Every year, urban sprawl covers more of Pinellas County's past, leaving only faint reminders of days gone by.
The Pinellas County Fair remains a vivid link to the days when the Pinellas peninsula was as known for its agricultural output as its tourist dollar input.
The 82nd version of the Pinellas County Fair opens Tuesday at the Pinellas County Fairgrounds next to the Wagon Wheel Flea Market, at 7901 Park Blvd. in Pinellas Park and runs through March 30.
Visitors will find a wealth of activities to enjoy, including a midway with dozens of rides and games. Fairgoers will be able to challenge their stomachs for a ride on the Windsheer or the Extacy, two rides imported from Italy. The purchase of a $9 wristband will entitle you to ride all day.
The fair offers a full slate of country and pop music, plus other entertainment from puppet shows to magic acts on several stages throughout the week.
Visitors will find that some things remain untouched by modern times. The Pinellas County Fair still features an active livestock exhibit where young FFA and 4-H kids come and display their prized animals and plants, just as they've done for the past 82 years.
AT A GLANCE
The Pinellas County Fair will be Tuesday through March 30 at the fairgrounds at 7901 Park Blvd. in Pinellas Park. General admission is $3, with children under 6 free. (Opening day special includes 50-cent rides and free admission from 1 to 5 p.m.) Hours are 1 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 541-6941 for information.