Orange County Fair Preservation Society

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The Orange County Fairgrounds Preservation Society was established in late 2009 in order to protect this valuable public land from development and insure it remains the heart of the Orange County/Costa Mesa in perpetuity.

Gov. Brown Re-Appoints Two Fair Board Members


OC Fair ambassadors to help with neighborhood issues

Smoking at the OC Fair? Only in certain places, board decides

 The Orange County Fair Board ratified a new smoking policy Thursday, a decision that was greeted with praise from anti-smoking advocates but skepticism from fair-time vendors. ……..

Heroes Hall

Fair officials announced that a planned veterans museum near Centennial Farm will be called Heroes Hall.

The museum is proposed to be inside the Memorial Gardens Building, a former Army barracks from World War II.

Heroes Hall now has a website at

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OCC gives public a look at development plans

Orange Coast College opened its doors in 1948, when a loaf of bread cost around 10 cents and the Costa Mesa campus served 500 students.

But enrollment has swelled to around 22,000 today, and college officials are planning for continued growth with a development blueprint called Vision 2020.

Nearby residents who spoke at a community meeting led by OCC administrators Thursday night indicated they don’t love the vision. The plan, the subject of an ongoing environmental review, calls for several new buildings, including student dorms, a hotel, a four-story parking structure, a planetarium, and a math, business and computing center. The construction would take place over the next decade or longer.,0,4343703.story

Costa Mesa festival celebrates Vietnamese New Year

Firecrackers will burst, lions will dance and drums will sound this weekend at the 2015 Tet Festival at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

The three-day celebration of the Vietnamese New Year began Friday and is expected to attract more than 100,000 guests.

The festival, sponsored by the Union of the Vietnamese Student Assns. of Southern California, is in its second year at the Orange County fairgrounds. It used to be held in Garden Grove, but after political and financial issues, it was moved to Costa Mesa, said Julie Huynh, the festival’s director.,0,3210099.story

O.C. fairgrounds hires new CEO

The Orange County Fair Board on Friday announced a new chief executive for the fairgrounds property in Costa Mesa.

Kathy Kramer, who comes to Orange County from Canada, will take over the top leadership position at the 150-acre state property beginning Jan. 5.,0,5383109.story

O.C. fair limits smoking during some events

 The Orange County Fair Board approved changes Thursday to the fairgrounds’ smoking policy, though some vendors warned that banning smoking altogether would severely affect business during the summertime event.

The 150-acre, state-owned fairgrounds in Costa Mesa already has several restrictions against smoking, though officials approved limiting it to designated areas during the events it produces. The smoking areas are still to be determined.,0,4789772.story