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“Country Pride...County Wide” Clay County Agricultural Fair

as our theme for the 27th Annual Clay County Agricultural Fair. The Fair is set for April 4-13, 2013. The Board approved a main ticket gate relocation and

This year we will promote “Country Pride...County Wide”

expansion project for completion prior to our 2013 Fair. That’s really important! This project not only improves the first impression for our guests but more importantly im- proves safety and efficiency. We will be able to increase the number of ticket windows from 5 to 16. This will include handicap accessible windows and "Will Call." We will have the ability to sell reserved seating for our main stage con- certs. The new project improves our grounds drainage plus al-

lows the guest to enter a staging area inside the new fenced com- pound away for vehicular traffic. This is a big plus for im- proved guest safety.

In Working on new Main Gate Entrance Project

addition it allows for a new entrance street to ex- pose our Guest Ser-

vices Building and Rental services. The new entrance is located directly behind the flag pavilion and gazebo. The old ticket complex will be used and an exit only. It will allow for a much im pr o v ed pick up sta- tion for par- ents.

off-season. A new working Saw Mill will be added for this year’s Fair. This should only add to improve the guest ex- perience. Daily entertainment will include: The Sweeney Family Band, Denny the Rodeo Clown, Dennis Lee Band, Ron Diamond – Hypnotist & Magic Show, Willy’s Washboard Jam-

Working to widen guest walkways

boree, Rosaire’s Royal Pig Races, World Famous Disc- Connected K-9-s Frisbee Dog Team, Show-Me Safari Petting Zoo with Pony Rides, Melody Farms Follies, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Sunshine & Smiles and Cheerios & Bubblegum will

again perform face painting in the exhibit building. In addi- tion, our Community Stage will feature local acts daily through out the Fair. Last year over 500 people performed on stage. We hope you can join the fun. Visit us on line at You’re always welcome!

New Saw Mill Exhibit in the Early Florida Village

On the right—Federation President Dan West visits

with Gayle Hart, Federation 1st Vice President during the Greater Jacksonville

Agricultural Fair in November. New Entrance/Exit Opening day will feature admission for $2 each. Rides for

the first hour will be free. Afterward all rides will be $2 each. Opening ceremonies will include a live remote for weather broadcast from our Local TV Station Channel 4. The ribbon will be cut by our new State Senator Rob Bradley. Gates open at 12 Noon to give our guests an opportunity to take advantage of the reduced prices. One of the most popular exhibits at the Fair is our Early

Florida Village. Demonstrators dress for the period and demonstrate their skills to show how life was in the old days in Florida, especially Clay County Florida. This popu- lar stop for our guests includes: food sampling, educational exhibits, such as the Master Gardeners Heritage Garden, and entertainment. Many improvements were made in the


In October the Florida Strawberry Festival sent a delegation to visit the South Carolina State Fair. Pictured left to right: Andy Knotts - FSF Associate Director; David Sullivan—FSF Director; Kenny Peace—FSF Director; Nancy Smith - Assistant Manager South Carolina State Fair; Lee Bakst—FSF Assistant Manager ; Dan Douglas - FSF Director, Finance and Technology; Gary Goodman - General Manager– South Carolina State Fair.

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