The 128th annual OC Fair opens July 13 and runs through Aug. 12. The 2018 OC Fair invites every fairgoer to "Free Your Inner Farmer" - wave your hat in the air and celebrate the agricultural heritage with OC style. You can even wear overalls and get in free until 3 p.m. on Thursdays - there are deals all 23 days of the Fair. There are $2 discount coupons at City facilities.
NEW THIS YEAR
Fair food – Fairgoers who have been saving up calories for their summer Fair treats can choose from truffle potato tots, spaghetti donuts, fried filet mignon on a stick, spicy fried cheese curds, caramel crack fries, ramen burritos, fried apple tacos and hot Cheetoes on everything.
Gigantic farmers: Bounty of the County – Three 16-foot-tall murals by artist John Cerney honoring local farmers and ranchers will greet fairgoers at the three main gates of the OC Fair. Plus, human-scale displays showcasing California's own farm stars share video stories with guests at the click of an app.
Craft Bar – Farm-to-bar mocktails (and cocktails after dark) will include hand-picked garden ingredients sure to refresh and inspire and featuring locally crafted spirits from San Clemente's Drift Distillery.
Daredevils & Wheels – A wild, live-action stunt show at Action Sports Arena July 18-22, this outrageous spectacle features the Globe of Death steel ball, Vortex of Doom aerial platform raceway and a motorcycle high wire.
Peterson Farm Brothers – Real-life singing Kansas farmers turned YouTube sensations will give Fair guests a unique view of real life on a farm in 2018 - and you can even sing along, July 21-22.
Bravemind exhibit at Heroes Hall – This new exhibition shows how a virtual reality technology from USC is helping veterans overcome PTSD in the real world.
Culinary Crawl – This guided tour takes fairgoers through a mini version of OC's curated culinary offerings, from a Patisserie to a Charcuterie, featuring insider info and tastings. Free tours will be held four times daily.
Selfie pop-up museum – Stay tuned for details on this only-at-the-OC-Fair pop-up selfie experience that will celebrate the unique and Instagram-worthy fun of the Fair. My Fair Selfie is set to open on July 20.