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Briefs: Hillsborough County fair will open at new location


County fair opening at its new location

The Hillsborough County Fair kicks off Wednesday at its new location in Valrico, bringing carnival rides, livestock exhibitions, entertainment, food and other fun.

The fair was a roving event spread out over different venues for several years, but last year secured land at the corner of State Road 60 and Sydney Washer Road.

Volunteer organizer Janet Aversa said the fair includes Robinson's Racing Pigs, a circus, health screenings, a gospel sing, plant sale, chili cook-off, Harvest Queen pageant and other special events throughout the weekend.

The Harvest Queen pageant will be Thursday at 7 p.m., and registration will start at 4:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds. The entry fee is $50, and the winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship.

Admission to the fair is $5 for adults, and free for children under 8, military members and first responders.

Go to for more information.


Art, fashion show plus 'Wizard of Oz' movie

Seniors are invited to join an annual art, talent and fashion show today at the Brandon Recreation Center.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Hills­borough County Department of Aging Services is hosting the show. At the end, they'll screen The Wizard of Oz.

For more information, call the Department of Aging Services at 272-6630.

Meetings will discuss traffic on area roads

The county is holding several meetings to discuss traffic solutions along four area roads.

Residents are encouraged to attend because their opinions will be used to help form recommendations to county commissioners.

Roads being discussed and meetings are:

• Mitchell Drive, from John Moore Road to Lido Drive in Brandon, Monday, 6:30 p.m., Mintz Elementary School cafeteria, 1510 Heather Lakes Blvd.

• Kiteridge Drive, from Kitecrest Drive to Kiteglide Court in Lithia, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Newsome High School cafeteria, 16550 Fishhawk Blvd.

• Valrico Forest Drive from Miller Road to its end in Valrico, Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m., Buckhorn Elementary School cafeteria, 2420 Buckhorn School Court.

Camp Florida

Rotary's fish fry will raise charity funds

Chomp down on some Southern seafood at the annual Denizens of the Deep Southern Family Fish Fry from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Camp Florida.

The event is sponsored by Brandon '86 Rotary to raise money for several local charities including Brandon Outreach Clinic, the Emergency Care and Help Organization (ECHO), New Horizons Group Home, Cub Scout Pack 61 and the YMCA.

Cost is $25 for adults, $10 for those ages 13 to 18 and free for kids 12 and under. Besides the chow, activities include live music, face painting and bounce castles.

Camp Florida is at 1915 Camp Florida Road, off Lakewood Road.

Call Kerri McDougald at 516-7660 or visit for more information.


Work will commence on U.S. 301 project

Construction is scheduled to start next week on the $110-million U.S. 301 project.

The construction will widen and bring other improvements to a 6-mile segment of the highway from Gibsonton Drive to County Road 672. The road will be widened from two lanes to six lanes with a 22-foot median. There will also be a sidewalk on the west side and a larger multi-use path on the east side.

Marine Corps League will meet on Tuesday

The Marine Corps League will meet Tuesday at American Legion Post 148, at 7240 U.S. Highway 301.

For more information, call Jack Skelding at 672-1778

Briefs: Hillsborough County fair will open at new location 10/30/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 30, 2008 4:31am]
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