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JULY 1, 2022

Robert Weisman
Former Palm Beach County Administrator Bob Weisman has been named the new chairman of the board of directors. 

South Florida Fair names new officers and Hall of Fame inductees

Three new directors also were named: Jessica Clasby, senior director of public relations, Florida Sugar Cane League; Todd Bonlarron, assistant county administrator; and Bill Johnson, retired director, Palm Beach County Emergency Management.

Glenn Jergensen, who has served as the executive director of the Tourist Development Council for eight years, was named a trustee. Patrick Franklin, president and CEO of the Urban League of Palm Beach County and Robert Shorr of Accurate Farms and mayor of Loxahatchee Groves also were named as trustees.

During the meeting, the fair also announced its 2021 inductees into the South Florida Fair Hall of Fame, which was established in 2004. It was created as a means of honoring those who have greatly contributed to the success of the nonprofit organization. There are three categories: Leadership, Honored Volunteers and Business Partners.

Rick Vymlatil, former employee since the early 1980s and president and CEO of the South Florida Fair from 2004-2019, was named in the Leadership category. During his tenure with the fair, he demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and provided strategic direction. Among the accomplishments under his leadership, the use of the Expo Center was expanded for offseason events and the financial stability of the fair was greatly increased.

Life trustee Annis Manning Franklin was inducted in the Leadership category. Her commitment, involvement and general passion for the South Florida Fair began long before becoming a member of the board of directors. Many aspects of the fair, including vendor relations, have improved because of her involvement. She also is involved with school tours, Spookyville, Summer Camps, Sweet Corn Fiesta, Yesteryear Village and the Living History Park.

The Fair’s Hall of Fame Committee also instituted an honored volunteer award to individuals who have volunteered a minimum of 10 years and go above and beyond during the course of the year, especially at fair time. Volunteers Bernadette Caccetta and Terry Schultz were both honored. Additional volunteers who were recognized were Cheyenne Tavares, who was given an Agriculture award; Donna Blackwelll received a Guest Services award; and a Yesteryear Village Award went to Brenda Kilgore.

Rick Vymlatil & Annis Manning Franklin
Former South Florida Fair President & CEO Rick Vymlatil and Life Trustee Annis Manning were inducted into the South Florida Fair’s Hall of Fame in the Leadership category.
Bernadette accetta & Terry Schultz
Volunteers Bernadette Caccetta and Terry Schultz were both inducted to the Volunteer Hall of Fame
New Board members
New board members Bill Johnson, retired director, Palm Beach County Emergency Management; Todd Bonlarron, assistant county administrator; and Jessica Clasby, senior director of public relations, Florida Sugar Cane League.

JUNE 10, 2022

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Step back in time with Yesteryear Village’s summer camp programs

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Organizers of Yesteryear Village’s summer camp program are inviting children to step back in time to experience old-fashioned fun. Two different programs will take place every Thursday and Friday throughout June and July from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Yesteryear Village on the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd.

On Thursdays, the “Explorations” program will take place and includes demonstrations, visits to the Village’s historic buildings, old-fashioned water play and other fun hands-on activities.

On Fridays, “City Kids on the Farm” is scheduled and will involve the agricultural department in addition to the other farm-related activities. Agricultural professionals will be providing presentations and facilitating animal interactions for the campers and guests.

All campers will have free time after they eat lunch to explore the rest of Yesteryear Village, which is a living history park. Volunteers will lead interactive activities to share with the campers during that time.

Group reservations are full but walk-ins are still being accepted as long as children are accompanied by an adult. Adults are $10, children 5-11 and seniors are $7, and 5 and under are free.

For more information, call Connie Christman at 561-795-3110 or visit the website, www.southfloridafair.com

About Yesteryear Village

Yesteryear Village is a living history park nestled on 10 acres at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Boulevard, in West Palm Beach. The park showcases buildings and artifacts from Florida’s history. The large collection of early, original and replicated buildings includes three prominent historic buildings — The Red Level Baptist Church, The Bink Glisson Museum and the Riddle House — an old school, a farm, a blacksmith shop, a general store, and several houses. There also is the Sally Bennett Big Band Hall of Fame Museum — the only big band museum in the United States. Group and school guided tours are available by request. Call (561) 795-3110 to schedule a tour or register and pay online at www.southfloridafair.com. Special events, photo shoots, weddings, and corporate events also are available. Call (561) 790-4908 for additional information and to reserve the facility.

JUNE 1, 2022

In conjunction with "National Dinosaur Day" today, the South Florida Fair announces its 2023 theme!


South Florida Fair will be “Dino-Myte” in 2023


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (June 1, 2022) – Guests attending the 2023 South Florida Fair will have plenty to roar about at next year’s event from January 13-29. That’s because the 2023 theme, announced today, is “Dino-Myte.”

Among the highlights being planned for the 2023 fair — up to a dozen full-scale, moving, scientifically accurate, animatronic dinosaurs and dinosaur-related exhibits.

Fair guests of all ages will be given the opportunity to act as paleontologists while digging for fossils and learning about the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods in a fun and interactive way.

“We always like to present an educational component to our fair,” said Vicki Chouris, the fair’s president and CEO. “This theme will allow our fairgoers to get up-close-and-personal with replicas of the most fascinating prehistoric creatures that include the mighty T-Rex of North America and the giant amphibious Spinosaurus from Africa."

There also will be self-contained shows and family entertainment dedicated to dinosaurs along with walk-around performers in dinosaur costumes. Docents with realistic baby dinosaur puppets also will interact with fairgoers. More details will be revealed as the date draws closer to the fair.

FEBRUARY 11, 2022

2022 South Florida Fair Scholarship winners
Front row: Malayna Estornell, Zachary Fleisch, Gabriel Gerig, Landry Pitts, Carolina Seixas, Leena Bolanos, Moshammet Jarin, Nicole Perez Back row: Blaine Baxter, Jaylin Ifill, Caroline McCray, Megan Enriquez, Kate Deviney, Muhammad Chaudhry, Ryan Rudnet, William Rimes, Sydnee Gilliam, Evelyn Howe, Thomas Bean of FPL, scholarship sponsor.
Not pictured: Camber Pope
 

2022 South Florida Fair awards more than $50,000 in scholarships

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The South Florida Fair has awarded scholarships to 19 high school students totaling $50,750, continuing a 40-year tradition of supporting education. The fair received more than 100 applications from five counties for this year’s scholarships. Winners received their scholarships in a ceremony with fair dignitaries and their families during the 2022 fair, which recently ended. The winners’ scholarships range from $500 to $5,000 and can be used at any accredited institution of higher learning.

