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Crowds at the Los Angeles County Fair, view 2
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Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection
Reagh, William
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Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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The first Los Angeles County Fair was held on October 17, 1922 and ran for five days through October 21, 1922 in a former beet field in Pomona. For the first few years, highlights included harness racing, chariot races, airplane wing-walking exhibitions, and agricultural exhibitions. Since its inception, the Fair has been the link between California's agriculture industry and the public. During World War II, from May 7 to August 24, 1942, these grounds were used as a Wartime Civilian Control Administration assembly center, which held more than 5,000 Japanese Americans prior to sending them to internment camps. Curiously, there is no known historical marker at the site. Now in its 87th year, the L.A. County Fair is the largest county fair in the United States, with attendance topping one million people in every year but one since 1948, and generating a national economic impact of more than {dollar}250 million dollars. The Fair is held each September on 543 acres of fairgrounds known as Fairplex (L.A. County Fair, hotel and exposition complex), and is operated by the Los Angeles County Fair Association.
View 2: Hundreds of people enjoy the Los Angeles County Fair at Pomona, circa 1981. Hoards of people, many wearing summer clothing, can be seen as far as the eye can see. On the right is a large exhibition building, and on the left are several small vendor kiosks. A small section of the monorail, with two cars that have glided past, is also visible on the left.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
William Reagh Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection
A-005-408.2 4x5
Los Angeles County Fair (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
Fairs--California--Los Angeles County
Exhibition buildings--California--Pomona
Monorail railroads--California--Pomona
Pomona (Calif.)

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