Hendry County Fair & Livestock Show set for February

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County Fair & Livestock Show will again be a six-day affair for 2019, taking place Tuesday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 17 at the fairgrounds, 710 S. Francisco Ave.

The Hendry County Fair & Livestock Show celebrates local agriculture with a livestock show and sale, cake auction, petting zoo, exhibits, pageants, a parade, frog racing and more. This week-long event is staged in Clewiston every February. To learn more or get a vendor application, visit the website at hendrycountyfair.com.

The 2019 theme overall and for booth decorations is “Rockin’ ’50s.” The organizers are finishing up plans for fair season, so they’re still looking for vendors for the 2019 Exhibit Hall, and the deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 28. If you are interested in renting a booth and are a new vendor, they ask that you decorate your booth incorporating the yearly theme.

In case you may not know, the Hendry County Fair & Livestock Show’s slogan is “We have a good thing growing.” Attendance has been rising in recent years, with over 18,000 visitors coming during the week-long fair in 2017, and the Youth Livestock Program sale grossed about $130,000 for 69 animals. The fair is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that invests its revenue back into the local community, also guaranteeing a $2,000 scholarship for Miss Hendry County every year. Local businesses and civic groups contribute toward the award as well.

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An evening sunset over the fairgrounds on a previous year at Hendry County Fair and Livestock Show.

This year, they wanted to change up the exhibit hall a bit when it comes to booth location and decorating. According to the website: “Starting at the north end of the exhibit hall (the main entrance), we would like to have a section for businesses and organizations dedicated to Florida agriculture. As part of the Florida Federations of Fairs, it is our duty to help inform and educate our community on Florida agriculture. In regards to decorating, if you are a business or organization that is not a part of agriculture and you like to incorporate Florida agriculture in our ’50s theme, you are welcome to do so.”

Booths are limited this year; they are first come, first serve. To guarantee space, organizers ask for payment with application as soon as possible.

As a reminder from last year, they are no longer permitting 50/50 drawings or money drawings of any type on the Hendry County Fair and Livestock Show grounds.

Please contact Johanna Jones at johanna.jones@yahoo.com, if you have any questions.

Interested in arts and crafts? If you are interested in showcasing some of your artwork, quilts, sewn garments, wood work, pottery, canning, etc. stop by the fairgrounds with your items and see Mrs. Swindle, on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Sunday, Feb. 3, from noon to 2 p.m. Entries are sought from adults and children. There is even a contest for original Lego designs.

The fair board is comprised of a group of volunteers who meet monthly on the second Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Volunteers and visitors are always welcomed.

The Hendry County fair provides a venue for many events throughout the year. It’s been a venue for birthday parties, showers, weddings and other special events. Contact 863-983-9282 for rates. The Livestock Show Arena, home to the “Raising Cane Rodeo,” has events for youth development and adult recreation. Enjoy sanctioned barrel events and weekly roping throughout the year. They are located at 610 E. El Paso in Clewiston.

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