County Fairs In Alameda And Sonoma-Marin Kick Off Today!

As we mentioned earlier, yee-haw-tastic county fair fun is in full effect this summer, and today two local festivals—in Marin and Alameda—opened up to the public. Check out the deets for each below, and peep our full list of country fairs here!
Sonoma-Marin County Fair
What: Definitely the only local fair hosting an Ugliest Dog Contest, this festival up north also includes pig races, funnel cake-eating contests, live music, carnival rides, a farm-to-table showcase by Clover Stornetta and Cowgirl Creamery, a wild-cow-milking competition, and dozens of other hick-worthy and completely fun going-ons. 

When: Wednesday June 22, through Sunday, June 26
Where: 4th District Agricultural Association, 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma; 707-283-3247

Alameda County Fair
What: Head out east for this fair on the little island of Alameda, where there will be fireworks, BBQ and gumbo cook-offs, urban-gardening exhibitions, horse races, a petting zoo, and lots more. For those playing hooky from work, note that admission is just 99-cents before 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and on Monday, June 27, all carnival rides are a mere buck.
When: Wednesday June 22, through Sunday, July 10 (closed Tuesdays)
Where: Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton; 925-426-7600.

A contestant in the Ugliest Dog Contest. Photo: Facebook

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