Three new extreme sports attractions have been added to this year's Alameda County Fair activities, including monster trucks, demolition derby and extreme rodeo.
"We are super excited to bring all of these great, new attractions to the fair this year," said Judy Carrico, fair operations manager. "And, the best part is that it's all included in the price of admission. For about the price of a single movie ticket, you get to enjoy the shows, in addition to everything else the fair offers, all day long."
Along with the return of freestyle motocross, one of the new shows will be featured each weekend for the duration of the fair. Also for the first time this year, the July 4 Fireworks Spectacular will be set to live music by the Oakland East Bay Symphony directly following the Blues Festival set to run from 1-9 p.m. that day.
Fair organizers have also announced the lineup for the Big O Tires Concert Series offering free performances each night at 8 p.m. This year will feature performances by War, The Beach Boys, Brian McKnight, Tanya Tucker, Kansas, Tower of Power, Rodney Atkins, Con Funk Shun, Foghat, Tierra, Morris Day & The Time, and The Original Wailers.
Also slated to perform during the concert series are the Christian rock band Kutless and The Boys of Summer, an Eagles tribute band, and Steely Dan tribute band, Steelin' Dan. The fair will continue to offer its "early entry" wristbands -- first introduced last year -- to be distributed among the first 400 people in line for a concert starting at 2 p.m.
The fair is scheduled to run from June 17 through July 5 -- open Tuesday through Sunday each week. Admission and rides on opening day will be $1 until 5 p.m. according to fair reps.
Father's day will be celebrated at the Alameda County Fair with special attractions and promotions for dads including a craft beer festival during opening week called, Brew Haven.
Other activities from previous years will be returning this summer as well, including the Snackdown food eating contest, horse-racing, art exhibits, petting zoo and pig races among other events.
For more information and to see the complete fair schedule, visit The Alameda County Fair website