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This Week at the Alameda County Fair

'Snackdown' competition, Evolution performs, horse racing daily.

Freestyle Motocross.
Freestyle Motocross.
At noon today the first annual 'SNACKDOWN' competition, hosted by KPIX’s “Foodie Chap”, Liam Mayclem, will take place at the  Fairgrounds’ Festival Square Stage. A panel of esteemed Bay Area “foodie” judges will sample and score each entry to determine the winners.

Horse Racing: 
Horse Racing: Thursday through Sunday, June 19-22, June 26-29, and July 3-6

Related article: Alameda County Fair Kicks Off Exciting First Weekend of Horse Racing with Oak Tree Partners

In addition to popular past favorites like Pig Races, Pony Rides, Storyville,
and more ... The Fair has added some exciting new attractions everyone can enjoy for less than the cost of a movie ticket:

THE ALLEY CATS – New!
If you love “a cappella”, the fun, high-energy ALLEY CATS show might just be right up your alley! These cool cats get around, too, from TV appearances to opening for Jay Leno in Las Vegas -- so catch them here while you can!

Hypnotist - New!
America’s funniest Hypnotist James Kellogg, Jr. explores the subconscious minds of normal people with hilarious results. Volunteers from the audience are always the stars of this fun, good-natured show and you never know what will happen next. 

Roberto the Magnificent – New!
Get ready for Roberto’s “Crazy Comedy Stunt Show!” Kids and grownups 
alike will enjoy this action-packed, cirque-style show that features fun stuff like riding a super-tall unicycle and juggling sharp objects. 

“Arctic Olympic Games” Dive Show – New!
Playful “penguins” put on a rollicking show about training for the “Arctic Olympic Games.” Behind all the antics, however, are professional divers performing breathtaking stunts such as an 80’ high dive and a dive through fire.

FMX - Freestyle Motocross
Get revved up for some extreme excitement! Keith Sayer’s FMX is an all-in-one show featuring world-class stunt riders on Street Bikes, Quads, BMX, Snowmobiles and Motorcycles. FMX is a thrilling, high-octane show.

Kids Park Shows:

Capt’n Jack Spareribs
Capt’n Jack may look a lot like the other famous pirate, but that’s just the 
beginning! This Jack entertains with a talking monkey, hilarious magic, 
outrageous juggling, fantastic illusions, and fun audience participation. He even has his own pirate ship! 

Let’s Pretend Pirate Show – New!
Kids dress up like pirates and put on their own swashbuckling adventure 
show!

Jest in Time Circus
Get a kick out of physical comedy with this hilariously wacky show 
featuring juggling, dog tricks, dueling toilet paper blowers, flying pizzas – 
you name it! People from all over the world, of all ages enjoy the Jest in 
Time Circus.

ATTRACTIONS

ZIP IT – New!Fly over the Fairgrounds with this super fun, mobile zip line!
ZOOM – New! Bounce, bump and roll from inside your own giant ball!

Ag-venture Park
Farm fun for kids! New and improved baby animals “Barnyard”, kids pedal 
tractor pull, pig races, Great American Petting Zoo, Sudsy’s Barn and more!
Kids Park Attractions:

Brad’s World Reptiles – New!
This new attraction offers close encounters with rare and unusual reptiles, 
amphibians and other exotics. Kids will love the chance to experience these 
cool creatures in a fun, safe and educational setting.

Plus, Kids Park favorites including Storytime Theater, Family Fun Stage, 
Super Science Puzzlemania, pony rides, facepainting, kiddy carnival rides and 
more.

Big O Tires Concert Series: 8 p.m. nightly, followed by fireworks & tribute video at 9:45 p.m. in the Safeway Amphitheater

6/24 – Evolution (Journey tribute /classic rock)
6/25 – Con Funk Shun (R&B /funk)
6/26 – Coco Jones (Disney)
6/27 – Paul Rodriguez (comedy)
6/28 – JT Hodges (country)
6/29 – Tesla (rock)
7/1 – True 2 Crue (Motley Crue tribute / classic rock)
7/2 – Ashanti (contemporary R&B)
7/3 – America (folk rock)
7/4 – Blues Festival (multiple performers / blues) (1pm – 9pm)
7/5 – Building 429 (contemporary Christian)
7/6 - Night Ranger (classic rock)

Check the weather for the week in Pleasanton.

2014 Alameda County Fair Information
Dates: June 18 – July 6 (Open Tuesday – Sunday)
Hours: 11am-11pm daily

Find out about new food and fair attractions by watching this video. 

Gate Admission*:
  • Adults (13-61) $10
  • Seniors (62+) $8
  • Kids (6-12) $8
  • Children under 6 – FREE
Special Days (special pricing ends at 5pm):
  • $2 Tuesdays: June 24 & July 1, $2 admission until 5pm
  • Seniors FREE Thursdays (62+) – June 27, & July 3 until 5pm
  • Kids FREE Fridays (12 and under) – June 27, & July 4 until 5pm
  • Feed the Need Food Drive & $1 Rides, benefitting Alameda County Food Bank. (Bring 4 non-perishable food items and receive FREE admission) – June 25 until 5pm
  • Military Appreciation, FREE Fair admission with valid Military ID - Daily
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Ken Briggs June 26, 2014 at 09:46 AM
sorry , but I will not come to the fair, for I live here in Lake county and it would cost me a lot of money just for gas and five hours plus in driving time round trip . but if you had any hot air balloons at the show I would come .
Not the Cat June 26, 2014 at 01:56 PM
Thanks Jim. @ Ken, why do you think anyone would care about you not going to the fair?
Ken Briggs June 26, 2014 at 03:01 PM
The Derective Cat Because I do not live in the area any more and that just the parking cost a lot . Then a poor man can not afford the rail road prices , but if you had HOT AIR BALLOON STUFF , i would be able to get in for free . When you just live off of s s checks you got to pitch your pennies .
Not the Cat June 26, 2014 at 03:19 PM
I understand you point and agree you got to do what you got to do. How would hot air balloon events at the fair enable you to get in free? Are you a pilot of one of these fellas? If so I would like to volunteer for a free ride.
Ken Briggs June 26, 2014 at 03:40 PM
The Defective Cat you need a few helpers to set them up you get free helper, you need like 5,6 or so people to set them up you work with the crew you get in free like all balloon shows those that you see in the air for rides in the wine country cost $250.00 and more, Windsor Ca hasa balloon show every father,s day week end for the last 24 years, the Reno one is even bigger

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