The Hillsborough County Fair begins Wednesday, just east of Brandon at State Road 60 and Sydney Washer Road. This year's entertainment includes Heidi Herriott's Family Fun Circus, the Firefighter Show and Robinson's Racing Pigs. The last day of the fair is Sunday.
The Ranch Rodeo will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Advance tickets are $10. Other events include the Hillsborough County Talent Showcase, livestock shows and other sales and exhibitions.
Competitions include the third annual Hillsborough County Whip Popping/Cracking Contest at 7 p.m. Wednesday, the 16th annual Teenage Battle of the Bands from noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and the Spotlight Talent Competition at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Fair hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; noon to 11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
General admission tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students ages 6 to high school, $4 for ages 60 and older, and free for ages 5 and younger. Parking is free.
Wednesday is Dollar Day, with $1 admission and $1 rides. Thursday is 4-H and FFA Day, with free admission for wearing a 4-H shirt or FFA jacket, or with ID. Friday and Saturday, get in free with a rodeo ticket purchased in advance. Sunday, get $2 off admission with a church or worship bulletin.
For complete schedules of events, competitions, and livestock shows and contests, visit hillsboroughcountyfair.com. For information, call (813) 737-3247.