Photos: It's 'Time for Fun': O.C. Fair is back this summer

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Costa Mesa, CA - July 16: From left: London Powell, 11, left, Symone Davenport, 11, Kamya Tucker, 14, of Long Beach, react as they ride the new Windsurf ride as the Orange County Fair returns Friday, opening its 23-day run following its pandemic-induced suspension last year at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa Friday, July 16, 2021. The theme is ``Time for Fun.'' (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Long Beach youths London Powell, 11, from left, Symone Davenport, 11, Kamya Tucker, 14, react before the new Windsurf ride commences at the Orange County Fair, which opened Friday. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The Orange County Fair returned Friday for in-person fun this summer. Last year’s fair was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic — the first time since World War II that the fair was not held.

The number of carnival rides, food stands and shopping vendors at the fair, under the theme "Time for Fun," will be reduced to provide more space for social distancing, according to a news release.

"Our team spent the last year developing health and safety procedures,” Chief Executive Michele Richards said in a video posted to Facebook. “So when you come to the O.C. Fair or any event at the O.C. Fair and Event Center, you can rest assured that that event will be as healthy and safe as possible.”

The fair continues through Aug. 15 at the Orange County Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. The hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to midnight Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

A performer from Dragon Knights Stilt Theater
A performer from Dragon Knights Stilt Theater entertains the crowd Friday at the Orange County Fair, which returned after a year hiatus because of the pandemic. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Close-up of curious llamas
Mackallien Blair, 6, left, and her sister Mackayla Blair, 7, of Whittier, take close-up photos of curious llamas on display by 4-H students at the Orange County Fair. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
The G Force ride
People are flipped upside down on the G Force ride at the Orange County Fair. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Taking a break at the O.C. Fair
Kamaiyah Bowers, 4, left, eats corn on the cob as her mother, Marie Tyler, of Corona, shares a turkey leg with Kamariah Bowers, 12, as the stuffed animals they won at the Orange County Fair surround them. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
A Dole pineapple whip
A guest at the Orange County Fair enjoys a Dole whip dessert. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
An actor from the Dragon Knights Stilt Theater
An actor from the Dragon Knights Stilt Theater gets behind the wheel of a vehicle at the Orange County Fair. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Morgan Ochalek, 9, of Lakeside, interacts with Arthur, the alpaca.
Morgan Ochalek, 9, a Lakeside 4-H student, interacts with Arthur, an alpaca, while displaying him and his brother, Prince for the public before they will be judged at the Orange County Fair. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Lili Noden and her dog, Tica, creator of the Dragon Knights Stilt Theater.
Lili Noden, the creator of the Dragon Knights Stilt Theater, and her dog, Tica. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Ryann Garcia, 5, and Andrian Garcia, 8, of Los Alamitos, are pulled in a wagon.
Ryann Garcia, 5, and Andrian Garcia, 8, of Los Alamitos, are pulled in a wagon by their parents at the Orange County Fair. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
A woman rides the Wild River ride at the Orange County Fair.
A woman rides the Wild River ride at the Orange County Fair. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
the Sky Ride and Ferris wheel
People on the Sky Ride and Ferris wheel Friday on the opening day of the Orange County Fair. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Three girls ride the Windsurf
London Powell, 11, from left, Symone Davenport, 11, Kamya Tucker, 14, react as the Windsurf takes them for a ride. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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