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Updated: 03/12/2014 11:22:06AM

The 78th Annual Sarasota County Fair is here

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The Sarasota County Fair is well laid out, with plenty of exhibits, rides, games and food.

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The greeting committee at Crackerland, a section of the fair that depicts early Florida life, is ready to show you around.

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The Belle City Gondola Ride is one of the favorites at the Sarasota County Fair.

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For many people, a trip to the fair is all about the food.

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Kids and adults love the games of chance at the Sarasota County Fair.

By DEBBIE FLESSNER

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There are few things that are more uniquely American-feeling than a county fair.

The American county fair was first developed in the early 19th century to promote modern farming techniques. Events such as livestock judging and plowing contests were held, and new agricultural implements and techniques were demonstrated. It wasn't until the latter part of the century that the entertainment aspect was added to fairs, to draw in more people.

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