Fair wrap-up: 79,882 corn dogs consumed

Fair competed well against World Cup, heat, weak economy

The 2010 Alameda County Fair was a success, reports the fair association, with attendance at more than 418,000, an increase of 19 percent over 2008 although 3 percent down from last year's record-setting numbers.

"Competitive exhibits, animals and agricultural elements of our fair continue to be crowd favorites," said Rick Pickering, CEO of the Alameda County Agricultural Fair Association. "We also saved the lives of more than 100 dogs, by adopting them out to caring Fair families."

These dogs had previously been scheduled to be euthanized but were available for adoption at one of the fair's new attractions, Puppy Party Palooza.

"We want to thank the many guests who came out to play at the Alameda County Fair these past two weeks," said Pickering. "In this difficult economy, we are honored that so many people chose to invest their time with family and friends at the fair this summer."

Officials were also pleased with this year's Live Racing results, especially considering that Hollywood Park cancelled three days of racing, all major East Coast Tracks closed for a day due to extreme heat, the impact of the World Cup, and a weak economy.

Concert performances were filled to capacity as were other attractions, such as the Fair's AgVenture Park featuring agricultural edutainment and Festival Square's themed weekends: "Fiesta Hispania," "Celebrate Americana Music," and "Spice of India." New attractions and events such as Mutton Bustin', Puppy Party Palooza, Big Green Race and Hot Dog Relay Contest played a big part in this year's success, officials reported.

Pickering also commented that a variety of dance lessons, cooking tips, cultural music, competitive food-judging presentations and demonstrations rounded out the fair's potpourri of offerings.

Fun facts

• Donations to the Alameda County Food Bank -- more than 5 tons of food

• Livestock Auction -- $495,284; average amount per animal was up 4 percent)

• Total Entries of Competitive Exhibits -- 16,185; up 2 percent

• Total Competitive Exhibitors - 4,237; down 4 percent (many people have more than one entry)

Food consumed

• Corn Dogs -- 79,882

• Funnel Cakes -- 21,437

• Shaved Ices -- 10,312

• Turkey Legs -- 5,026

• Cinnamon Rolls -- 5,113

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Posted by Frequent Fair-goer
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm

This year's County Fair was one of the best in recent memory. The weather was outstanding, and my 11-year-old attended at least a half dozen times. Besides the horse racing, I really liked the "Muttin' Bustin'" competition ... what a fun attraction!! To be sure we spent a lot of cash at the fair, over $100 each time on rides, food, beer, etc. ... but it was well worth it!!!

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Posted by Pat Gallagher
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm

This year's fair really popped! The mix of merchants, entertainers and featured attractions made it so friendly, relaxing and fun. The best part for me was the Dog Spot place! To see those caring volunteers work with those dogs who had almost come to the end of their days was so heartwarming. The fair is to be commended for providing a venue for these furry little fellows to find new homes. Keep up the good work Alameda County!

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