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June 25, 2013 > Alameda County Fair breaks Opening Day attendance record, again!

Alameda County Fair breaks Opening Day attendance record, again!

Submitted By the Alameda County Fairgrounds

Opening day of the 101st annual Alameda County Fair set a new attendance record with 31,389 people, up 2.3 percent over last year's 30,692 patrons who enjoyed a myriad of family-friendly options, new activities, and traditional favorites. This tops last year's record-setting first day attendances, making it the highest opening day head count since record-keeping began.

The festive 17-day extravaganza runs through July 7; closed on Mondays. Hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (some buildings and areas close at 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays); Thursday, 4th of July, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. More details can be found at

Fair Highlights:

Horse Racing: June 20 - 23, June 27 - 30, July 4 - 7

Big O Tires Concert Series: One Free Concert Nightly 7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. (Exception: Blues Festival July 4th, noon - 8 p.m.). Overflow seating on Lawn Area outside the Amphitheater for viewing via a large HD Video Screen. The Big O Tires Concert Series in the Safeway Amphitheater is free with admission.

Tuesday - Thursday (excluding July 4th): noon until closing, Friday - Sunday and 4th of July: 11am 'til closing.

Special Days:
$2 Tuesdays - June 25 and July 2
Admission is just $2.

Seniors Free Thursdays - June 20, June 27, and July 4
Ages 62 and up receive free admission! Sponsored by Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort and Humana.

Kaiser Permanente Kids free Fridays - June 21, June 28, and July 5
Kids 12 and under receive free admission. Sponsored by Xfinity/Comcast.

Three Fireworks Shows - June 21, June 28, and July 5
Every Friday at 9:30 p.m. June 28 is Sponsored by Fremont Bank, July 5th is sponsored by Chevron.

Feed The Need Food Drive and $1 Rides - June 26
Bring four non-perishable food items and receive free Fair admission benefiting the Alameda County Community Food Bank. All carnival rides are $1. Sponsored by Safeway and First United Services Credit Union.

Kids Against Hunger - June 26
The Alameda County Fairgrounds is officially designated by the State Office of Emergency Services as a Regional Disaster Recovery Center and we want you to help pack 100,000+ meals to provide for the safety of the community. A supply of Kids Against Hunger Food will be kept in reserve in the event of widespread emergency locally. At the fair from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., we will be packing 100k + meals and you can "click on Sign Up Now" and reserve your spot to help!

Military Appreciation Day - June 21
Free Fair Admission for you and a guest with your valid military I.D. Veterans free with proof of service.

For more information, please visit, or call (925) 426-7600.

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