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Fair lights up with Dollar Night

The buildings open and entertainment begins about 5 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Rides and admission are $1 each.

By JORGE SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 17, 2003


INVERNESS -- Today's Citrus County Fair opening gives just about everyone a chance to pay admission and ride a bunch of rides without breaking the family budget.

For the first time, fair organizers are offering Dollar Night, beginning at 5 p.m. and lasting late into the night. Admission to the fair is $1. A ride on any midway attraction costs $1. And many food items will be $1.

Fair director Jean Grant said the Dollar Night feature comes in response to those who say they can't afford to come.

"Now they can't say that anymore," Grant said. "This gives a chance for many more families to come out and enjoy the fair where perhaps they couldn't have been able to afford it before. You can't ride a ride anywhere else in Florida at a fair for just a dollar."

Grant said she expects the Dollar Night promotion will pack the fair on opening day, a day that typically features light to moderate attendance.

"We usually close up at 10 p.m., but I'm hoping that there will be so many people still here at that time that we'll be able to stay open a little longer."

Here are the highlights of this evening's fair activities:

5 p.m. -- Exhibit buildings open.

Citrus Shrine Club Clowns -- Jacobs Building.

Citrus Railroad Club -- Otto Allen Building.

Johnson's Exotic Petting Zoo and Pony Rides -- livestock area along U.S. 41.

Helicopter rides -- racetrack.

Charles and Yvonne Veit -- organ grinder and monkey.

Rabbit Show -- livestock complex.

5:15 -- Opening ceremonies by flagpole.

5:30 -- Magic Shows of Florida -- U.S. 41.

6 -- The Pilla Boys and Konstantine, Musicians -- auditorium.

The Robinson Family, singing -- main gate tent.

6:30 -- Brad Bodary, mime/characters -- strolling the grounds.

7 -- Open Heifer Show -- livestock complex.

7:30 -- Magic Shows of Florida -- U.S. 41.

8- The Robinson Family, singing -- main gate tent.

61/2 Band from Crystal River -- auditorium.

8:30 -- Brad Bodary, mime/characters -- strolling the grounds.

9:30 -- Magic Shows of Florida -- U.S. 41.

10 -- Buildings close.

Fair at a glance

Opening Night Special: Dollar Night at the Citrus County Fair, U.S. 41 S, Inverness. Sponsored by Citrus County Fair and Belle City Amusements. Admission $1, for ages 6 and older; free, for ages 5 and younger. Fairgrounds open at 5 p.m. Free parking.

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