This weekend, I took my family to the Osceola County Fair on Saturday. We choose to go to this fair as it is very reminiscent of the county fair from way back when I was a kid – it’s even the same company that provides the rides.
We have gone every year for the past 8 years, but this year we did notice a couple changes. Gone are the bigger roller coaster and the Tilt-a-Whirl. The latter is a disappointment for us, as it’s my daughters favorite. Thankfully, there is a similar ride in its place that both kids had to ride twice.
As the kids get bigger, they are excited about being able to ride the big rides. I think this year is the last year for my daughter even wanting to ride anything in the smaller children’s area.
The unlimited ride wrist bands are the way to go if you plan on riding rides. For 1 person, 3 rides on anything, and the wrist band has paid for itself. It is also well worth it since rides such as the Ferris wheel are a whopping 10 tickets.
There are other attractions at the fair that we have come to see as “old friends”. Exhibits like the exotic petting zoo from Eudora Farms in South Carolina. They have the usual goats and sheep, but they also have a wallaby, a yak, a watoosi, a camel, an alpca, a llama, lemurs, and a giraffe (though Mehlman, the giraffe, has gotten too big to travel with them, so he had to stay home this year).
They also have a parakeet encounter that our son just loves! He wants a bird and this is a bit of exposure to them. You get stick with food on it and the birds come and land on you and the stick to eat it. It’s always fun. I appreciate them being there each year, and the opportunity to see and feed some of these animals from other continents. I hope that the Osceola County Fair does, as well.
The fair is a great place to see cows, bunnies, chickens, sheep, and other farm animals, too. The skills that kids learn in 4-H clubs is important. I enjoy seeing the kids show their animals and other projects.
This year, there is a hypnotist show that is amusing, to say the least. He’s actually quite good in comparison to some I have seen, and the show is funny. The process amazes me. It is family friendly show. They have various street performers wandering around as well. They are all very nice folks that have a good time doing what they do!
The day we went, there was also a Truck and Tractor Pull, which was fun to watch.
The Silver Spurs Rodeo is coming up Friday, at the Silver Spurs Arena next door. That should be exciting, plus your rodeo ticket gets you free admission into the fair!
The Osceola County Fair runs thru Sunday. February 21. Carload Night is Tuesday, February 16, and $50 per carload gets admission and unlimited rides from 5pm to close. Sports Night is Wednesday, February 17, and you can meet team members and mascots from Orlando Magic, Orlando City, and more.
For more information, including other special promotions, visit osceolacountyfair.com.
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