Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton

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The Alameda County Fairgrounds is a 270-acre (110 ha) facility located in Pleasanton, California. It is home to the annual Alameda County Fair, held since 1912, as well as numerous trade shows and community events. Located on its grounds, the Pleasanton Fairgrounds Racetrack was built in 1858, making it the oldest one-mile (1.6 km) horse racing track in the United States. There is a 3,000 seat amphitheater, as well as a 9-hole golf course located within the track's infield.

The Alameda County Central Railroad Society has maintained a model train exhibit at the fairgrounds since 1959, which has grown to two 15 foot by 100 foot layouts in O scale and HO scale.
Building J, also known as the Amador Pavilion, is a multi-purpose arena and livestock event facility at the fairgrounds. It was briefly home to the Tri-Valley Ranchers of the National Indoor Football League.

The Heathcote-MacKenzie House, also known as The Heritage House, was built on the site of the fairgrounds around 1905, to host wealthy harness racers from Canada who wintered their horses in Pleasanton. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Fair cancellations happened in 1917–18, 1942–44 and 2020.

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  • Although the virus has caused several events such as the fair to be cancelled, we have still had fun going to Alameda County Fairgrounds, They offer meal deals (take out) on Fridays. We have also...  more »
  • Been to numerous county fairs and none of them beat the Alameda County Fair. It has exhibit halls, shopping, 4-H, art work, technology, numerous stages for musicians, horse racing, and lots of food...  more »
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  • When the Alameda County Fair comes around this is the place to be! These fairgrounds host a very large variety of events throughout the year! There’s a nice horse racing track and golf course. I love how many open buildings and trees there are here! It’s a good idea to find a parking spot farther away for large events so that you don’t have to pay for parking.
  • An excellent experience. God truly blessed America on this, the most patriotic, day. The sun shone bright and everyone was having a great time, eating turkey legs and pork chops on a stick. The horse races were a raucous affair. There could have been more stars and stripes though. I would have liked to see everyone carrying the flag.

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