It's opening day at the Manatee County Fair

January 13, 2011 

The rides. The corn dogs. The music. The animals.

The wait is over.

Today is opening day at the Manatee County Fair.

Want to go? The gates open at 5 p.m.

Here’s the vital information you need to know about this year’s fun:

Times, dates and place

Today through Jan. 23. Gates open at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and at noon Saturday and Sunday. The Manatee County Fairgrounds are at 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto.

How much are tickets?

$7, $6 (seniors age 55 and older), $5 (children age 6 to 12), free (children age 5 and younger). A one-day “mega pass” providing unlimited rides and free admission is $20 and only available at Walgreens until Friday.

Music stars abound

Hot country act The Band Perry (Jan. 20) highlights this year’s impressive music slate. Others include Darryl Worley (Friday), Jaron and The Long Road to Love (Saturday) and Mikes Chair (Sunday).

When are livestock shows?

As usual, Mosaic Arena will be a hopping place. Select events include the swine show (6 p.m., today), dairy show (7 p.m., Friday) and steer show (6 p.m., Jan. 20).

Bring your appetite

There are plenty of morsels to tempt your tummy: pizza, corn dogs, hot dogs, hamburgers, Texas barbecue, nachos, smoked mullet, Cajun catfish, seafood, nuts, cinnamon rolls, cheesecake, fudge, funnel cakes, strawberry shortcake, elephant ears, cotton candy, candy apples and kettle corn to name just a few.

Get a green thumb

The master gardeners area offers the community a wealth of information about gardening through special classes.

Want more info?

Call (941) 722-1639 or visit

-- Herald staff report

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