Since the program began in 1982, the South Florida Fair has awarded more than $800,000 in scholarships. This year they were awarded in two categories: general and agriculture. The fair’s scholarship committee selected the winners based on the students’ grades, need, and an essay each wrote to “Describe something you’re passionate about.”

Students from Palm Beach, Broward, Martin, Hendry, and Okeechobee counties were eligible to apply. Each finalist was interviewed by the fair’s scholarship committee, who selected the winners. Becky Isiminger chaired the volunteer committee, and Donna Winterson served as vice chair. Other volunteer committee volunteers were Tim Childers, Mabel Datena, Tiffany Faublas, Lee Glaze, Sarah B. Hoadley, Glenn Jergensen, Robi Jurney, Dan Lewis, Annis Manning, Stephanie Mitrione, John Severson, Christine Shaw, Bill Sneed, Aquannette Thomas, Eva Webb, Jalynsey Brown, Ashley Cacicedo, Alyssa Freeman, Joseph Garcia, Lauren Johnson, Ava Parker and Katie Sptizig.

The 2022 scholarship recipients were: Blaine Baxter of Jupiter High School; Leena Bolanos, Landry Pitts and Camber Pope, all from Glades Day School; Muhammad Chaudhry of Palm Beach Gardens High School, Kate Deviney of Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Megan Enriquez of Grandview Preparatory School; Malayna Estornell of Lake Worth Christian Academy; Zachary Fleisch and Carolina Seixas, both from American Heritage Academy’s Delray Beach campus; Gabriel Gerig of Inlet Grove Community High School; Sydnee Gilliam and Evelyn Howe from Clark Advanced Learning Center; Jaylin Ifill and Caroline McCray of Clewiston High School; Moshammet Jarin of Glades Central High School; Nicole Perez of Atlantic Community High School; Ryan Rudnet of Park Vista High School, and William Rimes of Seminole Ridge High School.

JANUARY 24, 2022

South Florida Fair to implement new procedures this weekend


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The South Florida Fair will be implementing new measures on the event’s final Friday and Saturday, Jan. 28 and 29. These proactive procedures come in the wake of the number of unsupervised minors roaming the fairgrounds on the busiest nights of the fair.

The new policy will be implemented on January 28 and 29 only starting at 8:30 p.m., as follows:
• All guests under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Proof of age will be required for the accompanying adult.
• In addition to the gate admission, all guests ages 6 to 17 years old must purchase a ride wristband prior to entering the fair. This does not apply to advance ticket holders.

“Friday and Saturday nights are our busiest times and we have observed that there are large numbers of unsupervised youth in the later weekend hours,” said Vicki Chouris, president & CEO of the South Florida Fair. “These procedures will help to ensure that families can enjoy the full fair experience.”

For more information, call 561-793-0333 or visit www.southfloridafair.com.

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OCTOBER 27, 2021

South Florida Fair announces 2022 theme and Gold Pass promotion

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The 2022 South Florida Fair will be “Rockin’ Robots” for 17 days January 14-30, offering its full-fledged traditional event that its guests have come to enjoy at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd.
Theme-related happenings that will be showcased throughout the 110th annual fair will include educational, robotic activities; interactive, strolling robots; BattleBots (as seen on TV), where competitors will operate their own custom-designed remote-controlled machines in a 40 x 60 foot rink; and robotics in agriculture, manufacturing and science. Guests also will see larger-than-life robots up to nine feet tall.
To kick off the excitement for the 2022 fair, guests can take advantage of “The Power of GoldFlash Sale” during the weekend of November 5, 6 and 7 only. Those who purchase a $20 ride voucher online at www.southfloridafair.com will receive a free Gold Access Pass, which allows them to move to the front of the ride lines. The value of pass is $12 Monday-Thursday and $20 Friday-Sunday.
The online sale of advance discount tickets also will begin that weekend at www.southfloridafair.com. Admission is $10 in advance for ages 11 and older and may be used on any day. The gate admission is $15 Monday-Friday and $20 Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free for 10 and younger.
A Megasaver Package, which includes four any day admissions, two ride vouchers and four $5 food tickets for $89 ($150 value), is available only in advance and only at Publix through January 13, 2022.
New attractions will include the Rockin’ Robots Ice Skating Show in the Ford Theatre, an educational Robot Zoo exhibit, and a moving sand sculpture featuring 3-D mapping with full color projections featuring vintage robot toys. Guests also can expect to enjoy all of the usual fair attractions, including racing pigs, livestock shows, live entertainment, exhibits andshopping. More activities will be announced closer to the fair’s opening.

MAY 22, 2021

Historic South Florida Fair closing Sunday night— Fair organizers deem it a success

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- For the first time in its 109-year run, the South Florida Fair — which ends tomorrow, May 23, at 8 p.m. — made history by organizing and presenting two fairs within four months. The reason? The pandemic and all of the challenges it presented.
The South Florida Fair was held as a mini fair during its normal 17-day period in January with all activities being held outdoors, only kiddie rides and fewer food and other vendors due to continued COVID-19 concerns. Fair organizers required everyone to wear facial coverings at all times, recommended social distancing, and made other adjustments, such as having hand sanitizing stations placed throughout the fairgrounds.
“We had a great turnout in January for our mini fair and our guests were enthusiastic,” said Vicki Chouris, the fair’s president & CEO. “We were encouraged by that and the pandemic’s shift so we decided that our faithful fairgoers deserved to have a full-fledged fair in 2021 and we began planning.”
Although encouraged, Chouris and her staff weren’t sure what to expect, having never hosted a fair in May, dealing with much warmer temperatures than in January, mixed concerns regarding COVID-19 by the public, and no established traditions for a fair held in May. Attendance began slowly, but by the second Friday of the fair, the crowds began to increase to levels comparable to its normal January fair.
“We exceeded our expectations for the May fair, especially with the slow start,” said Chouris. “Our last Friday night was one of the best attended final Fridays in the fair’s history. We have observed people enjoying attending with their families and we are so glad that we did this.”
Chouris expects to have attendance figures late next week. The South Florida Fair also made history by being the only fair in the industry to hold two fairs in just four months. She points to her staff and volunteers’ dedication to producing a second fair in such a short period of time.
“I could not be more proud of my staff and all of the volunteers who made this happen,” said Chouris. “This required an extraordinary amount of work but it was well worth it for the sake of bringing our community back together.”
About the South Florida Fair: The South Florida Fair is produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Located at 9067 Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, the 2022 South Florida Fair will be held January 14-30. For more information, call 561-793-0333

