Tufts of pastel-colored cotton candy, the wafting aroma of fried dough, and midway rides that spin and swirl and light up the night. Those are definite lures of Florida's fair season.
Come Monday, there will be plenty more to take in as the Pasco County Fair kicks off for a seven-day run at the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City.
The fair will start at 1 p.m. Monday with a "Blue Jeans and Country Dreams" themed parade, complete with floats and marching bands streaming through downtown Dade City.
Gates open at 3 p.m. at the fairgrounds with a hodgepodge of quirky and traditional fun activities for the entire family.
On the agenda on various days — boxing club matches, Lego building and hay-baling decorating contests, and the crowning of wee ones at the Princess and Mister Pasco Prince baby pageant and young ladies of various ages vying for the title of Miss Heart of Pasco County Fair. Firefighters, police dogs and finalists for the talent competition will take center stage, and there will be an opportunity to salute those who have served their country during a military tribute at the 12th annual championship rodeo.
There will be multiple chances to check out the craftiness of others, whether it be preserves in jars or handmade quilts and clothing. Local students will exhibit their artwork and photography. Others will present the plants and livestock they have been raising for judging, some of which will be sold to buyers at livestock sales at the fair.
More exotic offerings include Kachunga and the Alligator Show and Robinson's Racing Pigs and Paddling Porkers. Add to that magic and comedy shows, gospel and bluegrass bands and the ever-popular celebrity milk-off.
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