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The Collier County Fair begins March 16 and runs through March 26. Here are things to know before attending the fair this year. Oscar Santiago Torres

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The Collier County fair is back this week for its 41st year.

Along the traditional rides and shows, this year's fair features a demolition derby, an engine-mounted gladiator battle that gives a $2,000 prize to the last vehicle running. The Crash-and-Bash takes place Sunday. The gates will open for spectators at 1 p.m., with the first heat event starting at 5 p.m.

The fair runs through March 26 with some important events to keep in mind:

♦  Senior Citizen Day will be Sunday. Seniors get in for just $5 with a valid I.D.

♦  Monday will be Collier County School appreciation day, where CCPS students and employees will enjoy free admission with their school I.D.

♦ Wednesday, two cans of pet food will get you in for free, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Of course, active duty and retired U.S. Military personnel get free admission with their military I.D.

About 30 rides are expected at the fair this year, including seven “super rides.”

For the first time ever, the fair is introducing its “Lego Team Buildoff,” which consists on multiple teams of 4 or 5 participants, who will build Lego figures according to the theme that will be announced at the fair. There will be multiple teams on different days, depending on how many teams enter the contest. There will be no charge to participate.

This year, the fair also brings “Making Life ‘Fair’” a silent auction that supports board members battling life threatening diseases. The auction hopes to raise $5,000 for the “Making Life ‘Fair’” fund.

IF YOU GO

COLLIER COUNTY FAIR

When: Every day, now through March 26

Where: 751 39th Ave NE, Golden Gate Estates. 10 miles east of I-75, exit 111 on Immokalee Road.
Cost: Adults $10; children 11 and younger $5; children 5 and younger free.   

Information: colliercountyfair.com.

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