(Tampa, Fla. - WFLA) The 20th annual Hillsborough County Fair runs October 16-20 at the County Fairgrounds just east of Brandon on Highway 60. This year many events will be held under a new 20,000 square foot building with new restrooms completed in time for the 2013 event.
Livestock shows are a staple at the Fair every year, featuring Dairy, Beef,
Goats, Sheep, Swine, Rabbit, Horse and Poultry Shows. Home Arts - canning,
sewing, baking, fine art, photography and needlework - is open to everyone,
along with special “just for kids” competitions. The always interesting
“Recycled Yard Art” competition returns.
Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 will again feature a Ranch
Rodeo in the 1800 seat outdoor arena. Real ranch hands compete in wild cow
milking, bronc riding, branding, trailer loading, and mutton busting for the
children. Advance purchase of a Rodeo ticket available at area merchants
will get the purchaser in the Fair free!
Free shows include Robinson’s Racing Pigs running and swimming to the
finish line. The Firefighter Show provides a fun, entertaining and educational
show for young and old alike, and Herriot’s Family Fun Circus with horses,
dogs and people performing to the delight of the crowds.
New at the Fair this year will be the Historical Area which will feature a
sawmill cutting lumber that will immediately be used building a blacksmith
shop during the Fair. The art of charcoal making will be demonstrated. The
area will be rounded out with old engines and machinery of yesteryear.
Round Bale decorating, Bullwhip cracking, FFA/4-H Day, Youth Beef Cooking
contest, a Youth Horticulture show and the 16th annual Teenage Battle of
the Bands round out some of the youth competitions.
The County fair Corn Hole Toss champion will again be awarded on Saturday,
October 19th. Rotary’s annual Chili Cook-off returns on Sunday, October 20th.
Come and compete or just enjoy the Chili! Arnold’s Amusement’s return with the spectacular family oriented ride midway. Wristbands Ride specials are available each day of the Fair. The Bay Area Bandits Mounted Shooters will perform in the arena on Saturday morning October 19.
For more information, visit www.hillsboroughcountyfair.com.