The 62nd annual Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show is unraveling tents and carpets April 5-13 for a comprehensive lineup of entertainment with at least 21 performances, acts and events.
There’s going to be a variety of food vendors this year, said Sandra Nicholson, president of the Hernando County Fair Board of Directors.
It will have almost everything you can imagine, as well as some things that might not normally cross one’s imagination, like 600 pounds of strawberries for the strawberry shortcake and a demolition soccer game.
“The entertainment is back in auditorium this year, and the home exhibits are down in the Jackson building, so it’s changed up a little bit to keep people guessing,” Nicholson said. “Different things, different days.”
That includes, among many others, music by Tyler Creek Road.
The band’s primary focus is on original material that reflects their country roots, according to the fair, but the band also pays homage to their southern rock and country rock influences, like bluegrass, traditional country, country rock, southern rock, folk music and some blues.
“We’ll be doing some covers and some originals, like Merle Haggard and George Strait, our originals, and we’ll be doing Marshall Tucker Band, and some southern rock numbers,” said Elliot Ambrose, Tyler Creek Road guitarist and main vocalist. “We did this a couple years back, and this will be the second appearance we’ll make.”
Ambrose said he personally knows several bands in the fair’s musical lineup, and in his opinion, those attending the Hernando County Fair this year will get to hear some of the best music in the area.
“Best all-around musical performances they can possibly get,” Ambrose said. “The number of acts — it’s music across the board — with a good line-up of country music, contemporary and rock music, and I presume they did this on purpose to get the full genre of music, and there’s going to be something for everybody.”
Tommy Tervey, famous for training the Anheuser Busch Clydesdales, will also be performing a couple of demonstrations at the fair on April 7.
That’s not the extent of fair animals by any means. Fairgoers also will get to see the esoteric art of Mutton Busting, or sheep riding, as well as attendees accepting the challenge of chasing down and catching a greased-up pig.
“If they come out to look at the animals, they should see the auction to get some real good, fresh meat cheaper than you can get in the store,” Nicholson said. “If they don’t want to buy a whole animal, get with your neighbors and buy half, and get some real good, homegrown meat.”
Starting 5 p.m. on opening day, Friday, April 5, all those age 18 and under will be admitted free of charge, and on the following Monday, April 8, all firefighters, policemen and women, and active-duty military members with ID will receive a discounted total ticket price of $5.
And on Wednesday, which is senior day, all those age 60 and over will receive a $3 discount.
For rules, regulations, and entry forms visit hernandocountyfair.com