COSTA MESA ( — The Orange County Fair celebrates its 123rd year Friday!

The annual celebration will run Wednesdays though Sundays until August 11 at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa.

This year’s theme is “Come & Get It” and features familiar fair favorites such as pig races, carnival rides, acrobats, fair food and a sideshow-type exhibit, officials said.

The fair will also feature Summer in the Cities, a nightly celebration of Orange County.

Fairgoers were taking advantage of free admission and parking during Opening Hour (July 12, Noon-1 p.m.).

The following promotions are also available on Friday through midnight:

-Seniors Day: $6 admission for guests 60 and older, as well as free Ferris wheel and merry-go-round rides all day

-$2 Taste of Fair Food: Sample Fair food Noon-4 p.m.

-$2 Rides & $2 Games: Sold until 4 p.m.

The excitement continues through the night with concerts and action sports. Colbie Caillat kicks off the Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre at 7:45 p.m.

A tribute band — Hotel California: A Salute to The Eagles — will rock the stage at 8:30 p.m. in The Hangar, and X-Treme Freestyle Moto-X will stun the crowds in the Action Sports Arena at 8 p.m.

Other events for the first weekend of the 2013 OC Fair (July 13-14) include:

Saturday, July 13 (Open 10 a.m.-Midnight)

-Steel Pulse/Iration in the Pacific Amphitheatre (7 p.m.)

-39th Annual Speedway Fair Derby in the Action Sports Arena (8 p.m.)

-Space Oddity – A Tribute to David Bowie in The Hangar (8:30 p.m.)

-Rise & Shine: $3 general admission (10 a.m.-11 a.m.)

Sunday, July 14 (Open 10 a.m.-Midnight)

-Rise & Shine: $3 general admission (10 a.m.-11 a.m.)

-Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez in The Hangar (5 p.m.)

-SummerFist VI – Mixed Martial Arts in the Action Sports Arena (6 p.m.)

-The Go-Go’s in the Pacific Amphitheater (8 p.m.)

-Lucha Libre in The Hangar (8:45 p.m.)

The Orange County Transportation Authority is bringing back the OC Fair Express bus service with locations across the county for just $2 each way.

Buses will run hourly between approximately 2:30 p.m. and midnight on Fridays and 9:30 a.m. and midnight on Saturdays and Sundays. Half hour service will be provided at the Fullerton Park and Ride, Santa Ana Depot and Goldenwest Transportation Center.

Riders will also receive a coupon valid for $3 admission to the fair – a savings of $8 off the regular ticket price.

For more information about the Orange County Fair, click here.

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