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Racing pigs and one-man circus shows: Catch them this week at the Pasco County Fair

The fair continues through Sunday in Dade City.
Iriann Paynewhite of Dade City enjoys a ride on a lady bug on opening day at the Pasco County Fair. The fair continues through Feb. 23 at the county fairgrounds in Dade City. [MICHELE MILLER | Times]

It was a pretty perfect day for many as the 73rd-annual Pasco County Fair got underway on Monday, heralded by the traditional street parade in downtown Dade City.

Early on, the line for tickets was long, with students and others taking advantage of a day off on the Presidents Day holiday. Before long, the rides were gearing up and folks were in the stands to watch Robinsons’ Racing Pigs run around a track lured by an Oreo cookie.

Robinsons' Racing Pigs are a staple at the Pasco County Fair, which continues through Feb. 23 at the county fairgrounds in Dade City. [MICHELE MILLER | Times]

There’s still lots to take in. The fair continues through Sunday at the fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, in Dade City.

Traditional offerings include student livestock shows and exhibits, artisan presentations, strolling one-man circus magicians and musicians, midway rides and not-so-good-for-you-but-yummy fair food.

The Pasco County Fair kicked off on Monday and continues through Feb. 23 at the Pasco County fairgrounds in Dade City. [MICHELE MILLER | Times]

Among the highlights this weekend is the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned rodeo and military tribute, entertainment by Latin Group Bajo Zero, a karaoke contest and the Pasco County Fair Baby Pageant. For more information, and a daily list of fair activities, go to