May 12, 2021

South Florida Fair to bring back $2 Tuesday next week

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Due to popular demand and as a thank you to fairgoers who supported the mini-fair in January and the current fair, South Florida Fair organizers are bringing back $2 Tuesday.

That means admission to the fair on Tuesday, May 18, will be just $2 and may be purchased at the gate. Kids 10 and younger will be free. In addition, every food vendor will offer a sample food item for just $2 and most rides also will be $2.

South Florida Fair organizers first offered $2 Tuesdays during the 2017 fair as part of a “Fat Tuesdays” promotion during that year’s New Orleans-themed fair.

The $2 admission includes various exhibits, interactive activities, shows and entertainment, including the ever-popular ice skating show, a Vegas style comedy hypnotist show, Steve Trash’s Science of Ecology show, the Agricadabra: Going Green with Ag show, street performers, concerts on the Coca Cola stage, the Cool Zoo exhibit with live tortoises, birds and butterflies, baby marmosets, a 40-foot Lego exhibit, the all-new Sundy Fresh Market, an augmented reality experience titled “Air, Land & Sea,” agricultural shows, Yesteryear Village’s exhibit of small and baby animals, and of course, racing pigs.

For more information, photos and videos about the South Florida Fair, go online to www.southfloridafair.com.

About the South Florida Fair: The South Florida Fair is produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Located at 9067 Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, the 2021 South Florida Fair will be held May 7-23. For more information, call 561-793-0333

May 3, 2021

Local and regional entertainment to be featured at South Florida Fair

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Not only can fairgoers enjoy their favorite fair foods and rides, they also will have many opportunities to be entertained by a number of local and regional bands at the South Florida Fair, May 7-23, 9067 Southern Blvd.

Coca-Cola Stage (headliners in bold)

Friday, May 14

• 7:30 p.m. – Passafire – A band that formed in Savannah, GA and is part of the U.S. reggae scene.

Saturday, May 15

• 11 a.m. – The Latin Ensemble – An international award-winning Latin band located in Boynton Beach and Tenerife, Spain.

• 7:30 p.m. – Love and Theft – Longtime friends and bandmates Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson launched with the number 1 country smash “Angel Eyes” and top 10 hit “Runaway.”

Sunday, May 16

• 11 a.m. – Allegra Miles – Singer/songwriter based in West Palm Beach who was a semi-finalist on NBC’s “The Voice,” season 18, finishing in the top 9.

• 7:30 p.m. – The Band Roland – Led by Josh René, a South Florida musician who has been playing music for over 15 years.

Saturday, May 22

• 11 a.m. – Ricky Valido, a unique country music songwriter and performer with Cuban American roots.

• 7:30 p.m. – Ryan Montgomery, who was just out of high school when he decided to park his truck in the middle of thousands of country music fans and perform right off the back of his tailgate outside the Amphitheater in his hometown of West Palm Beach. Just two years later, he performed on the main stage at one of South Florida’s largest country music festivals inside that very same amphitheater.

Senior Days

Friday, May 7 and 21

• 11 a.m. – Bob Hoose & His Orchestra: A Tribute to Sinatra - Bob Hoose has quickly become one of the top vocalists in the country today and has been wowing crowds of thousands along the East Coast and throughout the country for years with his strong vocal ability and natural talent.

• 7:30 p.m. – N2Nation: Motown & More! A high energy, audience participation show that takes audiences back to some of the greatest memories of the Motown magic.

Tribute Bands

Tuesday, May 11, 7:30 p.m. – Never Stop Believin’

Never Stop Believin’ has been rocking stages all over the U.S. and beyond since its inception in 2008 and is recognized by many venues to be the premier Journey tribute band.

Wednesday, May 12, 7:30 p.m. – ZZ’s Best

ZZ’s Best has been a project in the works for many years. The band originally started out as just another cover band playing the Southwest Florida scene but soon after opened for major groups, including Styx, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mountain, Greg Allman, Rick Derringer, Grand Funk Railroad and Edgar Winter.

Friday, May 14, 11 a.m. – Across The Universe

The ultimate Beatles tribute band is comprised of professional studio and touring musicians who bring the music of The Beatles and their solo careers to life on stage with an accuracy and attention to detail that has been described by audiences as “incredible.”

Tuesday, May 18, 7:30 p.m. – Smokin’: A Tribute To Boston

This tribute band will take audiences back in time through Boston’s favorite songs including such hits as “More Than A Feeling,” “Amanda,” and the flat-out rockin “Smokin.’”

Wednesday, May 19, 7:30 p.m. – Touch & Go – The Ultimate Cars Tribute

Packing a full two hour set of music spanning the entire Cars catalogue, audiences will be transported back in time to the late 70s and 80s, which is when this band first launched.

Thursday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. – Completely Unchained – Van Halen Tribute

This band is comprised of four talented and creative musicians that re-create the ultimate Van Halen production – the attitude, sounds, excitement, energy and most of all the fun that Van Halen produced as one of the best rock bands in the world.

Local favorites

Local bands that will be performing include Spred The Dub, Destiny Lopez, Joey Tenuto Jr., Jake Walden Band, Hot Sauce Moon, Fox Maple Band, Rogue Theory, Whisky Six, Quille Romero, Dennis Lee, Tom and Bonnie, Joey Calderaio, DJ Cole Rippe and The Hoodlums Company Crew. For a complete schedule and details, go to the fair’s website, www.southfloridafair.com.

