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July 16, 2015


SANTA ANA, Calif. - County of Orange and OC Fair representatives, elected officials, art enthusiasts and even two clowns gathered at a reception held at John Wayne Airport (JWA) on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, to celebrate the unveiling of JWA's newest art exhibition: Fair Play. In commemoration of the OC Fair's 125th anniversary, the exhibit is now on display at John Wayne Airport in the Vi Smith Concourse Gallery, located on the Departure (upper) Level, across from Gates 2 through 5 in Terminal A, Gates 18 through 21 in Terminal C and in the free-standing display cases across from Gate 14. Ticketed passengers can view the exhibit through December 2, 2015.

"Both the OC Fair and John Wayne Airport have a long history in Orange County and it's only fitting that the Airport be a venue where travelers have the unique opportunity to experience the Fair from afar," said Supervisor Michelle Steel, Second District Supervisor. "This entertaining exhibit features some of our favorite things to see and do at the Fair which runs from July 17 through August 16."

Fair Play is curated by Stephen Anderson and Bolton Colburn, and celebrates some of the most important, memorable and fun aspects of the Fair. From rodeos and cattle drives of years past to farm animals, games and beauty queens, this exhibit aims to trigger memories of the Fair while adding to peoples' knowledge and appreciation of its history.

"The Fair Play exhibit not only recognizes the 125th anniversary of the first OC Fair held in Orange County, but it is a celebration of us as a community of diverse people with unique talents and interests. We are thankful to John Wayne Airport for having the vision to feature an iconic piece of Orange County history with this exhibit," said Kathy Kramer, CEO, OC Fair & Event Center.

To help celebrate the unveiling of the OC Fair exhibit, reception attendees and Airport visitors were treated to a performance by a Polynesian dance group, a visit by two clowns and one of the famous OC Fair Foodie characters, Olivia the Orange. Of course no Fair gathering is complete without animals; guests also enjoyed the company of chicks and a bunny carried by a local 4-H member.

Fair Play Exhibit in the Vi Smith Concourse Gallery

Fair Play Exhibit in the Vi Smith Concourse Gallery
in Riley Terminal C

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