Welcome to the AV Fair & Event Center’s Official Blog!
Here you will find the latest and greatest news happening at the Fairgrounds!


We don’t want to miss out on the biggest event of the Summer in the Antelope Valley, but when you have a family of 5 to care for, the $$ can really start to add up. Rest assured, there are plenty of free things to do at Fair that won’t break the bank.

  1. First hour of opening day is free admission and parking
    The best deal you can get is FREE!
  1. Free Grandstands to the Palmdale Auto Mall Concert Series
    You don’t need to pay big money to catch one of the headlining acts of the Palmdale Auto Mall Concert Series because all concerts have free grandstands available with Fair admission
  1. Get a picture with Alfie
    Find our Fair’s mascot Alfie making his rounds around every day of Fair. I hear he loves high fives!
  1. Attend the Jr. Livestock Auction
    On Thursday, 8/23 Kiwanis Jr. Livestock Auction, 9am in the R. Rex Parris Show Arena
  2. Scope out the Home Arts entries
    Check out the magnificent talent of the town! There are a ton of entries for several categories like table settings, photography, & more!!
  1. Get a Fair pin at the inFAIRmation booth
    Did you know every year we have a Fair pin? And it’s FREE! Visit the inFAIRmation booth right at the main entrance of Fair and get your commemorative pin! (While supplies last)
  1. Fireworks show after Rural Olympics
    End your Saturday (8/25) night with a beautiful fireworks show after Rural Olympics
  2. Free Grandstands for the Rally Kia Arena Events Figure 8 Race
    On Thursday, 8/23 at 7:30pm
  3. Free Grandstands for the Rally Kia Arena Events Rural Olympics
    On Saturday, 8/25 at 6pm
  4. NEW! 80’s Flashback Party
    To keep up with the ‘80’ theme, not only are we turning 80, but we’re celebrating the 80’s! Join the party in the Corona Cantina on 8/25 for dancing, drinks, and giveaways!
  5. Rural Museum
    Take a trip back in time and admire the unique history of the Antelope Valley. Open every day of Fair until 10pm!
  1. Get a great view of the sunset
    We have some of the best skies in the Antelope Valley. Catch the sun set while on an RCS ride or snap a great pic and tag us @avfairgrounds
  1. Cheer on the Pig Races
    And the pigs are off! Find them racing in South Park
  1. Hangout with some Reptiles
    Find Pacific Animal Productions in South Park
  1. Wild Animals
    Hang out with the wild animals of A Walk on the Wild Side
  1. Science Exhibits
    Get smart at the science exhibits
  1. Senior Day Parking and Lunch
    Seniors (62+) get free lunch on Senior Day, Monday, August 20 2-4pm only
  1. Ag Mechanics
    Ag Machinery located at La Plaza
  2. Antique Engines
    Located at Heritage Park
  3. Window Shop in H.W. Hunter Pavilion
    Window shop and check out all the fantastic vendors we have available in the H.W. Hunter Pavilion
  1. Make Veggie Art
    Families can have some fun making Veggie Art in the Farm & Garden building
  1. Floral Displays
    Located in the A.V. Harley Davidson Legacy Hall Floriculture & 4-H Exhibits
  2. 4-H Projects Display
    Located in the A.V. Harley Davidson Legacy Hall Floriculture & 4-H Exhibits
  3. Petting Zoo
    The petting zoo is back this year! Get to interact with the animals in South Park
  1. Goat Mountain
    Yes, you heard right. Go check it out!
  2. Dancing at Various Stages
    Visit the many stages with a variety of music playing.
  1. Kid’s Day
    Kids (11 and under) are free admission all day on Monday, August 20th
  1. Military Appreciation Day
    Free admission entry for all active and retired military.
  1. Big wheel ride with concert ticket
  2. Learn How to Line Dance
  3. Special Baking Contests every day of Fair
    Fan of sweet treats? Check out the daily baking contests inside the Van Dam Pavilion
  1. Demonstrations in Home Arts every day of Fair
    Check out the schedule on the AV Fair App!
  2. Take a Commemorative Lap on the Tram
    Appreciate the antiquity of the tram ride from the parking lot to the entrance by taking it for an extra spin
  1. Robotics Display
  2. Photo Opportunities Everywhere
    Snap a great pic and tag the AV Fair for a chance to be reposted on our Instagram (@avfairgrounds)!
  1. Youth Film Fest
    The talented students of Learn 4 Life will have their films displayed in the Home Arts Building. The student videos were taken all by iPhone.
  1. Egg Laying Contest
    Chickens can get competitive too! See who will be the first to lay an egg in the Small Animal Barn
  1. Alfalfa Display
    Located in the Beef Barn
  1. Evergreen Tree
    Located in Farm  & Garden
  1. Dog Tags for Military Dependents
    If you are a family member of an active or retired military, come to Military Appreciation Day and get a Military Loved One Dog Tag!
  1. Kid’s Contests (Watermelon, etc.)
    Fun on the weekends with Kid’s Contests located on the South Park Community Stage!
  1. Gem & Mineral Display
    Eye-catching gems found in the Van Dam foyer
  1. Clown Around with Tadpole the Clown
    Catch Tadpole the Clown making people smile all through Fair
  1. Get hypnotized by Suzy Haner
    Located on the Camacho Auto Sales/Mitsubishi Hypnotist and Community Stage on Lilac Lawn
  2. New! Download the AV Fair App
    New this year is our easy to use app, packed with all the things to know about Fair right at your fingertips! Find menus, maps, schedules, and more!
  1. Book Drive
    Donate 3 old books or 1 new book and receive free admission into Fair and one ride pass on Wed., 8/22, 4-6pm only
  1. Canned Food Drive
    Bring 5 cans of food and get one free admission into Fair and one ride pass on Tues., 8/21, 4-6pm only
  1. NEW! Play oversized games in The Backyard
    New! Play some over-sized games in our cool Backyard, with games like corn hole, bocce ball, connect 4, and more!
  1. Vote in People’s Choice Food Competition
    Cast your vote on our app for the People’s Choice Food Competition for your favorite food, dessert, and beverage at Fair
  1. Read a Book with a Queen
    The Community Queen’s Reading Room located in South Park
  1. Savor a Sip at Wine Tasting
    21+ Event. Have a taste from some of our local wineries at The Backyard on Tuesday, August 21, 5-7pm
  1. Free Mexico National Team Jersey
    First 100 people at La Plaza on Sunday, August 19th at 5pm will receive a Mexico National Team Jersey
  1. Magic Shows
    Magic by Louie Foxx and Katia & Rafael walking throughout the Fair
  1. Exotic Animals
    Exotic Animal exhibit in South Park
  2. Imagination Gallery
    Calling all science lovers! Visit the Imagination Gallery in South Park
  1. Compete in the Golden Road Corn Hole Tournament
    The first 32 people to enter the Corn Hole Tournament on Wednesday, August 22 at 5pm, will compete to win a private brewery tour of Golden Road!
  1. Visit the Livestock Animals
    Head over to the livestock barns to say hi to your favorite farm animals