Advance tickets and ride vouchers are only being sold online via the fair’s website, www.southfloridafair.com through May 6, 2021. Buying a ticket in advance allows for contactless admission and avoiding having to wait in line at the ticket booths. Guests with an advance ticket will show their barcode on their phone at the gate. Admission is free for children 10 and younger, in advance and at the gate. (Last year, it was 5 and younger.) Advance tickets are $10 for 11 years and older and may be used any day. Tickets at the gate will be $10, good Monday-Friday, and $20 on Saturday and Sunday.

About the South Florida Fair: The South Florida Fair is produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Located at 9067 Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, the 2021 South Florida Fair will be held May 7-23. For more information, call 561-793-0333

2021 South Florida Fair Facts at a glance

Dates & Theme:109th annual South Florida Fair: May 7-23, 2021 — “An Earthly A-Fair”

Hours:

• Monday-Thursday – 4-10 p.m.

• Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Free admission opportunities:

• On opening day, noon to 2 p.m., guests will be admitted free during the first two hours, compliments of Ford.

• On May 14, Humana Senior Day, seniors admitted free the first hour, and then $5 after that for 60 or better.

• On May 21, guests will be admitted free during the first hour, compliments of iTHINK Financial.

Main attractions: (see Features release for an entire list of attractions)

• Exhibits and interactive activities relating to the earth and conservation, including an augmented reality experience titled “Air, Land & Sea” in partnership with National Geographic

• The return of spectacular rides, including two new rides — The Dragons Nest Sky Hawk — and the Midway Sky Eye, North America's largest traveling Ferris wheel

• Daily ice skating shows

• Two stages of continuous entertainment

• All buildings will be open and will include shopping with vendors, arts and crafts, and displays of live birds, bees and butterflies.

• Livestock shows including a Brahman Youth Show, a Junior Angus show, an American Dairy Goat sanctioned show, and a youth dairy show

• A revamped Sundy Fresh Market offering a boutique shopping experience with locally sourced and produced foods, goods and products

• Dozens of food vendors offering fried favorites and more that fairgoers have come to count on

Admission:

Advance tickets are being sold exclusively via the fair’s website, www.southfloridafair.com, through midnight on May 6, 2021. Admission is free for children 10 and younger, in advance and at the gate. Advance tickets are $10 for 11 years and older and may be used any day. Guests with an advance ticket will show their barcode on their phone or present a printed copy of their purchase at the gate. Tickets at the gate will be $10, good Monday-Friday, and $20 on Saturday and Sunday.

Parking: Free general parking. Preferred parking is $10 Monday-Friday and $20 Saturdays and Sundays.

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

April 23, 2021

South Florida Fair to hold unprecedented second fair in 2 weeks

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — For the first time in its 109-year history, the South Florida Fair will hold a second fair in the same year. This unprecedented second fair is being held from May 7-23 at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd.

Due to the pandemic, the first fair was held as a “mini fair” in January — when the annual full-fledged fair normally takes place — and was held completely outdoors. The fair in May will include both indoor and outdoor features and activities that are typical of what fairgoers have come to expect each year.

The fair's theme is “An Earthly A-Fair” and will include exhibits and interactive activities relating to the earth and conservation. This includes NOAA’s virtual presentations on Hurricane-Mania, Dynamic Seas and Earth from Space, and environmental movies throughout the day. National Geographic will present an augmented reality experience titled “Air, Land & Sea.”

The fair also will feature all of the rides that fairgoers have come to count on, including the “giant wheel,” known as the Midway Sky Eye. It's North America's largest traveling Ferris wheel, reaching a peak height of 155 feet and comprised of more than 500 pieces. It's equipped with more than 524,000 individual LED red, green, blue, yellow, orange and purple lights, making it the brightest spectacle at the fair. Riders can see for miles from the top.

Also returning, the ever-popular ice skating show, racing pigs and giant sand sculpture, which are all favorites among fairgoers. All of the buildings will be open for the usual shopping with vendors, arts and crafts, and displays of live birds, bees and butterflies. There also will be live entertainment featuring a number of local and regional bands.

There will be some livestock shows, including a Brahman Youth Show, a Junior Angus show, an American Dairy Goat sanctioned show, and a youth dairy show. Yesteryear Village will feature an exhibit of small and baby animals and the agricultural area will include an exhibit of rabbits and poultry. The Sundy Feed Store Fresh Market is being transformed into a “boutique” shopping experience and will feature locally sourced and produced foods, goods and products.

In accordance with Palm Beach County COVID-19 mandates, facial coverings will be required to wear at all times. Fair organizers also are encouraging social distancing and frequent hand sanitizing. The fair will be using a new contactless ticketing system on the gates and on the midway.

Advance tickets and ride vouchers are only being sold online via the fair’s website, www.southfloridafair.com through May 6, 2021. Buying a ticket in advance results in considerable weekend savings, allows for contactless admission, and avoiding waiting in lines at the ticket booths. Guests with an advance ticket will show their barcode on their phone at the gate.

Admission is free for children 10 and younger, in advance and at the gate. (Last year, it was 5 and younger.) Advance tickets are $10 for 11 years and older and may be used any day. Tickets at the gate will be $10, good Monday-Friday, and $20 on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, photos and videos about the South Florida Fair, go online to www.southfloridafair.com.

About the South Florida Fair: The South Florida Fair is produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Located at 9067 Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, the 2021 South Florida Fair will be held May 7-23. For more information, call 561-793-0333

MARCH 25, 2021

Plans under way for 2021 South Florida Fair

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Planning is well under way for the South Florida Fair in May. Normally held in January, fair organizers held a “mini fair” January 15-31 due to the pandemic and will hold a typical, full-fledged fair from May 7-23 at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd.

The fair's theme is “An Earthly A-Fair” and will include exhibits and interactive activities relating to the earth and conservation. This includes NOAA’s virtual presentations on Hurricane-Mania, Dynamic Seas and Earth from Space, and environmental movies throughout the day. National Geographic will present an augmented reality experience titled “Air, Land & Sea.”

