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Crooners, clowns will perform

The lineup of local and professional entertainers at the Citrus County Fair will range from country music singers to strolling comics with a lot in between.

The entertainment begins Sunday, the day before the fair opens. The pre-teen division of the beauty pageant begins at 1 p.m., followed by the Little Miss and Mr. Citrus County Fair pageant for kids ages 5 to 8.

The Beautiful Baby pageant for kids ages 1 to 4 is at 3 p.m., and the Decorated Diaper contest is at 4 p.m. The pageants will be held in the auditorium.

On opening day, Monday, which is also Dollar Day at the fair, the entertainment schedule features Johnson's Exotic Petting Zoo in the livestock area off U.S. 41, the Citrus Shrine Club Clowns in the Jacobs Building and the Citrus Railroad Club in the Otto Allen Building. These exhibits will continue daily at the fair.

Other professional entertainers will be performing daily. These include:

+ The Robinson Family will perform on their stage at a tent near the main entrance. The band performs classic and contemporary country music, their originals and modern pop hits.

+ Brad Bodary will stroll the grounds daily, entertaining impromptu audiences with clown pantomime. Influenced by Charlie Chaplin, Red Skelton and the Marx Brothers, he is a skilled street performer and incorporates juggling, stilt walking, unicycling and pratfalls into his act.

+ Dennis Lee will perform music, dance and comedy at the tent by the main gate. His act is a high-energy, dance-filled concert featuring hot country music, old-time rock 'n' roll and Lee's own spontaneous comedy.

Local performers include:

+ The 6{ Band from Crystal River, playing alternative rock, punk originals and an assortment of covers at 8 p.m. Monday and 11:30 a.m. March 22 in the auditorium.

+ Crystal Wilson of Inverness will sing gospel at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Thursday at the auditorium.

+ Kylene Helms, 16, of Crystal River will make her third annual appearance at the fair, singing the top country hits by contemporary country music artists. She performs at 1 p.m. March 21 and 4 p.m. March 22.

+ Rachael Hough, formerly of Homosassa, also will perform today's top female country hits, along with a few originals. She will perform at 4:30 p.m. March 22.

+ Jackie's School of Music in Citrus Springs will perform song and dance during its 10 a.m. concert on March 21.