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Pleasanton Weekly

News - June 14, 2013

Fair opens Wednesday with $1 admission

'Summer Fun Starts Here' - from June 19-July 7

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Spend $1 to attend the Alameda County Fair on opening day plus $1 for rides -- which leaves money to spend on corn dogs, turkey legs and funnel cake. The Fair, in its 101st year, opens Wednesday and runs through July 7.

"Summer Fun Starts Here" is the theme of this year's Fair. As always, it offers unique deep-fried edibles, such as Pop Tarts, pineapple upside down cake, watermelon and cookie dough. Food on a stick includes macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly and Doritos.

Some healthy foods are fresh salads, fish tacos, shrimp cocktail, fish ceviche, grilled veggies and fresh fruit.

The Fair offers much more than food. The colorful thrills of the carnival are a big draw, as are the live thoroughbred racing, nightly free concerts and the fireworks being held Fridays. Also popular are the agricultural and competitive live stock exhibits, ethnic and cultural days, home art and technological competitions .

The Fair features contests galore, with a Diaper Derby at 11 a.m. July 5; the Battle of the Local Bands, noon-5:30 p.m. June 28; the Hot Dog Eating Chili Relay Contest at 11:30 a.m. July 4; and the Kissing Contest on June 29 -- contestants must show up by 5:45 p.m. and the kissing starts at 6 p.m. exactly. For a complete list, go to www.AlamedaCountyFair.com.

Last year's Fair drew 534,577, and officials expect even more this year. Let the summer fun begin.

Fair info

Hours: Tuesdays-Thursdays -- 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Fridays-Sundays -- 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

July 4th -- 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Closed Mondays

Admission: Adults (ages 13-61) $8 by June 18, $10 at the gate

Seniors (ages 62-plus) $6 by June 18, $8 at the gate

Kids (ages 6-12) $4 by June 18, $6 at the gate

Children under age 6 -- free

Fun Pack - $30 for 4 general admission tickets, 1 parking pass, 2 "Buy 1 Get 1 Free" drink coupons until June 18

Seniors free Thursdays

Kids free Fridays

Military plus one guest free Friday, June 21

$1 opening day admission

$2 Tuesdays

Parking is $10

Shows: Free concerts nightly 7-8:15 p.m.; July 4, noon-8 p.m.

Fireworks on Fridays, June 21, 28 and July 5

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