June means county fair season in San Mateo, Pleasanton

This month, the entertainment scene moves to the Bay Area’s two biggest county fairs, the San Mateo County Fair in San Mateo (June 9-17) and, starting a week later, the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton (June 15-July 8).

San Mateo’s expanding its family-friendly and educational offerings with a Brazilian Rainforest exhibit and Butterfly Adventures. The popular racing pigs will return as will a long-ago fair favorite, bumper cars.

In Pleasanton, the emphasis on the region’s Old West roots continues. A few Texas Longhorns will be in the mix when the opening-day cattle drive makes its way down Main Street starting at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 15. Live horse racing is scheduled for 15 days of the fair’s run; special track events will include craft cocktail, brew and wine tasting festivals.

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Both fairs will feature free nighttime concerts with fair admission, but the best reserved seats will require extra fees. Look for Sheila E and John Michael Montgomery, among others, in San Mateo. Pleasanton’s got Blue Oyster Cult, Morris Day and the Time, LeAnn Rimes and more.

Naturally, you’ll find the requisite home arts exhibits, carnival midway and foods-on-a-stick at both fairs.

Details: Look for hours, transit info and the best ticket deals, as well as lists of free days and discounts, online at www.sanmateocountyfair.com and www.alamedacountyfair.com.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

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