SOURCE: Contra Costa County Fair

Contra Costa County Fair

May 25, 2011 11:00 ET

Contra Costa County Fair Celebrates 75th Year

Fair Starts Thursday, June 2 and Offers Many Ways to Save

ANTIOCH, CA--(Marketwire - May 25, 2011) - Since 1936, the Contra Costa County Fair has made it its mission to offer wholesome fun for the entire family at an affordable price. Seventy-five years later, that tradition is going strong.

"For 75 years, the fair has been an essential thread in the fabric of our community," said Fair CEO Lori Marshall. "While the world has changed dramatically since 1936, the appeal of the county fair endures. It truly is a great American tradition and a wonderful way to kick off the summer."

On Thursday, June 2, when the midway lights up and the cotton candy machines begin whipping up their downy confection, residents can see more than 100 exhibits showcasing the talents of Contra Costa County's residents in categories such as homemade wines, fine art, horticulture, livestock and more. And all for just $8.

Folks can enjoy attractions such as "The Movie Stunt Adventure," an interactive feature that puts you in the action and be entertained by the family-friendly cowboy comedy troupe "Fables of the West."

Between carnival rides and exhibits, residents can enjoy the stellar musical lineup that includes country group Whiskey Dawn and rockers The Lost Boys on Thursday and Friday, and tribute bands paying homage to Taylor Swift, Guns N' Roses and Def Leppard on Saturday.

This year, there are a host of ways to get in to the fair for free or at a deep discount, including:
* Active military personnel with ID get free admission on Thursday, June 2
* Seniors 62 or older receive free admission all day Thursday, June 2
* Volunteer at one of the fair's exhibits and get one free ticket, good any day
* Get a $3 discount on admission for riding the bus to the fair
* Buy tickets early and save on admission and ride wristbands

To view the full list of saving opportunities click here (

The fair runs June 2-5 at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 West 10th St., Antioch. Admission: Adults $8; Kids 6-12 $5; Seniors $5; 5 and under FREE. Fair hours: Thursday & Friday: Noon–11pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11am–11pm.

For the full entertainment schedule or general inquiries, call (925) 757-4400 or visit

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