A ton of fun headed for Placer County

By: Bill Sullivan, Associate Publisher
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Over the last several weeks, by just reading the headlines in this newspaper, one trend is quite obvious: Placer County is growing when it comes to family fun and entertainment.

Right here in Rocklin, we have the rapidly growing Quarry Park Adventures that is getting closer and closer to reality each and every day.  This venue brings something like never before to the heart of Rocklin and the community seems to be embracing it with open arms. This not only will be a huge source of fun and entertainment for the locals but will bring many visitors to the area as well.

This past Tuesday, Placer Valley Tourism unveiled what used to be known as the Placer County Fairgrounds after over a year of closure, renovation and rebranding.  Now known as @ the Grounds, this new facility will benefit all of Placer County in such a badly-needed way.  After all, what is a county without a fairgrounds or an event center of a similar nature?

Remodeled buildings, halls and event centers are shining brightly now at this once-ailing facility that was facing the fear of closure and redevelopment for decades. This will bring an abundance of great events to the county as well as offer a venue for folks to utilize for special events, such as wedding receptions, seminars, trade shows and more.  To top it all off, Placer Valley Tourism is bringing “hometown” back to the county fair next month. You can expect more than just vendors and carnival rides at this recharged county fair. Look for Placer County to be well showcased for all it is known for in exhibits, features and more. 

Late Monday afternoon, it was announced that Placer County would once again be home to grassroots auto racing. Placer Valley Tourism and Placer Country announced that Roseville businessman and NASCAR champion Bill McAnally had signed a long-term agreement to operate the All American Speedway located on the @ the Grounds. While auto racing isn’t for everyone, it draws a great deal of excitement from fans of all ages and is one of America’s most popular spectator sports.  This new announcement will come with many improvements to the facility as well as the fan experience, topping off an already impressive new light at a once-failing county entity.

Last week, we learned that a large entertainment venue, known as Round One, has slated its newest location to be the Westfield Galleria Mall. This company, that began in Japan will bring an a large-scale entertainment venue to Placer County.  While specific details are yet to come on size and floor plan, the company touts its smallest locations as ranging from 40,000 to 50,000 square feet, while most of their locations are in the neighborhood of 60,000 square feet.

This new entertainment venue will host a variety of fun right here in Placer County. Hundreds of arcade games are expected, along with billiard tables, air hockey, bowling alleys, food and beverages and more. It seems to be much like the popular Dave and Busters’ on steroids.

These are just three key items that are being chatted about heavily when it comes to fun to come in Placer County. All items will bring great pleasure to residents as well as imported tax dollars for those who chose to visit this great county to patronize them and those tax dollars, in turn, will make improvements possible for our community.

Bill Sullivan is the associate publisher for Gold Country Media. He can be reached at