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South Florida Fair offers special days

and ways to save


• Ride-a-thon, 5 to 10 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 11 - Admission and rides only (buildings and attractions open Fri., Jan. 12). $15 per person with coupon that can be downloaded from the fair’s website, www.southfloridafair.com. Regular price is $20. Offer valid during Ride-a-thon only. Some rides excluded.

• Attend the fair’s opening ceremony, 11:30 a.m. Fri., Jan. 12, for free admission - Those who attend the fair’s opening ceremony in the Expo West building will be admitted free but guests should plan to arrive early, as seating is limited.

• Get a free admission ticket by attending opening day, Fri., Jan. 12, and using an advance admission ticket - Guests may use their advance admission ticket on opening day of the fair and receive one free admission ticket to return another day, Jan. 13-28, compliments of Publix.

• $2 Fat Tuesdays, Jan. 16 and 23 - Admission, rides and food bites will be $2 all day. Some rides excluded.

Goodwill BOGO Days, Wed., Jan. 17, and Wed., Jan. 24. - Buy one regular price adult gate admission and the second person will get in free. Must be used at time of purchase. Coupon is available at Palm Beach County Goodwill stores or online at www.southfloridafair.com. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

“Bike Nite” Parades, Wed., Jan. 17 and Wed., Jan. 24 - Arrive at 6 p.m. and pay only $5 admission per person to participate in the fair’s bike parade. Guest must ride on a motorcycle to receive admission special. General seating for the concerts these nights is free (Atlanta Rhythm Section concert on Jan. 17 and Grand Funk Railroad on Jan. 24).

Senior Discount Days - Mon., Jan. 22, is Special Senior Day and admission for those 60 and older is just $5 ($4 off the regular senior gate admission). Also, admission every Wednesday and Thursday of the fair (Jan. 17, 18, 24 and 25), seniors get in for $7 — $2 off the regular senior gate admission. ID required.

American Heroes Day, Thurs., Jan. 25 - All active military, veterans, firefighters, law enforcement personnel and their families will be admitted for just $7 by going to the main expo entrance of the fair or the entrance at Yesteryear Village to get admission coupon and then presenting it at any ticket window. To receive special ride discounts, visit the BioTest Pharmaceuticals booth inside Expo West. Valid proof of service with photo I.D. required. Eligible person must be present.

About the South Florida Fair: Produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a nonprofit organization, the fair’s 106th edition will kick off at 5 p.m. on Jan. 11 with its Ride-A-Thon. The full fair will run from Jan. 12-28 at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd. in West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, http://www.southfloridafair.com.

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2018 South Florida Fair Facts at a glance

Dates:

Ride-A-Thon only, begins at 5 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 11

Opening day: Fri., Jan. 12. Admission is free for everyone attending the opening day ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. at the Ford Theatre in Expo West. Plus, anyone who uses an advance discount admission ticket opening day of the fair, will receive one free admission ticket to return another day, compliments of Publix®.

Full fair runs Jan. 12-28, 2018

Expo Theme: Magical Parades

Hours:

• Buildings open from noon – 10 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Martin Luther King Day on Mon., Jan. 15

• 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 28

• Carnival rides open one hour after the Fair opens each day.

• Carnival rides close at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; midnight Friday and Saturday.

• Buildings in Yesteryear Village close at 9 p.m. on weeknights (Sun.–Thurs.) and 10 p.m. on weekends (Fri. & Sat.).

Admission:

• Advance discount tickets on sale through Jan. 11 at all Palm Beach County Publix Supermarkets, participating Bud’s Chicken & Seafood restaurants, Palm Beach County branches of BB&T, the fair’s box office and online at www.southfloridafair.com

• Adult admission, 12 and older: $10 advance, $15 gate

• Child’s admission, 6-11 years, $5 advance, $8 gate (5 years and younger are free)

• 60 and older, advance $7, $9 gate

Ride/wristband vouchers:

$20 in advance; $25 at the gate. Valid for 25 ride coupons any day or one ride wristband any one weekday of the fair, Monday thru Friday only. Each wristband can be upgraded Saturday or Sunday for an additional $15 per voucher at any booth on the midway during the fair. Upgrades are not available in advance.

