Alameda County Fairgrounds

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Pig racing at the Alameda County Fair

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,[1] 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.[2]

Notable events[edit]

Besides the annual fair, events regularly held at the fairgrounds include:

  • The Scottish Highland Gathering and Games, which dates back to the 1860s and is reported to be the largest two-day Scottish gathering in North America [3]
  • The Pirates Of Emerson Haunted House
  • Several annual automobile shows managed by the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Paul Burgarino (24 June 2003). "Fair's model train show pulls in crowds". The Oakland Tribune. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Lea Blevins (2 September 2007). "Athletes throw weight around at Scottish games". The Oakland Tribune. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 

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Coordinates: 37°39′41″N 121°53′22″W / 37.66138°N 121.88944°W / 37.66138; -121.88944