The fair also will feature all of the rides that fairgoers have come to count on, including the “giant wheel,” known as the Midway Sky Eye. It's North America's largest traveling Ferris wheel, reaching a peak height of 155 feet and comprised of more than 500 pieces. It's equipped with more than 524,000 individual LED red, green, blue, yellow, orange and purple lights, making it the brightest spectacle at the fair. Riders can see for miles from the top.

Also returning, the ever-popular ice skating show, racing pigs and giant sand sculpture, which are all favorites among fairgoers. All of the buildings will be open for the usual shopping with vendors, arts and crafts, and displays of live birds, bees and butterflies. There also will be live entertainment featuring a number of local and regional bands.

There will be some livestock shows, including a Brahman Youth Show, a Junior Angus show, an American Dairy Goat sanctioned show, and a youth dairy show. Yesteryear Village will feature an exhibit of small and baby animals and the agricultural area will include an exhibit of rabbits and poultry. The Sundy Feed Store Fresh Market is being transformed into a “boutique” shopping experience and will feature locally sourced and produced foods, goods and products. More activities will be announced closer to the start of the fair.

The fair will follow the recommendations of Palm Beach County regarding masks, social distancing and sanitizing. The fair will be using a new contactless ticketing system on the gates and on the midway. Fairgoers may review the new operations and sanitation procedures on the fair’s website at www.southfloridafair.com.

Three-day Gold Pass flash sale starts this Friday, March 26

For three days only, Friday, March 26, Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28, everyone who purchases an advance ride voucher for the 2021 South Florida Fair will receive a free Gold Access pass, which allows fairgoers to move to the front of the line at a special checkerboard lane. All Gold Access guests will be given a VIP lanyard and special wristband to access Gold Access privileges.

Also, everyone who purchases a $25 Power Pass (admission and unlimited rides) will receive a Gold Access pass (valued up to $20). Advance admission tickets will also be available for purchase (online only) during this promotion at www.southfloridafair.com.

For more information, photos and videos about the South Florida Fair, go online to www.southfloridafair.com.

Simplified and lower-priced ticketing for 2021

• Advance tickets and ride vouchers are only being sold online via the fair’s website, www.southfloridafair.com from March 26, 2020 through May 6, 2021.

• Buying a ticket in advance allows for contactless admission and avoiding having to wait in line at the ticket booths. Guests with an advance ticket will show their barcode on their phone at the gate.

• Admission is free for children 10 and younger, in advance and at the gate! (Last year, it was 5 and younger.) Advance tickets are $10 for 11 years and older and may be used any day.

• Tickets at the gate will be $10, good Monday-Friday, and $20 on Saturday and Sunday.

About the South Florida Fair: The South Florida Fair is produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Located at 9067 Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, the 2021 South Florida Fair will be held May 7-23. For more information, call 561-793-0333

JANUARY 4, 2021

UNPRECEDENTED: South Florida Fair adds 2nd fair

South Florida Fair to present two fairs in 2021

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Organizers of the South Florida Fair are taking the unprecedented step of presenting two fairs in one year with the announcement of a full-fledged, traditional fair now scheduled for May 7-23. This is in addition to the previously announced South Florida Mini Fair, which will take place from January 15-31. Both fairs will happen at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd.

To top it off, everyone who buys a ticket online from the South Florida Fair’s website for the mini fair will be granted one free Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday admission to the fair in May.

“We have proven the ability to make adjustments as needed,” said Vicki Chouris, the fair’s president & CEO. “In the name of safety, most people realize why we decided to scale back our traditional fair but we also know they were disappointed. Now they can get two different types of fairs for the price of one, all in the same year.”

The South Florida Fair in May will feature its original theme of “An Earthly A-Fair,” both indoor and outdoor attractions, some 200 rides and games, and all of the other fair favorites. The upcoming South Florida Mini Fair will be held outdoors and include the typical fair foods and beverages, a variety of local and tribute bands performing daily, shopping opportunities with vendors under a large tent, racing pigs, a giant sand sculpture, strolling entertainers, farm animals, kiddie rides and visiting the historic buildings of Yesteryear Village.

For the January fair, safety measures will be enforced and include mandatory mask wearing by everyone, safety protocols for all vendors, and a revamped site layout to accommodate more distancing. In May, fair officials will follow the CDC guidelines that are being recommended at that time.

The fair continues to sell online tickets for its mini fair in January. On opening day, Friday, Jan. 15, guests will be admitted free during the first hour from noon to 1 p.m. After opening day, weekday hours will be from 4-10 p.m., and on Saturday, Sunday and Martin Luther King Day, hours will be from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., except for the final Sunday, which will be 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Advance tickets are being sold exclusively via the fair’s website, www.southfloridafair.com, through January 14, 2021. Admission is free for children 10 and younger, in advance and at the gate. (Last year, it was 5 and younger.) Advance tickets are $10 for 11 years and older and may be used any day.

Buying a ticket in advance allows for contactless admission and avoiding having to wait in line at the ticket booths. Guests with an advance ticket will show their barcode on their phone or present a printed copy of their purchase at the gate. Tickets at the gate will be $10, good Monday-Friday, and $15 on Saturday and Sunday (a $5 savings compared to last year).

About the South Florida Fair: The South Florida Mini Fair and South Florida Fair are produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Located at 9067 Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, the 2021 South Florida Mini Fair will be held Jan. 15-31 and the South Florida Fair will be held May 7-23. For more information, call 561-793-0333

DECEMBER 23, 2020

BREAKING: 2021 Fair announces major change

2021 South Florida Fair now canceled and being replaced by mini-fair


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The traditional 2021 South Florida Fair is now being canceled but the good news is that organizers are replacing it with a South Florida “Mini” Fair, which will be presented outdoors at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd. during the original fair dates of January 15-31. In essence, this newly planned mini fair is a scaled back version of the annual South Florida Fair and will still feature many of the fair’s favorite activities.

“This decision came about due to growing concerns about the safety of our guests during this pandemic,” said Vicki Chouris, the fair’s president & CEO. “Hosting a scaled back, outdoor version of our traditional fair will still allow fairgoers to enjoy a fun-filled event. Mini but mighty with maximum fun is what we plan to present!”