Parking: Free general parking. Preferred parking: $10 weekdays and $20 - weekends

Directions:

• The South Florida Fair is on Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach just one mile west of the Florida Turnpike, exit #97.

• From I-95: Exit at Southern Blvd. Go west about 7 miles to Sansburys Way.

• From Florida Turnpike: Exit at Southern Blvd. Go west 1.5 miles to Sansburys Way.

Public Info:

Call (561) 793-0333 or toll-free in Florida 800-640-FAIR or visit www.southfloridafair.com. The fair also has set up a radio station —1690 AM — with a broadcast radius of about three miles to provide traffic, parking and scheduling information for people coming to the fair. The message will change at least once daily, depending on the need or situation.
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South Florida Fair CEO named 2018 chair of

International Association of Fairs and Expositions


LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Rick Vymlatil, CFE, president/CEO of the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., has been elected the 2018 chair of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE).

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Vymlatil became a Floridian when his parents relocated to Palm Beach County in 1961. He completed middle and high school there and received his associate degree from Palm Beach Junior College. He earned his bachelor's degree in business management from Wilmington College in 1974.

Vymlatil began his fair career in November 1982 as assistant general manager of the South Florida Fair. During his 35-year career, he also served as manager of the St. Lucie County Fair in Fort Pierce for two and a half years and as executive director of the Florida State Fair in Tampa for eight years.

Vymlatil has served as president/CEO of the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., since July 2004. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing every aspect of the fair and fairgrounds operations. He supervises a staff of 52 full time employees.

Active in the fair industry, Vymlatil received his Certified Fair Executive designation from the IAFE in 1998. He has served as co-chair of the IAFE Management Conference Committee and previously served on the IAFE Industry Relations Committee. Prior to his current service to the IAFE Board, Vymlatil served as the IAFE Zone 2 director. He is a past chair of the Florida Federation of Fairs, the Mid-West Fairs Association, and the Florida Festival & Events Association. He was inducted into the Florida Federation of Fairs Hall of Fame in 2003.

Vymlatil is a trustee of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. He also is a board member of the Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation. He and his wife Denise reside in Tequesta and are the proud grandparents of Lucas Harnek, 9, of Jacksonville Beach and Dane Vymlatil, 3 months, of Fort Lauderdale.

About IAFE

The International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), based in Springfield, Mo., is a voluntary, nonprofit corporation, serving state, provincial, regional, and county agricultural fairs, shows, exhibitions, and expositions. Its associate members include state and provincial associations of fairs, non-agricultural expositions and festivals, associations, corporations, and individuals engaged in providing products and services to its members, all of whom are interested in the improvement of fairs, shows, expositions, and allied fields.

About the South Florida Fair:

Produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a nonprofit organization, the next fair will be held from Jan. 12-28, 2018 at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, http://www.southfloridafair.com.

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Fun food facts and other interesting South Florida

Fair numbers


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 2, 2018) –– The following are food and food-related product numbers provided by Cheney Brothers (CBI) at the 2017 South Florida Fair:

Turkey legs

21,210 lbs.

Chicken tenders

10,720 lbs.

Ball tips/beef

1,848 lbs.

Jumbo onions

19,400 lbs.

Shortening

860 cases

Chicken wings

6,460 lbs.

French fries

847 cases

Sugar

16,950 lbs.

Potatoes

775 cases

Apples

81 cases

Lemons

268 cases

Flour

20,550 lbs.

Hamburgers

322 cases or 3,865 lbs.

Hot Dogs

212 cases or 2,120 lbs.

Ketchup

120 cases

Mushrooms

3,200 lbs.

Pineapples

4,000 lbs.

Sausage

3,230 lbs.

