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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

Antelope Valley Fair Recognized with 24 Marketing Awards

Antelope Valley Fair Recognized with 24 Marketing Awards

LANCASTER, CA. January 24, 2011. Last year’s Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival 2010 provided “All AG-cess” to Fair exhibits and activities, resulting in several Marketing awards.  Fair 2010 delivered a total of 24 awards, combined, from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) and the Western Fairs Association (WFA).  Specifically, the Antelope Valley Fair won 6 ‘First Place’, 6 ‘Second Place’, 8 ‘Third Place’ and 4 ‘Honorable Mention’ awards between the 2010 IAFE Hall of Honor Communications Awards and the WFA 2010 Achievement Awards Program. All Fair artwork was designed by in-house Art Director, Denise Sullivan.

Fair officials expressed considerable pride in noting that nearly all awards were in the categories of marketing/advertising and community outreach. The two First Place awards from IAFE were for the Fair 2010 poster design and press kit.   IAFE entries are evaluated and judged by a team of industry leaders from IAFE, with a membership of over 3,200 Fairs and over 1,000 entries from around the world.

Fair officials were especially pleased that a new Non-Fair Event Sponsored by the Fairgrounds won a First Place WFA award.  The non-Fair event was a Barn Bash hosted by the AV Fair Livestock Committee volunteers.  The fundraising event was a BBQ/auction and was a huge success with over $20,000 raised through donations, sponsors and auction items and put towards improvements to the Livestock barns on the fairgrounds.    Out of the 650 entries from 48 Fairs throughout the West, the A.V. Fair won 19 awards.  The WFA also acknowledged the A.V. Fair with 3 other First Place awards for the Fair 2010 billboard on the Antelope Valley freeway, the Family weekday and weekend 4-pack promotions and the overall Theme program.

General Manager, Dan Jacobs commented, “Our goal for each Fair is to meet the diverse educational and entertainment needs of our community.  We encourage community participation through volunteerism and strive to consistently provide a great and affordable Fair that brings together the residents and families of the Antelope Valley and is fun for all ages.” Marketing Manager Wendy Bozigian added, “We are committed to our agricultural roots and feel our Fair offers “All AG-cess” to education in agriculture, livestock, competitive exhibits, local performers, non-profit organizations and more.   We are honored at being recognized by our peers for our successful Fair 2010 Marketing campaign.”

Media Contact: Wendy Bozigian, Marketing Mgr., (661) 948-6060 ext. 132,

Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival

Fair 2011 dates: August 19 – August 28, 2011, “Peel the Love!”

January 25, 2011 Posted by | Wendy Bozigian | , , , , | 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

Coolest Ride at AV FAIR 2010

See all of ilivetodayav's coverage @ for all the videos shot at AV Fair 2010 by as Jim Greenleaf bring a personal touch as he interviews the people at the Fair.

Coolest Ride at AV FAIR 2010

September 6, 2010 Posted by | ANTELOPE VALLEY FAIR 2010, av fair, Coolest Ride at AV FAIR 2010 | , , , | 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