The Alameda County Fair is held each year at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California. Attracting close to 400,000 attendees each year, it is one of the largest public events held in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the largest county fair in Northern California.
The Alameda County Fairgrounds is considered by many, to be one of the greenest in the entire state, boasting 267 park-like acres, and is home to over 300 events held annually. The property is managed by the Alameda County Fair Association, which is a self supporting, 501c3 nonprofit organization, and receives no government subsidies.
In 2008, the Alameda County Fair Association was recognized with 36 Western Fair Association’s Achievement Awards and the prestigious Louis B. Merrill Award for sponsoring the East Bay Stand Down, a charitable community event to support homeless Veterans of America.
What is the Time Commitment of a volunteer?
Volunteers can commit to as few as one day or up to all 17 days of the annual fair. Typical shifts are 6 hours. Although shifts can vary, an example of most shifts are 10am – 4pm or 4pm to 10pm.
Who Can Volunteer?
Volunteers can be a group, club, church, business or non-profit who want to volunteer together or individuals, students or retirees, etc.. who have some free time and want to be part of the fair and their community. Most of the volunteer positions require you to be 16 years old, but groups that have an adult(s) available for supervision would certainly be considered.
Welcome Future Volunteers!
We are very happy you are interested in joining our fair family as a volunteer. The annual fair is the largest event held on the fairgrounds each year. We rely on all our great volunteers to make our annual community event a success each year. Volunteers provide customer service for the many visitors attending the fair each day.
The volunteers may work in:
Guest Services -The Guest Service Department is communication central for all of our guests. Guest Services is located at each one of our gates and at our entertainment amphitheater. Volunteers working in Guest Services provide information on daily events happening at the fair, assisting with lost children and lost parents, answering questions on where to buy the best corn dog and many other questions asked each day by our patrons.
Shuttle Driver Provides transportation from the entrance gates to the grandstands (must be 18 years of age with valid drivers license)
Exhibits - The Exhibit Department consists of many interesting buildings. The buildings are where the exhibits are displayed after they are judged each year. Volunteers that work in the Food and Fiber Art Building will be surrounded by the many quilts and other textiles, delicious food including pies, cakes, jams and jellies to name a few and many other creative living projects. In our Hobby Building you will find many interesting collections on display. Our Garden and Agriculture Building are a display of many extraordinary flowers and plants as well as several educational displays. The Small and Large Animals Areas are a vast display of an array of animals of all types both large and small.
Exhibits Building Attendant for the following:
Science /Outdoor Adventure
Grandstand: The grandstand is where we host our annual horse racing meet for fifteen days of the fair. Positions are available in Win, Place & Show, preferred seating and Trackside Terrace. (our restaurant overlooking the race track)
Win Place and Show
Day Clean Up
Remove paper and debri in assigned areas.
Misc: Volunteer Floaters will report to coordinators and fill in areas as needed.
Festival Square: Festival Square Has a Variety of different events each day. These events vary from Eating Contests, Musical Acts, Food Demonstrations and various other theme events. One of the favorite events in 2008 was the Tamale Tasting Contest.