Contra Costa Fair open Thursday with a bit of everything

ANTIOCH — From beef cattle shows to Tina Turner tributes and western chainsaw demonstrations, the annual Contra Costa County Fair offers a little bit of everything Thursday through Sunday at the Contra Costa Event Center.

In addition to the annual carnival of rides, this year there will feature an Xtreme Sports Zone, wiener dog races, the Livermore Unit of the National Association of Rocketry, cheese carving, a petting zoo, livestock, art and photography exhibits, a fair queen pageant, daily musical entertainment and more.

On Thursday all tickets will be $1 each.

Thursday night entertainment includes the Miss Contra Costa County Fair Queen Pageant at 5:30 p.m. on the Estrella Pavilion Stage and Patton Leatha on the Midway Stage at 6 and 8 p.m.

Friday is Seniors Day, with Patton Leatha at 6 and 8 p.m. at the PG&E Midway,  Adam Aldama & The Aces at 9 p.m. at the Estrella Pavilion Stage.

Saturday, Military & Law Enforcement Day,  highlights dachsund races at 3 p.m., Patton Leatha at 8 p.m. at the PG&E Midway and Sweet Tina at 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. at the Estrella Pavilion Stage.

Sunday, meanwhile, is Fiesta Day with Banda Estrellas de La Bahia at 7 p.m. on the Estrella Pavilion Stage.

All youth under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian age 25 or older to be admitted into the fair.

For a daily schedule, visit online.

Tickets are $8 for seniors and youth 6-12, $12 for general admission and free for kids 5 and under.

The Contra Costa Event Center is at 1201 W. 10th St. in Antioch. For details online, visit


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