Pleasanton Weekly

News - May 2, 2014

Fair contest entry deadline nears

Wide range of categories open to adults, youths

by Amanda Aguilar

General entries for this summer's Alameda County Fair exhibits, contests and competitions are due May 21. Some competitions are judged in advance and require earlier deadlines.

The adult and youth exhibits have a wide range of competition categories, such as culinary arts, garden and floral, and hand crafts. The youth division also includes a school projects category and talent competition. Depending on the category, young children through teens may participate in the youth division competitions.

Both adult and youth divisions have some categories designated for physically or mentally challenged participants.

In addition, there will be live contests for all ages such as the Diaper Derby, Cheesecake Contest, Kissing Contest and a Hot Dog Eating Relay.

For rules and more information, visit the www.acfairexhibits.com.

The Amateur Winemaking contest was an early-entry competition that has already been completed with the following announced as winners:

* Bryan Lucay of Brentwood: Best of Show White Wine, Chardonnay.

* Victoria & Damon Genetti of Livermore: Best of Show Red Wine, Petite Sirah.

* Fred Watkins of Hayward: Best of Show Dessert Wine, Tawny Port.

New hours for this year's fair also were announced.

The fair will be open from Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., starting on opening day June 18 and closing on July 6.

Admission will be $10 adults (13-61), $8 seniors (62+) and youths (6-12), and free for children younger than 6.

Early-buyer discounts, military rates, season passes and fun pack ticket packages are also available.

On opening day, admission and rides will cost $1. On June 24 and July 1, admission will be $2. Seniors are free on Thursdays (June 19, 26 and July 3). Kids are free on Fridays (June 20, 27 and July 4).

On June 25, people bringing four non-perishable food items for the Feed the Need Food Drive to benefit the Alameda County Food Bank will receive free admission and rides will cost $1.

Horse racing will take place Thursdays through Sundays during the fair.

Free concerts will occur nightly on fair days at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks and tribute videos at 9:45 p.m. The Blues Festival will be held July 4 from 1-9 p.m. and the "Fireworks Spectacular" is set to begin at 9:45 p.m.

For more information, visit the fair website at www.alamedacountyfair.com or call 426-7600.

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