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The Indian River County Firefighter’s Fair Coming Soon

If you are looking for a fun, exciting, and educational event for the entire family in south Florida, come check out the 2020 Indian River County Firefighter’s Fair.

  • Indian River County Fairgrounds- 7955 58th Avenue, Vero Beach, Florida.
  • Friday, March 13th thru Sunday March 22nd, 2020
  • Free parking
  • Every night is a wristband night.

 

4-H Youth Livestock & Horticulture Exhibits, Shows, & Auctions
White Brahman Bull with handler, Reina C.

Beautiful, Doe-eyed white Brahman bull, 4-H project of Reina C., at the fair 2019

4-H youth will have this year’s livestock and horticulture exhibits on display at the IRC Fire-fighters’ Fair.  These young people have worked all year to raise a project for the fair.  Show livestock include steers, swine, goats, poultry, rabbits and cavies (guinea pigs).  The 4-H Citrus Tree project this year is a “Eureka” lemon tree.  These citrus trees will also be on display for judging and auction.  See the IRC Firefighters Fair website for the schedule of shows, judging, and auction events.  On the days of these specific events, 4-H youth will be available to answer questions.

A "Silky" Cavy, or guinea pig, with his 4H handler at the fair in 2019

Erwin, a “Silky” Cavy, or guinea pig, with Ryan L. at the fair 2019

Fair-goers can learn:
  • What does 4-H mean?
  • How do I raise an animal?
  • Could I be a farmer?
  • How long does it take to raise a pig, a steer, a chicken, or a goat?
  • Could I be a 4-H participant?
  • How can I get a project in the fair?

 

The Role of Indian River County Youth Livestock & Horticulture, Inc.

IRC Youth Livestock & Horticulture, Inc. was begun in 2017 to help 4-H clubs, Future Farmers of America, and adult leaders in Indian River County to promote any phase of the agricultural industry.  It is a Florida registered Not for Profit Corporation recognized by the IRS code as a tax exempt 501 (c) 3. Their goals are:

  • To promote livestock, horticulture and the agricultural industry in our community through youth, members of their families, and the community.
  • Teach youth the fundamentals and professionalism of animal husbandry and business.
  • To plan and host successful local livestock and horticulture shows highlighting the youth of Indian River County.
  • Be a not-for-profit learning resource to build and develop respectable and responsible young adults with marketable skills.

For more on IRCYLH and all that they do for our county, 4-H, FFA, youth, and the livestock at the fair, please visit their website HERE.

Fair Contests & Games

Of course, the midway is full of games of skill and chance.  The IRC Youth Livestock & Horticulture, Inc. will also be hosting a Whip Cracking Contest (download application Whipcracking2020), “FARMily Feud“, BBQ-Tailgating Contest, baked goods auction, and so much more.  This is where the fun really happens.  If you are interested in these events, please check the schedule on the IRC Firefighters’ Fair website.

Country Music Concerts & Entertainment

This year the fire fighters have booked two separate Country Music headliners.  Tobacco RD Band will be opening for Mark Chesnutt on Sunday March 15th.  And Shenandoah will perform on Sunday, March 22nd.  Tickets for the seating area are required for both concerts and are available for purchase on-line.  Be sure to reserve your seats on the IRC Firefighter’s Fair website.

The Exhibitor’s Hall
The 4-H red barn child's play area in the Expo Hall

Daddy and daughter at the Red Barn kids play area.

IRC Extension will have a number of educational displays and will once again host a children’s play area and Reading Barn.  This is a great place to decompress if the weather is uncomfortable or if some-one in your party needs a little floor time.  And if you time your visit just right you may even be able to see baby chicks hatching.

Embryology 2020

newly hatched chick with unhatched eggs.

The air-condi-tioned exhibit hall also houses many displays of local business services and wares.  Various scheduled performers will also appear on the small Exhibit hall stage, including the Dixie Wranglers 4-H Line Dancing Club.

RIDE all you can

Naturally there will be lots of fun and exciting rides for all ages.  The midway rides will include the Ferris Wheel, a “Fun House”, and a Carousel, just to name a few.  There is usually a pony ride and petting zoo.  Hand sanitizer or proper hand washing should be used before and after handling any animals.  And be sure to check the fair website for the Fire Fighters’ Ride Safety Tips.

The Fair Food

And lets not forget Fair Food.  Aren’t we all looking forward to splurging on those once-a-year culinary delights such as blooming onions, funnel cakes, cotton candy and the firefighter’s barbecue.  There will be a food truck for almost every palate.  But if you are trying to stick to your “New Year’s Resolution”, have no fear.  The University of Florida’s EDIS publications website is chock-full of many helpful ideas for healthy eating (click HERE for EDIS topic page).

For more information on how to get involved in 4-H livestock, please visit the IRC Youth Livestock and Horticulture website at https://www.ircylh.com

For more information on the 4-H program, please visit our Extension website at http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/indian-river. Use the “hamburger” menu on the top right to find all departments.

For more information on the IRC Firefighter’s Fair, gate opening times, youth livestock shows & auction times, and entertainment schedules please visit their website:  https://www.firefightersfair.org.

For more helpful and healthful eating ideas, plus gardening and much more, please visit the University of Florida’s EDIS publications website by clicking HERE.