The Antelope County Fair is over for another year. Hopefully you got your fill of gigantic pretzels, fried Twinkies and Sioux burgers. If not, you’ll just have to wait until next year.
The Fair turned 81 this year and judging by the attendance numbers, it’s still quite popular.
Chief Executive Officer Dan Jacobs said the attendance this year was about the same as last year. He did say they had a good year in 2018, so being the same is good.
“We’re thrilled with the numbers,” said in a story that ran in Friday’s Antelope Valley Press.
That’s good news, despite the disruption during the last week of the event, when an active shooter situation was reported on Lancaster Boulevard. That incident didn’t seem to have an effect on fair-goers.
As in past years, this year’s Fair featured a wide variety of things to do and see. From the food booths mentioned earlier, to the vendors in the Hunter Pavilion, the carnival, concerts, live entertainment, and children’s activities, there was plenty to take in during the nine days it ran.
“Fair organizers had pushed food and the carnival as part of the marketing this year, which may have contributed to the increase,” the AVP report stated.
And what a variety of food there was! Fairgoers could choose from grilled sausage and corn, to barbecued turkey legs, cheeseburgers, hot dogs and huge bricks of chili cheese fries, to name a few. Some sweets included cinnamon rolls, shave ice, kettle corn and of course, cotton candy and caramel apples.
The carnival also proved to be popular, as attendees took their turns on the Ferris wheel and various other rides that are more enjoyable at a local fair.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of community one gets when attending an event like the Antelope Valley Fair. It’s a time when everyone seems to forget about their worries for a little while, as they take in the sights, sounds and flavors of the local county fair.
People seem a little more polite and neighborly at the Fair. It’s not uncommon for strangers to strike up a conversation while waiting in line or sitting next to each other at one of the various events.
It’s great to see people still supporting the Fair after more than eight decades. And it’s great to see that not much has changed in that time. In a way, going to the Fair is like taking a step back in time — maybe not as far back as 80 years, but the not-too-distant past.
There’s still plenty of interest in the Rural Olympics, the Figure 8 Races, monster trucks and demolition derby. They only happen once a year in the AV, but these are events you’re not going to find in Los Angeles. They are what make the Antelope Valley different and gives it a more down-home feel.
It’s also great to see that the livestock auction was a success, even though poultry was not included. The event demonstrates to us that despite an ever-changing world that keeps getting more technologically advanced, there is still a place for youngsters to learn the value of hard work.
Congratulations to the Fair Board of Directors for putting on a great event once again. Until next year, we’ll be waiting for the return of the Emblem Club’s taco booth!