Sneak Peek to the Southwest Florida Lee County Fair
Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair is Finally Here!
Feb. 28 – March 9 almost not long enough to contain so much fun!
The Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair offers a specially priced sneak peak on Thursday, February 27th, with the official opening Friday, February 28th, and runs through March 9th. For information and tickets call the box office at 239-543-7469.
For all the people who have been keeping a close eye on the fair’s online countdown clock, the wait is finally over. It’s time once again to get your fill of entertainment, food, family fun and educational experiences at the Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair. This year, you’ll also be helping your neighbors and visitors from far and wide celebrate a very special 90th anniversary. The fair that’s been “Making Memories Since 1924” is ready to bring new rides, the best and biggest livestock events ever, and a spectacular range of shows and demonstrations.
Admission for the special Sneak Peak on Thursday, February 27 is just $12 for admission and rides, from 6 p.m. until close. After the opening ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 28, the fair offers a great big thank you to the community for its 90 years of support. All attendees will enjoy free admission and rides from 5 to 6 p.m. Regular admission then applies until the start of the hugely popular Moonlight Madness at 9 p.m. Admission and unlimited rides until 2 a.m. make for a memorable Friday night for just $25. Gates open at noon on Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2. A printable brochure detailing special events and the fair schedule is available at swflcfair.com and contains coupons to save on admission and rides on select days during the fair’s 10-day run.
Monday is always Harry Chapin Food Bank Night – just another way the fair, itself a 501(c)3 charitable organization, gives back. Starting at 5 p.m. on March 3, three canned food items cover your admission. Without a donation, regular admission of $8 per adult and $5 per child applies, but will be re-donated to Harry Chapin to feed the hungry in our community.
New this year is Seniors/Veterans Day on Wednesday, March 5 from 2 to 6 p.m., offering a special lineup of entertainment including live music from the Hat Boys Band and performances by the Calendar Girls of Florida, health screenings and information booths from healthcase providers, the VA and more. Seniors and veterans will enjoy discounted admission of only $5. With that printable coupon, admission for our seniors and vets drops to just $3.
A motorsports arena is a new feature of the fair for 2014, which will host Grasscar Lawnmower Racing and a demolition derby put on by Hardcore Events and Entertainment, LLC. Thrill seekers will love the exciting new rides that Reithoffer Shows has brought to Lee County’s largest fair. Entertainment includes magic shows, plenty of live music, a photo opportunity with Jimmy Riffle from Animal Planet’s the Gator Boys and Those Funny Little People of America’s Got Talent fame. The Grizzly experience brings visitors in close contact with a 700-pound grizzly bear named Tonk and a pair of adorable cubs, Yogi and BooBoo.
Quiltmaking, canning and crafting exhibits will provide a link with the past. A new horse arena is ready to be unveiled, and there were so many entries for the livestock shows some had to be turned away. Goat agility contests will bring a smile to young and old, and local students and 4-H members will show off their projects. Learn how the cowboys do what they do with an impressive beef breeding show and sale, and experience the excitement of the tractor races. Rabbits, chickens and horses will all be judged for show. These are just a few of the many agricultural events that are the heart of this nearly century-old fair.
About the Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair
Held on the grounds of the Lee County Civic Center, located on Bayshore Road in North Fort Myers, the Fair is dedicated to promoting agricultural, horticultural, creative arts, and educational opportunities while providing quality entertainment for the citizens of the area. The Fair is recognized as a 501(C)3 non-profit educational organization by the federal government and the State of Florida. The Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair Association is chartered under Florida State Statues Chapter 616 as a District Fair serving Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties. For more information visit www.swflcfair.com