lot!  There was lots of room (maybe too much) between stages as it seemed like a journey to get from one stage to the next. They have lots of bathroom locations, but since they're all spread apart, it takes forever to get to one and then you gotta wait in line. There's plenty of food, merchandise, and water filling stations in the middle. Alcohol was sectioned off with extra security to ensure no underage drinking. There's a ferris wheel in the center so you know you made it to the right place.

    The 2 main stages were amazing! The Hard Stage definitely reminded me of Cosmic Meadow at EDC LV. The entire stage was basically LED screens and stobe lights. I just wish there were more lazers and confetti/streamers, but I was still quit impressed. I like how the sounds travels all the way to the back. No matter where you stand in the crowd, you can feel the bass in your veins which is very good sound production.

    The one thing that this place needs massive improvement on is leaving the parking lot after the event. OMG this was truly horrendous! I have never left an event that was as disorganized as this! I know there were 3 ways to leave, but even then why have 5 lanes converge into 1 lane to leave? There's no one else coming in. Open up the lanes so more people can leave at once. And why block off the main street that everyone used to get in with? Everything was great until we had to leave which was just a disaster.

    08/11/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    80. Jesse C.
    The fairplex was a great host to such an awesome event that translated into one of the best experiences for me. Hard Day of the Dead 2014 was amazing, don't regret choosing it as my first edm concert.
    Other than minor problems at the entrance with costumes and go pros there was nothing else I can complain about. Drinks prices were what I expected. I was delightfully surprised to see that zip lining was $10 so we jumped at that opportunity. The wait was a little long but it was worth the wait.
    Overall, every dj set we chose to see was invigorating and energizing in every way. I jumped almost all night, listening to dj sets by Zedd, Calvin Harris, Galantis, Felix Cartal, RL Grime, Zeds Dead, Tchami, and Bassnectar. The lighting, the effects, and the crowd, it was all fun!

    03/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    81. Evelina W.
    Stay at the Sheraton if you're attending any event at the Fairplex! It's within walking distance :)

    I came here for HARD's Day of the Dead. It's crazy to think that just 4 years ago it was a smaller festival at the Shrine and now it's exploded to a full-blown rave. The Fairplex was a good call for the amount of people that now show up to this event. I never felt too crowded.

    They set the place up like a fun amusement park! There was a Ferris Wheel (free) and a zip line (for $10).

    The Fairplex probably has early restrictions because HARD went from 11am to 11pm which is really early for a festival. A lot of people went to nearby hotels to party.

    Can't wait to go again!

    12/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    82. Richard L.
    I have been coming here for the car shows for many years. This is also the grounds for the L A County Fair. The Grand National Car Show is now $25 so it can be a pricy day with food and a few trinkets and parking. I will say that this is one of the best car shows in the Western USA.

    29/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    83. Joyce G.
    Disorganized.  Not enough helpers.  Not enough signs.  Where are the restrooms?!?!  Trash cans?!?!  My first bubble run here and so far I'm not impressed.  $10 parking.

    02/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    84. Cassandra Y.
    ~This review is for "Asian American Expo"~

    Admission: Adult $10, Children $7, Senior $7

    Parking: $10

    Entertainment: One stage with live band

    Merchandise: Hall #4 to #8 selling different kinds of merchandise from Asia.

    Food: Over 20+ food vendors. Majority of them accept cash only. Waiting in long lines for some of the popular food vendors. The price is a little bit more expensive than eating in the restaurant & portion is a little bit smaller too.

    Not enough sitting area, many people have to sit on the stairs or floor to eat.

    19/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    85. Richard L.
    Fairplex is the home of L.A. County Fair in city of Pomona.  It is more than just county fair, since the fair only last like 5 weeks.  The rest of the year, they held many smaller events.  Usually only use couple of the exhibit hall.  

    Parking is range from $10-15 depend on the event, there's really no other way get around.  The bus doesn't really go here and really force you to use their paid parking lot.

    There's no street parking anyway in the area.  This place is a bit out of dated, and could just some remodel.  It does stay its true theme of County Fair in all year around.  

    Not many known this, this was one of the location that possible Disneyland might be build.  But because of the weather and kinda too far from most city that pull the plan off the table.

    20/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    86. Raquel R.
    This review is for the INSANE INCREDIBLE 5K

    The best 5k so far. We ran around the whole fairgrounds and every so often there was inflatable obstacle courses from mattress run, to slides, to huge bouncy house. It was so fun. The fairgrounds were very clean and parking was a breeze, but $10.

    I also grew up coming to the Pomona Fair every summer and every year it is very fun.

    28/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0