Welcome to the fair
By TERRY L. RHODES
© St. Petersburg Times, published March 16, 2001
Welcome to the Citrus County Fair! This popular event continues to grow and even broke attendance records last year with more than 50,000 people enjoying the many activities put on by the fair. In a county with 118,000 residents, that is quite an accomplishment.
Fairs are a distinct part of our American culture as evidenced by the growing number of people who attend. We hope you, your family and friends enjoy all that the Citrus County Fair has to offer. You'll have plenty of opportunity to take part in the activities. Because the fair falls during spring break this year, officials are extending the opening and closing times to make it even more convenient for fair aficionados.
Take a tour through the youth livestock exhibit and appreciate the efforts of youth groups such as Future Farmers of America and 4-H. These talented young people have spent months preparing the projects that you will see entered here. In fact, the booths are full this year and they are rotating the animals so more young people can participate in the exhibits.
The Citrus County Fair provides an annual showcase for Florida's important agricultural industry. Agriculture continues to be a major contributor to Florida's economy generating farm receipts of $6-billion annually, with an estimated overall economic impact of more than $54-billion.
In addition to agriculture the fair will highlight horticulture, fine arts, livestock shows and carnival rides. There's plenty of family-oriented live entertainment and if you're young or young at heart, you'll want to attend the final night of the fair when fair organizers bring in three local bands for five hours of rock 'n' roll!
The Citrus County Fair will have something for everyone to enjoy. Encourage your friends and neighbors to visit and experience this unique tradition. Whether you are a volunteer, fair employee, exhibitor or visitor, I deeply appreciate your participation and support of Florida's Public Fairs and Expositions.
Terry L. Rhodes, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture
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