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2014 Alameda County Fair contest entry deadline May 21

Wide range of categories open to adults, youths

General entries for this summer's Alameda County Fair exhibits, contests and competitions are due on Wednesday, May 21. Some competitions are judged in advance and require earlier deadlines.

The adult and youth exhibits have a wide range of categories to compete in, such as Culinary Arts, Garden and Floral, Hand Crafts and many more. The youth division also includes a School Projects category and Talent competition. Depending on the category, young children through teens may participate in the youth division competitions.

Both adult and youth divisions have some categories designated for physically and/or mentally challenged participants.

In addition, there will be live contests for all ages such as the Diaper Derby, Cheesecake Contest, Kissing Contest and a Hot Dog Eating Relay.

For rules and more information, visit the Alameda County Fair Competitive Exhibits website.

The Amateur Winemaking contest was an early-entry competition that has already been completed with the following announced as winners:

* Bryan Lucay of Brentwood: Best of Show White Wine, Chardonnay.

* Victoria & Damon Genetti of Livermore: Best of Show Red Wine, Petite Sirah.

* Fred Watkins of Hayward: Best of Show Dessert Wine, Tawny Port.

New hours for this year's fair also were announced.

The Fair will be open from Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., starting on opening day June 18 and ending on July 6, when this year's fair will close.

Admission will be $10 adults (13-61), $8 seniors (62+) and youths (6-12), and free for children under six. Purchase tickets before June 17 and save up to 33%. A season pass (admission for all 17 days) or a Fun Pack (four general admissions and one parking pass) can be purchased for $30.

On opening day, admission and rides will cost $1. On June 24 and July 1, admission will be $2. Seniors are free on Thursdays June 19, 27 and July 3. Kids are free on Friday June 20, 27 and July 4.

On June 25,those bringing four non-perishable food items for the Feed the Need Food Drive to benefit the Alameda County Food Bank will receive free admission and rides will cost $1. In addition, everyday, those with a valid military ID can receive one free admission. Special pricing ends at 5 p.m. daily.

The Fair's horse racing will be underway Thursday through Sunday, June 19-22, June 26-29 and July 3-6.

The Big O Tires Concert will take place every night at 8 p.m. Following the free concert are fireworks and a tribute video at 9:45 p.m.

On July 4, the Blues Festival will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. and the Fireworks Spectacular is set to begin at 9:45 p.m.

For more information, sign on to the Fair website at www.alamedacountyfair.com/ or call 426-7600.

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