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The Suwannee County Fair and Youth Livestock Show and Sale returns Friday in its 99th year. The theme this year is “Homegrown, Handmade, & Farm Fresh". The Suwannee County Fair Association invites everyone to attend and promises there will be something for everyone. The week of the fair is scheduled for April 5-April 12.The fair opens at 5 p.m. daily.
“We’re excited about this year’s fair,” said Tim Alcorn, president of the Suwannee County Fair Association.
Alcorn said there will be a lot of things different this year.
“We’ve got new rides, new midway company, new food booths. We hope that you will come out and join us for a great week of fun, food and family-friendly entertainment,” he said.
Throughout the week of the fair, the Suwannee County Coliseum will be filled with a variety of exhibits and everyone is encouraged to stop by and view the spectacular art displays.
Out on the midway, the grounds will be filled with rides for people of all ages to enjoy. The favorite among many is the fair food, which will be in abundance. Funnel cakes, the famous Lions Club hamburgers, cotton candy, candy apples and kettle corn can be found throughout the festive week.
In addition to the rides, exhibits and food, fairgoers will find plenty of entertainment and animals to enjoy.
The fair opens at 5 p.m. Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. A dairy show and Danceology will be on at 6 p.m. Blush Dance Company is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Willow Creek Band is set to play at 8 p.m. Midnight Madness is planned for Friday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. arm bands to ride al rides are $20.
On Saturday, at 8 a.m., registration begins for a 5K race. The race will start at 9 a.m. Another highlight for Saturday is the Pee Wee Dairy Show, which will take place at 5 p.m. The fair will also open at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Willow Creek Band will be back on Saturday night for great entertainment at 8 p.m.
Sunday has been designated as Hispanic Night. Arm bands may be purchased for $15 and entertainment will be provided by a Hispanic band at 8 p.m.
At 6 p.m., the Youth Hog Showmanship, and SHS Drumline will headline Monday’s events. A pedal tractor pull will begin at 6:30 p.m. Gateway City Big Band will be the featured entertainment that evening at 7 p.m. Phase one of a talent show will kickoff at 8 p.m.
Senior citizens are encouraged to take advantage of free admission and lunch on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Herold White Band will be playing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with lunch at 12 p.m. At 6 p.m. the Suwannee Intermediate School Chorus will entertain guests. The Youth Hog Show will begin at 6 p.m., with a lawnmower pull at 6:30 p.m. Karaoke is open to anyone at 7 p.m.
Anyone who didn’t get enough of the pedal tractor pull on Monday will have another chance to enjoy another one at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 9. A Steer Show will begin at 6 p.m. that evening. The stage acts have not been announced yet.
On Thursday, the day is filled with activities beginning with a Youth Livestock Sale at 9 a.m. The Dance Shop and the Youth Heifer Show is scheduled for 6 p.m. A lawn mower pull will take place at 6:30 p.m, followed by Suwannee Spirit at 7 p.m. Phase two of the talent show will begin at 8 p.m.
Everyone is encouraged to come out Friday, April 11 for the goat and youth heifer show at 6 p.m. and take advantage of the final chance to see a pedal tractor pull at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment by Twirling by Kary will take place at 6 p.m.; the SHS Drumline at 7 p.m., and the Willow Creek Band at 8 p.m.
The fair will wrap up on Saturday, April 12, with a demolition derby at 6 p.m., the talent show finals at 7 p.m., and the Band of Brothers at 8 p.m.
Whether it is food, entertainment, midway rides, exhibits, or livestock, the Suwannee County Fair is sure to offer something for everyone. For more information, please call 386-362-FAIR. You can also check out the fair association on Facebook and Twitter. More information can also be found at www.suwanneecountyfair.org.