The South Florida Mini Fair will include all of the typical, unusual “fried-everything” fair foods and beverages, a variety of local and tribute bands performing daily, shopping opportunities with vendors under a large tent, racing pigs, a giant sand sculpture, strolling entertainers, farm animals, and visiting the historic buildings of Yesteryear Village. As for rides, only kiddie rides will be offered. Other rides are being eliminated due to the large crowds that they typically attract to the grounds and no indoor activities will be held.

Safety measures will be enforced and include mandatory mask wearing by everyone, safety protocols for all vendors, and a revamped site layout to accommodate more distancing. There also will be hand sanitizing stations throughout the fairgrounds.

“After being cooped up in our homes for so long during this pandemic, we think people will be ready to come outdoors to safely enjoy a variety of fair activities,” Chouris added. “It’s possible we’ll be able to host the full-fledged fair later in the year, but for now, we’re inviting everyone to come and experience our mini fair.”

On opening day, Friday, Jan. 15, guests will be admitted free during the first hour from noon to 1 p.m. After opening day, weekday hours will be from 4-10 p.m., and on Saturday, Sunday and Martin Luther King Day, hours will be from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Advance tickets are only being sold exclusively online via the fair’s website, www.southfloridafair.com through January 14, 2021. Admission is free for children 10 and younger, in advance and at the gate. (Last year, it was 5 and younger.) Advance tickets are $10 for 11 years and older and may be used any day.

Buying a ticket in advance allows for contactless admission and avoiding having to wait in line at the ticket booths. Guests with an advance ticket will show their barcode on their phone or present a printed copy of their purchase at the gate. Tickets at the gate will be $10, good Monday-Friday, and $15 on Saturday and Sunday (a $5 savings compared to last year).

About the South Florida Mini Fair: The South Florida Mini Fair is produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Located at 9067 Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, the 2021 South Florida Mini Fair will be held Jan. 15-31. For more information, call (561) 793-0333.

NOVEMBER 23, 2020

PLANS UNDERWAY FOR 2021 SOUTH FLORIDA FAIR

Lower ticket prices and free Gold Access promotion to begin

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Plans for the 2021 South Florida Fair are well under way for the 109th edition of the fair, which will be held January 15-31, 2021 at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd. This year’s theme is “An Earthly A-Fair.”

“Just as Disney, art events, boat shows and other entertainment venues have reopened, we also are moving forward with our guests’ safety as our number one priority,” said Vicki Chouris, the fair’s president & CEO. “Throughout our planning process, we have been and continue to be focused on not only providing top-notch entertainment as we do every year but also making sure we institute a number of protocols and changes to ensure the fairgoers’ safety.”

These safety measures include mandatory mask wearing by everyone; hand sanitizing stations throughout the fairgrounds; shorter, more frequent entertainment shows; touchless doors and an improved air-conditioning filtration system in the Expo Center; more strolling acts outdoors and fewer stage acts; mandatory safety protocols for all vendors; and a revamped site layout to accommodate more distancing between rides and other features. In addition, the popular “$2 Tuesdays” promotion has been postponed until 2022 due to the large crowds that it prompted in previous years.

Fairgoers may review the new operations and sanitation procedures on the fair’s website at www.southfloridafair.com.

As to what fairgoers can expect to see at the 2021 fair, the highlights include a sea lion show and the return of the popular racing pigs and ice skating show, which was last featured in 2018. More entertainment will be announced closer to the fair’s opening.

Simplified and lower-priced ticketing for 2021

• Advance tickets and ride vouchers are only being sold online via the fair’s website, www.southfloridafair.com from Dec. 4, 2020 through January 14, 2021.

• Buying a ticket in advance allows for contactless admission and avoiding having to wait in line at the ticket booths. Guests with an advance ticket will show their barcode on their phone at the gate.

• Admission is free for children 10 and younger, in advance and at the gate! (Last year, it was 5 and younger.) Advance tickets are $10 for 11 years and older and may be used any day.

• Tickets at the gate will be $10, good Monday-Friday, and $15 on Saturday and Sunday (a $5 savings compared to last year).

Gold Pass Promotion and the return of the PowerPass

• From Dec. 4-6 only, guests who purchase a $20 ride voucher, good Monday-Friday, will receive a free Gold Access Pass, a value up to $20, which allows fairgoers to move to the front of the line at a special checkerboard lane.

• The ever-popular PowerPass, which includes admission and unlimited rides on any one weekday, is returning and is just $25. If purchased during this same weekend of Dec. 4-6, guests also will receive a free Gold Access Pass.

• The PowerPass will continue to be sold online at www.southfloridafair.com through Jan. 14, 2021 for $25.

OCTOBER 29, 2020

Spookyville to feature expanded hours

WHO/WHAT: Spookyville, one of the best family-friendly Halloween events in the Palm Beaches, is being handled as a drive-through event due to COVID-19 concerns.

WHEN - NEW HOURS: Due to the high demand and to avoid traffic delays, Spookyville will now open at 2 p.m. on its last two days, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31.

WHERE: Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach

DETAILS: Known as one of the best family-friendly Halloween events in the Palm Beaches, the event will operate much like the Fair Eats Drive Thru events that the fair offered in July and September. The difference is that this drive through comes alive with entertainment, not-so-spooky décor, and costumed volunteers who offer treats and big smiles to the children as they pass by in their cars.

The cost is $25 per vehicle. All passengers must be safely wearing seat belts. Children will be able to enjoy a slow cruise as they enjoy friendly faces, familiar songs, Halloween vignettes, actors, dancers, and lots of candy, while staying in the safety of their car the entire time.

After the Spookyville ride, families may take advantage of Fair Eats & Treats, too, which will feature fair food and sweets available for purchase.

Spookyville sponsors include Coca-Cola, Storm Tight Windows, Florida Dairy Farmers and Baptist Health South Florida.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit the fair’s website, www.southfloridafair.com.
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OCTOBER 26, 2020

HISTORY ON THE ROCKS TO TAKE PLACE IN YESTERYEAR VILLAGE


West Palm Beach, Fla. — The food and spirits will be present-day but the outdoor surroundings will take guests back in time at the second annual History on the Rocks, a tasting experience happening from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13. Presented by Glade & Grove Supply, this rockin’ signature event will take place at Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

Guests will have the opportunity to sample light bites and specially concocted beverages while visiting the historic buildings in Yesteryear Village. They may indulge in locally brewed beer, Florida wine and other specialty cocktails and mocktails. To add to the ambiance, there will be wood burning fire pits staged for roasting marshmallows and the sounds of a saxophone and dueling pianos filling the air.

