The OC Fair is approaching quickly and I am so excited to share the details with you as I do every year and to give away a free pair of tickets! See details toward the bottom of my article! The OC Fair is literally one of my most favorite events of the year and I have been attending the fair since I was a small child! Every year I look forward to this event and it is finally almost here! This year the OC Fair dates will be from Friday, July 17- Sunday, August 16 with a celebration of its 125th anniversary!!
This year there will be many different culinary creations to suit everyone’s different foodie needs! Foodies can enjoy wild and unique new fare mixed in with the traditional fair food while culinary enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of competitions and exhibits highlighting baking, preserving and cocktail-making.
Food-related features this year will include a variety of new options inspired by the number “125” in honor of the fair anniversary and will include $1.25 combo add-ons or value-sized portions of menu items at reduced prices. Additionally, select vendors will offer a just-for-2015 luxury menu item for $125 including a caviar-topped Deep Fried Twinkie and the Chuckwagon BBQ Feast with enough barbecued fare to feed the whole family. This just sounds insane! I cannot wait to check out all of the new foodie items at the fair and I will share them with you when I do!
Some of the new crazy fried foodie goodness items arriving at the fair include Deep-Fried Starbucks from Bacon A-Fair; Deep Fried Slim Fast Bar and Fried Peanut Butter Pickle Dog from Chicken Charlie’s; and Deep-Fried Birthday Cake and Deep-Fried Pizza from Apple Fries. Some more crazy unique food items include Fireball Donut and Samoa Donut from Texas Donuts; Chocolate-Covered Pork Rinds and Wasabi Bacon Bombs from Bacon A-Fair; $125 Caviar Twinkie from Chicken Charlie’s; Cuban Fusion Burger from Grant’s Tasti Burgers; and Frosted Flake Chicken Fingers from Pickle O’Pete’s. Stay tuned for my take on some of this crazy fried goodness in a future post!
As far as awesome OC Fair promotions go, there are quite a few! Check out the awesome deals below!
Opening Day – The first day of the OC Fair – Friday, July 17th 2015
*For the first hour of the Fair, it will be FREE to enter and FREE to park! This will take place from noon-1pm.
Daily OC Fair Specials
Active Military & Veterans – Free admission for active-duty military and veterans with appropriate military ID. This will not be valid for spouses or dependents.
Read & Ride – Children from ages 5-11 can read 2 books to earn 3 free carnival rides. Click here to download the book report form.
*Completed book report forms can be redeemed for ride tickets at the Centennial Farm Information Booth during Fair hours. Tickets are valid July 17-August 16, 2015 only. Official OC Fair Read & Ride Form must be used in order to participate in program.
Super Pass – Get a pass to enjoy all 23 days of OC Fair fun, food and more! Prices for the 2015 OC Fair Super Pass are as follows:
- General (Ages 13-59) – $35
- Seniors (Ages 60+) – $28
- Youth (Ages 6-12) – $28
Wednesday Only Deals
We Care Wednesday – Get FREE admission and 1 free carnival ride per person each Wednesday with appropriate donation (donation changes weekly.) Donation categories and dates are listed below!
*Please note: We Care Wednesday donations are accepted at public entrances (Blue Gate, Yellow Gate or Green Gate) during promotion hours. Donations are not be accepted at Gate 5 off Arlington Drive.
Food Drive – July 22, Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of 5 cans of food
Children’s Book Drive – July 29, Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of 3 new or gently used children’s books
Clothing Drive – August 5, Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of 5 new or gently used clothing items
School Supply Drive – August 12, Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of NEW school supplies valued at $5 or more. Accepted items for this category: pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks, notebook paper and school backpacks. Receipt is also required.
|$30 Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristband – Enjoy all of the rides you can handle for one price plus 2 free games. (These are only sold until 5 pm and valid until 8 pm. *Required Fair admission to receive this deal is sold separately.)|
Kids Day – Children 12 & under can get FREE Fair admission all day.
$30 Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristband – Guests can enjoy all of the rides they would like for one price plus 2 free games. (Sold until 5 pm. Valid until 8 pm. Required Fair admission sold separately.)
Seniors Day (60+) – $2 discount on Senior admission plus FREE Ferris wheel and merry-go-round rides all day
$2 Taste of Fair Food – Enjoy $2 samples of select Fair treats. Click here for the $2 Taste of Fair Food List. Valid Noon-4 pm
$2 Rides and $2 Games – Rides and games are only $2 each in the Main Carnival and Kiddie Carnival. Valid Noon-4 pm
Saturday & Sunday Deals
Rise & Shine – Early admission pricing every weekend of the OC Fair – $3 general admission for everyone from 10 am – 11 am
*These discounted tickets are sold until 11 am and must be used by Noon on the day of purchase.
FREE Off-Site Parking (Weekends Only)
Free parking and shuttle service is available on Saturdays and Sundays from the Experian parking structure located off the Bristol Street exit of the 405 Freeway. Follow the signs to “Experian.” The shuttle operates from 10 am-1 am Saturday & Sunday only.