Bread Supplier:

4 inch round buns – 980 dozen

Hot dog buns – 1,400 dozen

4.5 inch keiser buns – 1,136 dozen

6 inch sausage rolls – 1,800 dozen

7 inch sausage rolls – 608 dozen

Other Fun Fair Facts:

Agricultural

• For 2017, there were 223 market hogs tagged which equals 66,900 lbs. of hogs.

• For 2017, there were 32 market steers tagged, which equals 38,400 lbs. of steers.

• The fair will award more than 5,000 ribbons to animal exhibitors.

• More than 50 kids will win showmanship belt buckles worth over $100 each for participating in animal shows.

• There are more than 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.

Miscellaneous

• Since 1912 each January, about a half-million visitors enjoy 17 fun-filled days at the South Florida Fair, one of Florida’s oldest and largest community events. Last year’s attendance was 448,025.

• Thirteen young ladies are vying for the title of Miss South Florida Fair.

• During the 2017 Fair, there were more than 750 volunteers who recorded 32,664 hours in agriculture, livestock, parades, guest services, Discover the Outdoors and Yesteryear Village.

• During the annual South Florida Fair, nearly 4,000 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 seventh annual and will be held Sat., Jan. 13. Through the years, the fair has given out some 13,000 medals to participants.

• To date, the fair has awarded approximately $563,000 in scholarships and will award another $41,000 this year, bringing the total to over $604,000.

• There are 40 active participants in this year's South Florida Fair Marching Band and they will be participating in the Mayors’ Parade, Mardi Gras Parades, Junkanoo Parade, Carnival Parade, Boat Parade and the Football Hall of Fame Parade.

• The South Florida Fair & Exposition Center, a nonprofit organization, has 17 trustees, 19 distinguished trustees (includes 11 deceased) 13 life trustees (includes five deceased), 50 directors, 8 life directors, and two honorary directors for a total of 93 active 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 or President/CEO.

About the South Florida Fair:

Produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a nonprofit organization, the fair’s 106th edition will kick off at 5 p.m. on Jan. 11 with its Ride-A-Thon. The full fair will run from Jan. 12-28 at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd. in West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, http://www.southfloridafair.com.

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Famous parades expected to be one of fair’s

main attractions


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 2, 2017) –– Each day of the 17-day 2018 South Florida Fair, Jan. 12-28, a famous parade from around the world will be highlighted, complete with authentic music, colorful costumes and highly decorated Mardi Gras floats, which also will be on display in the “Magical Parades” exhibition.

Float riders are expected to delight fairgoers as they toss beads into the crowds. The fair’s signature Bike Nite parades, which typically attract more than 250 motorcyclists, also will be part of the lineup. The parades are scheduled weekdays at 6:30 p.m., except for Thurs., Jan. 25, which will be at 7:30 p.m., and weekends at 1 p.m., as follows:

Magical Parades Schedule

Fri., Jan. 12 - Chinese New Year Parade

Sat., Jan. 13 - St. Patrick’s Parade

Sun., Jan. 14 - Mayors’ Parade

Mon., Jan. 15 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

Tues., Jan. 16 - Mardi Gras Parade

Wed., Jan. 17 - Bike Nite Parade

Thurs., Jan. 18 - Pirate Parade

Fri., Jan. 19 - Junkanoo Parade

Sat., Jan. 20 - Oktoberfest Parade

Sun., Jan. 21 - Carnival Parade

Mon., Jan. 22 - Rose Petal Parade

Tues., Jan. 23 - Mardi Gras Parade

Wed., Jan. 24 - Bike Nite Parade

Thurs., Jan. 25 - Veterans Parade

Fri., Jan. 26 - Boat Parade

Sat., Jan. 27 - Thanksgiving “Thank A Farmer” Parade

Sun., Jan. 28 - Football Hall of Fame Parade

About the South Florida Fair:

Produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a nonprofit organization, the fair’s 106th edition will kick off at 5 p.m. on Jan. 11 with its Ride-A-Thon. The full fair will run from Jan. 12-28 at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd. in West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, http://www.southfloridafair.com.

