SEBRING –– Whether you’re interested in small adorable animals, death-defying rides, delicious foods, or all three, the Highlands County Fair has all that and more
“There isn’t a better small fair in the state,” said Highlands County Fair manager George White. “We’ve got about five or six rides that you’ll only see at a state fair.”
The rides are provided by Reithoffer Shows, with armbands going for $22 every night.
In addition to the rides, there are several events for the animal lover in your family, including a petting zoo which is returning to the fair after a 15-year hiatus. Located just inside the main gates to the fair, the petting zoo offers kids a chance to see and touch some animals they may not even know exist.
For another animal experience, fairgoers could attend the annual animal auction which is the end result of lots of hard work and determination from young farmers all across the county.
“Our 250 exhibitors have worked hard all year for this day,” said Junior Livestock Committee Chair Chad McWaters. “I grew up doing the same thing these kids are doing and it was an extremely valuable experience for me. The future of agriculture is dependant on these kids.”
The auction, held today (Thursday, Feb. 16) at 6:30 p.m., only requires fair admission to attend, and is sure to entertain those interested in purchasing animals, and anyone looking for something different from the normal midway experience the fair offers.
“Thursday is our biggest day because of the livestock sale,” White said.
In addition to the sale, Thursday also offers admission to students from 5-8 p.m. who bring a canned food item to the gate.
If all of this still isn’t enough, there will be a wide variety of food items for sale from the likes of Porky’s BBQ, fried vegetables, an authentic Louisiana-style cajun food shack, and fresh pretzels, among other treats.
The festivities start each night at 5 p.m., continuing daily through 9 p.m. on Saturday, February 18.