Schedules for FREE FAIR FUN list available on avfair.com and the AV Fair App


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A Chance to Meet Your Favorite Act of the 2018 Palmdale Auto Mall Concert Series!

The A.V. Fair is giving you and a guest a chance to meet your favorite concert act of the AV Fair’s Concert Series through our popular Backstage Blowout Contest Promotion! With our Backstage Blowout VIP experience, you will receive:

  • Two (2) Backstage Passes for a Meet & Greet with the artist*
  • Two (2) Gold Circle tickets ($160 value) to the performance
  • Dinner for two on the Antelope Valley Fair Association’s Director’s Patio before the concert
  • 1 VIP Parking pass on the performance date to ONE of the following Palmdale Auto Mall Concerts:
    • Friday, 8/17, Chaka Khan and Sheila E. at 7:30pm
    • Saturday, 8/18, Styx and Jake Rose at 7:30pm
    • Sunday, 8/19, Los Tigres del Norte, co-sponsored by Vallarta Supermarkets, at 7:30pm
    • Monday, 8/20, Chase Rice with Special Guest Devin Dawson at 7:30pm
    • Tuesday, 8/21, The Fray with Bay Ledges at 7:30pm
    • Wednesday, 8/22, Justin Moore and Walker County at 7:30pm

* Meet & Greets with performers could be cancelled at the last minute due to schedule or management changes.

How to Enter:

Read the A.V. Fair Backstage Blowout Terms and Conditions here.
Starting June 28th at 10am, enter the drawing by clicking the Backstage Blowout rotating banner on the homepage of AVFair.com and entering your name and email.

Each week (see schedule below) three winners will be drawn at random and notified by email.

Backstage Blowout Winner Announcement Dates:

  • July 5th at 12pm – Chaka Khan and Sheila E. (8/17)
  • July 12th at 12pm – Styx and Jake Rose (8/18)
  • July 19th at 12pm – Los Tigres Del Norte (8/19)
  • July 26th at 12pm – Chase Rice with Special Guest Devin Dawson (8/20)
  • August 2nd at 12pm – The Fray with Bay Ledges (8/21)
  • August 9th at 12pm – Justin Moore and Walker County (8/22)

Share this contest with your friends, and good luck!

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Moola For You: Fundraising Opportunity for Your Organization

Great news! The AV Fair & Event Center has expanded their Pre-Sale Ticket Fundraising program a.k.a. Moola For You to local community organizations in the Antelope Valley!

The Program
Qualified organizations or groups can earn money by simply giving family and friends a URL to purchase tickets to the AV Fair & Alfalfa Festival (8/17-8/26). Participating groups or organizations can earn $2 for each ticket purchased before July 1st and $1 for each ticket through August 16th simply by having fair ticket purchasers use their designated online URL. Admission tickets, Carnivals wristbands, or season passes are all eligible!

