Alameda County Fair cattle drive takes one last ride through downtown Pleasanton

Morning parade draws thousands as the county fair officially opens for the summer

The sound of hooves on payment could be heard rattling through Pleasanton Friday morning, from a herd of cattle taking one “Last Drive” through downtown.

Thousands of residents crowded into the downtown area to watch the popular Pleasanton cattle drive, which for the past two years has marked the start of the Alameda County Fair -- which is now open.

The hoofed procession consisted of dozens of cattle, led by cowpoke and dog herders, who started their journey on Rose Avenue Gate, made their way through central downtown and then returned back to the fairgrounds as the first guests began to enter the fair’s gates.

A couple of close calls occurred from cattle attempting to break free and explore downtown’s offerings, but teams of dogs and cowboys on horseback were able to coral them back into the herd with no damage done.

Fair officials announced that this will be the third and final cattle drive through downtown Pleasanton, which marks the start of the fair’s Western Weekend, with Wild West-themed attractions all over the fairgrounds.

The fair opened Friday morning and runs through July 7 -- but will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day at the fairgrounds at the corner of Valley and Bernal avenues.

For ticket prices and other fair information, check the Weekly’s earlier coverage of visit the official website here.

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