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ONIONCEROS Lands at the AV Fair 8.19.2011 888.948.6006 Chris Spicher of Antelope Valley Florist prepares his shadow box for viewing at this years AV Fair, “PEEL THE LOVE’

August 8, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley Events, ANTELOPE VALLEY FAIR, antelope valley flowers, antelope valley fun, av fair, av florist | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Get Free Antelope Valley Fair Tickets

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Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival

Fairgrounds Address: 2551 West Avenue H., Lancaster, CA 93536.  Main: (661) 948-6060 & Fax: (661) 942-2135. (Information is subject to change).


A.V. Fair & Alfalfa Festival 2011 Hours of operation 8/19 thru 8/28:

8/19              4pm – Midnight

8/20 – 8/21     2pm – Midnight
8/22 – 8/26     4pm – Midnight (8/22: 
Fair opens at 2pm for Seniors/Special Needs citizens)8/27              2pm – Midnight
8/28              2pm – 11pm

8/19 – 8/28: NO entry to the Fair 1 hour prior to close.  Barns close at 10pm & Exhibit buildings close at 11pm nightly (except 8/28 when buildings close at 10pm.)  All buildings are ADA accessible.

July 26, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley Events, ANTELOPE VALLEY FAIR, Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, antelope valley fun, av fair | , , , , | Leave a comment

AV Fair Invites Public to Create an Awesome Blossom of an “ONION” Theme for 2011

AV Fair Invites Public to Create an Awesome Blossom of
an “ONION” Theme for 2011

LANCASTER, CA. Staying true to the agricultural roots of the Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival,
Antelope Valley Fair officials announced that it’s once again time to challenge the public to submit their
2011 AV Fair theme ideas. “Onions” are the theme against which contestants must work. Slogans
should be five words or less, include some form of the word “onion” and need not rhyme. Multiple
theme ideas can be submitted per entry in list form, on one sheet of paper, in one E-mail, Fax or envelope.

Part of the fun of coming up with a catchy phrase is that it will be used by the Fair for the entire
year. Entrants should consider themes that particularly lend themselves to bright and colorful graphic

Theme entries must be submitted to the Fair by Monday, October 25 at 5:00pm. Entries can be hand
delivered, faxed, mailed or emailed to:

Address: Antelope Valley Fair
2551 West Avenue H, Suite 102
Lancaster, CA 93536, ATTN: Denise
FAX: 661.942.2135

Fair Director’s will select the winning entry and the winning theme will be announced on Friday, October
29, 2010.

The winner of the Fair 2011 theme contest will ride in the annual Fair parade as a VIP, receive two tickets
to all concerts and arena entertainment and be invited to the annual kick-off (Volunteer Appreciation)
dinner. Additionally, the winner receives parking and entry passes to the Bridal Show on January 16th
and the Home Show March 18-20, and the 10 day Fair itself, August 19 -28, 2011.

Visitors can keep up to date with events year ‘round, by checking the Fair’s website,

October 6, 2010 Posted by | ANTELOPE VALLEY FAIR, av fair, AV Fair theme | , , | Leave a comment


Antelope Valley Fair’s roots go back to 1895, when the Antelope Valley Association sponsored a two-day celebration for area ranchers and farmers. The first organized Harvest Festival took place in 1931, featuring Hollywood entertainers. In 1934, a “field day” was held with competitions among local ranchers and farmers at the LancasterHigh School football field. The competitions in following years featured friendly contests between Eastsiders and Westsiders, including women, in cow milking, hay loading and others. This was the forerunner to the Rural Olympics that is the fair’s signature event.

The Antelope Valley Fair Association was formed September 1, 1938 and held its first meeting on December 5, 1938. At this meeting the Association officers were authorized to purchase eighty acres of land at a total price of $2,800, the terms being $1,000 down, with the balance to be paid at the rate of $300 per year. Of course, the problem that immediately arose was the lack of funds to purchase the land. All the ranchers in the Valley were approached and each donated a ton of hay. The truckers of the Valley hauled the hay to Lancaster, and the merchants of the Valley made cash contributions toward the fund. Hay buyers from all over Southern California were invited to come up and bid on the hay to the highest bidder. Mr. Henry Clark of Bakersfield was asked to auction the hay to the highest bidder. With the funds raised, the grounds were purchased. Those grounds were the home of the fair until September 2003 when it moved to its new quarters on Avenue H at the freeway.

