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June 7, 2011 > Old Fashioned County Fair

Old Fashioned County Fair

Get a jump on summer and experience an Old Fashioned County Fair at Hayward's McConaghy House. Put on by the Hayward Area Historical Society (HAHS), the event will be of interest to all ages with a variety of fun activities. Kids will enjoy games such as can knockdown, bucket toss, wheel of fortune, and apple eating; and can get creative with crafts, making sock puppets, bracelets, paper top hats, lace shawls (made from coffee filters), and a paper community quilt.

Tours of the 12-room farmhouse built in 1886 will be available, providing a glimpse into life in the Victorian age. And those looking to take a bit of history home can browse the offerings of several antique dealer booths containing treasures from individual collections and stores alike. AJ's Attic in Castro Valley and Downtown Consignment in Hayward will be represented, and Victorian gifts and books from the McConaghy House Boutique will also be available.

And what is a county fair without music? Old Soles will provide a slice of traditional American tunes complete with fiddles, banjo, guitar, and vocals, and even a bit of clog dancing.

Attendees are invited to bring along their best homemade pies for the pie baking contest, where tasters will have three votes to determine the best pie in the bunch. Hot dogs, chili, chips, cornbread, and watermelon will be available for purchase to fill in where pie leaves off.

The event is part of the Second Saturday Series for families, and marks the first anniversary of Archie's Playroom, a hands-on history experience with games and activities for kids ages 2-10. Organizers hope to attract a new audience to the McConaghy House, which has been open for tours since 1976. Funds raised from the event are used to maintain the house as well as enable HAHS to continue fun and enriching programs.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and free for ages ten and under as well as Historical Society members. For more information call (510) 581-0223 or visit online at

Old Fashioned County Fair
Saturday, June 11
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
McConaghy House
18701 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward
(510) 581-0223
Tickets: $3 - $5

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