"Hi, my name is Thummer, and I'll be your mascot." Did you know that the 2010 L.A. County Fair has a mascot who's been around since 1948 named Thummer? He's a pig with a goofy smile wearing sort of a trucker-hat thing. Yep, it's fair time. This behemoth of a bazaar adds new offerings this year, including those popular plastinated corpses of Our Bodies: The Universe Within, Esmeralda's Traveling Circus, The Enchanted Forest Ã¢â¬“ and the "hotspot" where you'll find me and other gals in their late 40s: "L.A. in Ice: A Frozen Exhibit." Now, on to the food. It was the county fair that introduced the concept that everything tastes better when it's on a stick. Imagine how bad you'll feel about yourself after sampling not only deep-fried Twinkies, Snickers, Oreos and pickles. The fair's website encourages everyone to "undue [sic] the top button on your pants and dive in," so it would be un-American not to! Did we mention deep-fried avocados and tomatoes and deep-fried apples with real whipped cream. After all that, you may have to get your fried Krispy Kreme chicken sandwich to go. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona; Sept. 4 thru Oct. 3; Wed.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-mid.; Fri., 11 a.m.-mid.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; also open Mon., Sept. 6; $17, $12 weekdays; see website for pricing plans. (909) 623-3111. --L.M.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 3. Continues through Oct. 3, 2010