The Alameda County Fair celebrates its 100th birthday from June 20 to July 8, 2012. This year’s Centennial celebration marks the return of the downtown Pleasanton parade, new distinctive memorabilia chronicling its history, and a new concert series format. The first Alameda County Fair ran from October 23 to October 27, 1912.  Who would have ever thought that what began as  Augustin Bernal’s Sunday pastime of horse racing, would give way to the Alameda County Fair as we know today.  Attendance grows every year.  From June 23 through July 9, 2010, there were over 400,000 fair guests!  Another tidbit of information is that the fair recently celebrated its 150th year of horse racing, and making it the oldest continuous racing venue in the state.

If you want more information, please check out the  Images of America book series titled Alameda County Fair by Victoria Christian.  This book includes great historical photographs and information about the fair.  More materials located in the Alameda County Library system include the following :

If you want to find out more, please go to the Alameda Conty fair website found at http://www.alamedacountyfair.com/2012fair/index.php .

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