Alameda County Fair opens tomorrow

Lots of new fair additions to look forward to this year

The Alameda County Fair begins its 102nd year tomorrow with $1 admission and rides. The fair will run through July 6.

This year's theme is "Taste the Red, White & Blue" to celebrate the return of the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.

The fair has many new additions which include the "Best Seats" concert wristbands given to the first 300 people in line from 2-3 p.m. for the nightly concerts, and the first annual Fair Food SNACKDOWN on June 24 where the fair's food vendors compete to create the tastiest foods.

Also new to the fair is the zip line, high dive show, carne asada contest, LEGO tower building contest and new hypnotist James Kellogg.

In addition, fair favorites will be back such as the horse races, rides, games, contests, exhibits and food.

For more information, visit the Alameda County Fair's website.

Fair info

Hours: Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Closed Mondays

Carnival Hours: Tuesdays-Sundays, noon to 11 p.m.

Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fourth of July: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Admission: Adults (13-61) $8 by June 17, $10 at the gate

Seniors (62+) $6 by June 17, $8 at the gate

Children (6-12) $6 by June 17, $8 at the gate

Children under 6 -- free

Fun Pack -- $30 for 4 general admission tickets, 1 parking pass

Season Pass -- $30

* $1 opening day admission

* $2 Tuesdays (June 24 and July 1)

* Seniors free Thursdays (June 19, 27 and July 3)

* Kids free Fridays (June 20, 27 and July 4)

* Military Appreciation, free fair admission with valid military ID (daily)

* Feed the Need Food Drive, bring 4 non-perishable food items for free admission (June 25)

Special pricing ends at 5 p.m.

Shows: Big O Tires Concert nightly 8 p.m., followed by fireworks and tribute video 9:45 p.m.

July 4 Blues Festival, 1-9 p.m. and Fireworks Spectacular, 9:45 p.m.


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Posted by Fair Scum
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 11, 2014 at 10:06 am

Very nice that the fireworks are returning.

On another note, bar the doors, keep an eye on the kids and your automobiles, and be prepared for the invasion of "fair scum".

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Posted by BCNMom
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 11, 2014 at 10:33 am

So happy fireworks are back on the 4th. Lets hope security is super tight that night so we can continue to enjoy our hometown show!!
I agree with Fair Scum. We want to keep our hometown safe.

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Posted by Pleasanton resident
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jun 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm

I cannot wait! The fair is always one of my favorite times of the year! So much to see, enjoy, buy, and...well, everything that comes up!

I'm especially happy to hear that the fireworks are back for the 4th of July. It's been too long!

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Posted by Stella
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 16, 2014 at 10:52 pm

Love the fair but it's a shame that us living in the neighborhood near the fair have NO parking for our vehicles. we lose our street parking for the length of the fair and get nothing in return. Just isn't fair. how about permits for us. why do I have to park 4 blocks away from my house while the fair is going on. oh wait, I will just park in the library lot-everyone else does and no one gets a ticket.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jun 16, 2014 at 11:57 pm

For some, it's New Years. For others, it's their birthdays. Everyone has a time to step back and reflect on the year that has gone by.

For me, it has always been the Fair. Another year. A chance to do things better than the last time. An opportunity for better luck. A time to be thankful for the stupid blind luck that fell in my lap.

And an excuse to eat a regular old deep fried corn dog, and pitch a penny into the waterfall.

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Posted by PtownL
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 17, 2014 at 5:06 am

Oh please stop complaining about your lack of street parking, It's a safe bet you KNEW this was going to be an issue when you chose to move so close to the fairgrounds. I'm sure you've parked in someone else's neighborhood before to avoid paying ridiculously high parking fees (haven't we all?) Works both ways.

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Posted by Jumbo
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 17, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Stella, depending on where you live I'll give you $5 to park on your lawn. That's a win/win!

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Posted by Fair Fan
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Jun 18, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Deceptive marketing on the Alameda County Fair's posters seen around town. Opening Day admission advertised as $1.00 with no asterisk that special pricing ends at 5:00 PM!!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 19, 2014 at 9:26 am

Just leave the $5 for stella in a brown paper bag...catch my drift?

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Val Vista
on Jun 20, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Why not have a fair price to park $5.00 then there should not be a parking problem.

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