Pleasanton Weekly

News - March 28, 2014

Fair to extend hours, bring back July 4 fireworks

The 2014 Alameda County Fair will kick off June 18 with later hours and a nightly fireworks show after the fair's free concerts.

This year, with Independence Day falling on Friday, the fair plans to bring back its July 4 fireworks spectacular that day at 9:45 p.m.

Aptly themed "Taste the Red, White & Blue," the fair will offer new attractions and entertainment along with longer hours of 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through July 6.

LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Money will head the fair's concert lineup, plus other top-name acts such as Night Ranger and Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

As in past years, opening day attendees will be admitted for $1 with rides also costing $1. Regular admission is $10, with lower rate of $8 for seniors 62 and older and youths between 6 and 12 years old. Children under 6 years old will be admitted free of charge. Parking at the Fairgrounds costs $8.

In addition to Independence Day fireworks, the Blues Festival will perform from 1-9 p.m. on July 4.

Also new this year will be the fair's "Food Snackdown," in which food vendors will offer their best new, original creations for a taste test, with live judging on June 24.

Returning fair favorites include horse racing, exhibits, animals, food, rides, games, pig races, kids' attractions and special events. A complete schedule is available on the fair's website, www.alamedacountyfair.com.

Additional information, previews, updates, contests and giveaways also can be found in the Pleasanton Weekly, Pleasanton Express, online at www.pleasantonweekly.com, and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

—Jeb Bing

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