Alameda County Fair

When: June 23-July 11 2010

If the start of summer doesn't evoke a yearning for deep-fried twinkies and pig racing, you've probably never experienced the many exquisite pleasures of the Alameda County Fair (4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton). Now in its 98th year, the fair offers a head-spinning array of activities spread out over 268 acres: tractor pulls, a petting zoo, horse racing, cook-offs, nightly concerts, amusement park rides, themed weekends, a hot-dog eating contest, and more. This year also promises the introduction of chocolate-covered bacon, a sheep-riding contest for kids, and what's billed as "the world's largest waffle cone." Wednesday, June 23 through Sunday, July 11. Mon., Wed., and Thu.11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tue.closed. Admission $4-$10, parking $8-$20, unlimited ride wristband $20-$28.

Ellen Cushing

Price: $4-$30


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