Entertainment always has been a big draw of the Citrus County Fair, and this year features lots of national touring acts along with a talented crop of local performers.
Headline acts include the Robinson Family, Tonic Sol-Fa and the Marionette Star Theater.
If a band hails from Kentucky, chances are it will play bluegrass, which the Robinson Family does. But the talented group of musicians also perform acoustic arrangements of songs by the Beach Boys, Glenn Miller and the Andrews Sisters.
The Robinson Family has been touring on the state and county fair circuit for 23 years. The band brings its own stage, a red-and-white pavilion, which will be set up near the main gate.
The Robinson Family will perform two shows daily at the fair.
With the popularity of boy bands such as 'N Sync, the singers from Tonic Sol-Fa may be a big hit with pop music crowd. The quartet has performed more than 200 shows in 35 states in the past year. Their show is packed with audience interaction and energy. The group also has been a big hit on the college circuit for two years. It also will perform twice daily at the Robinson Family Pavilion.
The Marionette Star Theater will bring its own performance venue, a two-tier blue castle, for its puppet shows. Marionette artist Lynn Sliski puts on 20-minute shows that feature Little Red Riding Hood and other children's favorites.
Sliski said the puppet shows are great entertainment for young children, who may not be able to sit still for an hourlong music show. Her show also features marionettes portraying stars such as Dolly Parton, Sonny & Cher and Gloria Estefan. The Marionette Star Theater performs several times daily during the fair.
Most of the local entertainment takes place inside the air-conditioned auditorium at the Citrus County Fairgrounds.
Gospel music lovers should plan on attending Tuesday, when the fair will have several gospel acts from noon to 9 p.m. The Owens Family Gospel singers from Lake Panasoffkee have been singing at area churches, fairgrounds, festival and community events for 10 years. They perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Also performing will be the Gospel Impressions, the Gospel Tellers and David and Rusty.
On Friday, three local rock bands that perform mostly original music will perform from 4 to 9 p.m. They are Aberration, Low Arrow and NASCENT.
Other entertainment activities include children's games by the Citrus County Parks and Recreation office from 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Friday and Virtual Reality Fishing.
Activities in the animal arenas also include the Animals In Motion petting zoo and pony rides and Blaze, the Balloon Blowing Goat.
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HOMETOWN ROCK STARS: Local rockers Low Arrow will be performing with other local bands from 9 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Low Arrow will be joined by NASCENT and Aberration for a concert in the auditorium.
FUN FOR ALL AGES: Lynn Sliski, shown here with a puppet friend, is the star pulling the strings in The Marionette Star Theater. The theater will entertain young and old audiences with its exciting puppet show. The Star Theater stage is a two-tier blue fairy castle. The marionettes will perform several times daily at the fair.