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Ready for rides? The Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair sets up camp for the 88th year

February 22, 2012
Andrea Galabinski - Editor ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

The 88th annual Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair will be kicking off Friday, Feb. 24 and run through Sunday, March 4 at the Lee Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Rd. in North Fort Myers.

One of the key attractions this year will be the first-time U.S. premiere of a new ride called "The Spinner," provided by long-time ride vendor Reithoffer Shows. The ever-popular "Moonlight Madness" nights will be Friday Feb. 24 and Friday, March 2, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with unlimited rides for $20.

On Monday, Feb. 27, enjoy free admission on Harry Chapin Food Bank Night, with a two-can food donation per person.

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Tadpole the clown will be at the annual fair.

The Breeze Newspaper Group, home of the Beach Bulletin, Beach Observer, Cape Coral Breeze, Lee County Shopper and other major newspapers, will host special days Wednesday, Feb. 29 and Thursday, March 1, with a $2 off coupon that can be found in this issue of the Beach Bulletin, as well as the Saturday Cape Breeze, Lee County Shopper, North Fort Myers Neighbor and other pubs. The Breeze Newspapers Corporation is a major sponsor of the event.

Many come just to enjoy the animal and other exhibits. The fair draws exhibitors from five counties from 4-H and Future Farmers of America and other participants.

For entertainment and shows, local talent is always a favorite, including the returning Ronnie Morgan, Brooke Huffmaster and The Moccasin River Band and the Del Prados. A Matter of Faith, Buddy Walker and the Just Us Band, Chris MacArthur and the Cracker Band will also entertain, along with three children's talent shows.

Fact Box

Southwest Florida

& Lee County Fair


Where: Lee Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Road

What: All types of fun for the whole family: carnival rides, games, vendors, pet shows, petting zoos, clowns, face-painting and more

Entry fee: $7 adults, $4 kids, free 5 and under.

Read story for list of discounts and specials

Returning after such a strong presentation last year will be the popular Shark Encounter Show and The K-9 Show.

Admission to the Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair is $7 for adults, $4 for children, and free for those under 5. Parking is also free. For ticket information, call the box office at 543-7469 or go to

Pre-order tickets are available for sale until Feb. 22 at both online and at outlets including Hayloft Western Wear, Williams Hardware (east Fort Myers), Mary Lou's Feed, Tack & Western Wear, First Bank at the Verandah, Rainbow Records in Cape Coral and Two Step Stop Western Wear in Naples.



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