Fun, games and food return with Collier County Fair

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People begin to make their way into the fairgrounds as the gates open at the Collier County Fair on Friday March 15, 2013. The Collier County Fair runs through March 24.

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William DeShazer/Staff People begin to make their way into the fairgrounds as the gates open at the Collier County Fair on Friday March 15, 2013. The Collier County Fair runs through March 24.

If you enjoy the taste of funnel cakes, like taking a spin on the tilt-a-whirl and enjoy trying your luck on midway games, then mark your calendar. The Collier County Fair returns March 14-24 to the fairgrounds.

If you go

Collier County Fair

Where: Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave. NE, Naples

When: 4 to 11 p.m. Thursday, March 14; 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 15; 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 16; 1 to 11 p.m. March 17; 6 to 11 p.m. March 18 (BOGO night, buy one adult ticket and get one kid ticket free); 6 to 11 p.m. March 19; 6 to 11 p.m. March 20; 6 to 11 p.m. (bring two canned goods for pets or people and get in free from 6 to 7 p.m.) March 21; 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. March 22; 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 23; 1 to 10 p.m. March 24

Admission: $5 kids and $10 adults

Something else: Free admission for active duty and retired U.S. military, must show military I.D. Ride armbands are $10-$20 depending on day, see website for details. Megapasses $20, includes one admission and one ride armband, available online.

Information/Tickets: www.colliercountyfair.com

This year’s entertainment features everything from demolition derbies to hypnotists to Bengal tigers. In addition to these acts young 4-H Club members from across Southwest Florida will take center stage. Over the past few months, 4-Hers have been hard at work raising chicks, calves, piglets and other livestock. During the fair, they will show off their farm critters in the hopes of winning best in show

LIVESTOCK SCHEDULE

Adults showmanship: 2:30 p.m. March 16

Cattle show: 7:30 p.m. March 19

Goat/sheep show: 7:30 p.m. March 20

Horse show: 6 to 8 p.m. March 18

Livestock auction: 7:30 p.m. March 23

Pee Wee show: 1:30 p.m. March 16

Poultry show: 2 p.m. March 17

Rabbit/Cavy show: 7 p.m. March 14

Swine show: 7:30 p.m. March 21

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

4AM: Pop/vocal group, 3 p.m. March 23

Bengal Tiger Encounter: Watch tigers perform feats at 7:30 and 9 p.m. March 17-24; and 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. March 16-17 and March 23-24

Billy Ray the Trailer Trash Magician: The alter ego of Millard Brooks will entertain, offering comedy magic with a redneck flair. 7:30 and 9 p.m. March 15-21; 4:30 and 6 p.m. March 16-17; 7 and 9 p.m. March 22; 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. March 23; 4, 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. March 24

Dance Contest: Show off your moves for the chance to win cash and prizes, 10:30 p.m. March 22

Carmen Brandy:6 to 7:30 p.m. March 15

Crash and Bash demolition derby: 7 p.m. March 16

Disc-Connected K9’s: These fidos will entertain with their high flying disc catching skills, 6:30, 8 and 9:30 p.m. March 14 and March 18-21; 6:30 and 8 p.m. March 15 and 22; 2:30, 4:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. March 16-17 and 23-24

Florida State Championship Wrestling: 9:30 p.m. March 15-16 and March 22-23

A Grizzly Experience: Learn more about grizzly bears during this educational show, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday and March 15 and 18-22; and 3, 6 and 8 p.m. March 16-17 and 23-24

Hillarious Hypnotists: 7:30 p.m. March 14; 9:30 p.m. March 15; 5 and 6:30 p.m. March 16-17; 9:30 p.m. March 16-22; 8 p.m. March 17-21; 4:30 and 9 p.m. March 23; and 4:30, 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. March 24

Hot Flashz: This 45 and up dance troupe can still sizzle, 8 and 8:30 p.m. March 16

Ma’Ceo: Cavallo Equestrian Arts mixes music with stunts, 6:30 and 9 p.m. March 14; 7 and 9 p.m. March 15; 4, 6, 8 and 10 p.m. March 16; 8:30 and 10 p.m. March 18; 7 and 9 p.m. March 20-21; 3, 7 and 10 p.m. March 23; and 3:30, 5:30, 7 and 9 p.m. March 24

Mad Comedy Hypnosis: 9 p.m. March 14 and 8 p.m. March 15

Pine Ridge Twirlers: 2 p.m. March 23

Play with Gravity: This Wyoming-based motorcycle team bends the rules of gravity, 7 and 8:30 p.m. March 14-22; 4 and 5:30 p.m. March 16; 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. March 17; 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. March 23; and 3:30, 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m. March 24

Show Me Safari Racing Pigs: 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. March 14-15 and March 18-22; 4, 5, 6:30, and 8 p.m. March 16-17 and March 23-24; 9:30 p.m. March 16; and 2 p.m. March 24

Swamp Buggy Queens: Watch Southwest Florida royalty get hypnotized, 7:30 p.m. March 22

Sweeney Family Band: This trio offers up comedy singing and picking, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 23

Tish Poorman vocalists: Local singers will take the stage at 5 p.m. March 23

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