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Citrus County Fair News By Hal Porter, Fair Manager

The Citrus County Fair is March 25-30, 2013. We will also be

having a special Midway Armband on Easter Sunday March 31, 2013. There will be no gate admission this day. We have a fun and educational week planned and look forward

to an exciting week full of good food, fellowship, entertainment, successful livestock programs, lots of exhibits and a thrilling mid- way from Belle City Amusements. The livestock programs will be ongoing all week. We are very

blessed with community support for our youth livestock programs. There will be displays of Fine Arts, Horticulture and more in the

competitive exhibits area. There will also be many local busi- nesses on display. The Entertainment line up should provide

lots of fun for everyone. We are very excited to have the band Restless Heart as our opening act on Monday. Other entertain- ment includes; Washboard Willy, Scotts Crazy Magic Show, Wade Henry and the Kachunga Alligator show performing all week. We also have local entertainment all week in our auditorium. The Karaoke con- test on Thursday night has become very popular. We just had our 14th Annual Truck and Tractor Pull. Two big Days of noise, smoke and excitement. We had almost 500 pulls. We raise funds for our youth scholarship with the proceeds of this event. Over 20 states were represented at the pull. We had a “Blast”. We invite everyone to come join the

fun at the 2013 Citrus County Fair. We look forward to seeing ya’ll at the Fair.

SPECIAL NOTE: Irma Stokes is still in need of

squares to make the quilt for the convention. Please send yours ASAP to 3600 S. Florida Ave., Inverness, FL

The Fun Takes Place March 14-31, 2013

Now in its 62nd year, The Miami- Dade County Youth Fair & Ex- position is offering fairgoers more deals and ways to save

than ever, making it even more accessible to everyone in South Florida. Taking place from March 14-31, 2013, the Youth Fair is also announcing this year’s entertainment line -up. Free entertainment is included with the price of admission

and features: The Shangri-LA Chinese Acrobats in the E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion; The Zuzu African Acrobats at the Main Street Stage; Royal Hanneford Circus with 5 new thrilling acts; Show-Me Safari Pig Races; Petting Zoo; Strolling entertainment including: The House of Flying Cards street magicians, Rainbow Circus performers and Tadpole & Katie the Clowns; also for a limited schedule the NEW Jump, The Ultimate Dog Show (March 19-22 &

Fair Presents: Friday, March 15th – Colombian teen pop artist Matt Hunter; Friday, March 22nd – Dove Award- winning Christian band Newsboys ‘God’s Not Dead Tour’, with special guests Building 429 & All Things New; Fri- day, March 29th – American pop punk band We Are The In Crowd. Saturdays LIVE @ The Fair Presents: Saturday, March

March 25-28). Special events and shows include: Fridays Rock @ The

March 17th - Yo Gabba Gabba Meet & Greet; Sunday, March 24th - Ron Magill & The Zoo Characters; Sunday, March 31st- The NEW Disney’s Annual Pass Interactive Experience & Billboards #1 kids artist Kidz Bop LIVE in concert; Plus other special family events from 12-5 p.m. on all three Sundays of the Youth Fair. So come on out and enjoy this year’s Fair anytime from March 14th—31st!

Osceola County Fair Manager Dawn Rowe to leave post at conclusion of Fair After nine years at the helm

of the KVLS & Osceola County Fair, Dawn Rowe will be vacating her position as General Manager and moving forward to new opportunities with the Kissimmee Utility Authority. The Osceola County Fair

has held a special place in Dawn’s heart for a variety of reasons. It was at the Fair, where she first met her hus- band Rex 17 years ago. She started volunteering the fol- lowing year and enjoyed watching her daughter Felicia participate in Fair activities. In 2001 Dawn officially joined the KVLS as a member. Three years later, after spending 19 years in corporate Amer- ica, she accepted the position of general manager of the KVLS & Osce- ola County Fair, a non-profit 401 c3 corporation. With a new facility to host the Fair and Livestock Shows and new

Dawn at the IAFE convention visiting with Buffy Thomas at left and Ron Norton at right with K & K Insurance

expectations for the KVLS organization’s future, Dawn was up for chal- lenge. Her organization skills and dedication were key to making the many transitions successful. She has formed valuable relationships within the community that allowed KVLS & Osceola County Fair to grow and reach out to all sectors of our diverse community. The Kissimmee Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and Southern Ford Dealers are just two of many sponsors acquired through her persistence and attention to detail. Realizing the need to become as educated and knowledgeable about

the Fair business as possible, Dawn reached out to the Florida Federa- tion of Fairs and the International Association of Fairs for guidance and support. She is now in her fourth year as a Florida Federation Board member and has served on the Showcase, Auction, Membership, and Personnel committees at the State level and Welcoming and Sponsor- ship committees at the International level. She has led round table dis- cussions and taught Microsoft Office classes during the convention. Dawn also served as a Blue Ribbon judge & visited other County Fairs. Fair members around the State of Florida now know about and think favorably of the Osceola County Fair because of Dawn’s involvement and professionalism.


16th – Puerto Rican BMI & Billboard Reggaeton artist Gocho; Saturday, March 23rd - DJ Irie & MMA Matches; Saturday, March 30th - FCW wrestling with special WWE guest appearances. SunDay FunDays A-LIVE @ The Fair Presents: Sunday,

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