There’s more to the OC Fair than carnival rides, games for stuffed animals, giant barbecue turkey legs, the petting zoo and Chicken Charlies’ Kool-Aid chicken sandwiches.
Tucked away in the southeast corner of the Main Mall is the Los Alamitos building, which houses the Visual Arts Gallery, a longstanding tradition at the OC Fair. FYI: It's next to the “sweet and delicious” churros stand. This year, the air-conditioned gallery also includes all of woodworking for just the second time. (Last year was the first time.)
In previous years, woodworking was located in the Anaheim building on the northeast end of the Main Mall. The live woodworking demonstrations, a kind of treat in the old setup, are gone this time around.
Exactly 1,300 works are on display this year, compared to 1,067 last year, when pieces were more spaced out due to COVID precautions. There are 504 fine art works, 674 photographs, and 122 pieces of woodworking, according to exhibitions and education coordinator Stephen Anderson.