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Former Disney teen star looks to connect at Florida State Fair event

By Monique Welch, Times Staff Writer
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 05: Calum Worthy attends the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Friday Film Screenings on January 5, 2018 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival )

Last time Calum Worthy, or "Dez" from Disneyís hit show Austin & Ally, appeared at the Florida State Fair back in 2013 with Radio Disney Live! he didnít get to spend as much time with fans as he had hoped.

It was very quick as he only had about five to 10 seconds to sign autographs.

But this time, heís ready to get up close and personal as he hosts the Teen Stars Live tour this Saturday (Feb. 10) and Sunday, (Feb. 11) on the State Fairís Coca-Cola stage in the Entertainment Hall.

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"Itís an interactive show where I actually get to spend some time with the fans and get to know them," Worthy said excitedly. "Itís our live version of a late night Jimmy Fallon show for the family."

Teen Star Live features comedy, trivia, games, singing performances, prizes, secret show scoops and more.

Plus, fans will have the opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A session and be a part of the show on stage with Worthy and the other actors, including Kevin Quinn (Xander from Disneyís Bunkíd) Sky Katz (Tess" from Disneyís Ravenís Home) and Addison Riecke (Nora from Nickelodeonís The Thundermans.

"We know that Calum Worthy and his fellow Teen Star Live celebrities Kevin Quinn, Sky Katz and Addison Riecke appeal to so many young teens and tweens who come to the fair each year," Florida State Fair executive director Cheryl Flood said. "This year there is really something for everyone including young families, tweens, adults and seniors."

Disney has jump started the careers of veterans like Raven Symone, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Zendaya. Calum Worthy may be next.

"They really helped me grow my fan base," Worthy said. "They were able to give me a launching pad that really set me up for the future and without them I donít know if Iíd be able to do the things Iím doing now, so Iím really grateful."

Tickets for Teen Stars Live are included in fair admission, but tickets for a VIP autograph and photo session after the show can be purchased for $60.

Contact Monique Welch at [email protected]