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88th annual Lee County Fair to open Friday

‘The Spinner’ ride to premier

February 18, 2012
By ANDREA GALABINSKI (nfmneighbor@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The 88th annual Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair begins Friday, Feb. 24, and runs through Sunday, March 4, at the Lee Civic Center.

Hours vary.

Fair Board Member Kelly Palmer, who is also the owner of Hayloft Western Wear in Fort Myers, is excited about this year's fair.

"We will also have the livestock exhibits that are so popular each year. This is where old friends meet and the fun begins."

Food, games and rides are always the most popular attractions to the fair.

"One of the key attractions this year will be the first time U.S. premiere of a new ride called The Spinner, provided by long-time ride vendor Reithoffer Shows," he said.

Fact Box

FAIR SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24

OPENING CEREMONY 4:30 PM AT GATE

5:00 pm-6:00 pm

FREE GATE & FREE RIDES

FAMILY STAGE:

7:00 pm & 8:15 pm- Joe West

7:30 & 8:45 pm - A Matter of Faith

CIVIC CENTER - Community Stage:

6:00 & 8:00 pm - Great Shark Adventure

7:00 pm - 4H/FFA Royalty Contest

LIVESTOCK PROGRAM:

6:00 pm - Beef Breeding Screening

7:00 pm - Horse Judging Competition

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25

GATES OPEN AT 12:00 NOON

FAMILY STAGE:

1:30 pm - Cayla Reeves

3:00 pm - Brooke Huffmaster

5:00 pm & 7:00 pm - Chris MacArthur

6:00 pm - Lexi Rucker

CIVIC CENTER - Community Stage:

1:30 pm - Lariats & Lace Dancers

2:30, 5:00 & 8:00 pm - Great Shark Adventure

3:00 pm - Riverdale Vocal

4:30 pm - Music City Brass

6:00 pm - Talent Show

LIVESTOCK PROGRAM:

11:00 pm - Cloverbud Poultry & Rabbit Show manship & Grooming

11:00 pm - Performance Horse Show

2:00 pm - Small Animal Awards

3:00 pm - Youth Chicken B-B-Q Contest

5:00 pm - Beef Breeding Show (Sale to

immediately follow) 6:00 pm - Pee Wee Goat

Show

7:00 pm - Goat Show

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26

GATES OPEN AT 12:00 NOON

FAMILY STAGE:

2:00 & 6:00 pm - Music City Brass

CIVIC CENTER - Community Stage:

1:30 pm - Fiddlin' Bill Gouley

2:00 pm - Golden Road Quartet

3:00, 5:30 & 7:30 pm - Great Shark Adventure

3:30 pm - Tammy Gill

4:30 pm - Southland Messengers

6:30 pm - Music City Brass

LIVESTOCK PROGRAM:

1:00 pm - Swine Show

7:30 pm - PeeWee Animal Costume Show

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27

HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK NIGHT- Free Admission with 2 cans food donation

per person otherwise gate admission applies.

GATES OPEN AT 5:00 PM

FAMILY STAGE:

7:00 pm - Ravyn Clarke Band

8:00 pm - Music City Brass

CIVIC CENTER - Community Stage:

6:00 & 8:00 pm - Great Shark Adventure

7:00 pm - Youth Talent Show - Junior

& Pee Wee Division

LIVESTOCK PROGRAM:

6:00 pm - Swine Showmanship

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28

10 BUCK TUESDAY RIDE WRIST BANDS -

One day - Tuesday ONLY

GATES OPEN AT 5:00 PM

FAMILY STAGE:

6:30 pm - Shawn Chase

7:30 pm - Brooke Huffmaster

CIVIC CENTER - Community Stage:

6:00 & 8:00 pm - Great Shark Adventure

LIVESTOCK PROGRAM:

6:00 pm - Steer Screening

7:00 pm - Goat Bowl

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29

FAMILY DAY - 2 for 1 Admission

THE BREEZE NEWSPAPER DAYS- $2.00 off wristband with coupon (found in

Sat. Breeze, Lee County Shopper & other publications)

GATES OPEN AT 5:00 PM

FAMILY STAGE:

6:30 pm - Jennilyn Baker

7:30 pm - Cayla Reeves

CIVIC CENTER - Community Stage:

6:00 & 8:30 pm - Great Shark Adventure

7:00 pm - Senior Talent Show

LIVESTOCK PROGRAM:

7:00 pm - Pee Wee Swine Show & Awards

7:00 pm - Tractor Driving Contest

THURSDAY, MARCH 1

THE BREEZE NEWSPAPER DAYS- $2.00 off wristband with coupon (found in

Sat. Breeze, Lee County Shopper & other publications)

