The Alameda County Fair, a much-anticipated Pleasanton event, celebrates the unique and vibrant heritage of this California county. The award-winning celebration has seen substantial growth in the first decade of this century, leading to multiple distinctions as the "fastest growing fair in America". Each successive year brings something exciting and memorable to the Alameda County Fair's lineup of events.
The hugely popular County Fair has been a staple summer activity in the east Bay area of Northern California since its inception in 1939, but its history dates back to the first Floral Fair held on the site in 1858. One of the main draws of the Alameda County Fair are the daily horse races at the one mile fairgrounds racetrack, which is the oldest such track in the entire United States.
Family fun is also found in abundance at the Fair. Parents and youngsters love the Kid's Park with its many rides and attractions, the Super Science exhibit, shows at Circus of Fun, and the Alameda Fair's superb selection of food on a stick, from traditional corn dogs to original chocolate covered bacon. The AgVenture Park within the fairgrounds offers themed weekend exhibits guaranteed to both educate and entertain.
There's something to please every fair-goer inside the Alameda entrance gates, including dance lessons, competitive blue ribbon exhibits, cultural music demonstrations, and arts and crafts. Visitors can attend food-judging competitions, see award-winning produce displays, view the live animal exhibits, and cheer at the hot-dog relay races. It is all here, just waiting to be discovered!
The Fair provides visitors with a chance to enjoy outstanding daily musical and vocal concerts by well-known performers, plus regional and local talent. The nightly fireworks extravaganza is the perfect ending to an amazing day of family fun. With so much to see and do, it is no surprise that close to half a million visitors make a trip to the Alameda County Fair part of their annual summertime tradition.