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Alameda County Fair closes tonight

Perfect weather for enjoying this 98th annual Pleasanton event

The 98th annual Alameda County Fair ends its 17-day run today with an assortment of fair festivities and a multitude of events and shows.

From fantastic food, exhibits, and entertainment, there is something for everyone at the fair, said April Mitchell, manager of Event Sales and Marketing. Families who are looking for a bargain on this final day of the fair will find fun, food, and folly at a fair price right in their own back yard. Budget-conscious offerings are plentiful, from food-eating contests to pig races and all things fun in between.

Fully able to accommodate the average of 30,000 daily visitors, the fair encompasses some 268 acres, making it one of the largest of the 84 fairs in California. Nationally, the Alameda County Fair ranks 41 in attendance among all fairs in the U.S.

The fair's theme this year is "Come Out And Play," a playful challenge to the residents of Pleasanton, the Tri-Valley and the greater Bay Area to visit the fairgrounds. Organizers have rolled out an array of attractions, including:

Michael Jackson and Elvis

From the "King of Pop" to the "King of Rock," enjoy the Balloon Samba carnival ride, straight from Jackson's Neverland Ranch along with a new ride, the Michael Jackson Moonwalker.

Mutton Bustin'

For the little ones; must be 6 years old or younger, weigh 60 pounds or less and ride for at least 6 seconds. Cost is $10.

Puppy Party Palooza

This hands-on, interactive and fun-filled learning exhibit brings families and Fidos together! Learn everything you need to know about dogs and view demonstrations on dog grooming and heath care.

Today and this weekend, there's still time to enjoy such delights as

• Storytime Theater – Back by popular demand, story time will feature Curious George and Berenstein Bears.

• Kids Park – Families will enjoy this fun place with kid-sized rides, games, Super Science exhibit, Kaleidoscopes and Jest in Time Circus fun.

• Pig Races – The only place to see the ever popular pig races, they are a fair favorite and the most taken picture at the Fair!

• Carnival Rides - Grand Carousel, Himalaya, Cyclone, Wacky Worm, Fun Mardi Gras, Orient Express are ridden over and over again by the thrill seekers

• Live Horse Racing – With the view of the gorgeous golf course and palm trees waving in the wind, nothing beats the crowd cheering when a favorite wins at break neck speed on the Oldest One-Mile Race Track in America."

The free concert series also continues with "Little Feat," Friday night, with "Con Funk Shun" on Saturday and closing out on Sunday with "Blues Festival."

For more information, log on to www.AlamedaCountyFair.com, or call (925) 426-7600.

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