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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.
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.
July 10, 2004 | Susan Anasagasti, Times Staff Writer
Virginia Franco has always been afraid of heights. But at the Orange County Fair on Friday, Franco realized it was time to face that fear. Something about the bright pink and yellow thrill ride towering in the midway tempted her. Without hesitation, she sprinted toward the Mega Drop, handed eight tickets to the carnival worker and braced herself. The ride slowly lifted to the sky before plunging 145 feet. "I don't know what got into me," she said, her heart still racing.
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.
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.
July 16, 2003 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
The bumper cars were banging. The Ferris wheel was turning. But as the Orange County Fair reopened Tuesday, talk quickly turned to the one ride not running: the Adrenaline Drop. The ride was shut down Sunday after a 30-year-old woman's thrill plunge wasn't sufficiently slowed, and she was hurt hitting a foam mat on the ground. State officials say the two safety nets designed to catch her weren't high enough -- why, they don't know -- and the ride is closed indefinitely.
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.
October 17, 2004 | MICHAEL T. JARVIS
Visitors to this year's Los Angeles County Fair might have been surprised to find a new breed of carnival worker manning the booths along the midway. The "carny" stereotype is a thing of the past: Ray Cammack Shows, which operates the games and rides, has appearance standards that permit only minimal facial hair, and visible tattoos are out. We tried our luck with some veterans of life on the road. * Tracy Creason 38, Owner of Ride Photos How long in the carnival life? I was born into it.
July 18, 2003 | Jeff Gottlieb, Times Staff Writer
State regulators on Thursday cleared the company that operates rides at the Orange County Fair of failing to report an accident that occurred Sunday. Traci Tomack, 23, an aspiring actress from Northridge, suffered a broken jaw, broken teeth and facial wounds requiring more than 20 stitches, her parents said, after a large metal pin came loose from the ride she was on -- the Booster -- and struck her.
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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