Liandri Grobler, 19, with North American Midway Entertainment removes plastic bulb covers for washing on a food trailer being set up Thursday morning for the Hernando County Fair in Brooksville. The fair runs today to April 14.
By Beth N. Gray, Times Correspondent
Tampa Bay Times
Friday, April 6, 2012
BROOKSVILLE — With all of the usual attractions — livestock, goods from the kitchen and sewing room, tractor pulls and thrilling rides — plus some new features, the Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show opens today for a nine-day run.
In addition to traditional market steers, swine, rabbits and poultry, the fair is adding dairy cattle to this year's barn and judging lineup for the first time in many years.
"Leaders said they wanted the dairy kids to have a chance to participate," said fair manager Sandra Nicholson.
Eighteen cows will parade before judges at 11 a.m. today and move out in time for their evening milking at home.
"This is only the start," Nicholson explained. "We'll start on (a milking facility) early next year."
Additional livestock judging will include: poultry today, open beef and rabbits Saturday, market swine Wednesday, swine showmanship Thursday, and market steers and beef showmanship April 13.
The market livestock auction of steers, pigs, pens of three meat rabbits and pens of three meat chickens will be at 11 a.m. April 14, with lunch for buyers at 2 p.m. in the barn.
The fair will pay out some $9,800 in prize premiums in competitive events.
Animal attractions at the fairgrounds will feature Mr. Armadillo's Backyard with baby animals daily; a Mutton Bustin' contest on Monday evening, in which youths attempt to ride a sheep for 6 seconds, and a greased pig contest on Tuesday evening, during which youths and adults will compete to catch a slippery swine.
A herd of unusual quadrupeds, camels, will join the farm animals. The ships of the desert are coming from an exotic ranch in Virginia to offer fair-goers rides for $5.
"No age limit," said Nicholson, who intends to mount one, as does entertainment chairwoman Mona Simpson-Premorel.
This year's entertainment lineup includes Miss and Mrs. beauty pageants at noon Saturday, tractor and truck pulls at 6 p.m. Saturday and a demolition derby at 7 p.m. April 14.
Performing daily with new acts will be No Joe's Clown Circus.
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