The Antelope Valley Fair Association was incorporated on September 12, 1938 with the following signers of the incorporation papers: George Rush, Lloyd Mikelson, Jesse Romine, D.R. Jaqua and Tom Foley. After operating as the Antelope Valley Fair Association for three years, and having full community cooperation in erecting the original buildings, it was deemed advisable to become an Agricultural Association under the Division of Fairs and Expositions, State of California. With the help of many individuals and organizations of the Valley working with State Legislators to make possible, on September 13, 1941, the 50th District Agricultural Association became operative. The fair was originally a four-day event until 1959, then a five-day event until 1972, then a six-day event until 1981, and is now a eleven-day event.

There is a single event that sets the Antelope Valley Fair apart from other fairs. An event that is a part of our culture and heritage. That event is known as the Rural Olympics.

Rural Olympics

An Antelope Valley Fair Signature Event

Midway through the depression, Antelope Valley ranchers and truck drivers, headed by Donald Jaqua Sr., assembled in the Antelope Valley High School sports field and challenged each other to hay loading contests and truck and tractor driving skills. Whether these challengers and organizers knew an Antelope Valley tradition was born or not is a matter of conjecture. But what is officially the Rural Olympics today is the direct result of these Alfalfa Festival antics.

The Rural Olympics has been a part of the Antelope Valley Fair for many years and is totally unique to its high desert community. It continues to attract local, national and even international excitement as ranchers toss heavy bales of hay around like they were pillows, truck drivers zip around obstacles and race back into narrow chutes, women whip farm tractors around like tricycles and 5,000 people cheer on helmeted auto races… albeit stock Model “T” Fords that hardly match Daytona Raceway speeds.

Even people who have a difficult time fathoming the meaning of rural get just as excited as those who haven’t missed a Rural Olympics since its infancy. There’s no single place, except at the Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival, where these events can be seen and experienced.

Rural Olympics Events Include:
Hay Baling
Antique Car Potato Race
Youth Tug-of-War
East/West Tug-of-War
Hay Loading
Farmer’s Handicap
Antique Tractor Race
Tractor Race – Men
Tractor Race – Women
Hay Squeeze
Model “T” Race
Tractor & Semi-Trailer Backing
Truck & Trailer Backing
Mechanical Hay Loading
Gravel Truck Transfer

March 30, 2010 Posted by | ANTELOPE VALLEY FAIR, Rural Olympics | , | Leave a comment


For Immediate Release
LANCASTER, CA – The 2010 Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival, Aug. 20 – Aug 29, proudly announces an exciting six days of concerts featuring hard rock icon, Ted Nugent; pop culture parodist Weird Al Yankovic; baroque surfmeisters, The Beach Boys; American blues rock trio, ZZ Top and free and easy country rocker, Dierks Bentley. “We’re always thrilled to bring high profile talent to the Antelope Valley,” said Antelope Valley Fair Deputy Manager Debbie Smith.  “Our concert series, sponsored by Lancaster Honda, always delivers the best in terms of diversity, nostalgia and family entertainment.

Fair officials noted that this year’s showcase includes perennial favorites to Antelope Valley audiences.  Each brings their stylistic specialty to the stage.  Marketing manager, Wendy Bozigian, noted, “In addition to our great concert line-up we are excited to announce that we are  implementing a new ticketing system through E-tix, a ticketing company used by numerous State Fairs on the East coast.  For the first time, customers can choose their own seats as opposed to ‘best available’, AND you can print your own tickets from the convenience of your home or office.”

Ted Nugent

Leading off the Fair concert line-up, this year, on Friday, August 20th, is Motor City Madman, Ted Nugent.  A Detroit native, Nugent acquired the moniker because of his prodigious guitar talent, his propensity for ear-shattering volume and his over-the-top onstage antics.  A world-class showman, the outspoken Nugent has sustained a five decade career, spawning multi-platinum hits like Amboy Dukes’ Journey to the Center of the Mind to classics like Stranglehold and Cat Scratch Fever. Additionally, chartbusting High Enough and cult classic Fred Bearcontinue to enthrall rock venues around the globe.  With a career resume of 34 albums and 30 million records sold, Nugent ranks among the elite in Rock & Roll history.  But to many, it is the sounds he wrings from his venerable Gibson Byrdland guitar that draws the seasoned faithful and mesmerizes the beat-hungry youngsters.

Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al Yankovic takes to the stage Aug. 21st, delivering his unique blend of parody, comedy and . . . polka?  Yes, for a man who learned how to play rock ‘n roll on the accordion, polka had to fit in there, somewhere.  As for his influences in comedic and parody music, he credits Stan Freberg, Spike Jones, Allan Sherman and Frank Zappa, among others, as “wonderfully sick and twisted” artists.  Other influences one might derive from his on-stage performance are Mad Magazine and Monty Python.  When asked if artists ever deny him permission to do a parody, he noted that most are flattered, but the exception was the self-parodied artist formerly known as “The Artist Formerly Known As Prince”.  Go figure.  The song, Another One Rides the Bus, a parody of Queen’s hit,


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Another One Bites the Dust, is typical of the license Yankovic employs in his act.  Fans can also relate to his satirical version of Knack’s My Sharona, which he conveniently converts to My Bologna.  In short, Yankovic remains the king of pop culture parody.

The Beach Boys

Serving the genres of surf rock, sunshine pop, psychedelic pop, psychedelic rock, baroque pop and art rock, The Beach Boys have rightfully been christened “America’s Band”.  Originally a family band, consisting of singer-musician-composer Brian Wilson, brothers Carl and Dennis, cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine, the touring band, today, consists of Love, long time band member, Bruce Johnston and newer band members.

Arguably, The Beach Boys are, as Rolling Stone Magazine noted, one of the “100 Greatest Artists of all Time”.  With thirty six U.S. Top 40 hits, (the most of any U.S. rock band) and fifty six Hot 100 Hits, their résumé reads like a ‘who’s who’ in music discography.  The hauntingGod Only Knows contrasts sharply with Surfer Girl and Kokomo, but all are beloved as this group brings Good Vibrations to the Antelope Valleyon August 23rd.

ZZ Top

Iconic sunglasses and chest-length beards are the visuals that come to mind when describing ZZ Top.  Ironically, one band member, Frank Beard, performs sans beard.  More importantly, Beard and fellow band members, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill hold claim to being the longest running major rock band with original personnel intact.  Often called “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas”, the trio begun in 1969, has long moved-on to national attention and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Fans will recognize the hit La Grange, which is still one of the band’s signature pieces.  The song is unabashed elemental boogie, celebrating the institution that came to be known as “the best little whorehouse in Texas.”  Later smash singles included Gimme All Your Lovin’, Sharp Dressed Man and Legs. The melding of grungy guitar-based blues with synth-pop was seamless and continued with their follow-up album, Afterburner.

ZZ Top’s music is always instantly recognizable, powerful, soulful and 100% Texas American in derivation.  That makes them certified.  A certified rock institution, that is.  The group makes their AV Fair appearance on August 24th.

Dierks Bentley

Listeners of Dierks Bentley would describe his country style as notstraight-up-the-middle.  Growing up on a potent hybrid of honky-tonk, bluegrass, classic country and modern rock & roll, he forged his own unique sound and style.  The CMA Horizon Award winner shared, “I love the feeling of combining the best older stuff with the edginess of newer, more progressive sounds.

Bentley delivers moments of introspection with songs like Pray orBetter Believer.  But those moments are book-ended by his opening slide guitar rampage that channels a Harley hauling ass in the outlaw lament Life on the Run. Inherently, Bentley understands that to connect with a lot of people, his instrumentation must be as diverse as the people packing the stadium.  His Feel That Fire delivers the pulsing energy, passion and dynamic sensibility of his praised live show.

Bentley closes the Fair’s concert series on August 25th.


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All Lancaster Honda concerts begin at 7:30 PM.  Dates and concert prices for each of the headliners are:

Date Act Gold Circle Track Grandstands

Fri., Aug 20         TED NUGENT $50               $25                    -0-                                 

Sat., Aug 21        WEIRD AL YANKOVIC $50               $25                    -0-

Sun., Aug 22       Latino concert TBD

Mon., Aug 23      THE BEACH BOYS $50                $25                    -0-                               

Tues., Aug 24      ZZ TOP $75               $40                    -0-

Wed., Aug 25      DIERKS BENTLEY $65                $30                    -0-

Reserved Gold Circle and Trackside tickets will be available for purchase for the Ted Nugent and Dierks Bentley concert on April 3rd. Grandstand seating is free with paid admission and available on a first come, first seat basis the night of the concert.  All concert tickets include admission to the fair and will be sold at the Fairgrounds Ticket office, and online at

All other concert tickets will go on sale at later dates to be announced.

Other Fair arena events include the Figure 8 Race, Professional Bull Riders, Rural Olympics and Demolition Derby.

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72nd annual Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival

August 20 – August 29, 2010

“All AG-cess!”

March 30, 2010 Posted by | ANTELOPE VALLEY FAIR, ANTELOPE VALLEY FAIR 2010, ted nugent, the beach boys | , , , | Leave a comment