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June 2023 EDITION

Be ready to... Dive into Fun at the
2024 South Florida Fair January 12-28!

The AGriBusiness team continues to enhance the agriculture area and add new and exciting things. Check for IMPORTANT DATES and information on our website:, then click on Kubota Agriplex and go to News & Updates.
Just NEWLY announced:
  • The South Florida Fair is including a youth Market Goat Show at the 2024 Fair. This project can be individual or FFA/4-H Team driven. Qualifying meat goats will also be part of the Sell-a-Bration Youth Market Auction on January 13. More details to come!
  • And have you “herd?” The Sell-a-Bration Youth Market Auction on Saturday, January 13, 2024 has a new start time … 3 p.m. Watch for more details!
  • The Youth Livestock Judging Contest is returning to the South Florida Fair in 2024 … set for Saturday, January 13. The six to eight class offerings of steers, hogs and meat goats will also include one question set. Get your teams together to participate in this event! More details to come!
Dates for the youth livestock exhibitor mandatory work days have tentatively been selected: Saturday, December 9 and Saturday, December 30, 2023; Saturday, January 6, 2024 and the week following the Fair: January 29 – February 2, 2024. There will be a monetary deduction if at least one workday is not attended.


The 2023 South Florida Fair was Dino-Mite!

The annual 17-day event couldn’t have been any better. We had record attendance and the weather was absolutely beautiful!

We had more than 2,000 registered entries with exhibitors showing cattle, swine, poultry, rabbits and goats. The Agriculture Area also featured a new twist on equine entertainment, “Hollywood Horses Tricks & Tales.”

The Mandatory Youth Exhibitor work days proved to be a great success and many exhibitors fulfilled the new requirement. Thanks to all who participated and assisted getting many things in place to prepare for the 17-day event. There were a total of 194 participants who gave more than 853 hours before opening day!


Discover the Outdoors participants in Yesteryear Village included: IFAS/UF, the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts, the Cattlemen’s Association and the Florida Trail Association. These organizations were housed in the village’s historical buildings and exhibits.


The Sundy Feed Store is a staple during the South Florida Fair where the Western Farm Bureau offered locally grown vegetables. Fairgoers experienced educational exhibits and displays and could purchase items from the Rare Fruit Council and Bruce’s Ghost Pepperz offering locally produced jams, jellies, sauces and other delicious items.

The Mooternity was again a BIG hit. There were 9 “heifer” and 12 “bull” calves born with the first calf arriving on Opening Day!

New to the Milking Parlor this year was the Okeechobee County 4-H Association (the “Udder Bunch”). Club members showcased their dairy cattle, presenting and demonstrating to students during the School Explorations and to Fair guests.

School Explorations took place again on six days before the gates opened. Students from four counties visited, bringing 1,697 students, teachers/adults to our grounds.


The Scholarship Program awarded 21 students with funds exceeding $50,000.00 with four being agriculture focused.

Seniors graduating in 2024, don’t forget to apply beginning in August.

Finally, our Ag Team has a new home. The move in date was mid-February and we’ll be totally settled by next year’s Fair!


We will be continuing our endeavors to enhance the agriculture area and add new and exciting things. Please continue to check for IMPORTANT DATES and information on our website

We will soon be updating the information and show rules and regulations in the Premium Book. Watch for updates HERE.


from Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
5C-4 Admission of Animals for Exhibition State Rule will be going into effect before our 2023 Show for all Exhibitions. ALL livestock regardless of age will need to have Official Identification (usually put in by Breeder) and must be accompanied with an OCVI (Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection – HEALTH PAPER).
For further information, visit


The Fair’s Facebook Livestock Exhibitors Group and other events happening in Agriculture.


The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services inspectors office is further enforcing standing regulations for the upcoming Fair season. Ear tag numbers and official identification numbers must match for animals being exhibited. For further information, visit

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