In the midst of the usual rides, food, farm animals and more that you expect from the LA County Fair, there’s something unexpected.
A coffee vendor, a street food stand, working artists and live music are all on the enclosed patio of the Millard Sheets Art Center, with tables, chairs and benches plentiful. It’s like a block of the downtown Pomona Arts Colony has been transplanted to the fairgrounds.
It’s called Mi Poco LA, a name with some wordplay behind it. Formally, Poco stands for Pomona Collective. In Spanish, poco means a small piece, and mi makes it personal.
“The idea is, this is a piece of LA; this is my piece of LA. It’s Pomona’s piece. People may come to the Fair from Santa Monica and all over. We wanted to specifically feature this part of LA County, the eastern San Gabriel Valley,” said Miguel Santana, the fair’s new CEO.
And the goal is to attract millennials, especially Latinos, who may think that having seen the fair as kids, there’s nothing there for them now. (Santana ran into that with his some of his own grown children.)
Mi Poco is operating from 3 to 11 p.m. Friday to Sunday through the Sept. 24 end of the Fair.
I went there Sunday night to check out the scene. Dia de los Puercos and Mi Cafecito were doing good business while a band from Costa Mesa, Spendtime Palace, performed on the small stage. Their backdrop was a Fair standby, the 1952 brick mural “Brahma Bull” by Albert Stewart and John Svenson.
A few steps away, Brandon Roybal was painting an image of Death from a loteria card on a tall canvas. It would join cards done by other artists that are displayed around the…
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