Fair celebrates Summer in the Cities

The Orange County Fair is bringing some of the surrounding sights onto the fairgrounds this year as it honors its home county with a promotion called Summer in the Cities.

Each night at The Hanger, a multimedia presentation will feature landmarks from around Orange County.

Forty-foot screens will display photos that county residents submitted through a contest held earlier in the year, OC Fair spokeswoman Robin Wachner said.

Newport-Mesa residents might notice some cameos of local beaches or buildings like the Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa or Lido Theatre in Newport Beach, she said.

Each Orange County city gets a specific day in the spotlight as well.

On certain dates throughout July and August, representatives from specific cities will lead fairgoers in the flag salute and national anthem at 12:30 p.m. in front of The Hangar.

Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Fountain Valley will all share July 31. Ben Cave, a graduate of Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, will play the national anthem on a violin that day, Wachner said.

Irvine will share Aug. 8 with Aliso Viejo.

Residents also have a chance to get into the fair for $2 less than the regular $11 admission on their cities' specified days but must first pick up a coupon at their local city hall.

The fair is open from noon to midnight Wednesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to midnight Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 11.

Admission is $8 for seniors, $6 for kids ages 6 to 12, and free for those younger than 6.

More information is available at (714) 708-1500 or ocfair.com.

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