GATES OPEN AT 5:00 PM

FAMILY STAGE:

7:00 pm - Final Talent Show

CIVIC CENTER - Community Stage:

6:00 & 8:00 pm - Great Shark Adventure

7:00 pm - The Del Prados

LIVESTOCK PROGRAM:

6:00 pm - Steer Show

FRIDAY, MARCH 2

GATES OPEN AT 5:00 PM

FAMILY STAGE:

6:30 & 8:30 pm - Buddy Walker &

The Just Us Band

7:30 - Lexi Rucker

CIVIC CENTER - Community Stage:

6:00 & 8:00 pm - Great Shark Adventure

7:00 pm - Bayshore Cloggers

LIVESTOCK PROGRAM:

5:00 pm - Steer Grooming Show

6:00 pm - Goat Agility Show

7:30 pm - Small Animal/Goat Auction

8:00 pm - 4H/FFA Horse Speed Show

SATURDAY MARCH 3

GATES OPEN AT 12:00 NOON

FAMILY STAGE:

1:15, 2:45 - Tami Gill

3:45 & 7:00 pm - Brooke Huffmaster &

The Moccasin River Band

5:30 pm - Ronnie Morgan &

Brooke Huffmaster

4:45, 6:00 pm - Ronnie Morgan

8:00 pm - The Lost Trailers

CIVIC CENTER - Community Stage:

1:00 pm - Varsity Lakes Middle School Dancers

2:00, 6:00 & 8:00 pm - Great Shark Adventure

3:00 pm - Oak Hammock Dancers

5:00 pm - Music City Brass

LIVESTOCK PROGRAM:

2:00 pm - Livestock Auction

SUNDAY MARCH 4

GATES OPEN AT 12:00 NOON

FAMILY STAGE:

2:00, 4:00 pm - Baley Latin Jazz

CIVIC CENTER - Community Stage:

1:30, 3:30 & 5:00 pm - Great Shark

Adventure

4:30 pm - Music City Brass

5:45 pm - School Awards

LIVESTOCK PROGRAM:

12:00 pm - 4H/FFA Horse Fun Show

4:00 pm - Animal Costume Show

"Another thing new is the Seal Show. The seals will put on acrobatics and we will have two to three shows a day featuring them."

Coming back is the Shark Encounter Show, and Extreme Canines that have been popular in the past.

"Both are great shows," he said.

His heart is in the animal and livestock exhibitions. He sponsored 4-H for many years.

"My daughter, Michelle Musco, had a Grand Champion in 1988, and now her children are showing goats and a steer.

"The Swine Show is Sunday, and we have roughly 150 hogs. The Steer Show is Thursday, March 1, and the livestock auction is Saturday, March 3, at 2 p.m. The goat show and beef breeding show is Saturday night, Feb. 25."

There are always crafts and school exhibits.

"We have something for everybody; we have the rides, food and more rides," he said.

The popular "Moonlight Madness" nights this year are Friday, Feb. 24, and Friday, March 2, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with unlimited rides for $20.

On Monday, Feb. 27, there is free admission on Harry Chapin Food Bank Night, with free admission offered with two cans of food donation per person.

The Cape Coral Breeze and other Breeze Newspapers papers will sponsor unlimited ride nights on Wednesday, Feb. 29, and Thursday, March 1, with a $2-off coupon that can be found in the print editions, including today's Breeze where the coupon can be found on page 3A.

Many come just to enjoy the animal and other exhibits. The fair draws exhibitors from five counties from 4-H and Future Farmers of America and other participants.

For entertainment and shows, local talent is always a favorite, including the returning Ronnie Morgan, Brooke Huffmaster and The Moccasin River Band and the Del Prados.

A Matter of Faith, Buddy Walker and the Just Us Band, Chris MacArthur and the Cracker Band will also entertain, along with three children's talent shows.

Admission is adult $7, children $4 and children under the age of five free. Parking is also free.

The Lee Civic Center is at 11831 Bayshore Rd. in North Fort Myers.

For ticket information, call the box office at 543-7469 or go to leecivicenter.com and go to fair. Pre-order tickets are available for sale until Feb. 22 at both online and at outlets including Hayloft Western Wear, Williams Hardware (east Fort Myers), Mary Lou's Feed, Tack & Western Wear, First Bank at the Verandah, Rainbow Records in Cape Coral and Two Step Stop Western Wear in Naples.

 
 
 

 

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