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FLORIDA FAIR NEWS ―FAIR facts‖ For Indian River County

The Firefighters‘ Indian River County Fair held March 8-17, 2013 was themed ―Traditions You Treasure. Total atten- dance at the event was 55,200 people, up from 2012.

NO RAIN fell this season however; we did have several chilly

days and gusty winds but overall the conditions were perfect. The School District of Indian River County had their spring break after our event so attendance was down midweek due to school nights but the weekends were strong. We had our best opening week- end recorded since 2004. The Fair‘s official website had over 759,000 hits on the site in March alone as well as our newly introduced Facebook page. Here, we were able to offer specials to Facebook viewers who ―Liked‖ the Fair and purchased advance tickets. Strates Shows provided the midway, where the carnival gross

was up compared with 2012. This was the third season the carni- val and the Fair used ―Barcoded‖ wristbands. This system allows proper tracking of ticket sales and rider usage on the grounds. 4-H entries for Swine, Steers, Breed stock, Cavies, Chickens,

Goats, Rabbits and Citrus trees were up from 2012. Total live- stock sale prices were up from 2012. An increase this season in the number of entries for competitive

exhibits were; baked goods, creative crafts and canning. A baked goods auction was held Saturday evening March 9th with pro- ceeds going the Indian River County Youth 4-H program. An ex- citing competitive entry again this season was a Corn Hole tour- nament where 14 teams competed for cash prizes as well as the Truck Tug-of-War where local pick-up truck owners pulled their way to winning cash prizes. There was a Karaoke contest along with a Barn Dance was held on March 15th at the livestock pavil- ion. The Barn ―King & Queen‖ Competition, a 4-H Youth BBQ Cooking contest, the 4-H Youth Rabbit & Cavy Show, there was a Steer Grooming competition, a Swine, Steer, Poultry, and Goat Show, a Fishing Club Casting Contest, a Citrus Tree competition along with the Adult & Pee-Wee Showmanship routines and the Rust-n-Flame interactive Blacksmith Demonstrations were all held in the beautiful Florida Farm Bureau Livestock Pavilion. Our Guest Relations booth provided ―Lost Kid Tags.‖ Here, par- ents filled out neon colored tags with the child‘s name, age and the guardian‘s cell phone number. This was then tied to the child‘s belt loop or another part on their clothing. If the child was to get separated from the guardian, security or other staff members could assist in locating that guardian. Our indoor exhibit build-

Firefighter Fair Manager, Toby Turner visiting with his son during the Fair

ing housed 40 local and regional vendor spaces that were available for the public as they strolled through this air condi- tioned facility. Old Florida Bonsai provided demon-

stration and educational classes during the fair each Saturday and Sunday.

Indian River Fire Girls Club with

Sparky. This is our local firefighter‘s wives and female

firefighters who raise

funds for Breast Can- cer here in Indian River County.

The Volusia County

Fair Association announced the selection of John Owens, CFE, as their Marketing/Event Di- rector effective immedi- ately. Owens had been the Marketing/Event Director at

the Volusia County Fair & Expo Center from 2000 to January of 2005 when he took the position of Fair/Facility Manager at the Anderson County Fair in Anderson, SC. Three years later the Fair- ground was sold to Anderson University and Owens was selected as the General Manager of the Nevada State Fair in Reno, NV. After a successful two years there the OABA (Outdoor Amusement Business Association) brought him back to Florida as the Director of Marketing and Member Services. John and his wife, Sally, now live in Edgewater, Florida. He has

an extensive Fair, promotion, marketing and Social Media marketing experience. He is a national speaker and Author of ―Opening Night Creating Successful Events.‖ David Viers, CFE, the Executive Director of the Volusia County

Fair, said the Fair was really happy to have Owens back. It‘s a great fit for us and we are fortunate that he was available. Danny Pope, President of the Volusia County Fair Association, and the Fair Di- rectors all echoed the sentiment.

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