Los Angeles County Fair debuts new roller rink

A recent addition to the Downtown Fairplex area of the Los Angeles County Fair, Skate-R-Cade allows visitors to play classic arcade games like foosball with themes from Stranger Things to Marvel. / photo by Sheridan Lambrook
A recent addition to the Downtown Fairplex area of the Los Angeles County Fair, Skate-R-Cade allows visitors to play classic arcade games like foosball with themes from Stranger Things to Marvel. / photo by Sheridan Lambrook

Skaters and families grooved under the spinning disco ball and metallic hanging stars at the new Skate-R-Cade at the Los Angeles County Fair on Mother’s Day.

The Skate-R-Cade is a new feature at the Los Angeles County Fair this year and offers free skate play and skate check-out for one hour with a signed waiver and classic arcade games such as pinball and Pac-man for a cost of $5 for one hour, $8 for one and half hours and $20 for all day.

Visitors have the opportunity to play vintage arcade games, or to take the center of the roller skating rink in the new Skate-R-Cade attraction at the Los Angeles County Fair at the Fairplex in Pomona. There is a live DJ spinning music so guests can dance and skate. / photo by Sheridan Lambrook
Visitors have the opportunity to play vintage arcade games, or to take the center of the roller skating rink in the new Skate-R-Cade attraction at the Los Angeles County Fair at the Fairplex in Pomona. There is a live DJ spinning music so guests can dance and skate. / photo by Sheridan Lambrook

The Los Angeles County Fair featured this new attraction in collaboration with Grand Park Foundations for May’s mental health month. GPF promotes mental health awareness, brain wellness and healthy living.

All fair guests were welcome to discover what Expo Hall 9 had to offer. At the front of the expo hall, the arcade area was in the center of the room. There was excitement in the air, and the noise of clackers from the classic pinball machines echoed throughout the hall. 

There was plenty of room for visitors to watch their loved ones enjoy the quaint roller rink at the back of the hall, as well as the mix of genres and eras of tunes that the DJ had spinning. 

On the roller rink, there were a mix of skaters rolling around. From more experienced guests skating backwards to new skaters hanging onto the rails, there was room for every level of skater. 

To ensure the safety of the skaters, referees were present to keep the flow of the rink moving while cheering on new skaters. 

Families skated together, holding hands and singing along to music like “Love On Top” by Beyoncé, “Blow the Whistle” by Too $hort and “California Love” by 2Pac, Roger and Dr. Dre. 

Guests who did not want to skate were on the sidelines cheering on their loved ones and enjoying the music and vibes of the event.

The Skate-R-Cade is open to guests at the Los Angeles County Fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday until May 27.

For more information about the Los Angeles County Fair visit lacountyfair.com.

— April Cambero

Skate rentals are available at the Skate-R-Cade attraction in the Downtown Fairplex area of the Los Angeles County Fair. This is the first year for the roller rink and arcade blended attraction. / photo by Sheridan Lambrook
Skate rentals are available at the Skate-R-Cade attraction in the Downtown Fairplex area of the Los Angeles County Fair. This is the first year for the roller rink and arcade blended attraction. / photo by Sheridan Lambrook

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