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2018 South Florida Fair will feature

“Magical Parades” & much more

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 2, 2017) –– Last year’s New Orleans’ theme and Mardi Gras parades were so popular at the South Florida Fair that organizers decided the entire theme should focus on parades in 2018. Thus, the “Magical Parades” theme was created to celebrate the fair’s 106th edition, which will kick off at 5 p.m. on Jan. 11 with its Ride-A-Thon. The full fair will run from Jan. 12-28 at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd.

Each day of the 17-day fair, a famous parade from around the world will be highlighted, complete with authentic music, colorful costumes and highly decorated Mardi Gras floats, which also will be on display in the “Magical Parades” exhibition. Float riders are expected to delight fairgoers as they toss beads into the crowds. The fair’s signature Bike Nite parades, which typically attract more than 250 motorcyclists, also will be part of the lineup. The parades are scheduled weekdays at 6:30 p.m., except for Thurs., Jan. 25, which will be at 7:30 p.m., and weekends at 1 p.m.

One of last year’s most successful promotions — $2 Fat Tuesdays — also is returning. On both Tuesdays of the fair, Jan. 16 and 23, admission, rides and food bites will be $2 all day.

New attractions include Lady Houdini (Kristen Johnson), known as the world’s premier female escape artist, who broke Harry Houdini’s record in 2012 for the most water torture cell escapes ever performed, estimated at over 2,000 attempts. She and her husband, Kevin Ridgeway, who emcees the show, were originally scheduled to perform at last year’s fair but were involved in a serious car accident the day before the 2017 fair’s start and had to cancel. Since their recovery, they have built a segment into their show about the dangers of distracted driving.

The fair will continue its tradition of hosting an award-winning agriculture and livestock program featuring more than 1,000 exhibitors from over 30 Florida counties, world-class ice skating performances daily, a historic Yesteryear Village — now featuring an authentic caboose from the 1920s — more than 200 rides, games and attractions, the creative crafts and skills competition, the Hambone Express racing pigs, Starz of the Future competition and the Miss South Florida Fair Scholarship Pageant. Guests also can count on entertaining shows by hypnotist Tyzen and the best in fried foods and other tasty, exotic treats also will continue to be a main draw for many fairgoers.

Ghost Tours will return to Yesteryear Village every night at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday when the village closes. Cost is $15 and does not include fair admission. Guests will meet in the Red Level Baptist Church and the stops will include the Corbett shack, the Bait and Tackle shop, and the Riddle house.

Four stages of music and entertainment include the concert series at the Coca-Cola Stage with performances by Christian singer Matthew West, pop-rockers Atlanta Rhythm Section, country artist Chris Lane, internationally acclaimed Grand Funk Railroad and iconic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. A variety of bands, including Frankie Negron, Anthony La Makina, Samba New York, Grupo Impress and La Esencial, also will perform during Latin Fest on Sun., Jan. 21.

Advance discount tickets are on sale now at Palm Beach County Publix supermarkets, Bud’s Chicken & Seafood and Palm Beach County BB&T Bank branches and online at www.southfloridafair.com through Jan. 11 at midnight. Adult admission, 12 and older, is $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. A child’s admission, 6 to 11 years, is $5 in advance, $8 at the gate (5 years and younger are free). Those who are 60 years of age and older pay $7 in advance and $9 at the gate. Tickets for the Ride-A-Thon are $20 and $15 with a coupon. See the website, www.southfloridafair.com, for details.

About the South Florida Fair:

Produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a nonprofit organization, the next fair will be held from Jan. 12-28, 2018 at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, http://www.southfloridafair.com.

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New and popular returning features

at the 2018 South Florida Fair


• This year’s theme is “Magical Parades.” Each day of the 17-day 2018 South Florida Fair, Jan. 12-28, a famous parade from around the world will be highlighted, complete with authentic music, colorful costumes and highly decorated Mardi Gras floats, which also will be on display in the “Magical Parades” exhibition. Float riders are expected to delight fairgoers as they toss beads into the crowds.

