Record breaking Rodeo Day and over $460,000 in Market Animal Sales. We couldn’t be prouder!!
The 73rd Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show & Osceola County Fair wrapped up late in February, but the tallies are just being finished. This year’s event hosted more than 90,000 visitors, and boasted a record breaking Rodeo Day, with more than 25,000 in attendance. With new rides, entertainment, and vendors, the Central Florida community enjoyed 10 days of safe, family oriented fun.
Beyond the Midway, this year’s competitions welcomed more than 5,589 exhibits including 1,288 livestock exhibits. The Youth Market Animal Auction raised $468,000 and over $65,000 in premiums were awarded to both youth and adult exhibitors. One such exhibitor was Brendan Barody, age 12, from St. Cloud. Brendan’s favorite part of exhibiting was, “Learning so many new skills and meeting new friends.” And 10-year-old Lawson Horner of Kissimmee said, “The fair is my favorite time of year! I think I might even like it as much as Christmas! I love being at the fair with all of my friends and showing my lamb and riding all of their rides and eating all the great food. I have been in 4H and exhibiting at the fair since I was five years old and I just love it so much!”
KVLS General Manager, Miranda Muir indicated, “The youth programs always seem to be bigger and better. It is wonderful to see the kids grow each year, learning more and becoming more confident in their abilities.” Mrs. Muir also praised the many volunteers who make it all come together and the businesses and individuals who sponsor the various programs and events. “Without the support of this community KVLS would not be able to do what we do.” The Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show & Osceola County Fair, Inc. is a 501c3 Non-Profit organization. Their largest annual event is the Osceola County Fair, however they also host various livestock shows, educational programs, and community events such as Trunk or Treat, each year.
Even before the 2017 event concluded, the group of more than 200 volunteers and office team were already hard at work planning for 2018. Students are already beginning to register for the citrus program, themes and promotional materials are being developed, and a continued dedication to the safety of everyone who enjoys the Fair requires additional training and strategic planning. Maintaining this annual event requires constant attention to detail, continued education, and a creative passion. “We cannot wait to see you all next time, February 9th – 18th, 2018.” -Miranda Muir
Kissimmee Valley Live Stock Show (KVLS) is a 501c3 non-profit organization
KVLS is proud to promote the Agriculture Industry and provide many opportunities for our area youth to learn various life skills. For more information visit www.osceolacountyfair.com, firstname.lastname@example.org