Suwannee Democrat

March 15, 2013

98th Suwannee County Fair and Youth Livestock Show & Sale coming soon

Andrew McGee
Suwannee Democrat

Live Oak — In just two short years we will be celebrating a century of Suwannee County fairs, but for now we look forward to the 98th event with the theme of “Red, White, Blue and You”.

The festivities take place March 29 through April 6. 
This is a great place for folks in Suwannee and neighboring counties to participate and celebrate our culture. It provides a venue to showcase livestock, agriculture, art, business, education, entertainment, food, innovation and music. And let’s not forget about the midway rides.

“It’s everything that’s our community in one place,” said President of the Suwannee County Fair Tim Alcorn. “We’ve got some new things this year too.”

There will be youth and adult fine arts exhibits, 4-H booths and projects and commercial and educational booths. Creative crafts, canning, quilts and decorated eggs as well as rabbits, poultry and livestock will also be found.

Friday, March 29 is opening day and after the ribbon cutting ceremony, there will be a dairy show, Twirling by Kary and an antique tractor pull. Rounding out the evening, live music will be provided by Willow Creek Band.

Bring your running shoes on Saturday, March 30. Registration for a 5K race is at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. The fair will open at 12 p.m. Throughout the day, registration for horses and a horse show take place along with kids crafts and a pee wee dairy show costume contest. Later in the afternoon and evening, watch area women compete in the Miss Suwannee County Fair Pageant followed by the speed events.

Entrance of the goats and beef heifers takes place Sunday, March 31, and the fair opens at 4 p.m.

The fair opens at 5 p.m. Monday, April 1. There will be a youth goat show, youth heifer show and a youth pedal tractor pull. The evening’s music will be provided by Gateway City Big Band.

Senior Citizens Day is Tuesday, April 2. There will be free admission and lunch for senior citizens from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be served at 12 p.m. The fair opens at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., the lawnmower pull is followed by the youth heifer show.

Those entering their hogs for show need to be at the fair between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3. The fair opens at 5 p.m. and hog showmanship will be at 6 p.m. followed by Twirling by Kary and by the youth pedal tractor pull.

Youth steer entry will be 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, April 4, and the fair opens at 5 p.m. The youth hog show is at 6 p.m. followed by sawmill demonstrations and the lawnmower pull.

Friday, April 5, the fair opens at 5 p.m. and first on the list is sawmill demonstrations. The steer show will be at 6 p.m. followed by the youth pedal tractor pull at 7 p.m. The evening’s musical entertainment will be provided by Willow Creek Band.

Saturday, April 6, the fair opens at 12 p.m. The hog and steer sale will be held at 1:30 p.m. and at 3 p.m. a sawmill demonstration. Rounding out the fair’s events will be the demolition derby at 7 p.m.

Daily admissions:

Adults $5

Children (6-12) $3

Senior citizens $5 (Admission free on Tuesday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Special events nights slightly higher

Season tickets are $30 (good for duration of fair)

Parking is free and located in two areas, in front of the Coliseum and in the rear of the grounds via Gold Kist Boulevard.

For general information, call the fair office at 386-362-3247 or go to