From Youth World to the Livestock Complex, the Citrus County Fair is a learning experience in many ways for its younger participants.
Young people who enter items for exhibit in Youth World can be on hand when their handiwork is critiqued by the judge, thereby picking up tips to improve future projects. And three Youth World participants will pick up a $500 scholarship for education. New this year, these scholarships are funded by the Antique Tractor Show and Pull that took place in January.
Every participant in the Miss Teen Citrus and Miss Citrus Scholarship pageants receives scholarship funds. The queens each receive $1,500, the first runner-up $1,000, second runner-up $700, third runner-up $500, and fourth runner-up $300. All other participants receive $100.
In the livestock area there are two $1,000 Dr. Dumas scholarships awarded in honor of the county's first veterinarian to a 4-H and an FFA student. Also available is the Alma Rooks award of $500, provided annually by the Rooks family.
Funds for the scholarships provided by the Fair Board are not disbursed until the proof of acceptance or proof of purchase of books or payment of other college- or technical school-related costs is provided.