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It's time again for the county fair

Look to the sky Tuesday _ people will be dropping in for the grand opening of the six-day Pasco County Fair.

Skydivers from Skydive City in Zephyrhills will make a demonstration jump just before the 1 p.m. opening of the Pasco County Fairgrounds, on State Road 52 just west of Dade City.

But first will come the annual street parade through downtown Dade City beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Sharing parade marshal duties will be Brittany Boyett of Dade City, who holds the titles of "Little Miss Florida" and "Tiny Miss America," and Shawnna Knappins of Bayonet Point, who holds the titles of "1992 Miss Heart of Florida Fair" and Florida regional "Miss Hometown USA."

Opening-day activities at the fairgrounds include a milk-off competition at 2:30 p.m. and the annual Business Expo at 7:30 p.m.

For the animal lovers the schedule is as follows: The heifer show is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; the steer show is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; and the steer sale is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. There will be a livestock grooming contest at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Saturday will feature the hog show at 2 p.m. and the hog sale at 7:30 p.m. Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H Club presentations will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 23. The pet show is from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The Alligator and Indian Expo is scheduled daily at one-hour intervals, and the alligator meat cook-off will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Pageants and dance programs are scheduled as follows: The first Ms. Senior Pasco County Pageant will begin at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday and a Senior Dance Program sponsored by the Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department will start at 2:15 p.m. Thursday.

The Miss Heart of Florida Pageant will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Miss Pasco County Scholarship Pageant will begin at 7 p.m. Friday. The baby pageant is at 6 p.m. Feb. 23.

Music lovers will want to visit the entertainment tent. A different type of music will be featured each evening.

Tuesday is Rock 'n' Roll Night; Wednesday is Gospel Night; Thursday is Country Night; Friday is Spanish Night; Saturday is Blues, Jazz & Rock; and Feb. 23, is '40s and '50s Day.

Saturday is the 23rd Annual Folk Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. That same day, the Second Annual Clogging Competition will take place from noon to 6 p.m., and a lip sync and band competition begins at 7 p.m.

On the "Back Porch" you will find wine making, canned goods, sewing, knitting, baked goods, woodworking and genealogy information.

There are extension homemaker displays, youth displays, commercial booths, community booths, an art exhibit, a petting zoo, a poultry and rabbit barn, strolling entertainers and the Cumberland Valley midway.

Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children age 6-12. Children under 6 are free.

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