Fairs, Festivals, & Fiestas, Kids

Alameda County Fair

When: Tuesdays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Fridays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Continues through July 7 2013

It's nigh impossible not to love the county fair, with its tractor pulls, amusment-park rides, pig races, goat auctions, "diaper derby" (fastest baby wins), and myriad cooking contests for dishes as diverse as gumbo and cake pops. It's a weird cultural mainstay, particularly in urban Alameda County -- a remnant of a time when so many entertainment options weren't available at our fingertips -- but that's also what makes it great. The Alameda County Fair, now in its 101st year, returns on Wednesday, June 19, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds (4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton).

Azeen Ghorayshi

Price: $4-$10, children under 6 free

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