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Hello everyone, just wanted to post this info for anyone planning on attending the OC Fair. They have a lot of promotions going on that will help you have a great time and save. We’re planning on going next week.

First off, for my vegan/vegetarian readers, I wrote the OC fair to see what offerings they might have. I didn’t expect a response, but they actually sent me this info, so yay!

  • The Spud Shack offers baked potatoes with veggie toppings along with grilled corn, veggie kabobs and grilled peppers.
  •  There is a Hawaiian Bowls place that offers a veggie/tofu bowl
  • Terries Berrie’s has really fresh fruit and berry bowls, dipped in chocolate or not
  •  There is pizza for non vegans. A veggie dog at Pink’s Hot Dogs.
  •  Tasti Chips is fresh made potato chips. Most of the desserts are vegetarian friendly even if not too healthy such as funnel cakes, churros, etc.
  •  Most booths you can take a look and be surprised to find a healthier option. Vegans will have it harder than vegetarians. We do allow you to bring food into the Fair if you’re on a strict diet, however

Now for discounts:

OC Fair Super Pass: offers passholder admission all 23 days of the 2013 OC Fair plus express entry at all gates, 2-for-1 tickets for select Pacific Amphitheatre concerts, 20 percent discount on tickets to select events in The Hangar and the Action Sports Arena, and a carnival savings book. The 2013 Super Pass prices are General $35, Senior (60+) $30 and Youth (6-12) $25 and is available for purchase online at ocfair.com/superpass through July 5, from the on-site Box Office at the Pacific Amphitheatre or at any Fair gate during Fair hours.

Opening Hour: Free admission and parking for everyone during the first hour on the first day of the 2013 OC Fair (Friday, July 12, Noon-1 p.m.) Parking lots open approximately an hour before the Fair gates.

Kids Day: Every Thursday, children 12 and younger are free all day.

Seniors Day: Every Friday, guests 60 and older receive $2 off a senior admission ticket and free Ferris wheel and merry-go-round rides all day.

Every Saturday and Sunday, early birds can save with the Rise & Shine promotion, featuring $3 admission from 10-11 a.m. on weekends.

Every day, Active-Duty U.S. Military and Veterans receive free Fair admission (with ID).

Fairgoers who want to give back to the community while also saving on admission can participate in the We Care Wednesday weekly donation drives, which offer free admission and one free carnival ride with the proper donation. Donation requirements change weekly:

  • July 17 (Noon- 4 p.m.) – Food Drive (5 cans of food)
  • July 24 (Noon-4 p.m.) – Children’s Book Drive (1 new children’s book or 3 gently used children books.)
  • July 31 (Noon-4 p.m.) – Clothing Drive (5 clothing items)
  • August 7 (Noon- 4 p.m.)- School Supply Drive (1 new school supply item valued at $5 or more.)

Foodies looking to save a little dough and still fill their stomachs can take advantage of the $2 Taste of Fair Food promotion every Friday from Noon-4 p.m. when most Fair vendors offer $2 tastes of some of your favorite Fair foods.

Thrill seekers can save in both the main carnival and Kiddie Carnival with the $2 Rides & $2 Games on Fridays from Noon-4 p.m. or $30 Unlimited Ride Wristbands on Wednesdays and Thursdays (sold until 5 p.m. and valid until 8 p.m.)

Little bookworms can receive three free carnival rides though the Read and Ride program, where children ages 5-11 submit book reports for free carnival tickets. The required book report form is available online at ocfair.com. 

Hope that helps! Have a great time at the fair! 🙂