GOLDEN GATE ESTATES — A new lineup of shows and events in addition to perennial favorites will greet patrons when the Collier County Agricultural Fair and Exposition gets under way Thursday.
From traditional Demolition Derby team racing on Saturday and truck pulls on Sunday to the rip-roaring Jaripeo–Mexican bull-riding show on Sunday, Feb. 14, the county fair won’t disappoint, spokesman Stephen White said.
The fair runs through Feb. 14.
In keeping with the theme “The Collier County Fair Celebrates Family Traditions,” fairgoers will get to help choose the People’s Choice winner in the first-ever Family Barbecue Cookoff on Saturday, Feb. 13.
A trophy will be awarded to the winner, and ribbons will go to runners-up in both family and professional competitions.
The ever-popular pig races and annual horseshoe tournament will return. There is a community stage, where a variety of song and dance groups and local bands will perform daily throughout the fair.
Among new attractions this year are Kachunga and the Alligator, an educational, fun show that has toured fairs across the U.S.; a live sea lion show similar to that at Sea World; a live bear exhibit; Granpa Cratchet’s puppet show and Jason Hudy, a magician.
All of that is over and above the sights and sounds of the agriculture and family living tents, a host of vendors and concessionaires and more than 60 rides and games.
Regular adult admission is $10 per person, children ages 6-11 are $5 and arm bands for all rides are $20.
Specials include Family Night on Monday, Feb. 8, when the entire family can get in for just $5, plus a can of food for each member to donate, or Tuesday, Feb. 9, which is half-price admission night and armbands are $10.
Hard-core fairgoers can purchase the $20 MegaPass through opening day only for anytime gate admission to the fair and unlimited use of the Reithoffer Shows Midway’s mechanical rides on any one day of their choice, even on weekends, from opening until closing.
Advance sale MegaPases are available for purchase at Collier and Lee county Walgreen’s stores, Florida Community Banks, E’s Country store and the fair office through Thursday with no purchase quantity limitations.
The fairgrounds are at 751 39th Avenue N.E, on Immokalee Road, 10 miles east of Interstate 75.
For a schedule of specials, entertainment and events, go to colliercountyfair.com or call (239) 455-1444.