Today I'm posting more images of the Orange County Fair in 1949. The first image shows County Supervisor Willis Warner crowning Betty Trichler as the Fair Queen. Grinning in the background is Bill "El Generalissimo" Gallienne, head of O.C.'s Associated Chambers of Commerce.
The second (and third/detail) image shows a little of the midway, Fair employees at work, a couple beauty pagent contestants, and the old Santa Ana Army Air Base water tower. It's interesting to note the searchlight in the background - already (in 1949) associated with special events rather than Japanese bombers.