The Alameda County Fair is closed today to give the hundreds working there, including the race horses, a much-needed day off.
It opens again at 11 a.m. Tuesday, and then every day except Mondays through July 5.
Thousands have moved through the fair gates since it opened to enjoy perfect fair weather and the fair's new theme, "Rock the Red, White and Blue."
This year, the fair is offering three new extreme sport attractions, a variety of concerts and the return of Oak Tree horse racing in addition to the classic fair rides, exhibitions and food.
Last Friday, Deep-Fried Wood Fired Pastrami Pizza took home first place in the Fair's second annual Snackdown competition.
Tony Cardinali of Cardinali's Family Concessions created the
pizza, which consisted of deep-fried pizza crust, mozzarella cheese, pastrami, red onions, sauerkraut and mustard sauce,.
Cardinali also won last year with Spaghetti Ice Cream. Cardinali's pizza can be found at his pizza stand near the C building on the fairgrounds.
Also at the fair, Monster trucks, demolition derby and extreme rodeo are among the brand new attractions featured each weekend of the fair in addition to the return of freestyle motocross.
Other fair favorites include the carnival area complete with roller coasters, a fun-house and a variety of games provided by Fairfield-based company Butler Amusements. The popular petting zoo and small animal exhibit is also back this summer.
The Beer Haven Craft Beer Festival is on tap this weekend starting Friday, featuring an array of beer samples from American craft brewers. On Sunday, Father's Day, the fair will offer special attractions and promotions just for dads.
Foodies have been gearing up for the return of Snackdown, where vendors serve brand new menu items in a competition against each other for the best creation and a championship belt.
The Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular is set for 9:30 p.m. on Independence Day, July 4, and will occur with live music by the Oakland East Bay Symphony. Just before the firework, the Red, White, & Blues Festival from 1-9 p.m. will feature multiple musicians, including blues and zydeco accordionists Dwight "The Black Cat" Carrier and Andrew Carriere.
Performance at the fairgrounds' amphitheater include the Beach Boys, Brian McKnight, Tanya Tucker, Kansas, Tower of Power, Rodney Atkins, Con Funk Shun, Foghat, Tierra, Morris Day & The Time, The Original Wailers, Kutless, The Boys of Summer and Steelin' Dan, with pop/rock band Berlin set to close out the series on July 5.
For the second year in a row, the Alameda County Fair has teamed up with the Oak Tree Racing Association and the California Authority of Racing Fairs to bring live horse racing to the tracks at the fairgrounds through July 5.
"In holding this fair, a lot of these people come back year after year to help out including the kids and I think this is such a reflection of the community," said Sharon Kosch who organizes exhibits for the fair. "I live in Pleasanton, and I think having this fair in town is one of the best things about living here."
The fair is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Adult (13-61) admission is $12, seniors (62+) and kids (6-12) are $8, and children under the age of 6 are free.
Seniors, those 62 and older, are admitted free on Thursdays until 5 p.m.
Children 12 and under are admitted free Fridays until 5 p.m.
Admission is free daily for those with a valid military ID.
For more information, visit the fair website.