• North America’s largest, portable observation wheel — the 155-foot tall Midway Sky Eye — is coming to the South Florida Fair for the first time. Equipped with more than 524,000 LED lights and 36 gondolas holding six riders each, they’ll be able to see for miles from the top. Cost is $5/rider; wristbands are excluded from this ride.

• Lady Houdini (Kristen Johnson), known as the world’s premier female escape artist, is expected to amaze her audiences. She broke Harry Houdini’s record in 2012 for the most water torture cell escapes ever performed, estimated at over 2,000 attempts. She and her husband, Kevin Ridgeway, who emcees the show, were originally scheduled to perform at last year’s fair but were involved in a serious car accident the day before the 2017 fair’s start and had to cancel. Since their recovery, they have built a segment into their show about the dangers of distracted driving.

  • An all-new entertainment lineup, including four stages of music and entertainment include the concert series at the Coca-Cola Stage with performances by Christian singer Matthew West, pop-rockers Atlanta Rhythm Section, country artist Chris Lane, internationally acclaimed Grand Funk Railroad and iconic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. A variety of bands, including Frankie Negron, Anthony La Makina, Samba New York, Grupo Impress and La Esencial, also will perform during Latin Fest on Sun., Jan. 21. See entertainment news release for details.
  • • A Magical Parades Carousel will be set up in Expo East where guests enter. There will be a nominal charge that will benefit a different charity each day.

    • See chicks being hatched in the poultry tent in a new display area.

    • Back by popular demand: $2 Fat Tuesdays – Jan. 16 and 23. Admission, rides and food bites will be $2 all day. Some rides are excluded, including the Midway Sky Eye.

  • Ghost Tours will return to Yesteryear Village every night at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday when the village closes. Cost is $15 and does not include fair admission. Guests will meet in the Red Level Baptist Church and the stops will include the Corbett shack, the Bait and Tackle shop, and the Riddle house.
  • • Multiple ice skating shows themed “Ice Parades” will take place daily.

    • Tricky Dogs show, a circus style comedy dog act featuring Rick Martin and his talented cast of canine clowns, returns. Last year, he and his pack of rescue dogs prompted both children and adults in the audience to laugh out loud at their entertaining antics.

    About the South Florida Fair:

    Produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a nonprofit organization, the fair’s 106th edition will kick off at 5 p.m. on Jan. 11 with its Ride-A-Thon. The full fair will run from Jan. 12-28 at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd. in West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, http://www.southfloridafair.com.

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    Donate 2 food items — get free tickets the Fair

    Who: For the fourth year in a row, Palm Beach Outlets and the South Florida Fair are partnering to collect food for the Palm Beach County Food Bank.

    What: Food 4 Fun

    When: Sat., Jan. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Where: Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, West Palm Beach

    Details: Those who donate at least two new, non-perishable items (unopened and not expired) will receive one ticket to the South Florida Fair that is good for one free admission on any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during the 2018 fair, which runs from Jan. 12-28 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. The ticket limit is two per person (tickets not given to those 5 and younger because they get free fair admission). This year’s fair theme is “Magical Parades.”

    In 2017, they collected 10,662 pounds — more than double the amount in 2016 — and gave away almost 4,000 admission tickets.

    Public information: Call Palm Beach Outlets at (561) 515-4400 or the South Florida Fair at (561) 793-0333. Or visit the websites, www.palmbeachoutlets.com or www.southfloridafair.com.

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    North America’s largest portable observation wheel

    coming to South Florida Fair

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 2, 2018) –– North America’s largest, portable observation wheel — promoted as the “ride of a lifetime” — will make its way to the South Florida Fair for the first time. Co-owned by Frank Zaitshik of Wade Shows, the fair’s midway operator, and Michael Wood of Wood Entertainment, the Midway Sky Eye will arrive at the fairgrounds on Sat., Jan. 6, and set up will begin on Sun., Jan. 7. It’s expected to take three days to complete it.

