Among the tributes to 1960s culture will be photographic exhibits designed to give viewers a behind the scenes look at the “Ed Sullivan Show,” the Beatles’ subsequent tour and the John Lennon-Yoko Ono “Bed In,” and the John F. Kennedy Exhibition featuring a re-created Oval Office and a fuselage re- created to look like Air Force One as it did when JFK was a passenger, fair officials said.
On opening day, the Burn Institute will host a fire expo and will pit firefighters against each other in a demolition derby to raise money for fire and burn prevention education programs and support for burn survivors.
Demonstrations will include a mock extrication from a burning vehicle, rappelling, CPR training and fire engine displays.
At 5 p.m. the Firefighter Demolition Derby’s last qualifier and finals will get underway. Set to participate in the event are members of a Lake Forest- based fire crew, who were inspired to help burn victims after treating a 9- year-old boy burned by scalding water.
Opening day will also include a performance by Third Eye Blind on the Heineken Grandstand Stage, the first in a concert lineup that includes Voz de Mando, Sunday; Jeff Dunham, Thursday; Darius Rucker, June 13; and Smokey Robinson on June 20.
Grandstand entertainment highlights also include Toni Braxton with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, June 21; Grupo Intocable, June 22; Huey Lewis and the News, July 1; REO Speedwagon, July 2; and Matisyahu, July 3.
New culinary choices are on tap for this year’s fair — some healthier than others.
New to the fair this year are Chicken Charlie’s Triple Decker Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger and Deep Fried Chicken Skins; the Smoked Jack Daniels Bacon- Wrapped Churro at Bacon A-Fair; and Sippers’ Chocolate Peanut Butter Bacon Banana and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel.
Also available will be a Chile Relleno Pretzel Burger from Grantburgers; a Grilled Cream Cheese Hot Dog, Frito Dog and Gourmet Grilled Cheese from the California Cheese Company; Reno’s Fish & Chips Seafood Salad; Grinders’ Cauliflower Sandwich; and Fruit Caboose’s Banana Foster Pie, Black and White Sundae and Cowboy Sundae, which is served in a waffle cone shaped like a cowboy hat.
Adult fair admission is $14, with an $8 rate for seniors 62 and over and children ages 6-12. Children under 6 get in free.
The fair parking lots are usually full by late morning. Organizers suggest using public transportation or parking at off-site lots and using a free shuttle.
Off-site lots are located at the Del Mar Horsepark, 14550 El Camino Real; the MiraCosta College campus in Cardiff by the Sea, 3333 Manchester Ave.; and Torrey Pines High School, 3710 Del Mar Heights Road.
Buses leave the off-site lots every 15-20 minutes.