by Budweiser Clydesdale Blog Staff | Sep 05, 2013
Photo By Chris Wiegert
Want to check out the L.A. County Fair? Don’t fret – it’s going on the entire month of September in the suburb of Pomona, CA. You know who attended the fair during opening weekend? You guessed it – the one and only Budweiser Clydesdales, in addition to roughly 65,000 people! Started in a beet and barley field in 1922, the L.A. County Fair turns 91 this year and expects to see more than 1.5 million people in attendance.
Random trivia about the L.A. County Fair:
- In 1938, three tons of popcorn, 18,000 hot dogs and 24,000 hamburgers were eaten.
- In 2012, 10,000 deep-fried Oreos were eaten and 18,000 pieces of deep-fried Kool-Aid balls consumed.
- In 1932, 1,000 varieties of fruits and vegetables were on display, including 100 varieties of grapes, 42 varieties of apples, 19 varieties of avocados and 17 varieties of pears.
- The Fair adopted Thummer the pig as its official mascot in 1948. Originally the pig's name was Porky, but a 1950s cartoon character claimed rights to the name. A contest was held to name the pig, and Thummer was born. The name was appropriate because with one outstretched hoof, the pig appeared to be hitch-hiking his way to the Fair.
This year fair-goers loved seeing the Budweiser Clydesdales, who awed the crowd with their size and steadfast demeanor.
Want a chance to see the Budweiser Clydesdales? Check out the Clydesdale event schedule.