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Grand Funk Railroad's frontman, Max Carl performs "American Band" at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, CA. on Tuesday, July 1, 2003. Travis Lindquist Staff Herald News 7/1/03

PLEASANTON — This year's Alameda County Fair concert series may be "some kind of wonderful" for Grand Funk Railroad fans.

Grand Funk Railroad which had a string hits in the 1970s is scheduled to perform July 8. The concert is free with fair admission.

The band is among various musical acts booked to entertain attendees at this year's fair, which runs June 23 to July 11. The fair will be closed on Tuesdays, June 29 and July 6.

Michael Jackson tribute band Foreverland will perform June 23; singer Johnny Rivers June 24; singer Uncle Kracker June 25; Oakland-based soul group Tower of Power June 26; Latin artist Diana Reyes June 27; Christian singer Natalie Grant June 28; Journey tribute band Evolution, June 30; Country singer Crystal Gayle July 1; Rock band Little Feat July 2; R&B group Con Funk Shun July 3; A blues festival will be held July 4; Christian music group Newsboys will perform July 5; Beatles Majesty, a Beatles tribute band, on July 7; Country group Lonestar July 10 and rock group War on July 11.

The concert for July 9 has not yet been announced.


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Pre-sale fair tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 62 years and older and $4 for children 6-12. Kids under 6 enter free. At the gate tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children 6-12.

General admission is $3 on Wednesdays for the fair's "Wacky Wednesdays" promotion. Senior admission is free on Thursdays and kids are free on Fridays.

General parking is $8. There will also be two preferred parking areas available. One at Gate 8 will be avaialble for $15 a spot. Parking at the Pleasanton Avenue lot will go for $20.

A fair season pass good for all 17 days is available for $30 as is a $30 "Fun Pack" which consists of four general admission tickets, general parking and two buy-one, get-one-free drink coupons for the carnival area.

Fair hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to Sundays. The fair will be closed Tuesdays. Carnival hours will be noon to close.

The fair will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on July 4 and the 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 5.

The Alameda County Fairgrounds is located at 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Pleasanton.

For more information, visit www.alamedacountyfair.com or call 925-426-7600..

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