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Blooming beauties ready to compete

While the Miss Teen Citrus County and the Miss Citrus County Scholarship Pageants are over for this year, there still are budding beauties to behold during the Citrus County Fair.

In a change of pace this year, the Citrus County Fair Association has decided to run all of the Youth Pageants on Sunday instead of carrying them over into two days as they have done previously. The events start at 1 p.m. in the Citrus County Auditorium.

First up at 1 p.m. will be the contestants in the pre-teen contest, which is open to girls ages 9 through 13. Immediately following the pre-teens is the Little Miss and Little Mr. Citrus County pageant for children ages 5 through 8.

At a new time this year are the baby and toddler pageants. The Beautiful Baby pageant for children ages 1 through 4 will be at 3 p.m. and the Decorated Diaper pageant for children ages 6 months through 11 months follows at 4.

For members of the Fair Association, the event is free. For others admission is $5 for ages 12 and up and $3 for ages 5-11. Kids 5 and younger are admitted free.