WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Mini Fair is now in its home stretch and will come to an end this Sunday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. The mini fair opened on Friday, Jan. 15, with COVID-19 safety protocols in place and fewer attractions than a traditional South Florida Fair. The remaining fair hours are 4 to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
“We won’t know our final attendance numbers until they are audited but from what we’ve seen, we are very pleased with the turnout,” said Vicki Chouris, the fair’s president and CEO. “Our community, which includes our guests and vendors, responded with appreciation and cooperated fully with our mandatory face covering policy.”
This mini fair paves the way for a safe, full-fledged South Florida Fair to be held in May, a first in its 109-year history. The scheduled dates are May 7 through May 23. Guests who bought an online ticket to the South Florida Mini Fair will get a bonus — one free Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday admission to the fair in May.
Marla Calico, president and CEO of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, has been attending the mini fair and shared that “all eyes of the fair industry are focused on South Florida” to observe how they can safely hold their own fairs.
“I have been doing Facebook Live events during this mini fair to share tips with all of our fair members, which number more than 1,100 fairs in the US and abroad,” said Calico. “They will be able to take these tips to implement in their own fair planning.”
The South Florida Mini Fair is being held entirely outdoors. Features include continuous entertainment showcasing more than 20 bands, the always popular racing pigs, dozens of food vendors, kiddie rides, a giant sand sculpture, farm animals, shopping opportunities, and visiting historical buildings and activities in Yesteryear Village.
For more information, call 561-793-0333 or toll-free in Florida 800-640-FAIR or visit the website, www.southfloridafair.com.