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All's fair: Having county fairgrounds here is good for Pleasanton

Original post made on Feb 11, 2017

We are fortunate to have the Alameda County Fairgrounds right here in Pleasanton. There is something happening almost every week, from festivals and haunted houses, to Goodguys car shows and Scottish Games. These events bring in visitors from all over the state and country, not to mention the money these visitors spend while here.

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Posted by Debbie
a resident of Foothill Place
on Feb 11, 2017 at 7:56 am

I am sorry but the prices of a corn dog or any othe food at the fair are, well unfair. I know the fairgrounds charges the vendors a ridiculous amount of rent and a percent of their sales. You boast about the fair but let's be honest the horses were kicked out for the winter. So I think the FAIR IS UNFAIR. It's very sad.


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Posted by JustHere
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2017 at 8:34 am

...and yet when the fair rolls around it is packed with folks buying said food and enjoying doing so. hum.


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Posted by Prosy
a resident of Nolan Farms
on Feb 11, 2017 at 8:49 am

I too think the food prices are a bit high. When you have 5 children it's kinda pricy. Just saying.


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Posted by lcl
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2017 at 8:58 am

There is nothing stopping you from bringing in your own food if you think the prices for food are too high for you. I find some food prices are high and others are not, if you look around. You can also get your hand stamped and exit the fair when you want to eat and walk to a restaurant in Pleasanton, and then re-enter. You have lots of options.

I feel bad for those who trained their horses here but this being taken away was not the doing of the Pleasanton Fair but rather Golden Gate no longer would pay for the training here. The Pleasanton Fair did not really have a choice unless somebody else wants to chip in and pay for it. If you were renting your house and the renter no longer paid, you would not let them stay just because they had kids at school here.

We have a great fairgrounds and that is mostly because it is not run by the county like most other fairs. Ours is run by a non-profit. That means the county cannot raid the revenue here to pay for other programs. Although I am sure our supervisors in Alameda County would love to raid the funds to pay to help the illegal aliens. In fact, the Alameda County Supervisors would be better off in paying to keep the horse trainers here instead of paying for illegal aliens. But we know where their allegiance is.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 12, 2017 at 6:48 am

Although the fair itself brings a bunch of people to town to spend money at the fair, it is a huge inconvenience to all who live here. Also, downtown merchants have virtually no business and far more theft crime. The police need to help us out here.

My big issue is with the Muslim festival around Easter. They are not subject to any of the ordinary fair rules for music volume and they blast their noise throughout our city with no way to stop them. The Nowroz festival is huge and those of us who want peace and quiet are not considered at all. The PD can confirm hundreds of noise calls during that festival yet the PD has no authority to shut them down. The fair administration makes no effort to enforce the rules, after all they don't have to put up with it. A letter to the county supervisors might help, nothing else has worked to lower the obnoxious volume of what these people call "music."

Oh, an idea. Maybe the trumpster needs to contact the county supervisors and set them straight about forcing these people to follow the rules.


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 12, 2017 at 7:29 am

I agree with you completely, I have called when some of these events have taken place, and the police say they are aware of the noise but can't do anything. I have called the fairgrounds (removed)


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Posted by JustHere
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 14, 2017 at 9:34 am

JustHere is a registered user.

I wonder: How many residents were here prior to the fairgrounds? Very close to zero percent?? Could somebody move here, close to the fairgrounds, and not notice it was there? hmmmm


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