Locally produced and sourced spirits, foods and specialty items will be featured in a MarketPlace. Among the participating partners are Chef Jeffrey Schlissel, aka the Bacon Cartel and Locale Gastropub, Robert Coleman from Joshua’s Catering at the Lord’s Place, Chef John Carlino of ChefCorp and Apple Cider Doughnuts, Jeff Ostroff of Restaurant Beverage Service, along with many established area chefs. Foodies will enjoy an array of food pairings, specialty dishes and appetizers from Professional Concessions Inc., while topping off these tasty treats with a specialty beverage.

“We had a great turnout last year and with safety precautions in place, we will be presenting another fine outdoor event,” said the fair’s President & CEO Vicki Chouris. “It’s about having fun with family and friends while sampling food and spirits and exploring the buildings in Yesteryear Village.”

General Admission is $50 in advance and $60 at the gate, and just $15 for a Designated Driver ticket (includes everything but alcohol) in advance and $20 at the gate. VIP tables of eight may be reserved for $480. VIP ticket holder perks include access to the event one hour before general ticket holders, a VIP badge for multiple servings, a horse and carriage ride, and a branded serving tray, among others. Tickets are on sale online now at https://www.southfloridafair.com/historyontherocks. Ages 13-17 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian. Ages 12 and under are not permitted. Everyone under the age of 21 must purchase a Designated Driver ticket. Organizers reserve the right to card everyone.

For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, www.southfloridafair.com. Sponsorship opportunities also are available by calling (561) 790-5233.

About South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc. - The South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, produces multiple events throughout the year. Located at 9067 Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, its largest event is the 2021 South Florida Fair, which will be held Jan. 15 – 31, 2021. For more information, call (561) 793-0333.
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OCTOBER 23, 2020

South Florida Fair’s golf tournament raises money for educational scholarships

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The South Florida Fair’s annual John Picano, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament recently raised $42,064 to benefit its educational scholarship program. The tournament took place at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club.

Golfers competed for prizes and received gifts, including a pair of Footjoy golf shoes and two admission tickets to the 2021 South Florida Fair. The day ended with a buffet awards luncheon.

All proceeds benefited the South Florida Fair Scholarship Fund, which has raised more than $650,000 in college scholarships for local youth since 1981.

The golf tournament is named in memory of John Picano, Jr., who served as the South Florida Fair’s public relations director for almost two decades. Prior to his passing in 2012, he was an avid golfer and was instrumental in the growth and success of the fair’s golf tournament.

Wade Shows, Inc. was the presenting sponsor and additional sponsors were Coca-Cola, Foster & Fuchs, P.A., Laz Parking, Burns & Severson, P.A, BKS Partners and Debon Air Mechanical.

The South Florida Fair is produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and has a longstanding tradition of raising funds for educational and charitable purposes.

Located at 9067 Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, the 2021 South Florida Fair will be held January 15-31. For more information, call 561-793-0333

OCTOBER 5, 2020

Fair to host home improvement show in Expo Center

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — At a time when many people are spending more times in their homes due to the pandemic, the South Florida Fair is offering them a one-stop shopping experience by producing a Home Improvement & More Show, Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 25. Hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

There will be more than 50 vendors representing various areas including household items, kitchen, bath, water filtration, patios, windows, doors, landscape, security, remolding, hot tubs, roofing, gazebos, art, jewelry, window treatment, decks and patios, screens, tree services, home fitness, marble and granite, and automotive.

Some of the businesses will be offering specials only available at the show.

Fair organizers decided to produce the show after recognizing the high demand for home improvement, renovation, products and services.

“Given what we’ve been experiencing since March with this pandemic, there has never been such a high demand for at-home enhancements in kitchens and baths, lawn and landscape, décor and home office ideas,” said Vicki Chouris, president & CEO of the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions.

Exhibitor and vendor applications are still being accepted from businesses that specialize in residential interior and exterior renovations, home products and services, security, insurance, or financial assistance. For applications or space availability, email Tim Pachis, tim@southfloridafair.com, or call (561) 795-6446.

Masks are required for entry and guests will be asked to social distance.

­­­­­About South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc.: The South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, produces multiple events throughout the year. Located at 9067 Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, its largest event is the 2021 South Florida Fair, which will be held Jan. 15 – 31, 2021. For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, http://www.southfloridafair.com.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2020

Spookyville celebrates in a new and different way

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The organizers of Spookyville, which takes place annually at Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds, have created a way for the little ones to still get their Halloween fill in a safe and fun way.

Because of COVID-19 concerns, Spookyville will be handled as a drive-through event from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, October 23-31, at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd.

Known as one of the best family-friendly Halloween events in the Palm Beaches, the event will operate much like the Fair Eats Drive Thru events that the fair offered in July and September. The difference is that this drive-thru will come alive with sets, actors, not-so-spooky décor, and costumed volunteers who will be offering treats and big smiles to the children as they pass by in their cars.

“We are encouraging the kids to still dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes for a safe and socially distanced drive through while trick or treating,” said Lorie Stinson, the fair’s exhibits and special events manager.

The cost is $25 per vehicle. All passengers must be safely wearing seat belts. Children will be able to enjoy a slow cruise as they enjoy friendly faces, familiar songs, Halloween vignettes, actors, dancers, and lots of candy, while staying in the safety of their car the entire time.

“Your young ones will be leaving safely and soundly with smiling faces and a trick-or-treat bag,” added Stinson.

After the Spookyville ride, families may take advantage of Fair Eats & Treats, too, which will feature fair food and sweets available for purchase.

Spookyville sponsors include Coca-Cola, Storm Tight Windows, Florida Dairy Farmers and Baptist Health South Florida.

For more information, call Lorie Stinson at (561) 790-5245 or visit the fair’s website, www.southfloridafair.com.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Organizers cancel Fright Nights 2020

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The only experience that’s more scary than Fright Nights is the toll that the spread of the COVID-19 virus is taking worldwide. Known as one of the scariest events in South Florida, Fright Nights organizers have decided to cancel this year’s event, which usually takes place over a period of three weekends each October.

