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August 2, 2005 | Lomi Kriel, Times Staff Writer
For three weeks each summer, the Orange County Fairgrounds are transformed into a cornucopia of food, music, arcades and thrill rides. On Monday, the hard work of turning it all back into a huge parking lot was well underway. Barely a dozen hours after the fair in Costa Mesa closed Sunday, the sounds of children were replaced by the noises of power tools and trucks. The normally neat midway was strewn with paper cups and water bottles -- the flotsam of hurried work crews.
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July 25, 1998 | YUNG KIM
The fair may be winding down, but there is still time to get spun up and down, and all around, before the monstrous rides are taken away. Heading into the final weekend of the 17-day Orange County Fair, more than 500,000 people have strolled through the pink gates, many of them itching to be upside-down. Forget fastening seat belts; for the big rides, hold onto the shoulder and leg harnesses and don't forget to empty your pockets.
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September 30, 1989 | BOB POOL, Times Staff Writer
Like most carnies who spend half the year traveling the county fair circuit, amusement ride operator James Johnson doesn't much care for rain. Unless, of course, it's that localized shower that hits a hundred times a day when Johnson cranks up the 32-seat Kamikazi thrill ride and turns screaming passengers upside-down 54 feet above the midway.
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July 9, 2004 | Susan Anasagasti, Times Staff Writer
By Thursday, the truck drivers had made their way from the San Diego County Fair, and most of the thrill rides had been assembled on the midway. The arts and crafts exhibits were ready for judging, and the smell of baking waffle cones was in the air. At the Orange County Fair's headquarters, organizers were scrambling to meet today's 10 a.m. deadline, when the fair begins its 21-day run. Closing night is Aug. 1. "It's been hectic around here," said Chief Executive Officer Becky Bailey-Findley.
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July 7, 2006 | Hemmy So, Times Staff Writer
Before actor Jack Black recently introduced America to lucha libre with the movie "Nacho Libre," Huntington Beach resident Martin Marin had been working the Mexican-style wrestling circuit for 18 years. Now, for the first time, Marin (aka El Genio) will be performing in front of a hometown audience at the Orange County Fair, which opens today.
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July 24, 1998 | YUNG KIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There are plenty of chances to take home a "South Park" doll at the Orange County fair, but the likelihood of it lies with luck, skill--and a 25% formula. There are tricks to the trade of fair games, but like Las Vegas, payoffs are based on probability figures from an analysis of the games. Tony Fiori, marketing director of Ray Cammack Shows, which runs the games at the fair, expects to lose 25% of the games played at carnival stands.
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July 17, 2003 | Jeff Gottlieb, Times Staff Writer
Hours after a woman was injured on the Adrenaline Drop ride at the Orange County Fair on Sunday, another rider was hurt on a different attraction -- in an accident that the company operating the ride apparently failed to report as state law requires. In this second accident, which was not disclosed to the public, a large metal pin came loose from a ride called the Booster, hitting rider Traci Tomack in the face about 10 p.m.
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July 17, 2004 | Susan Anasagasti, Times Staff Writer
Everyone knows the temptations that lurk at a county fair: cotton candy, corn dogs, funnel cakes and the latest artery-clogger, deep-fried Oreos. But take heart, dieters. This year's innovation isn't covered in sugar or dipped in chocolate -- it's wrapped in lettuce. That's right, the bun-less hamburger, an Atkins-inspired dish, has weaseled its way into a place where self-indulgence reigns, the Orange County Fair, which runs through Aug. 1 in Costa Mesa.
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August 18, 1998 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A carnival worker dismantling a Ferris wheel fell to his death Monday as crews were packing up game booths and taking down rides at the Seaside Park fairgrounds. Robert Lee Davis, 42, of Galveston, Texas, was dead on arrival at Ventura County Medical Center, authorities said. Davis and his supervisor were working to break up the Grand Wheel and transport it to the California State Fair in Sacramento, according to fair publicist Devlin Raley.
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August 18, 1992 | CAITLIN ROTHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Barbara Schneider has been so busy lately, she hasn't even gone home to sleep. "Since the 25th of July, I've been sleeping right here at the fairgrounds," said Schneider, 60, standing next to an exhibit of pink and purple petunias and impatiens. As floriculture superintendent for the Ventura County Fair, Schneider works year-round growing and tending plants at the fairgrounds in Ventura.
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