The following are food and food-related product numbers provided by Cheney Brothers (CBI) at the 2016 South Florida Fair:
Turkey legs 24,500 lbs.
Chicken tenders 11,600 lbs.
Ball tips/beef 8,000 lbs.
Jumbo onions 13,200 lbs.
Shortening 650 cases
Chicken wings 6,800 lbs.
French fries 7,500 lbs.
Sugar 7,500 lbs.
Potatoes 450 cases
Apples 380 cases
Lemons 725 cases
Flour 8,000 lbs.
Hamburgers 380 cases or 4,500 lbs.
Hot Dogs 280 cases or 2,800 lbs.
Ketchup 180 cases
Mushrooms 3,200 lbs.
Pineapples 4,000 lbs.
Sausage 2,100 lbs.
Paper towels 325 cases
Toilet paper 350 cases
Can liners 325 cases
Round buns 2,118 dozen
4 1/2 buns 652 dozen
Hot dog buns 922 dozen
Sausage rolls 2,109 doz.
Other Fun Facts:
• Each year guests wait patiently in the Moo-ternity tent to watch calves being born. At the 2016 fair, 32 calves were born, including six sets of twins.
• For 2017, there are 223 market hogs tagged with an average weight of 300 lbs. each, which equals 66,900 lbs. of hogs.
• For 2017, there are 32 market steers tagged with an average weight of 1,200 lbs. each, which equals 38,400 lbs. of steers
• The Market Auction provides over $400,000 to the youth who raise and show their market animal at the South Florida Fair.
• The fair will award more than 5,000 ribbons to animal exhibitors at the fair this year.
• More than 50 youth will win showmanship belt buckles worth over $100 each for participating in animal shows.
• There are over 3,000 exhibitors registered to participate in an animal show at this year’s fair.
• Because the South Florida Fair is regional, it accepts animal entries from 18 counties in South Florida.
• Twenty young ladies are vying for the title of Miss South Florida Fair.
• During last year’s fair, 900 people volunteered 25,000 hours of time in various areas. At least that many people and volunteer hours are expected for this year’s fair.
• There are 51 active participants in this year’s South Florida Fair Marching Band.
• During the annual South Florida Fair, nearly 3,000 kindergarten through fifth grade Palm Beach County students are anticipated to participate in tours where they will visit Yesteryear Village and the agriculture area.
• Each year, some 2,000 kids cross the finish line for the Kids’ Mile, which is this year’s sixth annual and will be held Sat., Jan. 14. Through the years, the fair has given out some 8,000 medals to participants.
• To date, the fair has awarded approximately $527,000 in scholarships and will award another $35,000 this year, bringing the total to more than half a million dollars.
• This year’s annual sand sculpture will feature New Orleans landmarks using between 75 and 100 tons of sand.
• The South Florida Fair & Exposition Center, a nonprofit organization, has 17 trustees, nine distinguished trustees, eight life trustees, 50 directors, eight life directors, and one honorary director for a total of 93 board members.
• Since the Fair was incorporated in 1953, 19 individuals have served as the leader (either president or chair) of the fair’s board. Over that same period of time, four individuals have served as the fair manager/CEO.
The South Florida Fair is produced by the South Florida Fair/Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a nonprofit organization, and will be held Jan. 13-29, 2017 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, www.southfloridafair.com.