Gone is Luminasia, the Chinese lantern garden towered over by a huge dragon, and in its place comes Jurassic Planet, a walk among dinosaurs.
I took a stroll last night during the Premiere Party, attended by nearly every geriatric soul surviving in the surrounding vicinity of the Fairgrounds in Pomona, Calif.
I say bring back the Dragon and his buddies. Other than the dinos that spit on you, it’s a pretty static affair.
Also on tap for the L.A. County Fair, which runs today through Sept. 25, is something I’m sure to avoid, the “Our Body: The Universe Within” exhibition with “200 uniquely preserved human specimens.”
Dead people, in other words. I thought I had enough of them at the Premiere Party.
And how was the food and drink at the Premiere Party? The event seems to be getting cheaper and more sparsely attended each year. This year’s featured a cheese table and a seafood station with shrimp and really, really awful oysters (and I love oysters — surprised the one I ate didn’t send me to the hospital), along with a banh mi table.
As for wine, there were no Gold Medal winners, and the ones they were pouring (I tasted some fabulous ones, in fact) were allocated one bottle each.
Good thing I got there early.