South Florida Fair plans “Dog Day Afternoon” on Tuesday
Dog owners, take note! For the first time ever, the South Florida Fair will allow patrons to bring their dog to the 102nd annual event from noon to 3 p.m., Tues., Jan. 21, with their paid admission. Each dog must be on a leash, under the control of its owner at all times and the owner must pick up after its pet. Pet owners must bring their own waste container bags. Once admitted, the owners and their pets may stay on the grounds. This promotion is limited to Jan. 21 during the designated hours.
The Palm Beach Kennel Club is sponsoring the afternoon. The event also ties into that evening’s parade, which includes Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control’s mobile adoption unit and more than a dozen adoptable dogs, along with twirling groups, folkloric dancers, Amara Shriners, marching bands, cars, mascots, the South Florida Fair Marching Band and the Fair mascot, who stroll their way through the grounds. The parades, which happen seven times during the Fair, are sponsored by the International Polo Club Palm Beach.
The theme of this year’s Fair is “New York City: Be a part of it!” and will feature many “Big Apple” sights and sounds beginning with the entrance. As guests enter the main gates, they will be welcomed to a replica of Manhattan’s Times Square. Guests also will be able to watch the construction of the Statue of Liberty using more than 200 tons of sand and they can witness the building of an Empire State Building replica made from hundreds of canned goods. Another replica that will be set up is New York’s subway system. For Broadway show fans, a first-class ice skating show, “New York On Ice,” will be held three times daily as international champion skaters perform to the music of Broadway’s biggest hits. There also will be a public ice skating rink, a photo exhibit supplied by the New-York Historical Society and the Skyscraper Museum is providing a collection of vintage postcards with images of the tallest skyscrapers in New York City.
Other new attractions include Las Vegas trained hypnotist Catherine Hickland, a high dive show featuring divers leaping off a platform at more than 80 feet in the air and Jimmy Riffle of the Gator Boys presents Scales, Tales and Teeth Road Show (Wed., Thurs., Fri. only). There will be main stage national entertainment and a number of local acts along with Fair favorites, which include more than 200 rides and games, racing pigs, a petting zoo, the Starz of the Future competition and the Miss South Florida Fair Scholarship Pageant. The Fair’s educational component continues with thousands of farm animals and feathered friends gathered in the Agriplex and Yesteryear Village.
The 2014 South Florida Fair, Jan. 17 – Feb. 2, is located at 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. Adult admission, 12 and older, is $15. A child’s admission, under 12, is $8 (5 years and younger are free) and seniors 60 and older, pay $9. For more information, call 561-793-0333 or visit the website, http://www.southfloridafair.com. There is no public access/entrance on Southern Blvd. to the fair. Visitors should follow the signage as they approach the fairgrounds.