The 76th annual Pasco County Fair lived up to its theme this year.
It gave everyone who attended “Something to Crow About.”
The event, which ran from Feb. 20 through Feb. 26, also gave fair-goers of all ages plenty to talk about, too.
At the annual Dade City fair, Big Rock Amusements brought its rides to the Midway.
They included Cobra Coaster, Flying Elephants, a Beach Buggy, the Giant Wheel, the Grand Carousel, Rip Tide, Air Flyer and Zero Gravity.
Monster truck rides on the Dade City Motocross were available, too.
Entertainment included Robinson’s Racing Pigs, Lew-E’s Comedy Circus, hypnotism acts and even a few trick dog shows. There was a short lawn mower race on Feb. 20, too.
There were plenty of exhibits, from art, photography and plants, plus competitions from talent shows, karaoke singing and even one for spaghetti eating.
Of course, as is the county fair’s tradition, there were dozens of livestock competitions, from cows, to hogs and chickens and more.
Food sales were brisk, too, with the eating area packed with fair-goers enjoying meat on a stick, pizza, gyros, doughnut burgers, funnel cakes, elephant ears and, of course, oversized corndogs.
Hosting fairs in Dade City dates back to 1915, but it wasn’t until 1947 that a group of local businessmen began to showcase the county’s resources.
On April 7, 1947, the Pasco County Fair Association Inc., was chartered with the purpose of hosting an annual fair to promote youth and other county resources, according to the association’s website.
The Fair Association has remained an independent, nonprofit organization since its founding. The association relies mostly on local community sponsorships, along with fair memberships, revenue from our guests, and rental income from the buildings housed on the fairgrounds.
The Pasco County Fair Association Inc., currently has 1,538 members and continues going strong.
Published March 01, 2023