The Los Angeles County Fair opens Friday with Sriracha corn dogs, ramen burgers, more than 70 carnival rides and, of course, monster trucks.
But the most welcome sight for fairgoers this year may be the 8,000 square feet of new shading, hundreds of new umbrella tables, 200 yards of overhead water misters, plus extra air conditioning units blasting cool air on indoor exhibits.
Worried that blistering end-of-summer temperatures will scare off fairgoers, the nonprofit county fair has invested about $500,000 to make sure visitors can find some respite when the mercury rises to that OMG level.
"We are not God. We can't control the weather," said Michael Chee,...