    The Midway Sky Eye, which was manufactured by the Lamberink company in the Netherlands, made its North American debut at the 2017 Florida State Fair. The giant wheel requires a 160,000 pound crane to erect the towers. The heaviest part is the center axle, which weighs 6,600 pounds. In all, the ride weighs more than 400,000 pounds — about 20 times as heavy as an elephant!

    The massive wheel reaches a peak height of 155 feet and is comprised of more than 500 pieces. It reaches so high that it requires FAA clearance, which has already been obtained. The wheel is equipped with more than 524,000 individual LED red, green, blue, yellow, orange and purple lights, making it the brightest spectacle at the fair, and requires more than six miles of electrical wiring. The 36 gondolas hold six riders each, who can see for miles from the top.

    The ride will cost $5/ticket and is excluded from wrist bands. Riders must be 42 inches tall without a supervising companion or 36 inches with a supervising companion. Other restrictions may apply.

    Produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a nonprofit organization, the next fair will be held from Jan. 12-28, 2018 at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach.

    For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, http://www.southfloridafair.com.

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    Fairgoers count on fried and fun foods

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 2, 2018) –– The South Florida Fair is the place to go for foodies looking to consume a cuisine they won’t find in many, if any, restaurants. Once again, the fair promises to deliver a plethora of “not your average” menu items.

    Among the hundreds of choices – Fun time Foods’ “Hashbomb,” two hash brown patties with cheddar cheese and bacon along with tater tot recipes that will coincide with the daily parade themes; Goetze’s Dairy Kone’s siracha fire & ice kreme sundae, made with real soft serve vanilla ice cream and sriracha hot sauce, then topped with Frito corn chip crunch and whipped cream; Bianco’s bird dog, which features two pieces of chicken on a hot dog bun covered with cheese and bacon; Porky’s doughnut (serving as a bun) burger; and the Purple Shrimp’s shrimp & grits, which emerged as a fair favorite last year.

    Some of the sweeter offerings include Parnell Foods’ freshly fried beignets; Chic Crepes’ sweet and savory French style créperie; and K&R Concession’s original king cake slices.

    These are just a few of the unique offerings that will be available at this year’s fair, which will kick off at 5 p.m. on Jan. 11 with its Ride-A-Thon. The full fair will run from Jan. 12-28 at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd. in West Palm Beach.

    For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, http://www.southfloridafair.com.

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    Tap into the “Power of Gold”

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 1, 2017) –– For three days only—Nov. 3, 4 and 5—everyone who purchases an advance wristband for the 2018 South Florida Fair will receive a free Gold Access Pass, which enables guests to move to the front of the ride lines. In addition, those who purchase a Mega Saver will receive two Gold Access passes (each pass valued up to $20). The promotion is online only at www.southfloridafair.com.

    Patrons who purchase a Gold Access Pass receive a VIP lanyard and special wristband to access Gold Access privileges. Advance admission tickets also will be available for purchase during this promotion.

    Next year’s fair will take place from Jan. 12-28 at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. The theme is “Magical Parades,” which was determined after fair organizers received so much positive feedback regarding the Mardi Gras-themed parades as part of its 2017 New Orleans theme.

    Each day during the 17-day run of the fair, a famous parade from around the world will be featured. The floats will include upbeat music, colorful costumes and authentically decorated Mardi Gras floats, which also will be on display in the “Magical Parades” exhibition. The fair also will showcase displays from other notable parades.

    The fair will continue its tradition of hosting an award-winning agriculture and livestock program featuring more than 1,000 exhibitors from more than 30 Florida counties, world-class ice skating performances daily, four stages of music and entertainment, a historic Yesteryear Village, and over 200 rides, games and attractions. The best in fried foods and other tasty, exotic treats also will continue to be a main draw for many fairgoers. More details will be unveiled as the fair draws closer.

    About the South Florida Fair:

    Produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a nonprofit organization, the next fair will be held from Jan. 12-28, 2018 at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, http://www.southfloridafair.com.