To enter my OC Fair Contest, enter through link here –> a Rafflecopter giveaway
The OC Fair & Event Center is located off of the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. Stay tuned for more details about train and bus service deals for those coming from afar to the fair! This article will be coming shortly! I hope to see you at the fair! Winner will be announced on facebook and emailed on Thursday, July 23rd! Good luck in my contest! 🙂
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That cone of colossal fries looks amazing!
It was! Good luck Stephanie!
loving the huge fries!! and the turkey! yum.
Yum in the tum! I am with you. I can’t wait! Good luck!
I really like all of the exhibits at the fair, especially the displays of cakes and cookies!
Good luck Chau!
Awesome ! thank you for all of your shares and great deals.
I wish you the best of luck in my contest Imran. Thank you so much for your kind compliment and for sharing some of your deals with me! Have a fabulous week!
Can’t wait to eat more fried food on a stick!!!
Yum! Good luck Cindi!
I can’t wait for the $1.25 add-ons & $2 Taste of the Fair. I’m on a budget this year but I still want to eat/taste as much as I can! 😀 Thanks for all the info.
I can’t wait for the $1.25 add-ons & the $2 taste of the fair. I’m on a budget this year but I still want to eat/try as much as I can! Thanks for the info.
I have never made it out to the $2 items event…I so need to this year Brittany:) Good luck & you are very welcome!
I’m a sucker for anything fried, but I’m really looking forward to the deep fried pizza and Starbucks!
Deep fried pizza…now that sounds quite interesting to try! There is a whole long list of new fried items…stay tuned Heather…I cannot wait to try them all in less than 2 weeks! Good luck!:)
Looking forward to the exhibits and trying different fried things
Awesome! Good luck Kat!
can’t wait for this year’s fair
Good luck Ruby.
I can’t wait to go and try all the different exotic foods and the gigantic foods. My kids love the rides.
Good luck Shannon! Exotic foods rock!
My favorite thing to do is go through all the shopping centers and seeing all the things for sale and my favorite food to get from there are either the curly fries or chocolate covered strawberries!
There are so many great things to buy there and a lot of junk as well…I tend to agree with you Robert. Good luck in my contest.:)
I like seeing the animals and eating funnel cake.
Sounds like an awesome plan! Good luck Ebony.
Ive never been to the fair but I would like to try the turkey leg and funnel cake
Great choices Lisa! Good luck!
i enjoy making an attempt at trying everything edible sold at the OC Fair. Looks like this isn’t quite the year for that since theres gonna be $125 items, yet that wont stop me from going for the usual deep fried faves and maybe one $125 anniversary deal if it catches my attention.
That sounds like a fabulous plan Charles! I try to do that same! 🙂 The $125 items are pretty crazy. What do you think about the fried twinkie with caviar? 🙂 Good luck!
I like seeing the baby piglets. I like the cheesecake on a stick.
Baby piglets are so awesome to see! I have never tried the cheesecake on a stick at the fair. Sounds yum! Good luck!
i love playing the different games and eating funnel cake
Sounds awesome! Good luck Bri!
I love to walk around and seeing everyone have a great time including the smiles from my kids and I love the turkey legs!
Sounds awesome! Those turkey legs are the best! Good luck!
I love to eat haha, well you doesn’t. Besides that, I like to look at the farm animals. My favorite thing to eat is something fried or the huge plate of chili cheese fries.
Those chili fries sound delicious! I am with you on the farm animals!:) I love them!!
My favorite thing to do is see all the exhibits. My favorite food is the blossom onion.
Great choices! Hope you had fun at the fair!
I can’t even sugar coat it, EAT and try unique fair fares!
So many great options this year! Hope you had a blast!
It was a great read and lots of information to prepare us for what to expect this year at the fair. We are super excited. My fav are the collosal fries!!
Thanks so much! Hope you had a blast at the fair! SO many awesome combos of colossal fries this year! 🙂
We have never been to the OC Fair but my favorite food is the Roasted corn 😛
That one is tasty! I was surprised they made deep fried roasted corn this year! 🙂
I’ve never been! I stumbled upon this blog looking for Disney tips- Thanks for the no corkage fee tip, I thought it was too good to be true!
Thank you so much Leslie! That truly means so much to me! 🙂 The no corkage deals are very awesome and not many people know about them, so hopefully they will stay around for a really long time! Have fun and Disney and hope you had a great time at the OC Fair!
Cant wait to go have a turkey leg
Yum!! Those are the best!
I love the fair! I love all of the craft displays, and all of the animal and agricultural areas. And the fried food. 🙂
I totally agree! Hope you had a blast at the fair!
What I look forward the most in OC Fair is the rabbit show! I am thinking about getting a rabbit but can’t decide between 2 breeds, it will be great to go and learn about them! The rabbit show is on August 2. I don’t really remember what food they have at the fair but I think I am going to try some dessert! 😉
I have never seen the rabbit show! I will have to check it out next time! MY two favorites are the pig races and the turkey trot!
I’ve never been to the OC Fair so I would love to try as many crazy food things as possible!
I’ve never been to the OC fair so I’d love to try everything!
Hope you got to go! So much fun:)
I love the fair especially the turkey leg!
That is my favorite as well! 🙂