LA County Fair, Pomona

It's coming to an end. Have you gone? A family tradition that is celebrating it's 91st year. It opened October 17, 1922 in a beet field in Pomona, CA. In 1922 highlights of the Fair were chariot racing and airplane wing walking exhibition, to name a few. Today, many people can't go to the Fair without it being synonymous with over eating or gorging.

Highlights today, 2013, are pigging out. Don't get me wrong, there is so much more to do and see at the Fair. Why do we have to associate a fun day with family and friends as a reason to overindulge in some of the highest calorie/fat foods on EARTH?

Let's break down a day at the Fair, Live Healthy style. That does not mean missing out on some seriously insane foods. It means put it into prospective, the Fair has been around for 91 years, it's coming back next year, so you don't have to eat at EVERY stand you pass.

We arrived at the Fair when it opened, 10:00AM. Hubby and I had 3 kids in tow and wanted to get the lay of the land first, so we headed over to information, grabbed a map and started walking.  We walked from one side of the Fair to the other and then back again. We saw everything first and then decided where we wanted to spend our time, money, and calories.

Now, as mentioned we had 3 kids with us so this changed how hubby and I might have gone to the Fair, but we first offered everyone one treat from all the goodies they saw, ONE! We also looked for healthy stops for lunch, there were so many; Tri tip sandwiches, baked corn, baked potatoes, turkey legs...the list goes on. With the goodie taken care of and let me tell you my kids are definitely my kids (one got corn as a treat, the other a soft serve cone, and the last cotton candy) we were ready to play.

  1. 1.
    allow oneself to enjoy the pleasure of.
    "we indulged in some hot fudge sundaes"
    synonyms:wallow in, give oneself up to, give way to, yield to, abandon oneself to, give free rein to; 

Joe enjoying his corn on the cob

By this time it was well past noon. We decided to see some of the entries for the Fair; we saw table settings and tons of baked goods entered, also mini Christmas trees decorated and canned 'everything you can imagine' and of course quilts. It was fun for everyone to see the work people have put into their entries into the Fair. We headed over to the games and rides and easily spent another 2 hours there. We were starting to tire just as we headed over to the animals. Had to see the animals! One day our kids may never see a cow in person or a pig. The pig was a BIG (no pun intended) success.

Let me tell you by the time lunch rolled around the whole family was exhausted. We left the Fair at 3:00 PM, that's 5 hours of walking time. At roughly 25 min/miles. That's roughly 900 calories AND 12 miles we covered. That's HUGE, now understand we were stopping and starting and we did stand a bit but I figured that into my 25 minute mile. Did I need to workout that day? No! Use the walking calculator to see how many calories you can burn! Walking Calorie Burn Calculator

  1. The day was fabulous, we didn't gorge ourselves but indulged in some family fun and good eats.

    Join us next year!

    1. 1.
      eat a large amount greedily; fill oneself with food.
      "the river comes alive during March when fish gorge on caddisworms"


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