Pasco County Fair arrives Feb. 17-23, aims for 50,000 visitors

DADE CITY

The 67th Annual Pasco County Fair returns next week with revitalized old favorites, additions and a happy anniversary.

"I'm most excited about celebrating our 10th year with our Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo," said LeAnne John, fair board president. The rodeo is a fair staple along with the kickoff parade and the celebrity milk-off — in which local celebrities like Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley and Times staff writer Gail Diederich will, according to John, "battle it out to see who the best milker is."

Other familiar attractions include the midway, plant displays and sale, and youth livestock shows. Youth who participate are "just waiting to tell you all about the steers, the heifers, the bulls, the pigs," John said.

This year's fair will see the return of Kachunga and the Alligator Show — absent from the festivities in recent years — a new sea lion show, live boxing match and the "Amazing Monster Trucks and Thrill Show."

"Everybody loves a monster truck," John said, "especially the little kids."

Monster truck drivers will host a meet and greet, and kids will be able to ride a monster truck at the fair.

The fair also has plans for music lovers: '60s tribute band Yesterdayze, Elvis impersonator Billy Lindsey and a gospel choir will perform.

This year, John said, the fair board hopes to draw 50,000 people — a goal she expects the new entertainment will help achieve.

But people should come for the root cause.

"We're an agriculture fair, and that's what Pasco County was built on," she said. "We get a chance to preserve that."

Arleen Spenceley can be reached at aspenceley@tampabay.com or (727) 869-6235.

. If you go

Pasco County Fair

The Pasco County Fair is Feb. 17-23 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. The hours are 3-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. For a detailed event schedule, visit pascocountyfair.com.

Admission prices are $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for 5 and under. From 3 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, everyone pays $3 for admission. A wristband for unlimited midway rides is $18 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The same wristband is $22 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Parking is free.

Pasco County Fair arrives Feb. 17-23, aims for 50,000 visitors 02/11/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:04pm]

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