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Pasco County Fair News 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The 64th annual Pasco County Fair will run Monday, Feb. 21, through Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. Gate admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 through 12. Admission on St. Pete Times Day -Tuesday, Feb. 22, is $3 for all ages. Sunday, Feb. 27, will also feature a gate special where a child is admitted free with a paid adult. Parking is free all days. To learn more visit the Web site: Or call the Fair Office, (352) 567-6678.

The 64th annual Pasco County Fair Parade, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, in downtown Dade City. The theme of the parade, as well as the fair, is “C’mon Get Happy” and a trophy will be awarded to the entry judged as the best depicting the theme. Other trophies will be given for the entries judged the best of the parade, best adult civic unit, best youth civic unit, best marching unit, best equestrian unit, best individual western rig, best commercial unit, best high school marching band, and best middle school band.
Entry in the parade is free and applications are available online at and at the Fair Office, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City.
The parade will start at Rodney B. Cox Elementary School, traveling east on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, south on Seventh Street, and west on Florida Avenue before ending at Pasco Elementary School.
In addition to purchasing the discounted wristband vouchers at the Fair Office, order blanks are available online at and can be mailed or faxed. Mailed and faxed orders must be received by Friday, Feb. 18. Orders mailed and faxed must be picked up at the Volunteer Office during fair hours. Credit cards, cash and money orders are accepted for payment. No checks are accepted and there are no refunds on wristband vouchers.

Demolition Derby
The fourth annual Pasco County Fair Demolition Derby will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, on the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City. The demolition derby, sponsored by Covanta Energy and produced by Stoney Roberts Promotions of Tennessee, is open to all licensed drivers age 18 and older. Drivers ages 16 are allowed with a notarized parental medical statement. The entry fee is $25 and winners divide a purse of $1,300 cash and also receive trophies. Entries are accepted until noon Sunday, Feb. 27.
All drivers must supply their own cars. Cars are limited to two per driver. All drivers and cars must be entered and at the track two hours before the 2 p.m. demolition derby starting time. A complete list of rules and regulations, along with entry forms, are available online at or; and at the Pasco County Fair Office. For more information, call Stoney Roberts Promotions, toll-free at (888) 361-5767.
Spectator admission to the demolition derby is free with gate admission to the fair.

Baby Pageant
Friday, Feb. 18, is the deadline to enter the Baby Pageant, to be held in conjunction with the 64th annual Pasco County Fair. The pageant, open to newborns through 5-year-old boys and girls, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, the final day of the fair.
Rules include the parents having lived in Pasco County for at least six months prior to the pageant date.
Registration is required plus a non-refundable entry fee to your spot as there are limited spaces in each age group. The contestants will be judged in six age groups: newborn through 11 months; 1 year olds; 2 year olds; 3 year olds; 4 year olds; and 5 year olds. A prince and princess will be selected from the oldest age group to represent the fair on its float during various parades throughout the year and at other functions. Winners in other age groups will receive crowns and trophies. Second- and third-place finishers will receive ribbons. All contestants will receive pageant keepsakes.
Contestants will be judged on personality, natural appearance and beauty. Each can dress as desired, but no long dresses, pageant dresses, or tuxedos will be accepted. Contestants cannot wear makeup and will not be judged if these rules are ignored.
Contestants ages 4 and 5 will walk on stage unaccompanied. Contestants in the other age groups will be accompanied on stage by one adult each.
Entry forms and rules and regulations for the pageant are available at the Fair Office on the Web site:
The contestant will receive free entry to the fair. However, parents and other spectators must pay gate admission to the fair
The Pasco County Fair Association Inc. does not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, race, color, sex, disability, religion or national origin.

Back Porch
Pasco County adults wanting to enter handmade and homemade items in the Back Porch area of the Pasco County Fair can bring entries to the fairgrounds between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. Entries will also be accepted from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18. Food entries will not be accepted on those days but rather should be entered between 9 a.m. and noon Saturday, Feb. 19.
This year’s entries will include a new category: cake-decorating as well as a table setting category that will both feature the fair’s theme “C’mon Get Happy.”
Participants in the Back Porch, will vie for cash prizes, in addition to ribbons and rosettes. All articles will be judged using the Danish system where each article is judged based on its own merit.
Entry in The Back Porch is open to all Pasco resident age 18 and older and no longer in secondary school. All articles entered must be the work of the exhibitor and completed since the 2010 Pasco County Fair.
There is no pre-registration and entry is free.
No soiled or incomplete articles will be judged. Complete name and address, including zip code and phone number should be on the back of each item and on the bottom of canning jars. Wall hangings and pictures should be mounted or wired for hanging.
Categories of entry are: Heirloom Arts, with the divisions of needlework, embroidery, needlepoint, and quilting; Heritage Arts, with the divisions of woodwork and ceramics; Home Arts, with the divisions of sewing, baked goods, canning and preserving, and decorated cakes; and Arts and Crafts, with the divisions of hobby arts, creative arts, and table themes. Each division has several classes.
There will also be a People’s Choice Award, with the award presented Sunday, Feb. 27. A complete list of rules and regulations is available at the Pasco County Fair Office, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City, and on the Web site: For information, call (352) 567-6678.��

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