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Exciting first weekend at Alameda County Fair

Racing fans enjoy higher stakes races and promotional giveaways

Record attendance is expected for the fourth day of horse racing today as the Alameda County Fair partners with the Oak Tree Racing Association. Horseracing events are included in the price of Fair admission.

Racing runs Thursday through Sunday every week of the Fair with post times at 1:15 p.m. today and every race day except Fridays, when post time is 2:15 p.m. Racing ends around 5 - 6p.m.

A refreshment special has beer selling for just $1 before the second race through July 3.

Oak Tree at Pleasanton Stakes Races:

$50,000 Purse – BetAmerica.com Oaks, today, June 22.

$100,000 Purse – Oak Tree Distaff, Sat. June 28

$75,000 Purse – Oak Tree Sprint, Friday, July 4.

$50,000 Purse – Juan Gonzalez, Saturday, July 5, plus a $47,000 Purse – The Sheik...Al Nahyann Arabian Cup, and a $40,000 Purse – H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarek.

$50,000 Purse – Everett Nevin, Sunday, July 6.

Giveaways:

• Oak Tree at Pleasanton Baseball Hat Giveaway – June 28

• Oak Tree Binocular Giveaway – July 5

Contests:

• Win, Place, and Show Contest – Daily

• $10K Golf Putting Contest – Daily

• Jr. Golf Putting Contest – Daily

• Hippity Hop Races (for kids ages 7-10) – Daily

Special Features and Attractions:

Racing Seminars with handicapping reports from the experts daily, hosted by Dennis Miller on racing days at 11:30 a.m.

Win, Place & Show (on racing days) - Daily

Box Seats --View live horse racing from the best section of the Grandstands. Contact: 925-596-3126.

Trackside Terrace – Enjoy casually elegant buffet-style dining and spectacular, open-air views of the racetrack. For reservations call 925-872-6810.

2014 Alameda County Fair Information

Dates: Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.

Horse Racing: Thursdays through Sundays, through July 6.

Big O Tires Concert Series: 8 p.m. nightly, followed by fireworks and a tribute video immediately after the concert on the concert lawn.

July 4: Blues Festival, 1-9 p.m. Fireworks spectacular, 9:45 p.m. in Budweiser Grandstand.

Gate Admission: Adults (13-61) $10; Seniors (62+) $8; Kids (6-12) $8; Children under 6 – Free.

Special Days (special pricing ends at 5 p.m.:

$2 Tuesday: July 1, until 5 p.m.

Seniors (62+) free on Thursdays – June 27, July 3 until 5 p.m.

Kids FREE Fridays (12 and under): June 27, July 4 until 5 p.m.

Feed the Need Food Drive and $1 rides, benefitting Alameda County Food Bank. (Bring 4 non-perishable food items and receive free admission): June 25 until 5 p.m.

Military Appreciation, free Fair admission with valid Military ID: every day.

2014 Big O Tires Concert Series, 8 p.m. nightly:

Today, June 22: La Unica Sonora Santanera y Selena Tribute featuring Irene Davi (Latin/Tropical) (Tejano).

June 24 – Evolution (Journey tribute /classic rock)

June 25 – Con Funk Shun (R&B /funk)

June 26 – Coco Jones (Disney)

June 27 – Paul Rodriguez (comedy)

June 28 – JT Hodges (country)

June 29 – Tesla (rock)

July 1 – True 2 Crue (Motley Crue tribute / classic rock)

July 2 – Ashanti (contemporary R&B)

July 3 – America (folk rock)

July 4 – Blues Festival (multiple performers / blues) (1 p.m. – 9 p.m.)

July 5 – Building 429 (contemporary Christian)

July 6 - Night Ranger (classic rock)

The Alameda County Fair is operated by the Fair Association, a non-profit, organization, without any tax funding from the government. It is ranked one of the top 50 North American Fairs and the 7th largest Fair in California. The Fairgrounds is home to the Oldest One-Mile Race Track in America.

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