Contra Costa County Fair Celebrates 75th Year

Fair starts Thursday, June 2 and offers many ways to save

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.

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.

New Programs Offer Many Ways to Save

With the economy not quite out of the woods yet and residents still pinching pennies, the staff at the Contra Costa County Fair want people to know there are a multitude of ways to get free or discounted tickets to this year’s big event from June 2-5 at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds in Antioch.

“One $8 ticket buys you a full day of quality, family-friendly entertainment,” said fair CEO Lori Marshall. “And with our new savings opportunities, there are so many ways to get in for practically nothing. Bringing the whole family to the fair is a great way to start the summer, especially when you can do it without spending an arm and a leg.”

A few of the deals include:
• Free admission for everyone from noon until 3pm on June 2
• All active military personnel with ID get free admission on June 2
• Any senior 62 or older receives free admission all day June 2
• Buy tickets early and save on both admission and ride wristbands
• Special discount tickets at all Walgreens stores, on sale May 12 -June 1
• 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

Fairgoers will also enjoy more than 100 exhibits on cooking, fine arts, jewelry, horticulture and more. And last but not least, great bands like country group Whiskey Dawn and rockers The Lost Boys will kick off this year’s event with shows on Thursday and Friday. Tribute bands paying homage to Taylor Swift, Guns N’ Roses and Def Leppard will rock the house all day Saturday.

“There’s so much going on you can’t possibly see it all,” Marshall said, “still we always encourage folks to try, even visit more than once!”

For more information about the entertainment schedule or other general inquiries, please call (925) 757-4400 or visit

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