Palm Beach County may be referred to as the “Golf Capital of the World” but there is plenty more to be discovered in the third largest county in the state. The 2016 South Florida Fair, Jan. 15-31, 9067 Southern Blvd., is one of the more well-known attractions in the area and through this year’s theme, “Discover the Palm Beaches, powered by FPL,” visitors will have an opportunity to experience everything the fair has to offer along with dozens of Palm Beach County features.
“Palm Beach County covers a lot of ground and some of our visitors may be surprised to learn what’s available in their own back yards,” said COO and Vice President Vicki Chouris.
Representatives from the county’s top attractions will greet guests and enlighten them about the area’s best places to play, stay, shop, and dine. A visit to the “Olympusat Theater of The Palm Beaches” will give visitors a chance to experience the beauty that exists locally and all the reasons why The Palm Beaches is the best way to experience Florida. Building 1 will feature The Palm Beach International Airport Lounge and Municipalities’ Showcase, where all Palm Beach County’s cities, towns and villages will display and describe their best offerings. In Building 5, the Community Creative Crafts & Skills Pavilion, Palm Beach County residents’ creativity will be showcased, as they display their flip-flop art, sand sculptures, palm frond creations, underwater photography and more. One lucky fair guest will win a grand prize package that will include 365 (+1 for leap year) things to do in The Palm Beaches — a prize a day for an entire year!
From 5 to 10 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 14, the fair will kick off with its Ride-A-Thon. Admission and rides will cost $10 with a coupon (available early January) that can be obtained from the Fair’s website, http://www.southfloridafair.org. The evening will include an explosive fireworks show. The rest of the fair will open the next day and for the next 17 days, fairgoers will have the opportunity to enjoy unique fair foods, more than 200 carnival rides, miscellaneous theater shows, the Hambone Express Pig Racing, a fair favorite, and acts that include Vocal Trash, a green-minded ensemble comprised of singing drummers, musicians and award-winning break dancers; the action packed, family-oriented and humorous “Kachunga & The Alligator Show,” featuring an American alligator; and Tyzen’s “Hypnosis That Rocks” comedy hypnosis show, which generates a highly entertaining performance where audience members are transformed into the stars. Back by popular demand, The Rosstyn Ice Show, will feature world class ice skating performances and tie into the fair’s “Discover the Palm Beaches” theme.
Guests also will be treated to four stages of music and entertainment, including Tenth Avenue North, Hoobastank, Emerson Drive, The Guess Who, The Buckinghams, The Grass Roots, The Brothers Osborne, and Starship featuring Mickey Thomas. A trio of impersonators known as The Rat Pack Now will sing favorite tunes by Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin. The 7th Annual South Florida Fair Rock Tribute Band Competition also promises to entertain.
The fair’s award-winning agriculture and livestock program, featuring more than 1,000 exhibitors from more than 30 Florida counties, will feature a new look. The popular Mooternity Tent, where guests witness the birth of calves, will be moved to the outdoor arena where all of the cattle are housed. The agricultural tents will now feature an outdoor showmanship area for the rabbit and poultry. Additionally, there will be landscape vignettes to showcase area school and landscape companies, which will segue into Yesteryear Village. A new tent will house horticulture premium displays, including a fun zone and educational exhibits. The cattle, goat, and swine show ring will boast a new, cleaner look in the inside arena. It will include a rubber floor and nursery pens with common livestock breeds that fairgoers can see anytime during the fair.
Save money now on advance tickets by going into any Publix supermarket, Bud’s Chicken & Seafood, TD Bank branches or BB&T Bank branches in Palm Beach County. The savings add up, especially for families. Adult admission, 12 and older, is $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. A child’s admission, under 12, is $5 in advance, $8 at the gate (5 years and younger are free). Those who are 60 years of age and older pay $7 in advance and $9 at the gate.
The South Florida Fair is produced by the South Florida Fair/Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a nonprofit organization, and is located at 9067 Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach. The 2016 dates are Jan. 15-31. Buildings open from noon – 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Martin Luther King Day on Mon., Jan. 18, and 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 31. Carnival rides open one hour after the Fair opens each day. Carnival rides close at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; midnight Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 561-793-0333 or visit the website, http://www.southfloridafair.com.