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Updated: 02/02/2014 11:52:03AM

Annual event brings new memories and old

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SUN PHOTO BY TAMI GARCIA

Alisa Moore and her 2 1/2-year-old son, Walter, prepare to take a ride on the merry-go-round during opening night Friday of the Charlotte County Fair in Port Charlotte. The fair continues through Feb. 9.

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Hailey Owens, 6, raises her hands in the air as she rides on the NASCAR ride during the Charlotte County Fair Friday evening.

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The Rahe family of Punta Gorda — Teresa, Steve and their kids Ethan and Jacob — order up lunch Saturday at the 26th Annual Charlotte County Fair, which continues until Feb. 9.

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Grand Champion of the Charlotte County Fair 2014 Steer Show is 16-month-old Oliver, entered by Victoria Baker, 18, a Future Farmers of America member and a senior at Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda. They stand here with this year's judge from Arcadia, James Selph, during the competition Friday evening.

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The rides and attractions at the Charlotte County Fair will continue until Feb. 9.

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Sharon Sandlofer, director of the Wolf Pack Project from South Carolina, receives a kiss from one of her Eastern timber wolves Friday evening at the fair. Sandlofer hosts the Wolves of the World Show — an educational demonstration program where the trained wolves also will perform various feats throughout the fair's run.

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Chyanne Eller, 17, of Punta Gorda trims the hair of her 224-pound hog, Busta Swine, before Saturday’s showing at the Charlotte County Fair.

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The Tricky Dog Show is just one of several first-time animal acts featured at this year’’s fair.

By GARY ROBERTS

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PORT CHARLOTTE — Surrounded by rides on all sides, it didn’t take long Saturday for Jennifer and Darling Hale to have their stomachs churning, heads swimming and eyes popping out. And they aren’t even taking in the rides at the Charlotte County Fair.

But the Englewood couple are trying to keep track of the six children they brought, including three of their own, who are. Two are riding the Himalaya, another two are on the Dragon Wagon and … here come the others.

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