The Bernal family built the original racetrack in 1859 on its 52,000-acre ranch. Years later, businessman Rodney G. MacKenzie acquired the racetrack and approached a group of county businessmen and ranchers with a proposal to hold a county fair on his property. The first Alameda County Fair ran from Oct. 23-27, 1912.
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Despite the rain last weekend, more than 2,200 shelter dogs and cats found homes during the second annual Maddie's Matchmaker Adoptathon, which was held at 70 locations throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Maddie's Fund expects to give about $2 million to the 46 participating shelters for all the adoptions processed.
"My family and I spent the weekend visiting many of the participating locations," said Dave Duffield, Maddie's Fund founder. "The joy we saw in the animals, as well as the volunteers and the adopters, is the reason we created Maddie's Fund."
The big emphasis during this year's event was to find homes for senior pets and for pets who had been treated for medical conditions. Organizations reported that about 30 percent of all their adoptions qualified as senior and/or treatable.
The Pleasanton Military Families Support Group reports that it had a successful Summer/Fourth of July Packout for the troops, despite the main collection taking place Saturday in the rain. At the Pancake Breakfast, $2,600 was collected, which covered the postage for sending comfort and care items to the troops serving overseas.
On Sunday, the volunteers meet at the Veterans Hall on Main street and in less than two hours had filled 187 boxes and loaded them into vehicles, packed up the remaining supplies and cleaned up.