EUSTIS — The Lake County Fair, located at 2101 County Road 452, Eustis, is scheduled from April 6-15 and several Lake County government agencies are participating. As the fair gates open at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, visitors can meet some local heroes and learn about some important community programs at 10 different government-sponsored booths. For more information about the Lake County Fair, call the fair office at (352) 357-7111 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 4-H Youth Development Program is organizing a group of exhibits that will be featured exclusively at the fairground’s Clements Building. Along with a 4-H booth, the building will house 4-H student exhibits of horticulture, arts and crafts, woodworking, photography and posters. New to this year, 4-H is hosting a fashion show on Saturday, April 15, at 2 p.m. for 4-H construction and selection projects. The 4-H program is also hosting livestock shows and educational skill-a-thons at the fair. Show times are:
o Thursday, April 6 — Beef heifer/cow and bull show 7 p.m.
o Friday, April 7 — Beef heifer/cow and bull awards 7 p.m.
o Saturday, April 8 — Shows of poultry 2:30 p.m., rabbit 5 p.m., goat 5:30 p.m. and sheep 7 p.m.
o Monday, April 10 — Steer show 7 p.m.
o Tuesday, April 11 — Poultry sale followed by steer sale 7 p.m.
o Wednesday, April 12 — Dairy show 6:30 p.m.
o Friday, April 14 — Swine show 6 p.m.
o Saturday, April 15 — Rabbit sale followed by swine sale 5 p.m.
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners display this year will highlight the community’s diversity with a colorful backdrop and scores of information from several departments. Similar to last year, the booth will feature a survey asking residents to help identify public transportation needs and demands. The survey will assist Lake County Government as it considers a number of improvements to its overall public transportation service that could possibly be implemented over the next five years. Currently Lake County provides a door-to-door, paratransit service and is considering the addition of a fixed-route transit service.
The Lake County Clerk of Courts booth will have forms and information regarding court services, marriage licenses and passports, as well as the Lake County Law Library self-help information.
The Lake County Department of Environmental Services display will focus on water and waste. Among the topics to be highlighted at the booth are protecting water resources through innovative programs and keeping the environment clean with efficient reuse, recycling and recovery methods.
The Lake County Department of Public Safety will have a booth set up at the fair as well as the Fire Rescue Education Trailer parked outside. The trailer focuses on teaching children basic fire safety such as how to call 911, how to react when a smoke alarm goes off and the basic technique of stop, drop and roll. At the booth, information will be provided from the Emergency Management Division about hurricane safety and preparedness.
The Lake County Health Department booth will provide general information to citizens about the services the agency provides, including pamphlets about the maternity, pediatrics and environmental health programs.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring two booths, one hosting the Community Services Unit outlining the many services provided by the Sheriff's Office and one with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. Outside, the Sheriff’s Office will be featuring a display of motorized equipment which will change each day. On Saturday, April 8, the Sheriff's Office along with the Florida Highway Patrol will display a “roll-over” machine, which shows the actual events that occur during a roll-over accident.
The Lake County Supervisor of Elections booth will display demonstrations of the current voting system and how it operates. Residents can also register to vote at the Elections Office booth as well as update previous voter-registration information.
The Lake Soil and Water Conservation District will be providing information about its services at its sponsored booth as well as displaying recent poster contest winners with the theme “Water Wise.” The district will also promote its speaking contest about “How Floridians can be Water Wise” at the fair.
The Lake-Sumter Emergency Medical Services booth will display how different departments operate at the agency. A staff member will be present to demonstrate and answer questions about what type of equipment can be seen in an ambulance.