Summer fun: Alameda County Fair, King Tut in L.A., film memorabilia and more

The Alameda County Fair: This fair has everything – even antiques and collectibles next to the cuddly baby animals, thrilling amusement rides and delectable food.

I was privileged to once again serve as one of a trio of judges for the Exhibits Committee. It’s an honor to experience the passion these collectors put into their entries, some of which can take a year to assemble.

About 80 showcases are replete with Disney and Star Wars memorabilia, Christmas collectibles, auto paraphernalia, Elvis keepsakes, kitchen gadgets, perfume bottles, salt and pepper shakers, milk bottles, refrigerator magnets, record albums, china and more. The goodies are housed in Building O (the structure dedicated to Minerals, Gems and Hobbies).

Monetary prizes and ribbons are awarded. The public gets to weigh in by selecting a favorite entry. The winner receives the Don Wills memorial plaque.

Remember to stop in at Building G where Alameda County history is recounted through a host of vignettes. Guest artisans also practice age-old handicrafts such as wood working, broom making, weaving and blacksmithing.

Details: The fun is in Pleasanton at the Alameda County Fair Wednesdays-Sundays through July 8. From I-680 take the Bernal Road exit and go east to Valley Ave. Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m., except July 4 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.). Admission: $15 adults, $10 seniors (62 +), $10 children (6-12). Military free. Parking: $10. For more information, call (925) 426-7600, or visit the website.

Trip tip: Every summer I give travel ideas for readers on the go. If you’re in Los Angeles, see the dazzling “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” docked at the California Science Center.

The exhibition marks the 100th year of the discovery of the Egyptian ruler’s tomb. The show goes until January, but the museum staff expects most folks will attend over the next few months.

Experience a multimedia presentation including the IMAX movie “Mysteries of Egypt” narrated by Omar Sharif on a seven-story movie screen. There are 150 eye-popping artifacts to appreciate – 60 are outside of their homeland for the first time.

Details: California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles. Plan on getting tickets ($20-$35) in advance. For more info, call (323) 724-3623 or visit the website.

Let’s movie: A large selection of movie posters and film memorabilia that belonged to the late Robert Osborne is being sold in an online auction entitled “TCM Presents: A Celebration of Robert Osborne, Part II.”

Osborne – the heart and soul

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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