It's Fair time! Starting Wednesday
100 years celebration offers $1 rides and kissing contest
The Alameda County Fair opens Wednesday and this year observes its 100th anniversary with new rides, activities and special discounts. Plus anyone 100 years or older will get free admission.
The 2012 County Fair runs from June 20 to July 8. People can save 33% on tickets purchased until June 19, being sold downtown at Berry Patch, Juice & Java Express, Round Table Pizza, Sincerely Yours Cards & Gifts, and Yolatea.
Festivities begin with the annual Pleasanton Parade downtown. They continue with $1 rides on the first day of the Fair, and a kissing contest on June 24 where couples must kiss for 100 consecutive seconds and then eat cotton candy placed between their mouths.
A new log ride, the White Water Flume, is being introduced to the Fair this summer, expected to be popular on hot days for those who don't mind a little splash.
Concerts this summer include, among others, Salt-N-Pepa on June 24; Jars of Clay, June 27; Hoobastank, July 6; and Kellie Pickler, July 8.
Fireworks shows will take place each Friday night during the Fair, starting around 9:30 p.m.
From horse races and baking contests, to Ferris wheels, fireworks and funnel cakes, Pleasanton residents are anticipating a great centennial celebration.