“Create New Memories” is what this year’s Firefighters' Indian River County Fair is all about as the fair celebrate 42 years of bringing family fun and entertainment to our community. The fair opens on Friday, March 11 and runs through Sunday, March 20, located at the Indian River County Fairgrounds, 7955 58th Avenue, Vero Beach. This year’s fair features a country music concert, a new magic show and the chance for fair goers to grab hundreds- and thousands- of dollars in cash in the “Cash Cyclone” booth presented by Toyota Kia of Vero Beach.
Country music group Shenandoah will perform on Sunday, March 13, at 7 pm. Also appearing is Whiskey Trip 4:00 to 5:00 and Kurt Stevens 5:30 to 6:30. General admission ticket price for the concert is $25, with VIP seating available for $100 and $250. Tickets are available now online at www.firefightersfair.org. New this year is Scott’s World of Magic featuring “grand illusions, comedy magic and cool special effects.” Dale Scott and Ana are award winning illusionists from the Society of American Magicians. They have toured the world and have appeared at Trump Casinos and fairs across the country. becoming one of the most in-demand variety talents.
Firefighter Training for Kids!
Popular attractions and shows returning include the Firefighter Training Show for kids, sponsored by MIDFLORIDA Credit Union; the Jon Simon Comedy Hypnosis Show, sponsored by Inside Track Almanac; and daily Rust and Flame Blacksmith Demonstrations.
Live local entertainment on the Main Stage includes Break of Dawn, Whiskey Trip, Tumbleweed, and Vallery Valentine, as well as the Aerial Antics Show presented by the Vero Beach Recreation Department on March 12 and March 14.
Indian River County Youth Livestock and Horticulture will showcase 4-H Clubs and their projects in the B94.7 Agriculture Pavilion, along with the swine, breedstock, poultry, rabbit, steer, and boer goat and sheep shows, among others. And returning this year is goat yoga!
Inside the TC Palm/LocaliQ Exhibition Hall, fair goers will find a variety of vendors selling specialty products not likely found elsewhere, as well as information on local organizations and competitive exhibits in the categories of creative crafts, baked goods & confectionary, and canning.
Also, inside the Exhibition Hall will be the Toyota Kia of Vero Beach “Cash Cyclone”. Fair goers 18 and over may register to win a free chance to enter the booth and grab up to $500 as the money swirls around. The free chance will be available nightly March 11 through 19. They also have the opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket all during the week to come back for the grand finale on March 20 where $5,000 will be up for grabs.
As a nonprofit organization, the Firefighters' Fair is a leader in developing community outreach programs. Opening night will benefit the American Red Cross, with $1 of every paid adult gate admission benefitting the organization. On March 13 there will be a blood drive compliments of One Blood, and those who donate blood will receive a voucher for one complimentary gate admission on a future visit, along with a free gift and wellness checkup, including blood pressure, iron count, and cholesterol screening. March 15 and 17 are United Against Poverty nights where attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item in exchange for receiving a $3 discount off the price of a ride wristband. Closing day Sunday, March 20 is designated The Salvation Army day, and attendees are asked to bring housewares for resale in the Salvation Army Thrift Shop, such as cookware, knick knacks, working electronics, and small appliances, and in exchange they will receive $5 off the price of a ride wristband.
Proceeds from the fair benefit the Indian River County Burn Fund to provide financial assistance to burn victims, as well as going toward scholarships, fairground improvements and other charitable causes.
Instead of ride tickets, the fair features all-you-can-ride wristbands, with prices varying by day. Gate admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 55+ and children 6 to 12, as well as for military and first responders. Children 5 and under are free. Parking is always free. The fair opens Monday - Friday at 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm. Closing times vary by day.
Advanced discounted Power Passes, good for gate admission and ride wristband, are on sale through March 11th. For details on the fair, including hours, advanced ticket locations, and entertainment schedule, visit www.firefightersfair.org.