Blue Star Moms hosting food drive for U.S. troops today at Fairgrounds

Fair opens for final days with fireworks on July 4

The Alameda County Fair will host a drive Wednesday benefiting the local Blue Star Moms, a group that sends care packages to deployed U.S. Troops in the Middle East.

Bring any two items from the fair's donation list to the fairgrounds between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and receive free admission, six hours of $1 carnival rides up until 5 p.m.

The blue star moms organization sees that your donations go directly our troops in the middle east. You can find the donation list and other details at

Last week's Alameda County Fair's "Feed the Need" Food Drive brought in nearly 8 tons of food for distribution to needy residents by the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

Katherine Avila, ACCFB Food Drive Coordinator and organizer of the event, reported a total of 15,691 pounds collected, which will provide roughly 13,075 individual meals.

The Alameda County Community Food Bank serves 49,000 people each week, the majority of recipients being children and seniors. Avila stressed that the timing of the Fair's Food Drive is critical since kids are on summer break and school is often the only place many of them receive regular meals.

The fair is open fir its final days, including next Monday, July 4.

The upcoming concerts are:

6/29 ~ BJ Thomas

6/30 ~ Kool & The Gang

7/1 ~ Expose

7/2 ~ The Guess Who

7/3 ~ Crystal Gayle

Monday, July 4: Blues Festival, 1-9 p.m., Fireworks Spectacular featuring Oakland Symphony, 9:30 the Budweiser Grandstand.

The Alameda County Fair is operated by the non-profit Fair Association without any tax funding from the government. It is ranked one of the top 50 North American Fairs and the is the seventh largest fair in California.

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