The South Florida Fair began it’s 2013 run in much the same way it does every year; with cooler weather, a bit of rain, and lots of hungry patrons anxious to take it all in. The event, which runs from now until Feb. 3, features everything from a section of Air Force One to cows about to give birth. If that doesn’t entice you, perhaps the wide variety of amazing food will!
The fair features a large midway, complete with rides that will test your endurance, as well as reawaken the kid inside all of us. It is of course famous for it’s wide variety of animal exhibits, and this year doesn’t disappoint. You can pet a camel, ride and elephant, and feed a rabbit, as well as gaze at a wide variety of poultry in a tent sponsored by Bud’s Chicken and Seafood.
You can learn the difference between the African and Indian elephants at the Elephant Encounter, which though it may not have the fear factor associated in the past with the tiger show, it definately shows the true majesty, intelligence and power of the world’s largest land animal.
Visitors can also enjoy the Ham Bone Express Pig Races. These amazing porkers run circles around the competition, all in search of an elusive oreo cookie! Don’t miss the opportunity to root on your favorite famous pig, and you too can become and official member of the NPRA (National Pig Racers Association).
As you journey inside to either get out of the rain, the heat, or the large crowds, you can explore the many vendors, crafters and other booths run by various community organizations. You could even win prizes from Ford Motor Company, as well as a quilt, a R/C airplane, and more.
If you’ve never had the opportunity to visit our nation’s capital, but always wanted the chance, this is your year. The fair is speckled with exhibits that take you from the wilds of South Florida to the wild and wooly world of Washington, DC. In the Bink Glisson Museum, located in Yesteryear Village, you will find several of the gowns worn by first ladies of the United States, including examples from Martha Washington, Hillary Clinton, and Mary Todd Lincoln.
In the main exposition hall, you will notice a replica of the Capitol Building, as well as the Oval Office, an actual section of Air Force One, samples of some of the president’s china, and a sand sculpture of the Lincoln Memorial. There is also a must-see ice show, America On Ice, which combines colorful costumes, amazing skaters, and humor to create a fabulous show that you can’t afford to miss.
For fans of the Price is Right, fairgoers are lucky enough to get a small taste of the show as the Price is Right live comes to West Palm Beach on Jan. 30 for a one-night show. Of course, this is only a small sample of what the South Florida Fair has to offer. For a detailed breakdown of daily activities, as well as more information and tickets, check out their website.
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