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“65 Years of Squeals, Thrills, & Ferris Wheels” Northeast Florida Fair

The Northeast Florida Fair was held in Callahan October

18-28, 2012. This year's theme was "65 Years of Squeals, Thrills, & Ferris Wheels!" There was excitement from fair officials, staff, exhibitors, vendors, volunteers and the pub- lic. Hildebrand Rides offered a variety of rides and games for the entire family. Our fair entertainment included a vari- ety of local entertainers as well as performances from our local school bands. Magician Just Paul and Rowdy Rooster entertained the crowds daily. Our interactive agri- cultural exhibits were enjoyed by children to came to visit the fair. On the day of our Dairy Show children could have their picture taken with the milkable cow and were given a free Got Milk! picture frame as well as a milk mus- tache. The Geiger Rodeo provided a first class show full of cowboys and cowgirls who came to compete in rough stock and timed events. As always, the fair is a time to show- case youth in the community and support the 4-H and FFA projects. Some of the competitions included handicrafts, canned and baked goods and horticulture exhibits that were prepared by all ages. Nassau County school exhibit booths were decorated and highlighted the fair's theme. We also celebrated the 150th year of the Land Grant Universities. Our local extension staff provided fair- goers with refreshments and educated the public about the first Land Grant Universities. Fairgoers were excited to one again see improvements

throughout the grounds. One of our newest highlights was the newly lighted sign near the front entrance. Daily infor- mation was posted for everyone to see. We extend an invitation to you to attend our 2013 fair,

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Volusia County Fair & Youth Show Second Best Attendance Since 1923

The numbers are in, and Volusia County Fair & Youth

Show officials are reporting records for the annual event conducted by the nonprofit Volusia County Fair. With a gate of 185,500, the 2012 fair, which was Nov. 1-11 at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, experienced its second best attendance since opening in 1923. Deggeller Attrac- tions, the carnival provider for The Fair, saw a record year on the midway, with gross revenue increasing 6 percent over 2011. Additionally, Livestock sales totaled $167,000 (a 1.8 percent increase over 2011), plus Fair officials report an increase in the number of livestock exhibits and com- petitive exhibits over 2011 as well. Additional highlights range from the concert offerings to

admission discounts. The Tommy Lawrence Arena saw a full house crowd for Tracy Lawrence on November 3. In its fourth year of exchanging half-price admission for

two cans of nonperishable food items, The Volusia County Fair Association again experienced the generosity of the Volusia County Fair & Youth Show patrons, and local fami- lies will benefit for months to come. Monday night at the Fair, patrons donated 8,592 pounds of food (4.296 tons),

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Volusia County Fair and Dan West,

Federation President

which was weighed and inventoried by Second Harvest Food Bank. The collection was enough to feed nearly 300 families of four for several days. Since 2009, 25,317 pounds (12.66 tons) of food have been donated at the Volusia County Fair & Youth Show.

Visiting the Volusia County Fair -Left to right: Shawn Krauel, General Manager, Central Florida Fair; Stacey Redditt, Dir Agri- culture & Education Operations, Central Florida Fair; Dan West Federation President, David Viers, Manager, Volusia County Fair, Wil Price, Operations Manager-Central Florida Fair, Jenny LaGrange, Vice President– Central Florida Fair Board of Direc- tors.


County Fair Mascot— Jessie the Pig and

Federation President Dan West

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