Since 1924, the Lee County Fair has made millions of great memories for people of all ages, from the time it was at Terry Park to today on the vast grounds of the Lee Civic Center.
Starting on Thursday, Feb. 23, the fair will do it for the 93rd time, with 11 days of rides, shows, animals and other entertainment.
This year's fair will feature many new attractions that fair manager Fran Crone hopes will bring attendance to new levels.
Among the new acts, many of which will be in a newly created entertainment area, will be the Timberworks Lumberjack Show, a firefighter training show, the Dennis Lee Show, Ron Diamond, a hypnotist and magician, The Rogue Brothers and Elvis, featuring renowned impersonator Billy Lindsey.
Last year's fair, despite some gloomy weather, still brought in a record 109,000 people through the gates.
The fair opens with a sneak peek on Thursday at 4 p.m., with $15 admission and rides, and throughout the fair there will be many promotions to bring more people in.
Moonlight Madness will happen on both Fridays, with $25 wristbands after 8 p.m. Opening night will include free admission between 4 and 6 p.m. and free rides from 5 to 6 p.m.
Monday is Harry Chapin Food Bank night, with free admission with three cans of food donations. Tuesday is $12 Tuesday. Wednesday is Senior and military day, with $5 admission starting at 11 a.m.
Thursday is Dollar Day, with rides costing a dollar with a minimum $10 ride credit, and there will be a Last Blast Special on the final day of the fair.
Of course, a fair wouldn't be complete without the livestock, and the children of 4-H will be presenting their pigs, chickens, rabbits and goats throughout the event, mostly in the Tinsley Pavilion and Livestock Show Ring.
Toward the end of the fair there will be a sale and auction on the livestock.
There will be horse shows in the horse arena and a 4-H BBQ chicken cook-off. Also, for the first time, there will be a citrus show, with 18 entries.
"We have more than 1,300 entries this year from more than 400 exhibitors. There will be livestock shows throughout the 11 days," Crone said. "There will also be a booth competition and talent show inside the civic center for 4-H."
Once again, there will be the creative living, which you will be able to register for until Sunday in arts and crafts, horticulture and other activities, Crone said.
Inside will be the booth competitions and entertainment stage, as well as the fabric construction competition, creative living and professional vendors.
"We're looking for another great year. We're looking for wonderful weather, we have a lot to offer the community," Crone said.
Gates this year open at 4 p.m. weekdays except for Wednesday, when it opens at 11 a.m, the same time as weekends.
Adult admission is $10 and $5 for children under 12. Mega Passes are $25 and can be used any day.
For more information go to swflcfair.com.