PLEASANTON, California – Gordon Galvan is Alameda County Fair Association Board President.
The Alameda County Fair Association has elected Gordon Galvan as President of the Board. Galvan, a Government Relations Consultant, was first appointed to the board by Wilma Chan in 2005.
“I am honored to carry on the rich tradition of our fair. I look forward to leading our dynamic and forward-thinking team, who are committed to making the Alameda County Fair the best in the country,” Galvan remarked.
As much as he enjoys the innerworkings of the fair, he also enjoys going to the track, sampling corn dogs and hitting the midway with his children. Galvan has fond memories of attending the Fair with his parents and enjoys continuing that tradition with his own family.
The Alameda County Agricultural Fair Association is a 501(c)3 private, non-profit corporation responsible for producing the annual Alameda County Fair, as well as managing the 267-acre fairgrounds property in Pleasanton.
Throughout the year, Alameda County Fairgrounds hosts over 300 commercial and private events and operates several onsite properties including the RV Park Campground and the Off Track Betting Facility. The Association is completely self-supporting and receives no funding from tax revenue.
The Fair began in 1859 in downtown Oakland as a floral event and eventually moved to Pleasanton as the first county fair in 1912. Since that time, the Alameda County Fair has continued as an annual event dedicated to celebrating the heritage and diversity of the community. It is ranked among the top 50 Fairs in the U.S. and has won numerous national and international industry awards.
The Fairgrounds is also home to the oldest, one-mile horseracing track in America. Built in 1858 by the Bernal family, the track originally operated as a winter training camp for racehorses. Horseracing remains one of the Fair’s flagship events.