Pleasanton's annual summertime spectacle is celebrating its final three days of the season, giving residents and visitors one more weekend to take in the carnival favorites, tasty treats, marquee shows and other attractions that define the Alameda County Fair.
Highlights of closing weekend include demolition derby and RV demolition derby, horse racing, hit-making musicians and nightly fireworks.
Themed "Best. Summer. Ever.," the 2017 county fair in Pleasanton started off with a bang -- or more precisely, the roar of hooves on pavement -- as dozens of steers were herded down Main Street during a cattle drive on opening day June 16 that drew thousands of people to downtown.
The fair's popularity continued the ensuing three weeks, especially once the mid-June heat wave subsided, with the turnout reaching its daily peak on Tuesday for the fairgrounds' annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular.
As the fair wraps up this weekend, attendees can still enjoy favorites like carnival rides and games, classic fair food and drinks, vendor booths, arts and culinary exhibitions, livestock displays, horse racing and special performances throughout the grounds.
Demolition derby is also set for Friday and Saturday, followed by RV demolition derby Sunday.
The Big O Tires Concert Series hosts its final three shows, starting with Michael Jackson tribute group Foreverland Friday night. Grammy-winning pop, R&B, jazz and soul artist Jody Watley is performing Saturday night featuring Shalamar Reloaded. And closing out the concert series Sunday is rock band Night Ranger, best known for its 1984 power ballad "Sister Christian."
With general seating free as part of fair admission, each concert begins at 8 p.m. and runs until 9:15 p.m., immediately followed by fireworks on the concert lawn.
Held at the Pleasanton fairgrounds at the corner of Valley and Bernal avenues, the fair is open today through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. For tickets and additional information, visit the official website at annual.alamedacountyfair.com.