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History

Fairs in Dade City date back to 1915 but there hadn't been any for a long time when a group of local businessmen got together in 1947 to start a fair to showcase county resources.The group was led by San Antonio rancher D.E. Cannon, along with agriculture agent Jimmy Higgins and businessmen George Nikolai, Bob Williams and Joe Collura.The group found a perfect location on 40 acres along State Road 52 and raised $3,500 to purchase the site. On April 7, 1947, the Pasco County Fair Association Inc. was chartered with the purpose of hosting and annual fair to promote youth and other county resources. The first documented county fair was Jan. 20 through 24, 1948.

The Fair Association has remained an independent, non-profit organization since it's founding. The Association relies mostly on generous local community sponsorships, along with fair memberships, revenue from our guests, and rental income from the buildings housed on the fairgrounds. The Pasco County Fair Association, Inc. is currently 1538 members strong.

Memberships are available for $30 for individuals and $70 for families. Members receive free admission to the fair each day and free parking. Members are also invited to an annual membership meeting in April which include a free barbecue. Deadlines for memberships is January 31st. For memberships, go to our website www.pascocountyfair.com or mail-in an application for membership to Pasco County Fair, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City, FL 33526.
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