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.

Cattle drive may get back in the saddle at OC Fair

Hundreds of cattle could be returning to the streets of Costa Mesa this summer for the 125th annual Orange County Fair.

With this year’s theme of “One Big Party,” plans are brewing to bring back the fair’s popular cattle drive in August, said Doug Lofstrom, who recently left his post as the fairgrounds’ acting chief executive.

Now, Lofstrom said, his new official title is cattle drive coordinator.,0,3005271.story


‘Pop-up parties’ will gear up for OC Fair’s 125th anniversary

In the months leading up the 125th annual Orange County Fair, officials are hosting a series of “pop-up parties.”,0,5538259.story

Fair Board may retain A.G. as counsel

The Orange County Fair Board may go back to using the state attorney general as its legal counsel.

Board members asked their staff to compare fees it pays to private counsel with what it would cost to resume its relationship with the state.

The board directed staff to compare rates before it makes a decision about legal representation for 2015.,0,7078944.story

D.A. again clears former fair board in land-sale attempt

For a second time in four years, the Orange County district attorney’s office has determined that former members of the Orange County fairgrounds’ governing body did not break any laws during an attempt by the state to sell the fairgrounds.

In an eight-page letter to fairgrounds CEO Doug Lofstrom on Monday, district attorney’s investigators said no evidence could be found that fair board members at the time committed criminal wrongdoing during the state’s ultimately failed effort to sell the 150-acre property in Costa Mesa.,0,4985281.story

Fair Board opposes privatization of grounds

The Orange County Fair Board made its sentiments clear once again Thursday: It would not support any privatization efforts of fairgrounds properties.

The board voted during its monthly meeting to introduce a bill that would prevent such privatization attempts from occurring in California. Vice Chairwoman Ashleigh Aitken was absent.

The board members didn’t delve into specifics of the legislation’s contents or how it would move through Sacramento lawmakers, but asked that Western Fairs Assn., a lobbyist group, provide help as well.,0,6418991.story

Fair may clear its skies of smoke and drones

Each summer at the Orange County Fair, food stands are stocked with meaty treats for the carnivorous masses who then descend upon the Costa Mesa property intent on trying the latest versions of summertime fare.

But at what cost?

According to fairgrounds activists and some vendors, the barbecue stands are creating excessively smoky conditions that create ill effects upon fairgoers and employees in particular.,0,4465584.story

Fair Board considers foundation for veterans museum

range County Fair Board directors Thursday debated whether to create a foundation to support a planned veterans museum, with one director contending that such a move could bring back memories of the failed fairgrounds sale a few years ago.

Director Barbara Bagneris, who was appointed to the board in March, said she worried that a foundation would remind the public of the hostility that began in 2009, when some board members created their own nonprofit organization with the goal of buying the 150-acre, state-owned property in Costa Mesa. The move was a response to then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s attempt to sell state properties as a way to help California’s then-ailing budget.,0,7476751.story