Still time to 'Come Out and Play'
98th annual Alameda County Fair closes Sunday
The 98th annual Alameda County Fair closes out its 17-day run Sunday with an assortment of fair festivities and a multitude of events and shows.
From fantastic food, exhibits and entertainment, there is something for everyone at the fair, said April Mitchell, manager of Event Sales and Marketing. Families who are looking for a bargain on this final weekend of the fair will find fun, food and folly at a fair price right in their own back yard. Budget-conscious offerings are plentiful, from food-eating contests to pig races and all things fun in between.
Fully able to accommodate the average of 30,000 daily visitors, the fair encompasses some 268 acres, making it one of the largest of the 84 fairs in California. Nationally, the Alameda County Fair ranks 41 in attendance among all fairs in the U.S.
The fair's theme this year is "Come Out and Play," a playful challenge to the residents of Pleasanton, the Tri-Valley and the greater Bay Area to visit the fairgrounds. Organizers have rolled out an array of attractions, including:
* Michael Jackson and Elvis - From the "King of Pop" to the "King of Rock," enjoy the Balloon Samba carnival ride, straight from Jackson's Neverland Ranch along with a new ride, the Michael Jackson Moonwalker.
* Mutton Bustin' - For the little ones; must be 6 years old or younger, weigh 60 pounds or less and ride for at least 6 seconds. Cost is $10.
* Puppy Party Palooza - This hands-on, interactive and fun-filled learning exhibit brings families and Fidos together! Learn everything you need to know about dogs and view demonstrations on dog grooming and heath care.
Today and this weekend, there's still time to enjoy these delights:
* Storytime Theater - Back by popular demand, story time will feature Curious George and Berenstain Bears.
* Kids Park - Families will enjoy this fun place with kid-sized rides, games, Super Science exhibit, Kaleidoscopes and Jest in Time Circus fun.
* Pig Races - The only place to see the ever popular pig races, they are a fair favorite and the most taken picture at the Fair!
* Carnival Rides - Grand Carousel, Himalaya, Cyclone, Wacky Worm, Fun Mardi Gras, Orient Express are ridden over and over again by the thrill seekers
* Live Horse Racing - With the view of the gorgeous golf course and palm trees waving in the wind, nothing beats the crowd cheering when a favorite wins at break neck speed on the Oldest One-Mile Race Track in America.
The free concert series continues tonight with "Little Feat," tomorrow with "Con Funk Shun," and Sunday with "Blues Festival."
For more information, visit www.AlamedaCountyFair.com, or call 426-7600.