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Sept. 29, 1965: Elroy Murphy, 42, of Boliver, Mo., demonstrates the technique that won him the title of 1965 Grand Champion Hog Caller at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona. Murphy beat 20 others for first prize, a 15-pound ham. This photo was published in the Oct. 1, 1965, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Olender / Los Angeles Times

1924: Looking north over the tents and racetrack at the fair.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frasher's

September 1935: The Midway at the fair. This photo was published in the Sept. 15, 1935, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hugh Arnott / Los Angeles Times

1937: The racetrack.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frasher's

Sept. 12, 1952: Costumed dancers from the Mexican Village during the opening day parade. This photo was published in the Sept. 13, 1952, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Q. Brown / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 3, 1953: Los Angeles Couty Fair Queen Jolene Bufkin, right, presents the millionth-visitor plaque to Mrs. F. A. Martens of La Verne. The Oct. 6, 1953, Los Angeles Times reported that 1,063,149 attended the 1953 fair.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Terry Junkins / Los Angeles Times

September 1957: Siblings Judd and Linda Brooks on a roller coaster. This photo was published in the Sept. 21, 1957, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times

September 1962: Strollers after dusk. The monorail was removed in 1996. This photo was published on Sept. 24, 1962.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Harry Chase / Los Angeles Times

September 1963: Queen DiAnn Lawson waves her scepter urging all to come to the fair. Her court poses behind her: from left, Joyce Stevens, Deanne Bowler, Ann Fuhrman, Sharon Tennyson, Carol Taylor and Gail Brooker. This photo was published on Sept. 13, 1963.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 16, 1964: A worker washes windows on the monorail during final preparations for opening day. This photo was published on Sept. 18, 1964.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times

Thoroughbreds kick up a small dust storm during racing at the fair in 1966. This photo was published on Oct. 1, 1966.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Olender / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 21, 1971: Fair Queen Julie Nocon rides a lunar rover on exhibition at the fair. This photo was published on Sept. 22, 1971.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Randy Dacus / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 25, 1979: Clown "Wacky Willie" in a parade. This photo was published on Sept. 26, 1979.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: R. L. Oliver / Los Angeles Times

A worker checks one of the rides in the fun zone. This photo was published on Sept. 25, 1980.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joel Lugavere / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 29, 1980: Janine Pon awaits the judges' decision with her fingers crossed during the market lamb competition. Her lamb didn't get the top prize but won high marks. This photo was published on Oct. 1, 1980.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Iris Schneider / Los Angeles Times

1980: Frank Garnetti, 18, of Lakewood tries his best to stay on a mechanical bull but gets thrown off. This photo was published on Oct. 9, 1980.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joel Lugavere / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 9, 1980: Winners leave with their loot. This photo was published on Oct. 11, 1980.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Martin / Los Angeles Times

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