Posted by resident, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jul 5, 2010 at 6:58 pm
According to the people who run the fair, it is a money losing proposition. They close, as stated above, on the slowest day. With the sloppy work putting the rides together and the wasp stings maybe they will call it a day and not open next year after the lawsuits are over.
Posted by Right, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 5, 2010 at 9:41 pm
I believe the "closed on Tuesday" practice began last year, in conjunction with a longer run of the fair in Pleasanton. It does make sense, and I think the idea is that it gives the fair workers (carneys?) a day off to rest up and to look around the town. As the above posters said, Tuesdays are the slowest day of the fair, historically, and I believe that the horseraces were "dark" on Tuesdays before this, giving the horses and the jockeys a day off as well. In the end, I think it ends up a plus on the profit side, with the longer 19-day run.
Posted by April Mitchell, a resident of another community, on Jul 7, 2010 at 12:41 pm
The Fair is closed on Tuesdays because with the additional days of horse racing, it would have made the fair a 19 day fair instead of the 17 day fair that was originally budgeted for. Tuesdays are a slow day without racing so it makes sense financially to close and give the employees, vendors and partners a day off. Instead of $2 Tuesdays we offered $3 Wacky Wednesdays so as to give the public another discounted promotional day.
On another note, the wasps in that particular area have been exterminated. There are many bee hives on the grounds with over 2000 trees it is to be expected, however, there was no knowledge of the ground burrowing yellow jacket (wasp family) hives by the Grandstands.