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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- The Firefighters' Indian River County Fair returns Friday, March 8 and runs through Sunday, March 17 at 7955 58th Ave. in Vero Beach.
New this year is the Disc-Connected K-9s Frisbee Dog Show featuring two of the 2010 World Frisbee Dog Champions, sponsored by Indian River Medical Associates.
Also a first is the Original Redwood Log House in the Exhibition Hall. The 33-foot Redwood log boasts three rooms carved by the Allen family more than 60 years ago.
Popular attractions and shows returning include The Firefighter Training Show sponsored by Seacoast National Bank; Demolition Derby and Truck Tug-of-War, sponsored by Mike's Towing and Firehouse Garage; "Marcus Magic" Illusion and Comedy Show; the interactive blacksmith show, and the Jon Simon "Comedy Hypnosis Show."
The Indian River County Youth 4-H Clubs and their projects will be on display in the livestock pavilion, and the exhibit hall will showcase local businesses and organizations.
As always, there is plenty of live entertainment featuring local musicians, and the Vero Beach Recreation Department will perform several of their popular Aerial Antics Circuses.
As a nonprofit organization, all proceeds from the fair benefit the Indian River County Burn Fund, local scholarships, fairground improvements and other charitable organizations. However, there are several community outreach events taking place during the fair.
On Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10, fairgoers will get $3 off a wristband if they bring a nonperishable food item to benefit Harvest Food & Outreach Center. Also on March 9, anyone who donates blood to the Indian River Blood Bank will receive one free gate admission good for a future visit, and on Friday, March 15, the fair will donate $1 to the American Red Cross for every paid adult visitor; and clothing donations will be accepted for the Salvation Army on closing day on March 17.
The fair will be open Monday through Friday at 5 p.m., and open on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., and it will close Sunday through Thursday at 10 p.m. or as warranted and Friday and Saturday at midnight.
Gate admission is $6 for adults, and $3 for seniors over 55 and children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are free, and parking is always free.
Power passes may be purchased before the fair opens for $20, which includes one admission pass and one unlimited ride wristband which can be used all day, any day.
Admission tickets may also be purchased individually for $5 for adults or $2 for children 6 to 12 or seniors over 55, which is $1 off the usual admission price of $6 and $3, respectively.
For more information, call (772) 388-7399 or visit www.firefightersfair.org.