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The 2012 OC Fair Welcomes You "Home Sweet Home" With Sweet Savings Throughout the Summer

(June 12, 2012)

COSTA MESA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/12/12 -- The 2012 OC Fair (July 13-August 12), themed "Home Sweet Home," features a variety of discounts and promotions to help Fairgoers enjoy this summer's premiere event at low prices. Visit for a detailed list of 2012 promotions and daily events.

The 2012 OC Fair will welcome the first Fairgoers of the season with free admission and parking during the Opening Hour promotion (Friday, July 13, Noon-1 p.m.) Parking lots open one hour before the Fair gates to accommodate early Fairgoers.

The 2012 OC Fair will continue the savings with Kids Days every Thursday (12 and younger free all day) and Seniors Days every Friday (discount senior admission plus free Ferris wheel and merry-go-round rides for 60 and older all day.) During the first hour on Saturdays and Sundays (10-11 a.m.), everyone can enjoy the Fair for only $2 with the Rise & Shine promotion and on Fridays from Noon-4 p.m. Fairgoers can sample their way through the Fair with the $2 Taste of Fair Food promotion.

On Wednesdays, the 2012 OC Fair offers Fairgoers the chance to give back while saving on admission with the We Care Wednesday community donation drives where they receive a free entry ticket and a carnival ride by donating the following:

  • Wednesday, July 18, Noon-4 p.m. -- Food Drive: 5 canned food items
  • Wednesday, July 25, Noon-4 p.m. -- Children's Book Drive: 1 new or 3 gently used children's books
  • Wednesday, August 1, Noon-4 p.m. -- Clothing Drive: 5 new or gently-used clothing items
  • Wednesday, August 8, Noon-4 p.m. -- School Supply Drive: 1 new school supply item valued at $5 or more

As a thank you to U.S. service men and women, the 2012 OC Fair offers active-duty military and veterans (with ID) free admission every day with the Heroes Get in Free promotion.

Fairgoers can save on admission and gas by taking a ride on the OC Fair Express which offers a same-day coupon for $2 Fair admission for each rider on these special routes directly to the Fair from five OCTA transit locations (available Friday-Sunday for $1.50 one-day or $3 round-trip.)

On Saturday and Sunday, Fairgoers can take advantage of free parking and shuttle service from the Experian parking structure located on Anton Blvd. near the Bristol St. exit of the 405 freeway.

Thrill-seekers can enjoy discounts in the carnival with $30 Unlimited Ride Wristbands every Wednesday and Thursday (sold until 5 p.m. and valid until 8 p.m.) and $2 Rides & $2 Games every Friday (sold until 4 p.m.) The carnival also features the Fast Pass to skip to the front of the ride line for $20 and the daily Carnival Fun Pass for all rides and games (available in packages of $5, $20, $50 and $100). Pacific Amphitheatre attendees can use their concert ticket stub to enjoy a free ride on La Grande Wheel after the show (valid night of concert only). The youngest thrill-seekers (ages 5-11) can earn three free carnival rides by reading two books and submitting an OC Fair Read & Ride Book Report Form (available online at to the Centennial Farm information booth during regular Fair hours.

Smartphone users can get free assistance navigating the 2012 OC Fair with the Fair's iPhone and Android apps available this summer on both the Apple Store and Google Play.

The 2012 OC Fair, themed Home Sweet Home, is July 13 - August 12 and will bring 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports and fun, as well as the Super Pass, Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena. The Fair is open Wednesday-Sunday. Concert tickets, action sports reserved seats, single-day general admission and the popular Super Pass are available for purchase online at or from the on-site Box Office.

The OC Fair & Event Center is located off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. For more information, please visit, become a fan at, follow us at or call (714) 708-1500.

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