Collier County Fair

The 2018 Collier County Fair: A Year to “SEW IT, GROW IT and SHOW IT”!

The Collier County Fair spent most of the year rebuilding and fighting our way through the path of

destruction left by Hurricane Irma. It was a trying and exhausting time for our fairgrounds and the local community. But the fair and our community persevered and were able to come together and make the best out of a difficult situation. In many ways we were able to sew (we found this to be interchangeable with sow of a different nature), grow and show ourselves to the community and surrounding areas. Through this experience our theme was born. We were on a quest to continue this theme at our fair – and we did! How did we “SEW IT”, you ask? We saw an increase in our Family Living entries (competitive exhibits). Many adults and children

entered this year and displayed all the handwork they had sewn in the past year. Crafts of all types adorned our newly built Family Living/STEAM building. Our STEAM team helped to sow seeds of knowledge about science, technology, education, agriculture and math in a different way into the minds of the fairgoers. The use of technology allowed us to scatter giant 3D bubbles over the fair- grounds throughout the day, which added excitement to the venue. “GROW IT” is always big at our fair, and this year our garden did not fall short in that category. We were able to add a duck pond,

expand past our barn and add some new vegetables and displays. Growth continued in our attendance. 2018 brought us a bounti- ful crop of patrons. Our overall attendance increased by 8,000 people, and we are thankful indeed. Thanks to hurricane Irma our office also grew. We managed to set up a new office and have it in running order within days of the opening of the fair. It may have been a painful growth at first, but nonetheless it bloomed into something new and exciting. “SHOW IT” requires us giving a lot of credit to our livestock exhibitors. They showed up in a big way. Entries were up, the quality of

the animals improved and the number of blue ribbons demonstrated that the exhibitors worked many hours to prepare their animals for the fair. Our entertainers didn’t skip a beat when it came to “SHOWING” the fairgoers what great talent they possessed. “SHOW IT” didn’t stop there. Reithoffer Shows brought out a new super slide that fairgoers could see from the road (talk about showing off, in a great way!). Our vendors and concessionaires didn’t fail to “SHOW OFF” either. Great food, wares and full bellies were the talk of the fair. We would be remiss if we did not mention how our volunteers and employees “SHOWED Off” by working numerous hours to make the fair a success. The Collier County Fair appreciates each and

every person that helped us “SEW IT, GROW IT and SHOW IT” this year! It was one of the best fairs ever! We are excited to see what next year’s fair holds, but for now we will start planning our 2018 Haunted ‘GROSS’ Walk. The Fair hopes that you would be able to come and join us as we raise funds for our Making Life “FAIR” fund.


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Citrus County Fair—Michaela Smith FAIRCRACKER-SUMMER 2018 31

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