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    South Florida Fair announces

    2018 national entertainment

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. –– The 2018 edition of the South Florida Fair, which will be held Jan. 12-28 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, will host a variety of diverse entertainment from Southern and classic rock and old country to Christian, Latin and Brazilian music. All concerts are free with a Fair admission ticket. Advance discount fair tickets go on sale starting today, Nov. 11, at all Palm Beach County Publix locations and will continue through Jan. 11 at midnight.

    Matthew West will kick off the national entertainment schedule at 8 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 14. West, a two-time Grammy nominee, will perform songs he’s written based on over 20,000 stories he has collected, mostly from fans, as well as songs from his most recent album, “Into the Light.”

    Next up, at 8 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 17, the first of two Bike Nights during the fair, Atlanta Rhythm Section will perform. Formed from the cream of Atlanta’s studio musicians, the group came together in 1970 after working on a Roy Orbison recording session. After an extended break, the band got back together in the mid ’90s with three returning members and re-recorded some of their best-known songs.

    Starting at 8 p.m. on Thurs., Jan 18, country artist Chris Lane takes the stage. Known for his signature falsetto, Lane has been making a name for himself as one of the genre’s most groundbreaking new stars. His new song, “Fix,” recently topped the country radio charts.

    On Sun., Jan. 21, from 2 to 9 p.m., Latin/Brazilian Night will take place featuring a lively mixture of Latin and Brazilian music. Headliners will be Anthony La Makina and Frankie Negron. Since starting his band in 1996 and working on his solo singing career since 2000, La Makina, a Puerto Rican native, has released two albums which have been widely broadcast on social networks. Frankie Negron, who was born in Newark, New Jersey, specializes in salsa music and is known for weaving a blend of pop, rock, gospel, and reggaeton elements into the songs. He has earned several Grammy Award nominations and has two Gold Album awards.

    Next, on Wed., Jan. 24, at 8 p.m., Grand Funk Railroad will take the stage for the second Bike Night of the fair. Grand Funk Railroad, originally a three-member rock band, was formed in the 1970s when they toured extensively and played to packed arenas worldwide. The band’s name is a play on words of the Grand Trunk Western Railroad, a line that ran through the band’s hometown of Flint, Michigan. After disbanding in 1976, Grand Funk Railroad was reformed and performs up to 40 shows a year.

    The main stage lineup will conclude on Thurs., Jan. 25, at 8:30 p.m. with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The band has existed in various forms since its founding in California in 1966. The group’s membership has had at least a dozen changes over the years. The band, often cited as instrumental to the progression of contemporary country and roots music, performed a gala anniversary concert in 2015 in Nashville, which was later released as “Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Years.”

    General seating is free with a Fair admission ticket (which is required). Reserved seating also is available for purchase online at www.southfloridafair.com for $10 for all concerts, which is in addition to the Fair admission ticket. A child’s admission, under 12, is $5 in advance, $8 at the gate (5 years and younger are free). Those who are 60 years of age and older pay $7 in advance and $9 at the gate.

    For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, http://www.southfloridafair.com.

    National Bands Schedule-South Florida Fair 2018

    Sun., Jan. 14, 8 p.m. – Matthew West

    Wed., Jan. 17, 8 p.m. – Atlanta Rhythm Section

    Thurs., Jan.18, 8 p.m. – Chris Lane

    Sun., Jan. 21 – 2 to 9 p.m. – Latin/Brazilian Night with headliners Anthony La Makina and Frankie Negron

    Wed., Jan. 24, 8 p.m. – Grand Funk Railroad

    Thurs., Jan. 25, 8:30 p.m. – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    About the South Florida Fair:

    Produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a nonprofit organization, the next fair will be held from Jan. 12-28, 2018 at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, http://www.southfloridafair.com.

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    South Florida Fair honored with 10 statewide award

    The South Florida Fair was among the big winners at the Florida Festivals & Events Association’s (FFEA) annual SUNsational Awards during its 23rd annual convention and tradeshow. The program recognizes members’ innovation, individuality and creative collaboration.

