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DeSoto County Fair in Arcadia 2023

A traditional fair in Florida's cattle country


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The annual DeSoto County Fair is a popular event in the city of Arcadia, located in Central Florida, between Orlando, Sarasota, and Lake Okeechobee. The fair, which dates back to 1953, was started by a group of civic-minded locals to showcase the agricultural products of DeSoto County.

DeSoto County Fair features amusement rides, livestock shows, entertainment, vendors, exhibit booths, beauty pageants, and gospel music. Livestock shows include a swine show, a poultry show, a steer show, a rabbit show, and a costume contest. Jurassic Kingdom Dinosaur Show is one of the highlights of the fair. The audience gets to see life like dinosaurs as as well as to touch, and interact with giant dinosaur puppets throughout the show. Attendees can also indulge in fair foods like cotton candy, hamburgers, corn dogs, and strawberry shortcake.

The fair takes place at DeSoto County Fairgrounds every February. It runs for a week. Gates close at 11 pm. Admission is $7. It includes access to commercial vendors, designated parking, entertainment, and music.

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