Faircracker SUMMER 2019

On behalf of the 2019 Hillsborough County Fair Association Board Members, Management and Volunteers, we welcome you the 2019 Hills- borough County Fair that will be held Oct 17-27 (Closed Mon, Tues and Wed) at the county fair- grounds in Dover, FL. We are excited to an- nounce that in 2019 we will have a fair mascot! Come visit Farmer Sydney at the Hillsborough

Tom Umiker and staff: Janet Bone, Competitive Event Coordinator, Suzanne Holcomb, Assistant Manager, Serena Stratton, Livestock Program Director

County Fair as we bring a little ole fashion fun to a modern world! Our midway, produced by Arnolds Amusements, brings rides and games that will excite all ages! We are happy to bring back Robinson’s Racing Pigs, The Firefighter Show and the Family Thrill Circus featuring live camels as part of our entertainment. We will also have an expanded interactive STEAM and AG Education area! Or you can always take a stroll through historical Hometown Hillsborough to take you back to yesteryear. And boy do we have a great livestock youth program! Visit our livestock barns to see cows, sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, market steers, market swine and market lambs! And don’t forget to bid on one of our youth market turkey projects….perfect timing for your thanksgiving dinner. And if you want some real thrills, come see one of our special arena events. The first weekend we will host a rodeo featuring bull riding, barrel racing and mutton busting! The second weekend you can see a truck and tractor pull Fri and Sat nights, and a crashing good time Sunday afternoon at our Demolition Derby.

A Tribute to Fairs, Carnivals, and Agriculture In a nod to the interconnected world of fairs and agriculture, The North Florida Fair recently

commissioned a mural that connects those worlds in an artistic format. Kollet Probst, an artist and muralist in Tallahassee, agreed to paint what would become the largest mural in Tallahassee and surrounding areas. She was given some conceptual ideas by the fair manager and she then took the ball across the finish line. The side of a building served as the canvas. The building wall that was used faces a state high-

way and is 200 feet long. The wall is 10 feet high. Kollet painted the mural in three scenes - one a tribute to agriculture and 4H, another an homage to fairs and festivals, and the last a scene from a

circus. Some fun was had with the mural. For example, in a rolling circus cage, there is no exotic animal. A mime is caged.

No animals were harmed in the making of this mural. Many artists will hide “Easter eggs” in a mural and Kollet did the same. Her father instilled in her a love of rock and roll. There are many band logos in several portions of the mural but most are in the carousel. If you look you can see the logos for Rolling Stones, Eagles, Van Halen, Aerosmith, and a number of others as “Easter eggs”. (You have to hunt for them, hence, the name.) There are 20 total eggs and I have- n’t found all of them yet. Also, the ear tags on the cows have numbers on them that are her children’s birthdays. Sad- ly, Kollet lost her father at an early age so as a tribute to him she incorporated his face into the mural as the ringmas- ter of the circus. Since the debut of the mural, a number of visitors have been observed stopping by the fairgrounds and inspecting

the artwork. The mural has been a great way to call attention to the fairgrounds as we continue to make changes and improvements in many other areas.

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