Sunday, July 10, 2011

Long standing traditions return to Kissimmee

     The 67th annual Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show and Fair started last Friday and it features 80 different thrill rides, prize wining games, classic foods, and music performances.

     Mayor of Kissimmee, Jim Swan said, “The fair has a great beneficial impact on the local economy, and gives folks a taste of this counties history and heritage.”

     The widely popular country music group “The Band Perry” first performed to kick off a nation-wide tour on Tuesday night. The group, best known for their platinum single “If I Die Young,” was recently nominated for best new group at the 44th annual CMA awards.

     Fair President Rick Nelson said, “We are excited about giving fair guests the opportunity to enjoy such a talented group.”

     The long standing traditions of Osceola agriculture are a treasured part of the local community and showcased at the fair. The Kissimmee Valley Livestock show has hundreds of attendees throughout the fair schedule that showcase and auction off a wide variety of farm animals from prize pigs to adult cattle.

     The attractions this year include Ferris wheels, petting zoos, helicopter rides, bumper-cars, magic shows and more. Classic fair fun-houses like Willkommen and Monkey Maze are found with a wide variety of other carnival games and vendors. Also look out for one very insulting clown in a dunk-tank that taunts passers-by with personal jabs.

(Click above to watch video)
(Produced by James Tutten)

     Classic fair food staples like funnel cake, cotton candy, suger-glazed kettle popcorn along with many other are found through a wide array of games to be played and prizes to be one. Fair guest, Jacob Swanson, said, “I love the food at the fair, it reminds me of my childhood.”

     The fair runs from Feb. 11-20, and has ties to the 126th annual Silver Spurs Rodeo on Feb. 18. One of the largest rodeos in America, it also has thousands of people that attend, and with the $15 admission guests can get free entrance to the fair.

     Normal cost for the fair entrance is five dollars for adults, three dollars for seniors and children 5-11, and free for children under five. Parking is always free and easily accessed by taking Bill Beck Boulevard off highways 192 and fallowing the “Fair Parking” signs.

     With all the great attraction and activities offered this year the city of Kissimmee and Osceola County are proud of the fair and the sponsors that put everything together. Bringing in the best of the county history along with exciting showcases are part of what makes the Osceola County Fair such a great enjoyment to the local community.

By James Tutten

(Published: Feb. 16, 2011 issue of "Valencia Voice" on page 12.)

(Photos and video by James Tutten)


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