The Alameda County Fair will kick off June 18 with later hours and a nightly fireworks show after the fair's free concerts, to be held at 8 p.m. this year.
This year, with Independence Day falling on Friday, the fireworks show will start after the concert, at 9:45 p.m.
Aptly themed "Taste the Red, White & Blue," the fair will offer new attractions and entertainment along with longer hours of 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. As before, the fair will be closed on Mondays.
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Money will head the fair's concert lineup, with other top-name acts such as Night Ranger, Eddie Money, Con Funk Shun and Creedence Clearwater Revisited to follow. The final concert will be on July 6, when the 2014 fair closes.
As in past years, opening day attendees will be admitted for $1 admission with rides also costing $1. The fair also will offer early entry wristbands to the first 300 in line daily from 2-3 p.m. for the concert each night.
Regular admission is $10, with lower rate of $8 for seniors 62 and older and youths between 6 and 12 years old. Children under 6 years old will be admitted free of charge.
Parking at the Fairgrounds costs $8.
In addition to Independence Day fireworks, the Blues Festival will perform from 1-9 p.m. on July 4.
Also new this yea will be the fair's "Food Snackdown," the fair food vendors will offer their best new, original creations for a taste test. A live judging event to decide the champions will be held at the fair June 24.
Fair favorites also will be back including horseracing, exhibits, animals, food, rides, games, pig races, kids' attractions, special event days and more. A complete schedule is available on the fair's website at www.alamedacountyfair.com/
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