The county fair brings an American classic to town
One of the most iconic slices of Americana is the annual county fair. It happens in cities and counties across the United States and attracts millions of people interested in everything from food, entertainment and gamesmanship, to thrill rides, farm animals and agriculture.
Among the nation’s finest is the Alameda County Fair, coming to the Alameda County Fairgrounds on June 18 through July 6, right here in Pleasanton, Calif., home of The Rose Hotel. It promises to be great fun for local residents and hotel guests alike.
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As always, this year’s fair has something for everybody. There will be:
- Horse racing
- Wine & Beer Garden
- Competitive exhibits
- Junior livestock auction
- Freestyle motocross
- A culinary competition
- Carnival rides
- A free concert series that includes musical performances by America, Ashanti, CoCo Jones, Credence Clearwater Revisited, Night Ranger, Eddie Money, Paul Rodriguez and others
There is much more. For a complete listing of activities and all essential information, visit the Alameda County Fair website.
Those on hand July 4th will be treated to a fireworks spectacular starting at 9:45 p.m. The fair website says: “This show promises to live up to its name with non-stop, razzle-dazzle fireworks set to music.” The fireworks display will be preceded by a special 4th of July Blues Festival from 1-9 p.m. That musical performance and others will take place in the Safeway Amphitheater, with overflow seating provided at the Concert Lawn with a live-feed Jumbotron screen.
For the first time, this year’s event will feature the so-called Alameda County Fair SNACKDOWN, during which food vendors compete to win the honor of creating the best new food treat.
Welcome to the 2014 Alameda County Fair!
Written by Mike Consol