The 98th Manatee County Fair opens Thursday, Jan. 16th and runs thru Jan. 26th. The theme this year is "Celebrating the Great Outdoors". And there are lots of exhibits in keeping with this theme. A trout fishing pond where kids can try to catch fish, a show with a grizzly bear, a petting zoo with Kangaroos, camels, and many unusual animals, and the racing pigs are back.
4H and FFA youngsters are competing in the annual live stock exhibit, and there are lots of stage shows. There are also 50 rides, 18 of which are kiddy rides.