The Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show and Osceola County Fair kicks off Friday at Osceola Heritage Park. In its 75th year, the event features livestock shows and youth exhibits, live entertainment, carnival rides and more.
“There is nowhere else in Central Florida that you can feel the nostalgia of a real county fair other than right here in Osceola County,” said Stacey Wade, director of special events and education. “There is a real sense of community here.”
The fair’s mission has always been to keep Osceola County’s roots alive through an annual event, keeping younger generations interested in their heritage and interested in continuing its longevity.
“As a fair, it is our duty and responsibly to preserve the agricultural, historical and cultural legacy of Osceola County, and at the same time support and give back to our community through scholarships and awards,” said Wade.
Many of the volunteers and exhibitors at the fair are third and fourth generation to the organization’s founding members, and many of the scholarships and awards have benefitted multiple generations.
With the importance of preserving a legacy comes the deep-rooted fun of Osceola — from new and classic midway games to live music by trending artists.
The Osceola County Fair will host midway games, fun for all ages. Wristbands for unlimited fun will be available for purchase.
Live music will happen throughout the fair, including performances by America’s Got Talent and signed artist Marty Brown, and up and coming artist Angie Keilhauer.
Brown will take the stage on Friday and Saturday nights (Feb. 15-16). The News-Gazette spoke with Brown about his career in music in a previous issue. To read the Q&A interview with him, visit AroundOsceola.com. Keilhauer will perform Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 16-17).
Country Thunder hosts — Williams and Ree — will host a concert on Thursday, Feb. 14.
Other live entertainment includes Kenny Ahern shows, the iFlip Trampoline Show by Milford Entertainment, Max Power & Nitro dance parties, Dr. Magical Balloons’ balloon art, meet-and-greet opportunities with Priscilla the Dinosaur, Eudora Farms’ Petting Zoo and more.
A full schedule of events can be found at https://www.osceolacountyfair.com/events.
In addition to the fair and fun will be the crowning of Miss Osceola. Miss Osceola 2018 Cassidy Goldman will pass the torch to Miss Osceola 2019.
The News-Gazette sat down with Goldman for one last interview before she passes the torch. Search "Cassidy Goldman" to read the interview.
The pageant will be Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m.
The ladies of Miss Osceola won’t be the only ones competing during the Osceola County Fair. Competitions in livestock and auctions include the Market Animal Show and Auction; youth livestock shows; community creative arts in needlework, plants, woodworking, painting, sculpting and more; the Open Dairy Goat Show; children’s pet show; the KVLS Youth Scholarship Competition; purebred cattle shows; and more. Plus, the Osceola Young Hearts Pageant and truck and tractor pulls.
So grab your boots, put on your bling and embrace Osceola County’s roots.
The Osceola County Fair opens promptly at 5 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and at noon, Friday-Sunday. (Note: Opening day, Friday, Feb. 8, starts at 3 p.m.)
Admission can be purchased at the gate daily. General admission ranges $3 to $8 per person.
Special admission opportunities are available throughout the event, including:
• Pack the car on Monday, Feb. 11, for a special admission rate. Carloads up to 8 persons receive fair admission and unlimited rides until close for a flat rate of $55. Carload tickets are available from 5 to 9 p.m. (No carload? No problem. Unlimited ride armbands are $20 each. Regular gate admission applies.)
• In honor of Rodeo Day on Friday, Feb. 15, students receive free admission to the fair with valid identification.
• Other discounts include BOGO Days, Ford Food Days and more.
For more information about the Osceola County Fair, visit Osceola CountyFair.com.