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County fair has fun, food and good times for everyone
Rating: 2.18 / 5 (11 votes)  
Posted: 2014 Feb 14 - 07:03

By Alisha McDarris

For Hometown News

MARTIN COUNTY -- There will be music, entertainment, food and fun for all at the Martin County Fair, kicking off on Valentine's Day this year.

It will be a week of thrilling rides, savory cuisine, live music and of course livestock, because according to Jay Spicer, fair manager, that's really what separates the fair from any other festival.

There will be plenty of food vendors selling everything from funnel cakes to frog legs, live animal showings, arts and crafts on display, agricultural education and plenty of midway rides and games.

Old favorites that fairgoers have come to love will still be there. The Railroad club will be displaying their cars and tracks, Miss and Mini Miss Martin County will be crowned and more than 260 small animals will be poised and ready to be adored.

But there will be plenty of new attractions to draw guests, too.

"We try to find something new each year that's different," Mr. Spicer said.

There will be a petting zoo this year for kids of all ages to enjoy in addition to a Wolves of the World live show. In what Mr. Spicer calls the "man cave" there will be a beer garden, beef jerky, fishing gear and more. There is even a new thrill ride called "Vertigo" that whisks riders through the air on swings 100-feet above the ground.

"We try to find something new each year that's different," Mr. Spicer said.

A talent competition called "Vocal Extravaganza" is also new this year and the Barn Theatre will be offering a few preview numbers from their musical "Curtains" coming up in March.

"There's something for everybody," Mr. Spicer said.

That includes music.

This year's headliners include country singers Tyler Farr and Eric Paslay, who both have hit singles. Other groups like Joey Dee and the Starlighters and Thunder Road will be entertaining audiences as will local talent like Fresh Catch and 11-year-old, Eliza Levy.

"We try to keep new, fresh music every year. We don't want it to get stale," Mr. Spicer said.

There are also themed days that cater to specific groups. Senior Day is Tuesday and offers a kid-free atmosphere and vendors and music geared toward that age group. Sunday is Faith Day and will offer lots of gospel and contemporary Christian music. On Monday, kids can snag an unlimited ride ticket for $15 and Friday and Saturday will be Soul Night and Latin Night, respectively.

It will be a full week of fun, according to Mr. Spicer.

"Just like Disney World, it takes more than one day to see and enjoy everything," Mr. Spicer said. "Come find your fun at the fair."

A full schedule of events, including fair hours and admission prices, can be found on their website, www.martincountyfair.com.

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