Holy corn dog! Superheroes coming to South Florida Fair

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The South Florida Fair will kick off its 2019 edition Jan. 17 when it hosts its Ride-A-Thon beginning at 5 p.m. The very next day – Friday, Jan. 18 – the fair kicks into high gear, running through Feb. 3.

During the fair’s run, fairgoers will see their share of superheroes – after all, this year’s theme is “A Super-Tastic South Florida Fair – Where Heroes Unite!”

Fair organizers will honor superheroes of all forms, from everyday heroes to the superheroes of the silver screen. Throughout the fair’s 17 days, there will be special appearances by well-known Marvel and DC Comics heroes. 

But let’s not forget our everyday superheroes that live right in our neighborhoods. Daily parades with the theme, “Not All Superheroes Wear Capes” will feature heroes from our local communities who will be invited to ride on floats and toss beads to guests.

Two new additions to the fair are “Illusions and Beyond!” and the XPogo Stunt Team.

“Illusions and Beyond!” is full of grand illusions, special effects, cirque acrobatics, comedy, choreography and mind-blowing magic. Justino & Daniela Zoppe, seventh generation professional entertainers, will perform three shows daily.

The XPogo Stunt Team will thrill audiences with stunts that include jumping over multiple cars, most back-flips in a row, fastest mile on a pogo stick and highest back-flip.

Also performing multiple shows all 17 days of the fair are the Zaji Acrobats of China, which will dazzle audiences with acrobatics from an age-old Chinese tradition. Tumblers, contortionists, jugglers and other surprises will show the tremendous dexterity of the human body and feats of balance and coordination.

Other acts and entertainment include:

• Tyzen the Comedy Hypnotist; 

• The Hitchiti Dancers;

• The racing pigs, also known as Hambone Express 3.

• Craft Brew Fest & Home Brew Competition in partnership with Angler Action Foundation and Due South Brewing Co. on Sunday, Jan. 27. Open exclusively to home brewers, local brew masters will begin the judging at 1 p.m. Medals will be awarded to first, second and third place, along with additional prizes. Doors will open to the public at 3 p.m. To enter, a separate ticket is needed in addition to a fair ticket, which is required. A total of 250 VIP ticket holders will be able to enter at 2 p.m. to sample the contestants’ concoctions and view the judging process. 

• On the first two Saturdays of the fair, FIRST LEGO League will host a science and technology competition for students grades 4-8. Participants will program an autonomous robot to score points on a thematic playing surface and create innovative solutions to a problem. Guests will be able to watch.

Of course, the fair will host its award-winning agriculture and livestock program featuring more than 1,000 exhibitors from throughout the state.

There will also be more than 200 rides, games and attractions, four stages of music and entertainment, the Miss South Florida Fair competition and more.

Entertainment includes The Outlaws, The Pat Travers Band, Frankie Ballard and Jordan Davis.

Advance discount fair tickets are on sale now at all area Publix locations through Jan. 17. 

For information on ticket prices and entertainment, go online to southfloridafair.com.

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