    The fair won three first place awards for its website, sponsor program and advance fair tickets; four second place awards for an event photo, the fair’s Facebook page and radio ad, and Yesteryear Village’s education program; and three third place awards for the fair’s Instagram, Spookyville’s Facebook page and the fair’s Event Guide (daily schedule).

    In addition, FFEA CEO Suzanne Neve presented Rita De Mier, the fair’s director of marketing & creative services, with the first director’s award for consistently going above and beyond with her FFEA volunteer support.

    “The branding and design that you see throughout the conference and leading up to the event would not be possible without her,” said Neve. “Her marketing and design expertise has helped FFEA reach new heights in membership, conference registration and overall branding. She has been a leader in her organization and her industry as well as a leader for FFEA and several other nonprofit organizations.”

    FFEA accepted nominations in nine categories: Printed Materials, Outdoor Advertisement, PR/Media Campaign, Photo, Promotional Item, T-shirt, Broadcast Media, Multimedia Marketing and Programming. Each category included three budget levels. A total of 130 events submitted their materials for consideration.

    Nominations were judged by a blue ribbon panel representing media outlets, printing companies, website designers, photographers, promotional marketing professionals and social media experts. For a complete list of winners, visit www.ffea.com/sunsational-awards.

    “The SUNsational Awards have recognized and celebrated the talents of our members for more than two decades,” said FFEA Executive Director Suzanne Neve. “We’re proud of our members and their events – and excited to recognize them in this way each year.

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    Fun Food Facts and Other Interesting South Florida

    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

    Bread Supplier:

    Round buns 2,118 dozen

    4 1/2 buns 652 dozen

    Hot dog buns 922 dozen

    Sausage rolls 2,109 doz.

    Propane Supplier:

    10,000 gallons

    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.

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    New Agricultural Operations Manager

    Nov. 17, 2015 -- West Palm Beach, Fla. – The South Florida Fair has hired Matthew Daly as its new agricultural operations manager. His responsibilities include the overall management of the agricultural program at the South Florida Fair, including all program content, fiscal spending, and future development.
    Previously he served as the facilities superintendent at the North Carolina State Fair, where he had been employed since 2005. For the past 10 years he led a staff of more than 50 fulltime employees in all phases of facility management. His core focus was to provide wide support in the areas of fair management and operation.
    Daly is an active member of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions and has served on many fair and agricultural committees during his time in North Carolina.
    “I want to meet the challenges of the fair industry in Palm Beach County to bring modern agricultural education and imagination into the youth of our community,” said Daly.
    Daly received his associate’s degree in mechanical automation from the Penn State College of Technology. He resides in West Palm Beach.
    About the South Florida Fair: Produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a nonprofit organization, the next fair will be held from Jan. 15-31 at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, www.southfloridafair.com.
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    South Florida Fair Wins Two First Place Awards

    Sept. 1, 2015 -- Orlando, Fla. – The Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA) has presented the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc. with two first-place awards for its annual report and T-shirt design. The projects were entered in the SUNsational Awards competition. Winners were announced during FFEA’s 21st annual convention and tradeshow.
    Nominations were accepted in nine categories, including Printed Materials; Outdoor Advertisement; PR/Media Campaign; Photo; Promotional Item; T-shirt; Broadcast Media; Multimedia Marketing and Programming. Each category included three budget levels. A blue ribbon panel representing media outlets, printing companies, website designers and photographers judged the entries.
    “The SUNsational Awards have recognized and celebrated the talents of our members for more than two decades,” said FFEA Executive Director Suzanne Neve. “This year, we added several new categories and received our highest volume of submissions to date. We’re proud of our members and their events – and excited to recognize them in this way each year.”
    About the Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA): Celebrating 21 years, FFEA is a not-for-profit association dedicated to supporting and promoting more than 3,500 festivals, events, and fairs in the state of Florida through education, networking and dissemination of information and the cultivation of high standards. For more information about FFEA, visit www.ffea.com.
    About the South Florida Fair: Produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a nonprofit organization, the next fair will be held from Jan. 15-31 at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, www.southfloridafair.com.
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