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1/9 GALLERY: This little piggy went to ... the Manatee County Fair!

Just when you think it’s time to take a break and unwind after the whirlwind of end-of-the year festivities, think again!

That magical time of the new year is upon us, and a new generation of racing swine is no doubt traveling many long and winding roads to get to the Manatee County Fair on time.

There’s only a few days left before the gates are flung open and the rides start buzzing at 5 p.m. Thursday. In the meantime, get ready to layer up for what promises to be another chilly fair week and, most importantly, don’t forget to save a little room for all of the tasty and guilt-inducing fair delicacies available on the midway.