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August 28, 2003
Gary Wilson of Huntington Beach was appointed as a new member of the Board of Directors of the El Camino College Foundation, a nonprofit organization created in 1983 to support college programs at El Camino College, near Torrance, Calif. Wilson works at Exxon Mobil as the Torrance refinery manager and is on the Torrance Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors ... Patricia Brant of Huntington Beach won first place at the Orange County Fair for her "Birds Eye View" quilt ... Bud Frohn of Huntington Beach was a first place and Division Winner in the professional weaving category at the Orange County Fair for his rug ... Air Force Airman Stephen C. Lowe, son of Chris Barrett of Escondido, Calif.
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August 21, 2003
Colin Whiting of Huntington Beach was awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the SBC Foundation. Whiting is a graduate of Huntington Beach High School and plans to study political science at the UC Santa Barbara ... Richard Docherty, son of Brian Docherty of Huntington Beach and Kimi Docherty of Rockville, Md., received the Summer School Citizenship Award at Randolph-Macon Academy. Citizenship awards went to the student in each mentor group that characterized the four virtues: I take pride in myself; I am responsible for my own actions; Anything that hurts another person is wrong; Leave it better than you found it ... Louise Hulbrock of Huntington Beach earned a master's degree from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minn.
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By: Elia Powers | July 28, 2005
It's the last week of another long, grueling county fair, but it's Tadpole the Clown's job to act like he just sprung out of bed. Sporting shaggy red hair and multicolored suspenders and speaking with a Southern drawl, he mingles with Orange County Fair visitors as they enter the main gate. "You need to get on the kids' level," said Tadpole, gesticulating wildly while explaining his craft. "For each person, it's a different situation." Rick Fatland doesn't offer the same shtick.
NEWS
By: | August 4, 2005
Early Sunday afternoon, something happened that had never happened before, something that maybe seemed a long shot or just wishful thinking. The one-millionth visitor walked through the gates at the Orange County Fair. Seven-year-old Rebecca Harris earned herself a lifetime pass to the fair, but she has 999,999 other people to thank each time she returns. Fair officials have 1,058,192 visitors -- the final record tally for the 21-day event -- to thank for an unprecedented event, one that topped old numbers for revenue as well as attendance.
NEWS
July 26, 2001
Louisiana State University graduate student Adam Leache has won the prestigious Ernst Mayr Award for the best student paper at the recent meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution held June 26 through July 1 in Knoxville, Tenn. Leache, of Huntington Beach, presented a paper titled "Molecular Systematics of the Eastern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus undulatus): A Bayesian Approach." He won partly because of his clear explanation of the new and difficult Bayesian phylogenetics method.
NEWS
By JERRY PERSON | February 9, 2006
Two weeks ago, we began looking back at Huntington Beach's second annual Fall Fair, which was held at Olive and Main and at various locations throughout our town from Oct. 2 to 5, 1918. We learned of the grand parade of cars that toured many of our towns and cities in Orange and Los Angeles counties as a way to advertise this special event. We also learned that just before the fair was to open, its name was changed from the Fall Fair to the Orange County Fair. I believe that this event is very important not only in Huntington Beach history, but also to the history of Orange County and of the Orange County Fair that we celebrate today.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jessie Brunner | July 26, 2007
Kim Karmelin and Robin Gonzalez drove more than two hours to watch their mom perform at the Orange County Fair on July 19, as they have done for the past three years. Their mother, 84-year-old Marie Carriere, sang, danced and whistled her heart out as one of more than 50 members of the Singing Goodtimers, who performed on the Main Mall stage for more than 30 spectators. "They're adorable," Gonzalez said. "They really couldn't be any cuter," Karmelin agreed. "It means a lot to my mother to have this."
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By: Andrew Edwards | August 2, 2005
It was a July of big numbers at the Orange County Fair. For the first time ever, fair attendance topped the 1-million mark, reaching 1,058,192 by the end of Sunday, the final day of the 21-day event. And a record number of guests meant a lot of money changed hands at this year's fair. Organizers reported a 25% increase in admission revenue, raking in $4.5 million this year, compared with $3.6 million in 2004. Parking revenue went up 6.5% to almost $1.4 million.
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By: Andrew Edwards | August 26, 2005
Plans for a New Year's Eve bash at the fairgrounds took a big step forward Thursday when the Orange County Fair board gave the go-ahead. The event, dubbed Orange County New Year's Eve, will be promoted by Richard Goodwin of Richard Goodwin Presents. The board voted unanimously to let Goodwin go through with plans for this year, said Mark Entner, fair director of event sales and services. Goodwin said he hopes to make the event an Orange County tradition that will continue for the next century.
