An artisan from China works earlier this month on a structure of a palm tree made of steel, covered with fabric, then lit from the inside which are being
An artisan from China works earlier this month on a structure of a palm tree made of steel, covered with fabric, then lit from the inside which are being constructed at the Fairplex to be a Chinese lantern festival exhibit called Luminasia at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona. (Photo by Eric Reed)

POMONA >> Luminasia, a first-time exhibit of Chinese lanterns, will be one of the top attractions at the month-long Los Angeles County Fair that starts Friday and runs through Sept. 28.

The nightly show of about 300 hand-crafted pieces shaped like animals, flowers and landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Capitol Records building will be on display and is aimed at building a sense of wonder and discovery, said Michael Chee, director of marketing and public relations for Fairplex.

“This year our theme is focused around discovery,” Chee said.

The usual array of carnival rides, food, animals, entertainment will be available.

For weeks, a group of about 50 Chinese artisans have been working in an area tucked between Picnic Hill and the Flower and Garden Pavilion turning heavy-duty wire, light bulbs and fabric into the lanterns.

“It's a fantastic exhibit and will be of interest to a wide audience,” said Dale Coleman, vice president of sales, marketing and creative programming for the Los Angeles County Fair Association.

The exhibit consists of an array of lanterns similar to those that can be seen in Zigong in Sichuan Province, China, which is home to the Zigong International Dinosaur Lantern Festival.

Aside from Luminasia, the Hall of Heroes is among the new attractions this year. Fairgoers will be able to learn about the science behind their favorite superheroes' fantastic powers. They will also learn about real-life heroes such as war heroes, firefighters and police officers and their deeds. The exhibit contains interactive components making it both educational and fun, organizers said.

(Photo by Eric Reed)

Guests will visit the Fair and find “there is programming from the time we open to the time we close,” Chee said. Longtime guests will find “there is going to be a strong array of new experiences.”

Visitors will also find an expanded Farm area where people will learn about the crops they can grow in their gardens and how to use them in their meals, Chee said.

“It's going to be a combined agricultural, educational and dining experience,” he said.

The fair is also home to the End of Summer Concert Series, which consists of 23 nights of entertainment in the grandstand. The concerts offer a wide range of musical genres offering something for every musical taste.

Among this year's performers are Charlie Wilson, Jamie Lynn Spears and Neon Trees. Also performing at grandstand will be Pentatonix, winners of season 3 of NBC's “The Sing-Off.”

Roberto Tapia, a popular regional Mexican music recording artist and a judge on “La Voz Kids,” the children's version of “The Voice” on the Telemundo network, will also perform at the Fair, as will Boyz II Men.

And then there's the food...

This year's deep-fried chicken skin and deep fried pecan pie will be part of the festivities.


The Los Angeles County Fair will run from Friday through Sept. 28.

Hours - Opening weekend: Friday: 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday: 10 a.m. to midnight Monday (Labor Day): 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. With the exception of Labor Day, the Fair is closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday, Sept. 3. Sept. 4-28: Wednesdays: Noon-10 p.m. Thursdays: Noon-11 p.m. Fridays: Noon-Midnight Saturdays: 10 a.m.-Midnight Sundays: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Admission - Weekdays: Adults (ages 13 and older): $12 Children age 6-12: $8 Seniors age 60 and older: $10 Senior Wednesday: $6 Season pass: $29.99 Weekends and Labor Day: Adults (ages 13 and older): $19 Children ages 6-12: $12 Seniors ages 60 and older: $15 Information on additional admission special offers are available on Fair's website. Luminasia Adults (ages 18 and older): $9 Children ages 6-17: $5 Luminasia hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to closing.

Parking - General parking: $15 Valet/Gate 3: $30 Season pass: $60

For additional information on the Los Angles County Fair go to For general information call 909-623-3111