Due to the Alameda County Public Health Department current shelter-at-home order and the State of California’s order with no expiration date, the 2020 Alameda County Fair has been canceled.
“The Alameda County Agricultural Fair Association has actively been following state and county officials in an effort to comply with public health mandates,” Fair CEO Jerome Hoban stated. “The health and safety of guests, staff and partners continues to be our No. 1 priority; our team is updating protocols and guidelines so that, when allowed, we can safely welcome the community back to the venue.”
The 18-day fair, previously scheduled June 19 through July 12, is the largest event in Alameda County — a 108-year old tradition for nearly a half million people in the community. The fairgrounds is also home to nearly 300 year-round events. The venue brings a significant economic impact to the region with more than $32 million in revenue generated locally as well as nearly 900 additional jobs during the fair. The event also increases local business such as hotels, restaurants, and shopping.
“As much as we love putting on the fair and bringing the community together, it is clear that it is best to postpone (the) fair this year, we will celebrate together again in 2021,” stated Gordon Galvan, board president. “Canceling the fair is devastating to our team and partners who come from across the country to entertain the Alameda County community.”
Although the fair is canceled, Alameda County Fair continues to work on making live horse racing, contests and the junior livestock auction available this summer, while following mandates set by the state and county. Live horse racing may occur without spectators, and competitive exhibits and contests will continue virtually.
Looking ahead to the fall, the Alameda County Agricultural Fair Association is exploring the idea of hosting a community celebration in October should conditions allow. Currently, the Alameda County Fairgrounds is participating in a regional partnership with Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare (SHC – VC) and the cities of Pleasanton, Dublin, and Livermore as a regional drive-thru COVID-19 testing site.
The Alameda County Agricultural Fair Association is a nonprofit organization, which produces the annual Alameda County Fair without any tax funding from the government. It is ranked one of the top 50 North American Fairs and the seventh largest fair in California. International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) named the Alameda County Fair a Top 100 Fair. The fairgrounds is home to the oldest one-mile race track in America.
For more information on events or refunds, visit alamedacountyfair.com.