“The safety of our guests, volunteers and staff will always be first and foremost,” said Vicki Chouris, president & CEO of the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., which produces the annual event.

She added, “Given the nature of this event, where large groups of people walk closely together through dark corridors in the haunted houses, we could not ensure social distancing.”

Fright Nights has become the largest haunted house event in West Palm Beach. Thousands of guests attended the carnival of terror annually to experience four haunted houses, scare zones, food and beverages, live entertainment, virtual reality stations, video games and midway carnival rides.

This year would have marked the organization’s 19th anniversary.

“We plan to resume operations again in 2021,” said Chouris.

Organizers are exploring creative new ways to present Spookyville, the annual Halloween event for younger children. The event normally takes place over the course of several days in October at Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds. More information is forthcoming.

For more information, call the South Florida Fairgrounds at 561-793-0333.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Yesteryear Village plans reopening with BOGO deal

Yesteryear Village - Archway Gate

Who/What: After being closed since March due to COVID-19, Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds, an outdoor living history park, is reopening with a BOGO and special activities in addition to the regular park features.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, Friday, July 10, and Saturday, July 11 with limited capacity for each day.

Where: Yesteryear Village, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach

Admission: BOGO gate deal: Buy one $10 adult admission and a second person gets in free (ages 6 and up). Additionally, the fair will be honoring the $3 off coupon available at all Florida turnpike plazas and Palm Beach County hotels. Additional pricing: $7 seniors (60+) and children (6 – 11); Free for ages 5 and under. Parking is free. To manage capacity limits and minimize entrance touch points, tickets must be purchased online at www.southfloridafair.com specifying the day of visit.

Details: Enjoy family activities and live entertainment throughout the three-day event.

The park, in coordination with state and local government and public health officials, is taking the first, careful step in reopening and welcoming guests back. To help safeguard the health and safety of all guests, staff and volunteers, Yesteryear Village has made some important changes guests need to know before visiting. Visit the website for up-to-date COVID-19 safety guidelines.

For more information: Call 561-795-3110, email yyv@southfloridafair.com or visit the website, www.yesteryearvillage.com.

Media contact: Please call or text Doreen Poreba at (772) 215-2333 if you plan to cover this event on any of the days.

About Yesteryear Village
Yesteryear Village is a living history park nestled on 10 acres at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Boulevard, in West Palm Beach. The park showcases buildings and artifacts prior to 1940. The large collection of early, original and replicated buildings includes three prominent historic buildings — The Red Level Baptist Church, The Bink Glisson Museum and the Riddle House — an old school, a farm, a blacksmith shop, a general store, and several houses. There also is the Sally Bennett Big Band Hall of Fame Museum — the only big band museum in the United States. Group and school guided tours are available by request. Call (561) 795-3110 to schedule a tour or register and pay online at www.southfloridafair.com. Special events, photo shoots, weddings, and corporate events also are available. Call (561) 790-4908 for additional information and to reserve the facility.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

South Florida Fair food lovers can get their fix early this year


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – One of the top reasons people attend the annual South Florida Fair is to enjoy a plethora foods that they can only get at the fair in January. That’s about to change with an up and coming first-time event — “Fair Eats Drive-Thru at the South Florida Fairgrounds.” Fair food lovers will be able to get their fix six months early during this event from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday, July 3, through Sunday, July 5, at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd.

The event will be strictly drive-through. Guests will enter through Gate 8 and there will be a menu available with servers coming to their cars to take their orders. They will follow a vehicle queue line and get their orders filled. People must remain in their vehicles to maintain social distancing.

The menu will include fried Oreos, fried snickers, candy apples, cotton candy, three flavors of funnel cake, turkey legs, corn dogs, chicken tenders and fries, roasted corn elephant ears, and a bucket of fries (menu subject to change). Beverages will include bottled drinks and a lemonade shakeup. Prices range from $2-$11 with most items averaging around $6.

“We wanted to bring something positive to the fairgrounds to celebrate the 4th of July holiday and give the community something fun to do while still aligning with the pandemic guidelines,” said Fair President & CEO Vicki Chouris. “It has definitely put a smile on people’s faces and our food vendors could not be more thankful for the support.”

For more information, visit www.southfloridafair.com.

The South Florida Fair is produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Located at 9067 Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, the 2021 South Florida Fair will kick off with its Ride-A-Thon at 5 p.m. on Jan. 14 and the full fair will be held Jan. 15 – 31, 2021. For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, http://www.southfloridafair.com.

South Florida Fair to feature six new rides

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Wade Shows, Inc. returns to the South Florida Fair’s midway this year with more than 200 rides, games and attractions. This includes six new rides and the return of one of the fair’s most popular rides, as follows:

Axis – This sizzler of a ride sparkles with more than 1,000 dazzling lights on the sweeps and cars, making it one of the brightest attractions on the midway. The arms spin around and cars swing as families enjoy this classic thrill ride.

Observation Tower – Like a carousel in the sky, this ride takes guests high above the midway for a slow-turning look high above the midway. It’s suitable for guests of all ages.

Down Draft – Guests can catch some air above the midway, swoop down and shoot back up again! They’ll feel the forces as they swing around and let their feet dangle above the ground.

Starship 4000 – One of the most popular rides on the midway, the Starship 4000 is the latest version of a classic favorite thrill ride. The ride is completely enclosed with 48 padded panels lining the inside wall. Riders lean against these panels, which are angled back. As the ride rotates, centrifugal force is exerted against the pads by the rider and removes the rider from the floor due to the slant.

Friendly Wheel – This ride takes guests for a gentle spin high above the midway, as it dazzles with thousands of sparkling lights and the best bird's eye view of the fair.

Seven Seas – Guests can sail on the Seven Seas for a family-friendly boat ride that’ll leave their heads spinning.

And the return of one of the South Florida Fair’s most popular rides, the RC 48. A “speed coaster,” the RC-48 is the second largest portable roller coaster in the U.S. The ride is transported on seven trailers, has two large trains for riders, and makes a massive appearance on the midway.

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