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Florida State Fair February 8-19, 2019 It was un-seasonably warm on several days with temperatures hitting almost 90 de-


grees, however, we were thankful for the sunshine as it seems each year we receive our fair share of rain. Attendance was strong at 423,728 over the twelve day event. Fair Highlights: Livestock Entries – This year we had 42 counties represented at the State Fair with


a total of 1,991 exhibitors. Total premiums paid were $160,834.50 and total achieve- ment premiums paid came to $178,117.29. Competitive Exhibits – The Florida State Fair doubles youth entries and pays out


$27,832 in premiums to adult and youth exhibitors. State Art Portfolio Contest awards $10,000 in scholarships. 90 Schools in 24 counties throughout the state participated. Cracker Country Living History Museum – Free admission included with the price of a State Fair admission ticket. Arti-


sans and historic educators demonstrate life skills, trades and crafts familiar and essential to 19th century Floridians. Bluegrass and early Americana music. Kettle corn, pork skins, beef jerky and boiled peanuts are also offered during the Fair. For more information about the museum, visit www.CrackerCountry.org New Exhibits, Attractions and Entertainment We had tons of new entertainment this year appealing to all ages. New this year we had Camel Rides, Professor


Smart Science Show, Extreme Illusions & Escapes Show and we had an Extreme Sports Series including a BMX/FMX Freestyle Madness show, Mini Monster Trucks, Lawnmower Races, The Ninja Experience and Demolition Derby. Also new was the Teen Stars Live featuring some of our favorite stars from the popular Disney and Nickelodeon in-


cluding Calum Worthy from Austin & Alley, Addison Riecke from Thundermans, Sky Katz from he Ravens Home and Kevin Quinn from Bunk’d. Finally, we hosted for the first time ever a Florida State Fair Dance Championship where Dance Mom’s Stars Gianna


Martello, Chloe & Christi Lukasiak served as judges for the contest. New this year was the “Little Farm Hands” exhibit. The program was geared towards 3 to 7 year olds with the goal of


teaching them where their food comes from. As the children came into the build- ing, they were given an apron and pail to collect products at different stations. A few of the activities included collecting eggs from chickens and placing them in egg cartons, milking a dairy cow and col- lecting an actual milk carton and picking some Florida oranges. This exhibit was extremely popular for the parents and kids!!! Food is one of the top reasons people


come the Florida State Fair and the 2018 Fair did not disappoint. Some of this year’s amazing food lineup included Chicken and Waffle Pizza; Banana Fren- kle Funnel Cake, Firecracker Corn, Ba- con Cheeseburger Chompers and Deep Fried Strawberry Shortcake just to name a few.


Tampa Bay Times Being the first in the country on the fair-


going calendar, the Florida State Fair is also the first to roll out the outrageous deep-fried food. Among this year's entries is s a Chicken and Waffles pizza called a "syrup-based pie." It has fried chicken, waffle pieces, bacon, mozzarella and more syrup.


40 FAIRCRACKER-SUMMER 2018


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