The AV Fair & Event Center’s unique fundraising opportunity aligns with our commitment to enrich the lives of all in our community, providing experiences, opportunities, and a chance to achieve. Our Pre-Sale Fundraising opportunity is now available to local schools, churches, and other non-profit organizations and groups, providing a simple, fun, and profitable way to increase fundraising revenues that will benefit our community at large.

Start by filling out an application HERE!
Use avfair.com/fundraising as a source for any marketing materials you may need to promote your URL!

Happy Fundraising!

#moola4you #avfair2018 #holycow80now

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30th Annual Home Show in the Antelope Valley (Lancaster, CA)

Are you a new homeowner? Or are you looking to revamp your home?
Find all the resources you need at the AV Fair & Event Center’s 30th Annual Home Show. Admission is FREE for the Home Show on Friday, March 16, Noon-5:00p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, March 17th &18th from 9:00a.m.-4:00p.m.  Daily Parking: $5.00.

This year’s Home Show will feature OVER 150 vendors and crafters! Get all your questions answered dealing with your home’s appearance, comfort, or functionality and watch live seminars all 3 days (schedule HERE). Our professional Home Show exhibitors will showcase and demonstrate their products and offer time and money-saving advice. NEW to the Home Show is the SMART (Sustainable, Manageable, Attractive, Responsible, Timely) Water Conservation Expo which will feature vendors and seminars relevant to those who are interested in gardening, landscaping, and conserving water.

For the Kids!
Saturday and Sunday is the NEW Kids Fun Faire! This fun “zone” includes a huge Safari inflatable Obstacle Course, Slide, Bounce House, Climbing Wall, Carnival Games and Concession Stand with souvenirs. Kids 12 & under can also enjoy a free ice cream treat, while supplies last, sponsored by California Dairy Distributors at the AV Fair & Event Center booth.

Free tomato plants will be available, one per person, and pet adoptions will be conducted by the L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control, in the R. Rex Parris Show Arena on Saturday and Sunday.

For chances to WIN!
Attendees interested in winning tickets to the Palmdale Auto Mall Concert Series, Rally Kia Arena events and General Admission to the A.V. Fair (8/17 to 8/26/2018), are encouraged to do so at the AV Fair & Event Center Home Show booth.  Winners for Fair tickets will be drawn, one per hour, during all 3 days of the show.  Winners need not be present to win Fair tickets.

Don’t forget to enter our $200 Gift Card giveaway HERE.  The $200 Gift Cards will be given away during the show; winners must be present. The deadline to enter online at AVFair.com is March 15, 2018.

We have a lot to see at the 30th Annual Home Show! See you there!

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How to Deal with a Bridezilla

Photo by Stephanie Padovani

Bridezillas can be a bit much from time to time. One minute you’re picking out colors for invitations with your beautiful partner and then all of a sudden… *SKREEEONGK!!* You turn around hastily to see the love of your life growing taller, skin turning green and red hot anger burning in their eyes! You try to calm them down stating any color is fine, but it’s too late. The building erupts into flames and your only option is to RUN!

Now, of course your bride-to-be won’t grow into a giant 200 ft. lizard monster but they may turn into someone you don’t recognize. Relax, the person you fell in love with is still in there. Planning a wedding for a bride can be stressful to say the least, so it’s common and understandable for them to act, well, like a 200 ft. lizard monster from time to time. Below are some tips and tricks on how to deal with a bridezilla.

  1. Wait until they are calm
    The worst thing you can do is call out your bride while they are being a bridezilla. Wait until they have calmed down to address the situation. Usually they’ll realize how they were acting after getting some time and space to gather their thoughts and feelings. So for both your sakes, give them space!
  1. Stay cool and positive
    Meeting anger with anger is never a good thing. Getting angry and talking back to your bride can make the situation escalate into something that I’m sure you both don’t want. Staying cool and positive while they act up is the best option you can do.
    “But what if they get mad because I’m being cool and positive?” Still, stick with what you’re doing. Even if they don’t apologize, eventually they will calm down and notice that you were only trying to help.
  1. Try to help them relax
    They are working hard on making sure that the wedding is everything they have ever dreamed of, and making dreams reality can take a lot out of a person. Make sure to set some time aside to have them relax. No one knows your significant other like you. Use that knowledge to come up with ideas to help them relax in this stressful situation, like a massage or a nice evening out.

Photo from Lily’s Bridal Blog

No matter how they act, just remember, it’s the stress talking, not them. Be there for them whenever they need you and make sure that you do everything you can to lessen the amount of stress on your bride-to-be. It’s your wedding just as much as it is theirs, so help take some of the responsibility.

Maybe you and your bride are stuck and don’t know how to move forward with your wedding planning. Good news! The AV Fair and Event Center Bridal Show is this Sunday, Jan. 28th, 2018, from noon-5pm.  Stop by the A.V. Fair and Event Center booth to meet our consultants to help plan your wedding here at the fairgrounds!  More details here.

#AVFair #BridalShow #Weddings


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