Alameda County Fair Continues it’s Summer Tradition

Casey Scheld

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People go into the summer season expecting warm weather, great concerts and theme parks with rides. As with every year, the Alameda County Fair at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds managed to encapsulate that, bringing all of the above and then some to East Bay residents.

Since its opening on June 23, people from all around the East Bay have come to visit, causing overflow in their parking lots. Last year, a record 435,000 people went to the fair, and the numbers this year show the fair is on its way to break that.

Musical acts at the fair include 60s soul sensation “Tower of Power,” “Journey” tribute band “Evolution” and Christian pop-rock band “Newsboys.” Not only were all of the concerts popular, they were all free to fair attendants.

The rides at the fair were also popular, with Ferris wheels (plural), slides and multiple topsy-turvy rides dotting the park.

Between all of the horse races and petting zoos around the park, perhaps the most unique use of the animals was the Mutton Bustin. Much like bull riding, kids under the age of six rode wild lambs that did everything in their power to knock them off.

The fair will be open until July 11. The fair is closed on Tuesdays.