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By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | July 20, 2011
While Vic was participating in a bird census at Harriett M. Wieder Regional Park on Friday, I went to the opening of the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa with my friends Glee Gerde and Judi Smith. We had a blast. Admission and parking were free for the first hour of opening day, so we didn't even have to use the free fair tickets that we received in exchange for entering various contests. I had entries in photography and produce. Judi entered quilts and sewing. But first, we had to actually get to the fair.
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By Michael Miller | July 13, 2011
It's no small feat to decode the lyrics of Don McLean's "American Pie," but most critics I've read believe "the jester" in verse three is a reference to Bob Dylan. That's the character, of course, who sings "in a coat he borrowed from James Dean/and a voice that came from you and me. " Dylan is coming to the Orange County Fair this month, and if accounts of his recent live shows are an indication, I'm sad to say that the voice ringing from the speakers won't sound much like yours or mine.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | July 28, 2010
It's fair time in Orange County, and that means it's time for fair food, which is pretty much synonymous with fried food. This gastronomic orgy is truly death-defying if you choose to indulge in such artery-clogging temptations as the deep-fried Krispy Kreme chicken sandwich, which consists of a jelly-filled Krispy Kreme donut serving as the bun for a fried chicken sandwich, or a half-pound hot dog with a side of deep-fried Australian battered fried...
FEATURES
By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | July 30, 2009
It finally happened. Last week, a new channel broke through from Bolsa Bay into the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve’s East Cell by Warner Bridge. What did it was a 7.3-foot-high tide, followed by a 7.2-foot-high tide the next day. This wetland cell was created by the California Department of Fish and Game in 1978. Each time that water went over the top of the berm, which it did at really high tides, a little more erosion occurred. The unusually high tides of last week, combined with an incredible swell from storms in Tahiti, finished the job. The water cut a new channel about 8 inches deep and 3 feet wide.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | July 9, 2008
The eyes have it at this year’s Orange County Fair, “Say Cheese!” Organizers have combined cameras with curds and whey in this year’s event, which opens Friday and runs through Aug. 3. In addition to the fair’s customary deep-fried delicacies, pregnant sows and madcap carnival midway, a slew of events geared at teens and young adults will be in its Action Sports Arena, from new skateboarding championships to...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jessie Brunner | July 26, 2007
Kim Karmelin and Robin Gonzalez drove more than two hours to watch their mom perform at the Orange County Fair on July 19, as they have done for the past three years. Their mother, 84-year-old Marie Carriere, sang, danced and whistled her heart out as one of more than 50 members of the Singing Goodtimers, who performed on the Main Mall stage for more than 30 spectators. "They're adorable," Gonzalez said. "They really couldn't be any cuter," Karmelin agreed. "It means a lot to my mother to have this."
NEWS
By Lauren Vane | July 20, 2006
They're spiny and prickly, but Tim Nomer loves them anyway. The Huntington Beach resident has a passion for cactuses and other plants, and he's sharing that love daily with fairgoers at this year's Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa. On almost every day of the fair, Nomer can be found on the Flower Power stage showcasing some of his photographs and knowledge of flowers and plants, including the wondrous world of cactuses. A data analyst by day, Nomer's expertise in plants and flowers started as a hobby that's grown into much more.
NEWS
By JERRY PERSON | February 16, 2006
This week we'll continue our look back at what could be considered the birthplace of the Orange County Fair. As we have learned, there were earlier Orange County fairs, but these were mainly small local affairs, whereas this one would encompass nearly the whole of Orange County. This event had started out as the second annual Fall Fair, to be held at Main Street and Olive Avenue from Oct. 2 to 5, 1918. But as the displays grew in number, the fair committee officially renamed the event the Orange County Fair.
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By JERRY PERSON | February 9, 2006
Two weeks ago, we began looking back at Huntington Beach's second annual Fall Fair, which was held at Olive and Main and at various locations throughout our town from Oct. 2 to 5, 1918. We learned of the grand parade of cars that toured many of our towns and cities in Orange and Los Angeles counties as a way to advertise this special event. We also learned that just before the fair was to open, its name was changed from the Fall Fair to the Orange County Fair. I believe that this event is very important not only in Huntington Beach history, but also to the history of Orange County and of the Orange County Fair that we celebrate today.
NEWS
By JERRY PERSON | November 3, 2005
Let's take a look back at an event that has been around for almost as long as Orange County itself. We will be looking at the Orange County Fair and what it was like to be able to attend it. I have a friend, Karen Topolewski, who hasn't missed a chance to attend this fair over the years and has always come home with some wonderful memories. Prior to World War I, the fair was staged at Santa Ana, and through the 1920s to after World War II, it was the showplace of our county's agricultural and horticultural prides and joys.
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