It’s that time of year: Fireworks light up the sky each Friday night, great music can be heard every evening, the kids clamor to visit the carnival rides, the horses are racing, exhibits display the handiwork of the county’s finest, and we’re in search of anything deep-fat fried. The Alameda County Fair, celebrating its 100th year, runs through July 8.
The 100-year celebration will bring back the downtown Pleasanton Parade, free concerts every night, and memorabilia chronicling the fair’s 100-year history.
The first Alameda County Fair ran from October 23 to October 27, 1912. Local leaders sought to form a modern fair, and in 1939 the Alameda County Fair Association was born. Once considered a racing fair, the Alameda County Fair now boasts livestock and agriculture, thrilling carnival rides, beautiful quilt exhibits, baking contests, fast-paced horse racing, or simply a corn dog. Come join the celebration as the Alameda County Fair celebrates its 100th milestone.
The fair runs through July 8. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday (closes at 9 p.m. July 4) and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday. It is closed Mondays.
The Alameda County Fairgrounds are located at 4501 Pleasanton Ave. (off Bernal Avenue) in Pleasanton.
Admission is $10, $8 for seniors, $6 for ages 6-12, and kiddos under 6 enter free. Parking is $10 ($2 discount if bought online). Wristbands for unlimited rides are $22 online and $27 at the gate Tuesday through Friday, and $30 on weekends.
But you can take advantage of several discounts. Admission is $2 for everyone on Tuesdays, seniors 62 and over get in free on Thursdays, and kids are free on Fridays. If you’re 100 or older, you get in free anytime.
Fireworks will light up the sky each Friday at about 9:30 p.m.
Free concerts will be held at 7 p.m. daily. Among the acts are The Temptations on July 5, Morris Day and the Time on July 7, and Kellie Pickler on July 8.
For more information and daily happenings, visit http://www.alamedacountyfair.com/2012fair/index.php.