For the next nine days starting Friday, you can take part in a historic event.

When the Suwannee County Fair opens Friday and until it closes March 23 for another year, you can attend the oldest fair in the state.

And not only is it the oldest fair around, it’s our fair.

It’s designed around our communities — Suwannee, Hamilton and Lafayette counties — here in rural North Florida and supporting the agriculture that continues to thrive here.

It is built around supporting the youth and their future endeavors.

But the fair has a little something for everybody.

There’s the livestock shows and sale, keeping the fair grounded in its agricultural roots.

But there’s also bands and live entertainment every single night for the music lovers in the area. Part of that entertainment schedule will be the Fair Talent Contest which concludes March 23 with the winner taking home $750.

There’s also the antique tractor pull on XXXX and the crowd-favorite demolition derby on the final night of the fair as well.

For the young — and young at heart — there’s also the various carnival rides to let loose and let out a few thrilling screams.

And then there’s the food. Tim Alcorn, Fair Association president, even admitted a number of the thousands that will flock to the Suwannee County Coliseum and fairgrounds the next couple weeks do so just to get some fair food, especially the boiled ears of corn.

So take some time and go enjoy all the fair has to offer, or at least find what part of the fair is your favorite.

You’ll be glad you did.

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