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Updated: 02/16/2017 08:30:02AM

Highlands County Fair continues through Saturday

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Oklahoma City resident Dakoda Perry cuts up a slab of smoked brisket at the Highlands County Fair at the Porky's BBQ stand near the fair's main entrance.

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Various stuffed animals sit at one of several games on the midway of the Highlands County Fair.

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The Surf City ride operates as fairgoers watch from a distance Monday evening at the Highlands County Fair.

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The Big Wheel is seen through the Fire Ball ride at the Highlands County Fair, two of the fair's large-scale rides that aren't usually seen at county fairs.

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A fair employee demonstrates the basketball game on the midway at the Highlands County Fair.

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Riders of the Full Tilt prepare for the ride to start up Monday evening during the Highlands County Fair, which continues through Saturday evening.

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A fair favorite, giant and regular sized corndogs sit in a food vendor's trailer at the Highlands County Fair midway.

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Some of the more adventurous fairgoers climb aboard the UFO-themed Enterprise ride at the Highlands County Fair which gives riders a zero-gravity experience.

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A contestant leads her calf back to its pin at the Highlands County Fair Junior Livestock Show.

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Highlands County Sheriff Paul Blackman greets fair visitors from one of the department's cruisers Monday evening at the Highlands County Fair.

By KILE BREWER

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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.




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