5 great things to do on Day 1 of the OC Fair – Orange County Register

There’s no shortage of fun activities at the OC Fair.

Guests can indulge in a variety of experiences over the course of the 23-day event. Deciding how to prioritize them can be difficult.

And as additions are made each year, the list of must-see attractions grows even longer.

So here’s a list compiled by the Register of some great things to do on Day 1, Friday, July 14.

Free for all – Who doesn’t like free? Guests arriving during the first three hours of opening day — noon to 3 p.m. — will get free admission and parking.

In past years, lines have been notoriously long during the promotion. So get there early.

La Grande Wheel XL – The over-sized Ferris wheel equipped with 500,000 LED lights and 36 air-conditioned cabins is making its OC Fair debut.

It’s one of the largest traveling observation wheels in the Western Hemisphere — and a great way to beat the heat for a while.

Heroes Hall – This veterans museum — the only one of its kind in Orange County — opened in February on the fairgrounds.

The exhibit “The Things They Carried” offers a glimpse of veterans’ personal war experiences through the objects they took into combat. Another exhibit tells the history of the Santa Ana Army Air Base, the land on which the fairgrounds sits.

A Humvee will be stationed outside the building, and postcards will be available for guests to write to veterans and troops.

Exhibitions – Follow the crowd to the exhibition hall on opening day. That’s when the locals find out if they got a blue ribbon for their decorated cakes, fruit preserves, photography or paintings.

Share the joy with the winners and then browse through the hall to enjoy their handiworks.

Food sculptures – If your idea of a good time is watching a giant watermelon being carved into a bouquet, then check out Chef Ray Duey as he creates centerpieces out of various fruits and vegetables.

Duey will show off his creations from 12-8 p.m. at the O.C. Promenade.



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